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"Seven bands for seven dollars"

The Spectator

March 26, 2008 6:00 AM


SOMERSET — David Fazzina’s band, Kenaz, plays in a club or bar twice a month on average. It’s not something they do to make money. They play their progressive rock for fun and the promoter or establishment make the money off their music. But on Saturday night, Kenaz and six other bands will be performing one big concert, not to make any profits for anyone, but to raise money for a good cause- the American Cancer Society.

The concert on March 29 will go from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Police Athletic League hall in Fall River.

Fazzina, a Somerset resident, has organized the show which will not only include Kenaz, but also local bands Misborn, Stone Leaf, Evident, In Soma Holiday, Embrance and This Is Us. All of the bands play various types of rock from lighter versions to heavier tastes.

"It’s supposed to appeal to anyone who likes music with guitars in it," Fazzina said.

Tickets for the show will be seven dollars.

Fazzina organized the show for the Relay for Life event that benefits the American Cancer Society because he said everyone knows somebody who has been affected by cancer.

The current lineup for Kenaz has been together for six years. Fazzina and guitarist Mark Toolin started the band 10 years ago at Somerset Junior High School. Keith Boyer is the lead singer of the band while James Boyer is the drummer.

Fazzina and Carvalho are 2002 graduates of Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Toolin is a 2002 graduate of Somerset High School and Boyer is a 2000 graduate of SHS.

Kenaz has been playing at clubs in New Bedford, Providence, R.I. and Boston.

"We enjoy playing live," Fazzina said. "It’s a sense of accomplishment playing live. It’s rewarding when people like it and get into it."

Kenaz has been influenced by Led Zeppelin, Tool, Rush and Audioslave, but also plays original music. Fazzina describes it as a "metal hard rock." He said the band will be working on a full length CD this summer. He said they enjoy entertaining people with music they have created.

"To take something you’ve worked on and to share it with a group of people is like the best feeling," Fazzina said.

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- The Spectator


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Beginning any journey takes time, dedication and sacrifice. The goal of any journey is to reach self-fulfillment and a certain level of greatness. Greatness that can be appreciated by everyone. The journey of Kenaz began in 1997 when the founders of Kenaz, Dave and Mark originally formed a hard rock band called Red Dissent. After some line up changes, and Mark switching from percussion to guitar, Red Dissent evolved into a far more aggressive hardcore act, in the process changing their name to Despise. After a brief stint of local success, a string of personal struggles between the band members caused a split.

After all of the problems from the past, Dave and Mark decided to give it one more try. With some new melodies and ideas rushing through their heads, they recruited Adam Lawrence, Ethan Weeks and Jeff Simcock. This would be the foundation of Kenaz. After a year or so, Jeff left to pursue "new musical directions" and the band began looking for the next singer in their journey.

In the late summer of 2005, the band drafted an old high school friend of Dave's, a Fall River native named Keith Carvalho. A multi-talented musician, Keith was the perfect catalyst for the band in their new direction. Keith's diverse musical influences and songwriting ability began to mold the band into a new stronger unit.

After over two years and eighteen live performances, Ethan Weeks retired from Kenaz. No, he didn't die in a bizarre gardening accident or spontaneously combust... His life was simply heading in a different direction, most importantly, film directing.

In June of 2006, Kenaz went on to draft Swansea, Massachusetts native James Boyer. James was officially introduced as a member of Kenaz on Friday, September 22nd 2006 at KC's Tap in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. James's amazing abilities added a new dimension to the sound of Kenaz and has made the band into the strongest, tightest line-up in its near 10 year history. In early 2007 the band parted ways with longtime keyboardist Adam Lawrence and continues to progress with thier ever changing sound of dynamic music.

Concert Archive:
11.27.04 - Club Deniro : Taunton, MA
01.08.05 - Club Deniro : Taunton, MA
03.18.05 - Club Deniro : Taunton, MA
04.21.05 - KC's Tap : Pawtucket, RI
05.13.05 - American Legion : Seekonk, MA
05.19.05 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
06.24.05 - KC's Tap : Pawtucket, RI
07.23.05 - Jarrod's Place : Attleboro, MA
02.10.06 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
02.18.06 - Copperfield's : Boston, MA
03.24.06 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
04.01.06 - KC's Tap : Pawtucket, RI
04.14.06 - Club Aurora : Taunton, MA
05.26.06 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
06.11.06 - The Eagle : Fall River, MA
06.17.06 - Copperfield's : Boston, MA
07.21.06 - KC's Tap : Pawtucket, RI
07.23.06 - Rockfest @ New Wave Cafe
09.22.06 - KC's Tap : Pawtucket, RI
12.02.06 - Century Lounge : Providence, RI
12.29.06 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
01.12.07 - Venus De Milo : Somerset, MA
01.27.07 - Copperfields : Boston, MA
02.09.07 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
02.10.07 - Club Aurora : Taunton, MA
02.18.07 - P.A.L: Cancer Benefit : Fall River, MA
02.25.07 - Bullfinch Yacht Club : Boston, MA
03.10.07 - Penalty Box : Providence, RI
04.06.07 - Copperfields : Boston, MA
04.07.07 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
04.13.07 - Good Time Emporium : Sommerville, MA
08.03.07 - Venus DeMilo: Swansea, MA
09.22.07 - Copperfields: Boston
10.06.07 - Good Time Emporium : Sommerville, MA
10.20.07 - Bridge Street Station : Fairhaven, MA
11.24.07 - Whiplash : Stoughton, MA
12.28.07 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
02.08.08 - Transient Authority : New Bedford, MA
02.29.08 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
03.17.08 - Living Room : Providence, RI
03.29.08 - PAL : Fall River, MA (Cancer Benefit)
04.16.08 - Lucky Dog Music Hall : Worcester, MA
05.18.08 - Middle East Upstairs : Boston, MA
05.30.08 - New Wave Cafe : New Bedford, MA
08.15.08 - Venus de Milo : Swansea, MA
10.11.08 - Rock for Cancer : Fall River, MA
11.22.08 - Jerky's : Providence, RI