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The best kept secret in music


"Motor City Riffs"

50 Cent Headrush
By Nick Brandon
GO & DO Editor

50 Who's RIFFing: 50 Cent Headrush is vocalist Kevin Bovee of Lincoln Park, guitarist Jeff Szymanski of Grosse Pointe, bassist Ken Krawczyk of Dearborn Heights and drummer Billy Beardsley from St. Clair Shores.

The story behind the RIFFs: The group got together in 1999, mostly meeting each other through mutual friends. However, Bovee and Krawczyk did play together in a previous project. The 50 Cent Headrush philosophy is to have four guys who share a passion to make music unlike anything else they’ve heard, but also to stay true to the classic elements that inspired them and make rock great.

Explain the name: According to the group, Bovee came up with the title after sitting up too fast and getting a headrush, later realizing that it was like getting a cheap buzz — hence the 50-cent part of the name.

The sound of these RIFFs: With a variety of influences within the rock world, 50 Cent Headrush’s style is inspired most by The Beatles, Cheap Trick, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, King’s X and anything produced by Rick Rubin. According to the members, this blend seems to work.

Got RIFFs on the record? The band’s self-titled 2002 release put the band on the local map, and is available through its official Web site found at www.50centheadrush.com. However, the band is currently in the studio working on new material with producer Vin-E Dombrowski, frontman for Sponge.

A sampler of this new material will be released in the near future, and the group also is considering working with iTunes and Yahoo! Music on digital release deals.

Your RIFFs outlook: The quartet is among four finalists nationally in the “Rolling Stone-Ford Fusion Trial by Fire,” a contest that sees its winner featured in Rolling Stone magazine’s March 9 edition. Also, 50 Cent Headrush will have music featured in upcoming episodes of “CSI” and, possibly, “The Shield,” as well as some future video games.

Where will you RIFF next? There are no specific scheduled gigs at this time, but the band will be busy soon with plans to play the Motor City Music Conference in May, the CMJ event at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in June and more support gigs for national acts and a slew of local shows.

Website: www.50centheadrush.com - Go & Do Michigan


50¢ HeadrusH/Self Titled (Indie release) - August 2002
Selfish, Foolish, Freedom (Evil Beaver) May 2006--Available at CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, Borders, and all music outlets with exceptional taste.


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It’s all about the music.

We believe it. We live it.

This is 50¢ HEADRUSH. A band the likes of which Detroit has never spawned, 50¢ HEADRUSH will help you re-discover the side of rock and roll that has been lost among the angry teen angst and whiney-boy Pop-Rock; we’re talking cutting edge music to move the masses.

Shell-shocked by tight grooves hammered between bass and drum, overwhelmed by a sonic blend of melodies and harmonies by guitar and vocals. Their songs, reminiscent of CHEAP TRICK meets U2, are hard to forget.

All things in place, 50¢ HEADRUSH has the experience and drive to produce the powerful modern rock music the world has been craving.

Along with engineer-producer extraordinaire Chuck Alkazian, 50¢ HEADRUSH completed a local independent CD release in August of 2002. Offered only at performances, the disk sold nearly 3000 copies.

Having had made a name for themselves among local Detroit bands, the path of 50¢ HEADRUSH crossed with Vin-E Dombrowski (of SPONGE fame). With platinum and gold already in his pocket as a producer, Vin-E took the reigns and made the band dig deep and explore the great songs he knew were in their hearts. With Chuck Alkazian again manning the board, recording began in August 2005. The single "Hurt for Now" even attracted the attention of Rolling Stone Magazine, raving that 50¢ HEADRUSH is "Proof Motown is still holding it down!" (March 9, 2006)

50¢ HEADRUSH—combining all the elements of what a great rock band should be.