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“If you are lucky, every now and again a CD that restores your faith in new music will fall into your lap. Kustom Blend’s self-entitled effort is one such CD.”

Bob Frapples – Music Monthly, June 2002

- Music Monthly - Baltimore, MD - 6/02


“It’s not the band’s individual elements that create a flavor; rather, their bold blend that creates context.”

Unsung Hero
- Unsung Hero


“Kustom Blend covered a diverse collection of originals including 'Hoppy Tic Toc', 'Much Obliged', 'Quicksand', and 'Insider'. By the end of their set, their fresh faces were sweat soaked and we were primed for the main attraction.”

Kat Dickinson – Music Monthly, July 2003 - One Night Stand Review (Opener for Crack the Sky at Recher Theatre - May 31st, 2003)

- Music Monthly - Baltimore, MD - 7/03


Discography

2001 - Kustom Blend - (LP)
2002 - Much Obliged/Committed - (Single)
2003 - Vicariously Through Us (Live) - (Live LP)
2005 - East L.A. - (Single for 98Rock Compilation)
2007 - The Goat - (LP)

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Bio

For the past several years Kustom Blend has entertained audiences all over the Mid-Atlantic region with their truly original sound. By fusing rock, classical, jazz, blues and thought provoking lyrics Kustom Blend has caught the attention of many listeners. Their 2001 self titled debut cd and 2003 live cd “Vicariously Through Us – Live” both received rave reviews throughout the region noting the albums’ originality, uncanny gear shifting, powerful production and originality. The self titled album embodies the formative song writing years of Kustom Blend. The members chose to record, “Vicariously Through Us – Live”, at the Royal in Baltimore on July 19, 2003, to capture the pure live essence of a Kustom Blend show. The albums have received radio airtime on several radio stations in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. market including, WIYY 97.9, WHFS 99.1, and WRNR 103.1. For both albums Kustom Blend hired the expertise of producer/engineer Jake Mossman, whom has been involved with a wide array of artists, such as the Boston Pops, Jimmy Eat World, and even the Foo Fighters for their 2003 AOL Broadband special.

The later part of 2004 Kustom Blend began their search for a new guitar player in order to solidify the lineup. After auditions that ended in April of 2005, they selected Rob Selznick (formerly lead singer/guitarist of the Philadelphia based band Clokwork) to fill the guitar position. In July of 2007, Kustom Blend added their first studio album since 2001.

Highlights

Performed on the Taco Bell Locals Stage at the 2003 HFStival, RFK Stadium

Performers at the 2003 HFStival included national acts Audioslave, Jane’s Addiction, The Roots, Godsmack, AFI, Good Charlotte, Jack Johnson and many others. Kustom Blend earned this distinction by being one of nine bands selected for the HFS Big Break Contest. Over 600 bands submitted their material to WHFS 99.1. After the Big Break Contest, WHFS selected five of those nine bands to perform at the 2003 HFStival.

Performed with the following National Acts:

SR-71, Shinedown, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Crack The Sky, The Samples, Jimmies Chicken Shack

Performed at The Rolling Rock Town Fair Competition at held at the Hard Rock Café, in Washington D.C. during the month of June 2003.

Kustom Blend was chosen as a regional finalist for the Mid Atlantic Region.

Performed at the 2002 and 2003 Big Night Baltimore event held on New Year’s Eve at M & T Bank (Ravens Stadium).

Over 5,000 people attended both occasions and other Baltimore local favorites performed including Kelly Bell Band, Laughing Colors, Mr. Greengenes and many others.

Performed at the following major festivals and music conferences located in the Baltimore Metropolitan/Mid Atlantic Area:

Towsontown Festival – 98 Rock Stage - May 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
Artscape - July 2003
Federal Hill Block Party Festival - May 2003
Federal Hill Street Beat Festival - October 2003
Johns Hopkins Festival April 2002, 2003, 2004
Orioles Opening Day Celebration – April 2004
Shamrock Festival - March 2003 (Arlington, VA)
Blocktober Fest - October 2003 (Arlington, VA)
Millennium Music Conference – February 2002, 2003 (Harrisburg, PA)
Dewey Beach Music Festival - September 2002, 2003

Major Original Music Venues Played

Recher Theatre – Towson, MD
Fletchers – Baltimore, MD
The 8 x 10 – Baltimore, MD
M & T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, MD (for Budweiser Bash After Game Events 2003, 2004, 2005 and Big Night Baltimore Events)
University of Maryland, College Park, MD (various student events)
Ramshead Live – Baltimore, MD
Seacrets – Ocean City, MD

Hard Rock Café – Washington, D.C. and Baltimore

State Theatre – Falls Church, VA
TT Reynolds – Fairfax, VA
Iota Club – Arlington, VA
Whitlows – Arlington, VA
Ned Devines – Herndon, VA

Grape Street Pub – Philadelphia, PA

Elbow Room – NY, NY

Rusty Rudder – Dewey Beach, DE
Kelly Logan House – Wilmington, DE