Dakota Black

Dakota Black

 New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA

Dakota Black is a band that blends metal and southern rock to bring forth the true Florida sound. Consisting of veterans of the Central Florida music scene, the band is built on values of hard work and dedication that are the true roots of America. A true American band with an American sound.


Called Central Florida’s Super Group by 101.1 WJRR, Dakota Black has been taken the Florida music scene by storm. 2012 has seen this band of Central Florida music scene veterans ranked as one of the Top 10 bands in numerous polls and contests. They were ranked #7 in the Top 10 Rising Bands in Florida by www.Introuduceyouself.com , #6 in the Rockstar Uproar Battle of the Bands, #3 in the voting for the Hard Rock Rising, and then again in their performance night. Dakota Black has hit the #2 spot in the Daytona Beach, FL charts on Reverbnation and is in the top 10 in the surrounding areas.

With the release of their debut CD “The New Kings of the South” they have been getting regular airplay on numerous radio and internet stations around the country and in Europe. They have been requested multiple times on 101.1 WJRR Native Noise and have been in the top 10 requested on Rock Gator Radio with multiple songs off their debut CD which took the #1 spot of the Top 20 Releases of 2012 and the #5 in The Top 20 Songs of 2012. Dakota Black’s Debut has also ranked in the top 10 in www.beneaththegrindmusic.com ‘s poll for 2012’s Album of the Year and Best Unsigned Guitarist of 2012.

Dakota Black has recently secured an endorsement deal with Spear Guitars USA and is a featured artist on their website www.spearguitarusa.com as well as featured in their 2013 product catalog. Dakota Black will also be featured on the first ever Rock Gator Radio Compilation which features some of the area’s top local bands.

Dakota Black is Hard Rock/ Metal Band from New Smyrna Beach Fl. It consists of Neil Keeran, Steve Mannocchi, Shane Scaramellino, and Steve Baggott. All veterans of the Central Florida music scene, and played in area favorites such as Top Dead Center, Tranquilizer, Coletta and Grumpy*. Each member has years of touring, and studio experience, and has shared the stage with many national acts. Dakota Black is their new project which blends modern metal and southern rock, to bring forth the true Florida sound.

Dakota Black is a band that is built on the values of hard work and dedication that are the true roots of America. With this outlook along with the creativity and experience of its members, the result created something that has been lost in music. A true American band with an American sound.
In 2010, Guitarist Steve Mannocchi along with Bassist Shane Scaramellino, set out to put together something the captures the essence of what Florida music is. They wanted to pull together their influences of metal and southern rock to create what they felt a Florida band should sound like. Both hailing from popular Central Florida bands themselves, they went through an endless stream of musicians they knew to find the right fit for what would become Dakota Black. In late 2010, they found Drummer Steve Baggott, a hard hitting groove oriented drummer that would complement their catchy rhythms, and bring forth a powerful rhythm section that would become the foundation of their song structure.

After penning a few instrumentals, it was time to set forth the search for a singer. After countless auditions, and inquiries from friends and old band mates to be part of this new outfit, the search ended when Neal Keeran took an interest in then unnamed Southern Metal band.
The chemistry was instant with the four members, and the songwriting took a natural flow. By the end of 2011, they recorded their debut CD which will be released in early 2012.

Even before the release of their CD, the songs were posted on numerous music sites such as Reverbnation, Soundclick, Myspace and Purevolume. The tracks received an enormous response that not only catapulted them into the #2 spot on the Daytona Beach Reverbnation Rock Charts, but caught the eye of a dozen different independent labels and promotional companies wanting to be a part of Dakota Black.

With an arsenal of well-crafted songs and the collective musicianship of its members, Dakota Black is becoming a force to reckon with. Their quest to conquer Florida and everything thereafter has begun.

Neil Keeran, a veteran of the Central Florida circuit as a drummer and in most recent years, a vocalist. Neil has fronted popular Central Florida bands such as 5 Minutes Alone, and Dreams Die which became music scene staples in the Florida metal underground and received regular airplay on 101.1 WJRR. In 2007, Neil fronted the popular band Tranquillizer and landed a management deal with Ruins of Old Management. This partnership gave them the opportunity to tour and open for national acts such as metal legends W.A.S.P. and Black Label Society. They became a sought after act and were regularly booked at top Central Florida venues such as the House of Blues and The Hard Rock of Orlando.

Shane Scaramellino has been a sought after bassist for many years in the Central Florida music scene. He has played in countless cover and original bands and played many of the top Centr


New Kings of the South (2012)

Set List

1. Still Bleeding
2. Broken
3. Compromise
4. The New Kings Of The South
5. Buried Alive
6. Dreams Die
7. I'm Gone
8. Oblivious
9. Folsom Prison
10. Sinner's Road
11. The Piper
12. Git' Sum!
13. Fortunate Son
14, Hard To Handle
15. Crossroads
16. Blue On Black
17. Can't You See
18. I'm Gone