ARIEL

ARIEL

 Alameda, California, USA
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ARIEL is a rock band with original songs that have intelligent lyrics and are known for their exciting live performances. ARIEL has received considerable radio play with their latest CD and the song “Crank Up the Victrola.” Winners of East Bay Express’s Best of the East Bay in 2007 & 2008

Biography

ARIEL is an original rock band that performs the music of award winning singer/songwriters JJ Jenkins and George Petersen. ARIEL is currently supporting the critical and commercial success of their latest CD “Sure Thing, You Bet!” With the radio singles “Crank up the Victrola” and “Zombies” receiving steady play in most national markets and overseas, ARIEL consistently draws well, living up to their reputation as exciting and formidable live performers. ARIEL received the East Bay Express newspaper’s “Best of the East Bay” award in 2007 for “Most Rousing Band” and in 2008 for “Best Old School Musical Act.”

Based in California, ARIEL has been a live music staple, performing countless live shows in venues varying from intimate clubs to large festivals. ARIEL has been lucky enough in the past to have been featured in concert supporting such luminaries as Carlos Santana, Eddie Money, Starship, John Lee Hooker and even Metallica!

ARIEL’s consists of founders JJ Jenkins on lead vocals, guitar/keyboards and George Petersen on lead vocals and drums. The ARIEL sound is augmented by guitar virtuosos Chris LaRocca and Kristian Habenicht along with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Walter Bush.

ARIEL first made a name with the single release, "In Mendocino," a reggaeish paean to the specialty agricultural industry, which received massive West Coast airplay. Greetings from Ariel!, the band’s debut album, included the singles "An American Girl," (featuring guitar phenom Ronnie Montrose) and "Stuck in Traffic" (with Night Ranger’s Brad Gillis). ARIEL’s next CD was International World. Recorded in multiple languages, its title track--a rock anthem to world peace--has been heard in various forms in nearly every country in the world. The album also yielded the haunting hit "Poem for Cassandra." ARIEL gained national attention in 2004 with the “Wartime President Song,” an anti-war novelty song. ARIEL’s latest CD “Sure Thing, You Bet!,” has received a goodly amount of radio play, along with the singles “Crank Up the Victrola” and “Zombies,” and the band is poised to make a national presence with its next CD release.

Lyrics

INTERNATIONAL WORLD

Written By: JJ Jenkins/George Petersen

International World: One Earth, One People.
International World: One Earth, One People.
Raise your voice. Make the choice.
We are one international world.

There are those who would condemn the future
to a world of past mistakes.
Along the way, they missed the lesson:
Working together is all it takes.

Across the borders, come together.
Reach out to the other side.
Our differences make us stronger:
Join in one world unified.

Let the people in every nation,
every culture join as one.
Sharing in the celebration:
Peace at last: The time has come.

From the album "International World"
Words and Music by JJ Jenkins and George Petersen
© 1995 JENPET Music International (ASCAP)

CLIMBING

Written By: JJ Jenkins/George Petersen

Do you remember the summer of love?
Do you recall the time?
Channeling the music of our very soul.
We filled the world with rhyme.

I still recall the spring that we were sprung.
I still remember when
We took that oath to never come undone
Now you say "That was then".

Now you're a climber.
climb on, climb on to the top.
Now you're a climber.
You keep on climbing.You can't stop.

Do you remember my sudden fall from grace?
Do you recall that ride?
Love rollercoaster flying off the tracks of your
abluthophobic pride.

I still recall the winter of our discontent.
I still can feel the pain.
It makes me sad to know that for a ha-penny
You'd do it all again

'Cause you're a climber.
climb on, climb on to the top.
Now you're a climber.
You keep on climbing. You can't stop.

From the album "Sure Thing, You Bet!"
Words and Music by JJ Jenkins and George Petersen
© 2007 JENPET Music International (ASCAP)

CRANK UP THE VICTROLA

Written By: JJ Jenkins/George Petersen

Crank up the Victrola
Let the music ring.
It'll soon make everything alright.

Outside the cold cuts through me.
Icy shoulder of society.
When the world closes in,
I let it begin.
Reach for the needle. I'm free.

Crank up the Victrola
Karmic message spinning round.
I am high upon the sound tonight.

Abuse is the gift that you bring me.
Wrapped up with a bow prettily.
When I'm on the ground.
I just put the needle down.
Reach for the volume. I'm free.

Crank up the Victrola
Let the music ring.
It'll soon make everything alright.

"You can't fight the system" you tell me.
Yet it's the system that won't let me be.
So I wind till it's wound.
Drop the needle down.
Turn up the volume. I'm free.

Crank up the Victrola
Karmic message spinning round.
I am high upon the sound tonight.

Crank up the Victrola
Let the music ring.
It'll soon make everything alright.
alright. alright. alright.

From the album "Sure Thing, You Bet!"
Words and Music by JJ Jenkins and George Petersen
© 2007 JENPET Music International (ASCAP)

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?

Written By: JJ Jenkins/George Petersen

Are You Ready to Rock?
(Jenkins/Petersen)

Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Cause we're ready to rock.

Got the drums set up. Mics plugged in.
Bass full up. Knob’s broke at ten.
Want screaming guitar? That we got..
Amps are sizzlin'. Getting' hot.
Showtime's here. We're ready to go.
But there’s one thing that we gotta know.

Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Cause we're ready to rock.

Drums are poundin'. Beats on fire.
The bass is cranked. Can't go no higher. Screaming guitar. Here we go.
Still one thing we gotta know.

Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?
Cause we're ready to rock.

POEM FOR CASSANDRA

Written By: JJ Jenkins/George Petersen

Poem For Cassandra
(Jenkins/Petersen)

Oh Cassandra.
Worry not about tomorrow.
Lest today would pass you by.

Oh Cassandra.
Think thee not about the sorrow
Or what portent dreams may signify.

Cry out, cry out
and spread the warning.
In the dark of night,
you ve seen the morning.
Oh let it not be in vain.

Oh Cassandra.
Ten sanguine years behind us.
The time has come to celebrate.

Oh Cassandra.
Now that peace has come to find us,
Athena s gift shall guide our fate.

Cry out, cry out
and spread the warning.
In the dark of night,
you ve seen the morning.
Oh let it not be in vain.

Oh Cassandra.
To tempt the gods was your decision.
Apollo sought to open up your eyes.

Oh Cassandra.
Still tormented by the vision,
And Ilium soon to realize.

ZOMBIES

Written By: JJ Jenkins/George Petersen

Zombies
(Jenkins/Petersen)

Ten key star. Fancy car.
Put down that phone. Listen to me.
Morning toot. Good commute.
Lemmings wander to the sea.

And your corporate masters just enthrall.
Jump you lackeys, take the fall.
Hear them call, Zombies one and all.

Leather chair. Vacant stare.
Perks for the loyal company man.
Bottom line, Money's time.
You minions get in step with the plan.

And your corporate masters just enthrall.
Jump you lackeys, take the fall.
Hear them call, Zombies one and all.

Here's the life you went to school for.
Push some paper, get your pay.
Still there's one goal left to shoot for...
Canto Venti Tre

Cutting edge. Nesbit wedge.
The fashion statement of the day.
Evenings free. Watch T.V.
Turn on, tune in, do what they say.

And your corporate masters just enthrall.
Jump you lackies, take the fall.
Hear them call, Zombies one and all.

California

Written By: JJ Jenkins/George Petersen

Three years here I can't stay.
So long New York, I'm going away.
No sad farewells, it'll feel just great
to get back to the Golden State.

California, California:
Calling me back.
California, California:
Calling me back to your arms.

Ooh, those girls are so pretty,
in every town and every city:
from San Diego to San Jose;
from Trinidad to Monterey.

California, California:
Calling me back.
California, California:
Calling me back to your arms.

Gold rush fever brought me here.
Thousands follow year by year.
Drawn by California sun,
folks working hard and having fun.

California, California:
Calling me back.
California, California:
Calling me back to your arms.

Discography

Sure Thing, You Bet!
EveryWednesday Night
International World
Greetings from Ariel!

Set List

Songs played on ARIEL’s 2009 “Place Another Bet” tour

An American Girl
Another Turn of the Page (New Song)
Are You Ready to Rock?.
Bordertown
Church of the Cosmic Cookie
Climbing
Crank Up the Victrola
El Dorado Gold
Franklin, Jackson and Grant
Got to Find the Love
Halfway to Harris
How Now?
In Mendocino
International World
Lane Splitter (New Song)
Looking for Trouble (New Song)
Mercury’s in Retrograde (New Song)
Nick Fury (New Song)
Poem for Cassandra
Zombies