GHS Strings is set to honor National Mental Health Awareness Month with a Hard Rock benefit concert in downtown Los Angeles. It has been a rough go for the music industry of late – losing icons to preventable fates, and the company has aligned with TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS to do their part in the fight against stigma and the effort to offer help to those in need.
The show, on Saturday May 19th at 5 Star Bar in DTLA, will also be sponsored by Metal Assault, Gruv Gear, Tsunami Cables, Wear Your Music and Right Angle PR. Performing will be the early Metallica Tribute band, CLIFF EM ALL, BATFARM, LOVE AND A .38, RONNY NORTH and DIANTHUS.
Tickets can be purchased for $7 in advance and $10 day of show via MetalAssault.com. There will be swag-giveaways at the event and information on Mental Health Awareness for attendees.
ABOUT THE BANDS:
Cliff Em All Paying tribute to the most celebrated era of one of the biggest Heavy Metal bands of all time, Cliff ‘Em All performs tracks from Metallica’s first three landmark albums, thought of by both young and experienced fans as the band’s ‘classic’ albums. Due to the level of 80s nostalgia in Los Angeles, drummer Dan Hegarty and bassist Menno Verbaten saw an opportunity to do something loud, fast and aggressive that EVERYONE in the LA music scene could appreciate. They recruited rhythm guitarist and vocalist John Hatfield (yes, that’s his real name) and lead guitarist Chris Buzea to complete the lineup of ambitious, young musicians who could deliver powerful renditions of Metallica’s classic catalog to live audiences. Beginning each set with “The Ecstasy Of Gold,” Cliff ‘Em All played everywhere from LA’s seediest bars and strip clubs up to some of the biggest venues in the city, including The Whisky A-Go-Go, The Viper Room and The House Of Blues. Greatest hits and deep Metallica album cuts pleased these crowds but in 2013, Cliff ‘Em All took it up a notch and began performing full-album shows. The road began to beckon and in early 2015, Cliff ‘Em All became a regional touring band on the West Coast of the US, bringing their brand of classic live Metallica to anywhere that longs to revisit the glory days of metal.
Love and a .38 is a Rock band… and they’re truly very sorry about that. But the thing is, they have no other choice. Four guys from different parts of the country, who’s varied and shared experiences, triumphs, and failures have brought them all to Los Angeles with that same conclusion. In their short existence they have been tirelessly D.I.Y. in all aspects of their career. Through social media, creativity, and lots of elbow grease they have amassed a worldwide following nearly unprecedented for an unsigned, unrepresented, independent band. Not concerned with hyphens and sub genres they have taken an “Its all rock and roll to me” approach to the writing of their debut full length album, and have stumbled upon a sound that is unmistakably their own, and undeniably Rock.
Batfarm incorporates elaborate choral harmonies with ominous soundscapes and deeply introspective lyrics that can only be describe as “darkedelic”. Batfarm is best enjoyed live however, and accentuated by singer/guitarist, Alexx Calise’s dynamic, soaring vocals and larger-than-life persona, and drummer, Dennis Morehouse’s tasteful, driving drumming. The band performs as a duo (though you’d never know it based on how big their sound truly is), and plays along with their completely self-produced tracks–no programming; just live instruments performed all by Calise and Morehouse.
Ronny North plays his own signature brand of instrumental rock guitar music.His music has been used on MTV’s reality shows and several others . He also gets press and plays all over the world. Ronny’s bassist Bryan Talbot is a long time GHS user and a proud new endorser.
Dianthus is a melodic metal act based out of Los Angeles, California. The band was formed by twin sisters, Jackie and Jessica Parry. Their music has intrigued listeners with their chaste, melodic vocal harmonies, increasingly ominous guitar tones, thunderous bass, and full-throttle attack on drums. Known for their goth-metal image, Dianthus evokes a sense of elegance and mystery to their live performance, as well as an acceleration of high-energy on stage. In March of 2016, Dianthus was selected to participate in the House of Blues’ Music Forward Foundation’s “Bringin’ Down the House” Showcase at the legendary Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The band also released their debut single titled “Within Hazel Eyes” in February of 2017 (produced by Jeremy “JINXX” Ferguson of Black Veil Brides). The band is currently plotting the release of their debut full-length album (recorded at Matt Sorum’s eminent DRAC STUDIOS in Beverly Hills, produced by JINXX).