Local Band Shooting For The Stars

 The Bay Net Photo by Anna Bedford

A normally quiet Monday night turned into a rare opportunity to possibly see the beginning of something magical.   Local band HydraFX, with little more than a few hours notice, gathered up family, friends, strangers and fans at Neptune's Beach Club for an impromptu concert.

Now you're probably thinking, why would this event draw any interest on a Monday night?  Well, I'll let you in on a little secret... HydraFX is one of a limited number of bands nationwide vying for a spot on a new reality music show on NBC tentatively titled "Star Tomorrow."

The concept for the show is this: bands compete in a format similar to American Idol, with the winning band getting a record deal.  So last night HydraFX took the opportunity to take over Neptune's Beach Club to record their video submission for Star Tomorrow.  Their good friends Shallow Deep opened with a short set to get everyone warmed up and then Hydrafx took the stage. 

Wow! What the small, but boisterous crowd saw from HydraFX was over an hour full of passion, energy and pure joy in performing.  They wowed everyone with their originals, including  "You Don't Know" and "Never" as well as covers like "Superstitious" and "Thriller".  That's right the same one created by Michael Jackson, except you have never heard Thriller done quite like this, with a an edge to it. 

HydraFX was started in 2000 by brothers Joe and Greg Barrick.  Joe is on drums and Greg is on lead guitar.  Through some changes along the way, they ended up with the current lineup that includes Sean Reese on bass and Kevin Quinn as lead singer and sax player.  These guys combine funk, rock, reggae, metal and jazz.  And they have excellent harmony with their vocals.   Take all those ingredients and mix it with tons of energy and a good stage presence and you have HydraFX. 

The band members are all local boys and call Solomon's Island their base.  They are now playing show from Borth Carolina to West Virgina and Baltimore and Annapolis.  They recently played at Ram's Head Live! in Baltimore, which hosts the top national acts in the country.  They are currently putting together material for their first full length CD and are hoping to work with a top producer.  So who knows, the lucky few who were at Neptune's Beach Club on Monday night may someday be able to say they saw history in the making if HydarFX makes it to the big time. 

When asked what their goal was as a band, Kevin Quinn summed it up best "we want to be the next big thing more than anything, but if it doesn't happen, then that's cool too because we just love playing our music."   Kevin, I couldn't agree with you more. 

You can follow HydraFX as they continue their journey on their website at

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