56th Street

56th Street


Remember bands like Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath? We do. And we have picked up where they left off. A musical crescendo.


Did you hear that? Probably not, because for the last 20 years legitimate rock music has been waiting patiently outside the grasp of the misguided and the uninspired. Scheming. Writhing. Pulsing in the primordial pantheon that had once birthed the legends that spoke to the most fundamental of human emotions. With the fall of its heroes, rock suffered, biding its time to select a new successor worthy of the fabled throne.

And so on that fateful night in February, rock music received its modern messiah. 56th street was born to the driving rhythms of Adam Mangold, the thundering bass of Chris Wilson, the inspired six-string theatrics of Thomas VanMelum and the impassioned wail of Jason Kraft. In a studio far removed from the tired musings of their artistic contemporaries, 56th street converged to channel the roots of their revolution.

With Adam and Chris effortlessly exploring 40 years of rocks rhythmic backbone, the template was set for a style immersed in both modern and classic sensibilities. Weaned on a steady diet of Led Zeppelin and beef, and armed with a delectable balance of intoxicating melodies, creamy leads, and crisp rhythmic sections, VanMelum bulked up his chops to lay siege to the current musical trends that were threatening to undermine decades of rich guitar heritage. The sound that this trio generated required a vocalist capable of matching such a formidable sonic assault. Enter Jason Kraft. Jason’s trademark wail, coupled with his melodic sense of vocal syncopation, provided the perfect compliment to the power and subtlety of his band mates soulful delivery.

Now that the pieces fit, 56th street is primed for a revolution behind enemy lines. They are a musical juggernaut. Did you hear that? You will.


March 2007: "56th Street Live" 9 Tracks recorded Live in the Studio

Set List

1 Hr. Set list is typical, but we obviously have done from 30 minutes to 2 1/2 hours.

John D.
Ancient Kitchen
Snake Charmer
Switchblade of Love
Gods of Our Time
Meagan's Night
56th Street
The Slave Song
The Mom Song

Love Me Two Times as performed by The Doors
How Many More Times as performed by Led Zeppelin
Immigrant Song as performed by Led Zeppelin
The Weight as performed by The Band
Highway Star as performed by Deep Purple
War Pigs as performed by Black Sabbath