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"Phoenix Music Awards"

"Three Ugly Guys are one of the best musical groups in the entire southwest. They are superb composers and fit the commercial marketplace perfectly. They are a sure bet to make it big." -Big Al Bowman, founder, Phoenix Music Awards/L.A. Music Awards - PMA Website


"Three Ugly Guys Burst onto the Valley’s Music Scene"

April 02 , 2008 by Editor
(Phoenix, AZ) – Most musicians release their first album and struggle for months, if not years, before they land their first legitimate gig. 3UG (Three Ugly Guys) are, without a doubt, an exception to the rule.

Following the 2007 release of their full-length, all-original, 11-song debut album, The Pursuit of Uglyness, this jam band instantly received outstanding recognition in the Valley’s music scene. With a unique style of music that blends rock, jazz, and funk, in only a few short months 3UG was awarded Mix 96.9 FM’s “Rockstar Champions” title and opened for Hootie and the Blowfish at the Jobing.com Arena.

Their extensive event roster already includes PF Chang’s Rock n Roll Marathon in Scottsdale, the Insight Fiesta Bowl Block Party in Tempe, 3UG Unplugged at Matchstix in Chandler and the Club Cupid Music Festival in Tempe. They have also performed at countless venues across the Valley, including Sugar Daddy’s, Last Exit, The Library, Martini Ranch, Red Owl and the US Airways Center.

Recently, 3UG was nominated for two Phoenix Music Awards (PMA) including “2008 Musical Group of the Year”. In March, they performed at the PMA Showcase Series Show at the Skye Lounge in Peoria. They will perform at the Jamzona Music Festival on April 5 at Club Red in Tempe.

Oddly enough, Three Ugly Guys is actually comprised of six members: Mike “Leif” Erikson on vocals and guitar; Nick Rivette on lead guitar; Joe Cea on bass; Kenny Leslie on sax; Craig McVey on percussion/guitar; and David Drew on drums. Decide for yourself: Which three band members are actually the “ugly guys?” Cast your vote on 3UG-online.com.

Their CD, The Pursuit of Uglyness and other 3UG gear is available online at 3UG-online.com. A portion of the proceeds from CD sales will be donated to 100 Club Arizona, a local nonprofit providing financial assistance to families of public safety officers and firefighters killed in the line-of-duty.
- EV Living.com


Discography

Debut CD: "The Pursuit of Ugliness" - 2007

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If “fun” & “original” music is what you are seeking, seek out 3UG (Three Ugly Guys)! This talented, 6-member group blends harmonic vocals with upbeat original scores that have the band realizing fast-growing success and growing audiences throughout the Phoenix valley. The band’s approach to creating unique original music has more and more people turning out to see what the ‘3UG-buzz’ is all about.
Immediatly after releasing their debut CD, "The Pursuit of Ugliness" in August 2007, the band won the Mix 96.9 FM Rockstar Competition that led to an opening engagement with Hootie and the Blowfish at the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ in Oct 2007. Since then 3UG has been performing at major venues and events in and around the Phoenix valley including the Insight/Fiesta Bowl New Years Block Party-opening for Roger Kline and the Peacemakers, The 2008 Tempe Music Festival with Fergie and My Chemical Romance, the US Airways Center Private Post-Concert Party with Lenny Kravitz, and the PF Chang's Rock n Roll Marathon! Other venues include: Martini Ranch-Scottsdale; The Last Exit-Tempe; The Library-Tempe; Sugar Daddy's-Scottsdale; Club Red/Red Owl-Tempe; The Phoenix Music Awards Showcase Series-Peoria; Pointe South Mountain Resort-Tempe; and The Dirty Devil-Tempe.

And the accolades keep coming: 3UG has been nominated for 2 Phoenix Music Awards for 2008--Power Pop Artist of the Year & Musical Group of the Year!!!

One of the biggest challenges for the band has been to try and classify their genre of music, but 3UG takes pride in the “unclassified” approach — allowing their fans to enjoy the wide spectrum of styles and influences that the band enthusiastically pursues. 3UG has been through a couple of transformations- since first being founded seven years ago- growing from a simple ‘garage band’ into a full-original recording/performing group that enjoys writing as well as performing.