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"Apocket Bleu To Perform at one of Jersey's Favorite Hot Spots for Locals"

New Jersey's hottest new band to be showcased at Drazil on Saturday, November 10.

(PRWEB) November 6, 2007 -- On Saturday November 10th, Apocket Bleu will perform from 9:30 until 11:30 PM at a favorite hot spot among locals, Drazil at 6666 Black Horse Pike, Egg Harbor Township. Drazil is the only organic restaurant in all of Atlantic County and is a favorite of locals for both its food and its support of local talent. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door and may be purchased in advance by calling (609) 926-3195.

Apocket Bleu is comprised of four young men including former Bleak City band mates Paul LoPresti (keys, vocals) and Alexander "Sandy" Eldred (bass, vocals), along with Ryan Schugar (guitar, drums and vocals), and Jon Zoerb (drums, vocals). They will rock the house with their original songs and some well-known covers. The band members draw from a variety of genres to craft a unique sound not heard from other bands their age. Hailing from the greater Atlantic City area, they have enjoyed rising success with their jazz and classical infused original rock tunes. They are highly talented and knowledgeable musicians with tremendous collective playing experience given their youth. The result is a sophisticated sound with rich instrumentals and unique sounding vocals.

Guitarist Ryan Schugar was recently in Austin, TX meeting with Willie Nelson. Nelson has a recently launched independent record label. In addition, the band has worked on an original score for an upcoming movie.

Bassist Sandy Eldred has just come off stage at the Inaugural Mid-Atlantic Blues and Music Festival in Atlantic City, held September 29th and 30th at Bernie Robbins Stadium. He shared the stage with children of Blues Legends such as Muddy Waters, Johnny Lee Hooker, Luther Allison, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Lonnie Brooks and more.

In addition, lead vocalist and keyboard player Paul LoPresti will appear as Jeff Merideth, the lead role (and appropriately- a pianist) in "The Curious Savage", at Mainland Regional high School in Linwood, November 15-18. This is Paul's fourth appearance in a Mainland Regional HS production in three years. Acting in local theater since the age of nine, Paul's theatrical background includes musical theater, opera and Shakespeare. He is passionate about musical theater, seeing it as a way to add to his tremendous diversity and stage experience.

Since their official launch this summer, the band's calendar continues to fill with opportunities which are sure to escalate. They have upcoming performances at Le Grand Fromage (Atlantic City), Cosmos Lounge in Glassboro, NJ, Grape Street in Philadelphia, and more.

Check the band website at www.apocketbleu.com and their My Space at www.myspace.com/apocketbleu for dates and times. Individual band member's biographies can also be found on their website, along with MP3s, video footage, and more.

Apocket Bleu is currently working in the studio to produce their own full length CD of original music which is due out early next year. Be a part of history and come hear this band while they are still a "local" act! For more information contact Neil Cirucci Public Relations at neil@neilciruccipublicrelations.com or phone (609) 513-1689

- PR Web, Neil Cirucci Public Relations


"Apocket Bleu looking for their big “Break”"

Band advances to semi-finals in The Break Contest at famed Stone Pony club
Atlantic City, NJ, February 11, 2008
On Sunday February 10th, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park’s legendary night club, was host to Apocket Bleu, back to perform as part of The Break contest. The Break is the official contest for The Bamboozle East, an annual multi-day concert held at The Meadowlands. Bands compete in a multiple round elimination process that will award winning bands a set at the renowned music fest. Apocket Bleu has performed at The Stone Pony on several occasions and was invited back to compete for a spot on the big stage at The Meadowlands on May 3rd and 4th, 2008. Following the February 10th contest, the band has advanced to the semi-final round and will perform again at the famed club on March 22nd (time tba).
In addition, Apocket Bleu was chosen from thousands of submissions to appear in The Cape May Singer Songwriter event, which will be held in the resort town on March 6-8, 2008. This is a truly remarkable accomplishment since they placed among artists from all over the world for this event. It speaks to the quality of their writing and performance. They will be showcased at Cabanas on Friday, March 7th, at 8:30 PM. In addition, Paul LoPresti, the band’s lead vocalist, songwriter and keyboard player, will be featured during the event performing some of his more acoustic oriented compositions, accompanied by Sandy Eldred on guitar (Saturday, March 8th, Carney’s Other Room, 8:15 PM).
Since their official launch in the summer of 2007, the band’s calendar continues to fill with opportunities which are sure to escalate. Locally, they have upcoming performances scheduled at Drazil Organic Restaurant (www.drazilrestaurant.com), Egg Harbor Township, on Saturday, February 23rd, at 9 PM. Tickets are $5 in advance. Other upcoming shows include an appearance at PhilaFunk Live, March 16, 2 PM. More can be found on the band’s My Space and website.




Visit www.apocketbleu.com and their My Space at www.myspace.com/apocketbleu for dates and times. Individual band member’s biographies can also be found on their website, along with MP3s, video footage, and more.
For more information on The Break Contest, visit www.thebreakcontest.com, and for The Bamboozle, visit www.thebamboozle.com. The Cape May Singer Songwriter event can be viewed at www.sscapemay.com. Tickets can be purchased for The Stone Pony in advance, show time tba.

Apocket Bleu is due to release it’s first full length album this spring. It is being recorded at Super Duperz Studio in Ventnor, NJ (www.superduperz.com).

For more information contact Neil Cirucci Public Relations at neil@neilciruccipublicrelations.com or phone (609) 513-1689.
- PR Web, Neil Cirucci PR


"New Jersey Super Band Apocket Bleu Looking for Their Big "Break""

Apocket Bleu advances to semi-finals in The Break Contest at famed Stone Pony club.

(PRWEB) February 20, 2008 -- On Sunday February 10th, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park's legendary night club, was host to Apocket Bleu, back to perform as part of The Break contest. The Break is the official contest for The Bamboozle East, an annual multi-day concert held at The Meadowlands. Bands compete in a multiple round elimination process that will award winning bands a set at the renowned music fest.

Apocket Bleu has performed at The Stone Pony on several occasions and was invited back to compete for a spot on the big stage at The Meadowlands on May 3rd and 4th, 2008. Following the February 10th contest, the band has advanced to the semi-final round and will perform again at the famed club on March 22nd (time tba). In addition, Apocket Bleu was chosen from thousands of submissions to appear in The Cape May Singer Songwriter event, which will be held in the resort town on March 6-8, 2008. This is a truly remarkable accomplishment since they placed among artists from all over the world for this event. It speaks to the quality of their writing and performance.

They will be showcased at Cabanas on Friday, March 7th, at 8:30 PM. In addition, Paul LoPresti, the band's lead vocalist, songwriter and keyboard player, will be featured during the event performing some of his more acoustic oriented compositions, accompanied by Sandy Eldred on guitar (Saturday, March 8th, Carney's Other Room, 8:15 PM). Since their official launch in the summer of 2007, the band's calendar continues to fill with opportunities which are sure to escalate.

Locally, they have upcoming performances scheduled at Drazil Organic Restaurant (www.drazilrestaurant.com), Egg Harbor Township, on Saturday, February 23rd, at 8-10 PM. Tickets are $5 in advance. Other upcoming shows include an appearance at PhilaFunk Live, March 16, 2 PM. More can be found on the band's My Space and website. Visit www.apocketbleu.com and their My Space at www.myspace.com/apocketbleu for dates and times. Individual band member's biographies can also be found on their website, along with MP3s, video footage, and more. For more information on The Break Contest, visit www.thebreakcontest.com, and for The Bamboozle, visit www.thebamboozle.com. The Cape May Singer Songwriter event can be viewed at www.sscapemay.com. Tickets can be purchased for The Stone Pony in advance, show time tba. Apocket Bleu is due to release it's first full length album this spring. It is being recorded at Super Duperz Studio in Ventnor, NJ (www.superduperz.com).

For more information contact Neil Cirucci Public Relations at neil @ neilciruccipublicrelations.com or phone (609) 513-1689.

- Neil Cirucci Public Relations


"Something for Everyone"

For those talent scouts out there, the latest rock group, Apocket Bleu, will be performing at Drazil Organic Restaurant 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Apocket Bleu consists of locals Paul CoPresti, Sandy Eldred, Ryan Schugar and Jon Zoerb. Apocket Bleu will be performing their original, classic/modern rock set for all in attendance on Saturday night. Apocket Bleu has recently earned a semifinalist spot in "The Break," a battle of the bands competition to be held Saturday, March 22, at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. The Drazil show is $10 at the door, $5 in advance.

- The Press of Atlantic City


"Rock Out this weekend"

By REBECCA GRITES For At The Shore, 609-272-7205
Published: Thursday, May 29, 2008

Your Saturday afternoon can be filled with good food and good sounds, while your evening can take you back to the days of Queen. For starters, head over to the Atlantic City Race Course in Mays Landing for a Battle of the Bands and a finger-lickin' BBQ Cook-Off. This first annual battle and BBQ benefits the non-profit Charter-Tech School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point. Bands will take the stage for judgment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Included on the bill is local favorite Apocket Bleu, which has played several battle of the band competitions and fared well. The BBQ Cook-Off is sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society. Being an important part of the community never sounded and tasted so good.

- The Press of Atlantic City


"Apocket Bleu to perform at legendary Stone Pony night club"

--Apocket Bleu to perform at legendary Stone Pony night club--

Apocket Bleu is one of youngest bands to ever play the legendary club

On Tuesday August 7th, The Stone Pony will welcome back part of the youngest band ever to play there. This time, former Bleak City band mates Paul LoPresti (keys, vocals) and Alexander "Sandy" Eldred (bass, vocals) will rock the house with their original songs.The two have been collaborating since rejoining forces after both left the band known as Bleak City,which had been the youngest band ever to play the club at the time of their engagement in 2005. Hailing from the Atlantic City area, they have named the new band Apocket Bleu and have enjoyed rising success with their jazz and classical infused original rock tunes. They are joined by Kevin Kern (drums, guitar, vocals) and Ryan Schugar (guitar, drums, vocals). The four young men meld their individual styles and draw from a variety of genres to craft a unique sound not heard from other bands their age. They are highly talented and knowledgeable musicians with tremendous playing experience. The result is a sophisticated sound with rich instrumentals and unique sounding vocals.Two of the band members work as sound engineers at Super Duperz recording studio in Ventnor, NJ. where they have further developed their "ear" for music while working sessions for many varied musicians and bands. The band played as part of Barnegat Township's Fourth of July celebration and has been asked to return for their annual Pirate's Day in early September. Since then, their calendar continues to fill with opportunities which are sure to continue. Individual band member's biographies can be found on their web site, along with MP3s, video footage, and more. Visit www.apocketbleu.com and prepare to be blown away by these fabulous, up and coming musicians. Be a part of history and come hear this band while they are still a "local" act. For more information contact Neil Cirucci Public Relations at cindymargolispr@aol.com and 609-513-1689

PR Web


- Neil Cirucci Public Relations


"Apocket Bleu Looking for their "Break""

Apocket Bleu looking for their “Break”-------
Band to be part of The Break Contest at famed Stone Pony

Atlantic City, NJ, January 29, 2008


On Sunday February 10th, The Stone Pony, Asbury Park’s legendary night club, will welcome back Apocket Bleu back to perform as part of The Break contest. The Break is the official contest for The Bamboozle East and Left, an annual multi-day concert held at The Meadowlands. Local bands will compete in a multiple round elimination process that will award bands a set at the renowned music fest. Apocket Bleu has performed at The Stone Pony on several occasions and was invited back to compete for a spot on the big stage at The Meadowlands on May 3rd and 4th, 2008.
The band is comprised of four young men including former Bleak City band mates Paul LoPresti (keys, vocals) and Alexander “Sandy” Eldred (bass, vocals), along with Ryan Schugar (guitar, drums and vocals), and Jon Zoerb (drums, vocals). Bleak City was a former Break Contest winner, but the band split up before they could go on to the big event.
Apocket Bleu band members draw from a variety of genres to craft a unique sound not heard from other bands their age. Hailing from the greater Atlantic City area, they have enjoyed rising success with their jazz and classical infused original rock tunes. They are highly talented and knowledgeable musicians with tremendous collective playing experience given their youth. The result is a sophisticated sound with rich instrumentals and unique sounding vocals.
Guitarist Ryan Schugar has been Austin, TX where he met with Willie Nelson. Nelson has a recently launched independent record label and reportedly has an interest in the group. In addition, the band has worked on an original score for an upcoming movie.
Bassist Sandy Eldred performed at the Inaugural Mid-Atlantic Blues and Music Festival in Atlantic City, held September 29th and 30th , 2007at Bernie Robbins Stadium. He shared the stage with children of Blues Legends such as Muddy Waters, Johnny Lee Hooker, Luther Allison, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Lonnie Brooks and more.
In addition, Apocket Bleu was chosen from thousands of submissions to appear in The Cape May Singer Songwriter event, which will be held in the resort town on March 6-8, 2008. This is a truly remarkable accomplishment since they placed among artists from all over the world for this event. It speaks to the quality of their writing and performance. They will be showcased at Cabanas on Friday, March 7th, at 8:30, as the opening act of the event. It comes at a particularly good time for the band which is due to release it’s first full length album this spring.
Since their official launch in the summer of 2007, the band’s calendar continues to fill with opportunities which are sure to escalate. Locally, they have upcoming performances scheduled at Le Grand Fromage (Atlantic City), Cape May Singer Songwriter at Cabanas, and more. Check the band website at www.apocketbleu.com
and their My Space at www.myspace.com/apocketbleu
for dates and times.
Individual band member’s biographies can also be found on their website, along with MP3s, video footage, and more.
For more information on The Break Contest, visit www.thebreakcontest.com
and for The Bamboozle, visit www.thebamboozle.com.
The Cape May Singer Songwriter event can be viewed at www.sscapemay.com.

Tickets can be purchased for The Stone Pony in advance, show time tba.

Be a part of history and come support Apocket Bleu, while they are still a “local” act!

For more information contact Neil Cirucci Public Relations at neil@neilciruccipublicrelations.com or phone (609) 513-1689.

- Neil Cirucci Public Relations


"Apocket Bleu Headlines 4th of July Celebration at Moody Joody's in Barnegat, New Jersey"

New Jersey's hottest new band features former Bleak City Band members, Sandy Eldred on bass, and Paul LoPresti on keys and vocals.

(PRWEB) July 4, 2007 -- One of the most popular bands in New Jersey, Apocket Bleu will be featured Wednesday July 4th playing at the Barnegat, NJ Independence Day celebration. The band will be in front of Moody Joody's restaurant directly across from the municipal park where most of the festivities will take place. Moody Joody's is a landmark location in Barnegat and has launched many great bands.


Moody Joody's Restaurant is located on Rte 9 and East Bay Avenue in the heart of the towns Historic District next to the "Gazebo". Family owned and operated Moody Joody's offers great food with an attitude and as Megean the owner points out, the food has the attitude, not the staff.


Equally comfortable on stage playing best loved classic rock and modern Rock covers or originals, Apocket Bleu will rock the house with their sophisticated style that belies their age and look.


Comprised of four talented young men ages 16-18, their individual playing experience as musicians coupled with that rare, magical chemistry makes Apocket Bleu a band that will not only please the crowd at Moody Joody's on July 4th at 6pm but continue to establish themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the world of unsigned bands. In addition to Sandy Eldred on bass Apocket Bleu features Kevin Kern on drums, Ryan Schugar on guitar and Paul Lopresti on keyboards. For more information please visit their site at www.apocketbleu.com or contact Neil Cirucci at 609-513-1689.

- PR Web


"Band of the Week: Apocket Bleu"

Published: Thursday, March 06, 2008


They may only be high-school-age musicians, but Apocket Bleu has become one of southern New Jersey's shining stars in the local music scene, playing a nice amount of gigs while also participating in major events. Their latest venture is at this weekend's Singer-Songwriter Cape May Showcase, which takes place on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8.
Apocket Bleu's keyboardist, vocalist and lyricist Paul LoPresti met bandmates Sandy Eldred in 2005 while playing in a teen rock and blues band. LoPresti and Eldred continued to play together in different musical outfits, but they ultimately decided they needed to form a group of their own that was more musically diverse.

"We really wanted to put something together with high-caliber musicians who wanted to do more than play the three-minute pop song," LoPresti says. "With my classical background and Sandy's jazz and blues experience, we were going to put together a band we felt could make a unique sound in the pop/rock world."

By spring 2007, Apocket Bleu officially formed with guitarist Ryan Schugar and drummer Jon Zoerb.

For LoPresti, a unique sound is truly something important, but he doesn't shy away from comparing the band to Radiohead, Queen, Beck, Jane's Addiction, The Who and Cream.

Apocket Bleu is currently preparing for this weekend's showcase as well as The Break, a battle of the later this month at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.
And just in case you're wondering - there is some meaning behind the band's unusual, quasi-French name.

"'Apocket' is a musical term meaning 'a groove,'" LoPresti says. "And 'bleu' is French for blue; it sounds more interesting than 'a blue groove.' We have thought about changing it, but it's starting to stick."


Specialty: Apocket Bleu may be a group of very young musicians, but their talent is too great to ignore. You can hear classical, blues, rock, jazz and even pop influences.


New To Setlist: Though Apocket Bleu prides themselves on their original work, they also throw in a few cover songs for fun. "Some of our favorite (covers) are 'World Of Pain' by Cream, 'Night Flight' by Led Zeppelin and 'Sexx Laws' by Beck," LoPresti says.


Roster: Jon Zoerb, percussion; Sandy Eldred, bass; Ryan Schugar, guitars; Paul LoPresti, keyboards and vocals.


Why They're Cool: Apocket Bleu is a semifinalist at The Break, which is being held March 22 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Apocket Bleu is also among the youngest bands asked to play the First Annual Singer-Songwriter Cape May Showcase, taking place this weekend.


Originals: Apocket Bleu is currently putting the finishing touches on their full-length album, which LoPresti says will include eight original songs plus one cover track. The newest original songs to the setlist include "Gentle Mythology," "Black Fire" and "Oceans Of Resonance."


Claim To Fame: "We're the only band I know that gets free studio time," LoPresti says. "We're on (the air) regularly Wednesday 2 to 6 p.m. on Stockton's WLFR radio."


Go See Them: Catching an Apocket Bleu show in the near future will not be hard. You can see them play at the Singer-Songwriter Cape May Showcase 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, Beach Drive in Cape May, and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Carney's "The Other Room," Beach Drive in Cape May, though the Carney's performance will be only LoPresti and Eldred. On Sunday, March 16, Apocket Bleu will be performing at PhilaFunk Live in Philadelphia at 2 p.m., and on Saturday, March 22, at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park for the semifinals of The Break.


Web Sites: www.apocketbleu.com, www.myspace.com/apocketbleu

- Story by Rebecca Grites
- The Press of Atlantic City


"Songwriters Unite Singer-Songwriter conference hits Cape"

There's a first time for everything, and this weekend is the First Annual Singer-Songwriter of Cape May Conference. Most of the locals, however, can think of the conference as another music festival. Congress Hall will host the two-day event that features business panels, workshops, mentoring, networking and trade shows, as well as more than 100 musical professionals ready and waiting to give speeches, mentor guests and, of course, perform.
John Harris, the director of the conference, which takes place Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, has been a festival and music promoter, booking agent and primary organizer of the Millennium Music Conference for more than 30 years, and says he's thrilled to offer this international music experience in Cape May.

While there will be plenty to do during the day, the fun really happens at night, when local venues like Congress Hall, Carney's, Cabanas, The Mad Batter, Ugly Mug, Jackson Mountain House, Pilot House, The C-View Inn and Lucky Bones will host some talented musicians who have traveled from around the world to participate.

More than 250 applied to perform, but only the best were chosen.

"The showcase is truly an international event built on a foundation of regional acts," Harris says. International artists include: Kathleen Haskard (London), LA 5 (Puerto Rico), Simon Shapiro (Australia), and David Blair and The Respectables (Canada). There will also be performances by acts coming from Nashville, Tenn., Austin, Texas, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix and Los Angeles. In terms of local color, New Jersey artists include: Twelve 01, Round 3, Apocket Bleu, Stuyvesant, F5, Tom Leonik, Joe Whyte, Anj, Dustin Miller, Melinda Davis, Jodelle and Jeff Saxon.

Harris says the event is designed to showcase new music and restaurants in Cape May.
"Expect a celebration of music and community," he says. Headliners include: Craig Bickhardt, who recently placed first in the Fourth Annual International Acoustic Music Awards and Laura Warshauer, who was recently signed to Island Records and has a debut album on the way.

During the daytime conference, musical keynotes will be delivered by Robert Hazard and Jeffrey Gaines. Dick Gabriel (AFM-Hollywood), Larry Goldfarb (Tin Angel) and musical producers Joe Donofrio, E. Michael Harrington and Joseph Tarsia will also be giving speeches and presenting workshops throughout the entire event.

The best part is that the evening performances will be free. The daytime events at Congress Hall are for registered guests only. For more information, including schedules, go to www.sscapemay.com and www.acteva.com/go/sscapemay.

By REBECCA GRITES For At The Shore - Press of Atlantic City


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DEMO 2007 CD "Apocket Bleu", available by contacting webmaster@apocketbleu.com

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Collective experience that cannot be rivaled by most their age, Apocket Bleu's strengths are many.
Their original songs show an understanding of musical styles that is broad and a depth of knowledge well beyond "average". These young men are serious professionals and are destined for the top.
Influences include jazz, rock, funk and classical and combine to make a unique and complex sound that is all their own.