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Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chicago, Illinois, United States
Band Alternative Rock


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Blackbox follows in the footsteps of bands like Lit or Local H. They feature sing-along choruses over headbanger bases and seems written for the sole purpose of sticking in your noggin. Love it!-Joe Simek Illinois Entertainer Feb 2007 issue pg 42 - Illinois Entertainer


Blackbox-Never Gonna Give 2009
Blackbox w/ Rhymefest, and Aleon Craft-Closed Sessions ATX 2011
Blackbox-We Are The Ones (summer 2011)



This Powerhouse Emmy Award Winning two piece is fronted by charismatic singer/guitarist/songwriter Damon Ranger and backed by the mighty Gregg Potter on drums. Hailing from Chicago, Blackbox intertwines enormous guitars, pummeling drums, catchy hooks, and big choruses into beautifully crafted rock/pop songs.

In 2009 Blackbox won an EMMY Award for their performance on the Grammy Awards Program “Grammy In The Schools.” The song was broadcast on CBS and guitar legend Rick Nielsen joined them on the performance. In 2010 Blackbox was nominated for a second EMMY Award for their behind the scenes tv segments from the Vans Warped Tour.

Blackbox has played with Social Distortion, Billy Corgan, Eagles Of Death Metal, Good Charlotte, Third Eye Blind, Boys Like Girls, All Time Low, LMFAO, Crash Kings, Blake Lewis (American Idol), Maroon 5, Marty Casey and The Lovehammers, Chevelle, Taproot, Bad Religion, Malik Yusef, NOFX, Local H, Mest, Alkaline Trio, Butthole Surfers, Jet, Theory Of A Deadman, Skid Row, Lupe Fiasco, Cheap Trick, Billy Squier, Future Leaders of the World, Lit, Saliva, The Parlor Mob, White Tie Affair, Egypt Central, The Riddlin Kids, Denver Harbor, Bang Camero, The Bomb, Solace For Now, The Black Mariah, Exit The Kings, The McClymonts, The Dreaming, The Last Vegas, The Frogs, Hot Action Cop, Monster Magnet, Rhymefest, Hawthorne Heights, Bullets and Octaine, Neko Case, Huck Johns, Fig Dish, The Virgins, Shat, John Ralston, and more.

Blackbox has toured : Vans Warped Tour 2009, Bamboozle Road Tour 2010, Lollapalooza’s BMF Artist Lounge Stage 2009 & 2010, Summerfest (4 years straight), Riot Fest 2009, SXSW 2008-2010, Japan Tekken World Championships 2010 Tour, Red Gorilla Music Fest Austin 2008-2010, NAMM Anaheim 2007-2011, International Pop Overthrow, Mobfest, Chicago Grammy Chapter and more.

Blackbox is also packing fans in on hometown headliner shows at House of Blues, Metro, Double Door, Kinetic Playground, Lasalle Power Company, The Rave (Milwaukee) even headlining Chicago’s Millennium Park and Six Flags Theme Park to thousands.

Blackbox has their own TV/Internet segment with CBS 2 Chicago. Which has won Damon Ranger 6 Emmys. Since July 2007 Blackbox has had Sonic Youth, Silverchair, Patti Smith, Rhymefest, Lupe Fiasco, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Perez Hilton, Butch Walker, Juliette Lewis, Motion City Soundtrack, Kate Voegele, Peter Bjorn and John, Cold War Kids, Satellite Party, Snow Patrol, G Love, Electric Six, Buddy Guy, and more....on their segment. In 2009 WCIU tv picked up Blackbox to host a tv segment on their new morning show “You and Me This Morning.”

From February 1-Feburary 13, 2007 Blackbox, as an unsigned band, was the Q101.1 “Cage Match” champions on Q101 Chicago radio with the song “Girls Like You”. Blackbox enjoyed constant radio airplay on a major market radio station and getting voted the top song for 13 days straight.

Q101.1 Radio Chicago named Blackbox their "Band to Bust Out" in September 2008

Q101.1 Radio Chicago and Old Style “Krausened” Blackbox best Chicago band in 2010

Gregg Potter proudly uses (and endorses) Gibralter Hardware, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Drumheads, Slug, and Trick Drums. Damon Ranger proudly uses (and endorses) Sennheiser Wireless, Gibson, Bugera Amps, Behringer,. Blackbox has clothing endorsement deals with Dickies, Converse, Salvage, Cut-Throat Fightgear and Marty Flint accessories.

Blackbox is no stranger to collaboration, they are in demand studio musicians and songwriters, in 2010 Damon teamed up with Grammy Award Winner Malik Yusef to start a songwriting partnership to create songs for other signed artists. Damon also teamed up with Grammy Award Winner Rhymefest to write and record a new single for EA Sports. Gregg teamed up with drumming royality Cathy Rich, Daughter of Buddy Rich for a series of drumming videos, studio projects, and to host the 2011 Buddy Rich Memorial Concert.

Damon has a clothing line “DR by Cocomocha” which can be bought in stores nationwide.

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