Burning Tree
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Sep
03
Burning Tree @ local 662

St Petersburg, Florida, USA

St Petersburg, Florida, USA

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A few weeks ago, we reported the surprising news that St. Petersburg reggae-rock band Burning Tree had reached the finals of a nationwide Battle of the Bands contest sponsored by 7-Eleven. Their prize: A chance to open for N.E.R.D. in New York, and the opportunity to win $10,000 and more fabulous, fabulous prizes. Click here to read all about it.

Well, it turns out the big day is finally here. Tonight, Burning Tree will open for Pharrell Williams and company at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza in New York, and you can watch it happen. Click here to see the concert streaming live on Facebook, starting at 8 p.m.

After the show, you can vote for one of three bands to move onto the next round (hint: you should vote for Burning Tree). - Tampa Bay Times


If you had to pick a band from the Tampa Bay scene that might be plucked from obscurity to open for a national headliner in New York City, Burning Tree would probably not be it.

That's no slam against the St. Petersburg reggae-rockers, who play a tight, fun-loving breed of beach-rock in the vein of Sublime, 311 or Slightly Stoopid. But even they didn't think they had a shot to win a nationwide Battle of the Bands contest sponsored by 7-Eleven.

"I filled out a profile for the band on the Slurpee Nation website, and then I pretty much forgot about it," said singer Dave Rothe. "Three weeks later I got a phone call from them saying that we were one of 12 bands selected out of 900-plus entries."

And just like that, Burning Tree is about to start living the fast-paced 7-Eleven lifestyle. The company is flying the band to New York, where they'll open for N.E.R.D. at the Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Aug. 16. Other finalists will get to open for Train in Los Angeles, All Time Low in Chicago and B.o.B. in Dallas.

This is a nice boost for a band that's finishing up a new EP titled Oppressive Heat, which they'll follow up with a full-length album in 2011. - Tampa Bay Times


The Sublime-like St. Pete reggae-rockers "strive to be the most professional group of slacker-ass stoney drunks that you've never seen," according to their MySpace page. After playing in bands around the area, singer Dave Rothe, guitarist Tommy Slade, bassist Mike Fratone and drummer Frank Meza connected in early 2005, and began writing songs about drinking, smoking up and having a good time. Their 12-song debut LP, Two Steps Back, was due this spring, but Slade recently left the group, meaning the album's release date is up in the air.

"We are beyond stoked," Rothe said in February. "It's going to have 12 tracks on it. It's our first full length. It was tough to pick only 12 songs because we've got a lot material and we didn't want to leave anything out." - Tampa Bay Times


Discography

Oppressive Heat
Something New, Greed, Whatcha Need are receiving streaming airplay on Vradio.

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Burning Tree takes a genre invented by bands like Sublime and 311 and pushes it to new extremes.

Burning Tree has been making waves across the state of Florida since 2004 with their unique brand of “reggae rock” and mesmerizing stage performances. They’ve shared the stage with national touring acts such as Authority Zero, Passafire, The Expendables, The Supervillains, Dirty Heads, SOJA, B Foundation, Mike Pinto, The Movement, Part One Tribe, Outlaw Nation, Meet Me at the Pub, Less Than Jake, Ballyhoo, and Lionize. They’ve played the stage on Van’s Warped Tour, were selected as a finalist in the 2010 7-Eleven Slurpee’s National Battle of the Bands and have had their music featured on the TV show “Island Hoppers” (Sun Sports Network).