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The Middle East Presents: Pop Thief w/ Above Water, Savior Faire --18+ -- $5 Advance / $8 DOS -- **NOTE: Doors at 9:30pm  


"Above Water" is an American rock/pop trio made of James Vassallo (Vocals/Guitar), Jake Stavros (Lead Guitar) and Dan Gantt (Drums). Discovered and developed in early 2013 under the watchful eye of skilled indie award- winning songwriter/producer Brad Byrd, the project took flight. After seeing them perform one song, Byrd knew quickly that he was working with something very special. After months of pre-production in Massachusetts, Byrd connected them with famed rock producer/mixer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, Augustana) and Grammy award winning engineer Phil Allen (Adele) where they embarked on recording their debut EP Los Angeles, CA. After only a week of tracking in the studio, their debut EP "Blue” was cut, and the songs fully realized by Huart and his talented team of engineers. The 4 song freshman effort was eventually mastered at the legendary Gateway Studios via Bob Ludwig’s right hand engineer and Grammy award winning Adam Ayan. 
James Vassallo began to play guitar as soon as he could walk. Playing at family events and school, he learned to love playing to anyone who would listen. He also developed a passion for writing music and sharing with others. James references inspirations such as John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Ed Sheeran. Jake Stavros began to play guitar when he was as young as five years old. Growing up listening to music from Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, and Jimi Hendrix, he developed a love for the electric guitar and it hasn't slowed down since. Dan Gantt has been playing drums as far as he can remember. Growing up surrounded by music he played in a band with his mother and brother as young as the age of 7. His favorites are Steve Jordan, Carter Beauford and Chad Smith. 
These young talented artists are playing many shows across the north shore of Massachusetts. Some of these venues include The Middle East Club (Cambridge, MA), 7 Central (Manchester, MA), Mile Marker 1, Katrina's Bar and Grille (Gloucester, MA), The North Shore Mall (Peabody, MA), The Lions Club (Peaks Island, ME), The Rockport New Years Festival and Motif #1 Day (Rockport, MA), and other events such as weddings and a live TV performance and interview on the Local Music Seen with Allen Estes. Their masterfully crafted 4 song debut that tells a story from beginning to end and leaves listeners of all ages, moved. More recently, the trio has recorded and released the single Love At Its Best, which is available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music and more!



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