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Since 1999, the Velmas - bassist Todd “Figaro” Minnick, guitarist Mike “Harvey” Grosshandler and drummer Michael “Bruce” Bruce - have been entertaining upstate New York. The band has become a favorite around Albany and Syracuse, NY, and is gaining popularity throughout the Northeastern U.S.

In 2002, the Velmas released their debut album, Another Day At School. Since its release, the album has received rave reviews and has opened doors of opportunity for the band.

"ADAS" was followed by Recess (2004), a 10-song “double EP” featuring new and unreleased studio tracks, as well as several live tracks. Recess included the song "Restless, Restless," which was selected out of thousands of entries as one of the top 20 finalists on Howard Stern's much-publicized "Restless, Restless" contest. The song also wound up being included on a compilation album called "The Best of Restless, Restless" with other entries including those from William Shatner and Robert Goulet.

The Velmas would follow that up with their second full-length album, Station, released on City Canyons Records on October 31, 2006. Station was recorded at Robby Takac's (Goo Goo Dolls) Chameleon West Studios in Buffalo, NY.  A new digital single, "Playground," was released by City Canyons in April of 2009. November of that year saw the release of another single, "Wait".

The Velmas are three singers and songwriters creating powerful rock music. Their sound is influenced by old-school to modern rock, punk, reggae, and even country and classical. In concert, the Velmas back their music with a playful, high-energy live show, which is the reason why Albany-area "Velmites" keep voting them the Capital Region’s "Best Alternative Band" and "Best Rock Band" (Metroland, 2006, 2007, 2009).

The Velmas have shared the stage with numerous acts, including Soul Asylum, Collective Soul, Everclear, moe., Tally Hall, Winger, Vertical Horizon, Samantha Ronson, and Shaw Blades (members of Styx, Night Ranger, and Damn Yankees).

This indie rock band has all the right stuff to satisfy your craving for music you like but have not heard yet.

The Velmas are the indie band you want to watch live. You'll feel their music gaining on you as each song they play sends shivers down your spine. The music and the lyrics compliment each other in a way that sparks a reminiscent chord in the mind.

The Velmas strive for the best and it shows in their live shows. They practice their act and never miss the mark. Their act starts with a great note and ends with a great encore. When people watch their shows they realize what they've been missing. Their following is loyal and they will easily get you hooked if you find them yourself.

Venues and party planners alike will not be disappointed to have such a quality band filling their space with people and good vibes. If you think good music good atmosphere and good vibes is your idea of a good time. Then this scenario is just for you. The energy spews out a friendly touch and all you need to do is let the people line up to see The Velmas do what they do best.

Venue owners would be wise to offer the best specials and low admissions because they would definitely be getting a regular crowd to fill their space. The Velmas would add great value and spirit to any venue or party.

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