Lou Mars Band
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Lou Mars Band

Morro Bay, California | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | INDIE

Morro Bay, California | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2010
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Apr
12
Lou Mars Band @ San Simeon Indie Festival

San Simeon, California, United States

San Simeon, California, United States

Jun
07
Lou Mars Band @ Morro Bay Music Festival

Morro Bay, California, United States

Morro Bay, California, United States

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"Comments/Reviews/Feedback: received from the "Lou Mars Broken" release..."

"Put Away" (Music Video & Song)

Very, very cool, I definitely loved the video, but I really love the lyrics~very thought provoking~
pebblestreasure21

LOVE IT! the? line drawing graphics are cool of you! glad you are not "broken" anymore and you are doing what you love to do. making music has always been your passion.
peacefuloneinashland

Well, you definitely capture what I believe is the essence of this track! Nicely done! BTW.....love the special guest appearance! You just keep getting better Lou! Keep up the AMAZING work =)
Sande Collins

"Wonder" (Music Video & Song)
Rocking sound, Lou. Wonder is sweet.
The Blind Spots

Vary Cool video Lou it makes me remember some old friends ;)
Chris Jacquet

Hey Lou....I'm checkin out wonder right now good stuff my friend good stuff :)
From: Artist - Eyes Closed Audio

Lou "Wonder" really touched my heart.Your relevent,Catchy & you really put honesty in your songs.Video parts are top flight.My ex lives in Morrow Bay & you who live there are blessed.Keep 'em coming Lou.TTYL!!!!!!!!!
Charles Anthony Cunha

Love this! And wow, you're hair is long! :-)
Kelly Jones

I think I like “Wonder” and "Put Away" the best. Perhaps because I can relate to it them the most.
Amy Carroll

"OtherSide" (Music Video & Song)

Great, is all I can say to this! Soooo good to see one of my favorite songs from you put to a video!!! Well Done LOU!!!!
Sande Collins

Awsome. ?
DOROTHYSDREAM2010

Nice! I love it!!! You are looking fantastic and? sounding awesome!
hotdigittydogger

Comments on the audio release: Lou Mars - Broken in General

...very cool tracks here Lou..at times, there's almost a nu-wave early 80's synth vibe to the songs..lovin those twisty chord progressions for "is this reality", and a great electro vibe to "put away". tight playing and loads of good catchy grooves. Tasty!!
MikeWhitePresents

Heard you on ReverbNation radio and became a fan. Followed you on Twitter too.
Keep up the good work!
From: Artist - Rock of Ages

Nice sound on these songs. Good Feel to all of them. Nice Vocals and Instrumentation hee. Kinda has a 80's Vibe to them. Played everything today. My picks for today: Put Away, Wonder, Broken Toys, Teaser and Treadmill.
From: Artist - Extreme Dream

"Looking for an answer" reminds me of Pink Floyd "Learning to fly", totally different but similar feel. Vocals remind me a bit of Michael Nesmith, a great songwriter. You have a "new" classic sound. Great job. cheers.
From: Artist - Spike James and the Names

I enjoyed the music!! I am now your fan.
From: Artist - Jessie LaRae (singer/songwriter)

yeah definitely reminds me of Pink Floyd...very tight and solid...best of luck!
From: Artist - Lynnay

You have Beautiful Music!
Keep Rock'N!!!!!!!!
Steven of Space Angel 7

Hi,and wow love the music...many simular influense's...much love&respect,
Brett Basil - Captured from FaceBook/YouTube/ReverbNation etc


"Chico Drummer Atempts World Record"

A Chico man began his quest Thursday morning to get his name in the Guinness book of World Records. Lou Mars, a professional drummer, will try to drum for 121 consecutive hours or five days plus one hour. Along with the physical and psychological challenges, this attempt will require sound strategy.

At 7:30 Thursday morning the drum sounded. Lou Mars's quest for immortality was underway. And the person who knows him best says he's ready. Lou's wife Karen Maraschiello said "He was ready to go. He was really excited. We had to kind of slow him down a little bit on the drums because he had a lot of adrenalin going."

Adrenaline that will be needed if Lou hopes to fight off the physical and mental beating his body and mind will take to drum consecutively for 121 hours, although rules permit one 5-minute break each hour, which he can carry over for a longer break. The plan is to go 40 hours non-stop accumulating 200 rest minutes.

Lou's trainer Robb Wolf said "And then we're going to pull 120 minutes out of that, put him down and rest him very thoroughly, feed and water him, give him a shower and then get him back out on it."

A bed, shower and bathroom are next to the stage. Guinness standards require Lou to play real songs, he can't just tap on the drum to fill time. That's why every beat of the drum, every clang of the symbol is recorded, and the clock is watched closely in case Guinness officials have any questions.

Wolf aside "Like we have a very thorough documentation process that needed legal review to make sure we have all of our ducks in a row because you don't want to lose on a technicality." Not only will Guinness be watching, so will the entire world as the record-setting attempt is being streamed live all over the globe. "We have people in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand in addition to people all over the United States following this. So we have people literally all over the world following this." By the way, he's playing a lot of Beatles, Zeppelin and Stones. You can cheer him on by going to the Cross-Fit-Norcal Gym on Entler Avenue in person. But only during the daylight hours they'll lock the doors at night. You can follow Lou's progress with the rest of the world by watching a "live" stream of the record attempt by clicking on http://loumarsdrums.com/worldrecord/index.html - KNVN NBC


"Showmanship and the Performing Drummer"

What exactly is a show drummer? Is it flash and speed and twirling drumsticks, or does it require outlandish costumes and over-sized drum kits?
In the early days of jazz and big band music, drummers like Louie Bellson and Gene Krupa were so revered and respected for their drumming prowess and showmanship they would have their own names painted on the front heads of their drum kits alongside the names of their bandleaders.
Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr originally had his name on his bass drum before joining the Beatles and putting his band’s name there instead. Although Starr was not a flashy drummer, his drumming was almost immediately recognizable because he had developed his own style. He was, and still is, definitely a showman.
I remember a concert I saw way back in 1980. It was the band Rush. I had idolized drummer Neil Peart, along with the rest of the band, since their beginning in the mid 70s and seeing them live was like a dream come true. Peart’s set was just as I imagined—a drummer’s throne surrounded by all manner of sparkling drums and percussion. He could virtually turn in any direction and there would be something there to play.
As they launched into their current hit “Tom Sawyer,” I was floored by their sound and Peart’s ability to play rhythms and fills that many drummers strained to copy. Then, in the middle of one of their songs, the unthinkable happened—Peart dropped a stick. It literally went flying across the stage, luckily missing guitarist Alex Lifeson and singer/bassist Geddy Lee.
Without missing a beat, Peart held an open palm behind his head, and from between the backstage curtains a drumstick appeared and was placed directly in Peart’s hand. He continued playing as if nothing had happened and I eventually picked up my dropped jaw from the floor. Now that was showmanship. To be so meticulously organized to the point that Peart had but to hold out his open palm was a tribute to the merits of practice.
Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, between playing his complex drum beats and incredibly difficult fills, had the habit of banging his giant gong with flaming beaters. He would often play his kit bare-handed just to get a different sound.

Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick likes to use a pair of gigantic drumsticks, among other things, when playing live.

Professional drummer Lou Mars, who has been compared to The Who’s Keith Moon, says “I’m a show drummer, but more specifically I think my style is like a controlled crash.” Mars, the grand prize winner of the Dixon Drums’ “Drum your way to Hollywood” Contest, also set the second longest Marathon Drumming World Record at 108.5 hours in January 2010. But showmanship doesn’t have to be all about tricks with flaming beaters or huge drumsticks.

A friend of mine, a drummer by the name of Martin Parker, has played with artists like Ricky Scaggs, Vince Gill, Earl Scruggs, Patti Loveless and Allison Krause and never so much as twirls a drumstick. Yet, he continues to get calls to go on tour because he does one thing very, very well—he drums.
As an entertainer, it’s up to you to make sure the audience gets what it came to see—a show. But performing is also a balancing act that requires you to maintain artistic integrity and play to the best of your ability.

Written by Toby Tate

Toby Tate is a performing musician, songwriter and studio engineer from northeastern North Carolina. Currently a freelance writer, Toby was a reporter and graphic designer for The Daily Advance newspaper for five years and has had stories and articles published in regional and national magazines and on the Internet. His first novel, DIABLERO, a supernatural thriller, will be released worldwide in October by Nightbird Publishing. - Dixon Drums


"Dixon Drum Players"

Lou came to our attention when he won the Grand Prize in our Drum Your Way to Hollywood contents. Lou's great performance style helped him stand out to the judges with his exaggerated hi hat stomping leg kick, head flailing, jumping off the throne, almost-falling-down while crash-cymbal-muting style. He won a Dixon Outlaw in Tobacco Burst Finish. With this renewed interest in drumming and new drum set he has gone on to do some great things. Lou record drums and appear in the music video for Warner Brothers Recording Artist Sharon MaRee on her track "The Way You Love Me." The track was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. For his next feat Lou attempt to break the Guinness Book of Worlds Records for Marathon Drumming. Dixon Drums provided Lou with a Dixon Demon in Urban Camo finish to play during his attempt. Lou raffled off the kit to a lucky winner and gave the proceeds to Little Kids Rock, an organization that raises money to get musical instruments for kids. Lou's body gave out after 108.5 hours, just 12 hours short of what was needed to break the record. The training and the ordeal of the event caused Lou to rethink his lifestyle. He started eating more healthy foods, exercised regularly, and quit drinking. He is currently producing a documentary about this experience. Lou is a great friend to the entire Dixon Drums team. - Dixon Drums


Discography

Professional musician, recording artist and author; Lou Mars, 4th and latest CD release "4NO1 (but u)" ranked within the top 100 World Wide and National Indie *ReverbNation Music charts for the duration of 2014, since its release on 04/04/2014. (*Measurement taken from 3.54 Million) The Lou Mars Band is releasing a 5th full length album “Madness Takes It's Toll,” slated for release May 15, 2015. The single “I'm OK, I Think I'm Fine” from the upcoming album has already received a 90+ score by listeners on Jango WorldWide Radio.

Lou Mars writing style and approach has been compared by critics to the likes of David Bowie, Arcade Fire, and Simple Minds. His genre is considered to be Indie / POP / Rock. Mars drumming was featured in the 'Dixon Drum Your Way to Hollywood' televised special which aired on the Comcast on demand A&R Channel in 2008. The program was edited and reissued by Dixon in 2010 with Mars as the featured artist titled “How to be a Great Drummer.” Mars also appeared in the Warner Brothers recording artist Sharon MaRee music video "The Way You Love Me" which received heavy rotation on the GMC channel in 2009. In 2010 Mars performed for 5 days straight for the Guinness Book World Record Marathon Drumming category, a total of 108.5 hours to place himself as one of only four drummers world-wide to ever play beyond 100 consecutive hours, and the second longest drum performance ever recorded, at the time of the event

Lou Mars Media Coverage, reviews and/or televised playing has been featured on/in...

* KZFR Radio
* Modern Drummer Magazine
* ARC A&R Channel
* Comcast on Demand
* KNVN NBC Action News
* KHSL CBS Action News
* Chico Enterprise Record
* The Buzz
* Drummer Connection
* Daily Motion
* Meta Cafe
* Drum Leech
* Boulder Weekly
* Denver Board
* Euphony News
* Harmony Central
* Webster Journal
* The Westword
* Dixon Drums
* Gear Pipe
* Big Drum Thump
* Herrieds Music

Notable Venues Performed:

* Westlake Studios (Los Angeles CA)
* The Whisky A Go-Go (Los Angeles CA)
* The Roxy (Los Angeles CA)
* The Hilton Circuit (four corner states)
* The Ogden Theater (Denver CO)
* Kennedy's (St Louis MO)
* Club 1082 (Denver, CO)
* University of Arizona (Tucson AZ)
* The Night Train (Tucson, Az)
* Hurricane (Chicago)
* Halftime with UC Berkeley (California)

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Bio

Official Website: http://loumarsband.com

Professional musician, recording artist and author; Lou Mars, 4th and latest CD release "4NO1 (but u)" ranked within the top 100 World Wide and National Indie *ReverbNation Music charts for the duration of 2014, since its release on 04/04/2014. (*Measurement taken from 3.54 Million) The Lou Mars Band is releasing a 5th full length album “Madness Takes It's Toll,” slated for release May 15, 2015. The single “I'm OK, I Think I'm Fine” from the upcoming album has already received a 90+ score by listeners on Jango WorldWide Radio.

Lou Mars writing style and approach has been compared by critics to the likes of David Bowie, Arcade Fire, and Simple Minds. His genre is considered to be Indie / POP / Rock. Mars drumming was featured in the 'Dixon Drum Your Way to Hollywood' televised special which aired on the Comcast on demand A&R Channel in 2008. The program was edited and reissued by Dixon in 2010 with Mars as the featured artist titled “How to be a Great Drummer.” Mars also appeared in the Warner Brothers recording artist Sharon MaRee music video "The Way You Love Me" which received heavy rotation on the GMC channel in 2009. In 2010 Mars performed for 5 days straight for the Guinness Book World Record Marathon Drumming category, a total of 108.5 hours to place himself as one of only four drummers world-wide to ever play beyond 100 consecutive hours, and the second longest drum performance ever recorded, at the time of the event

After a near fatal headon motorcycle accident, while riding his custom Harley Davidson in 2011, Mars bounced back by writing, composing and performing all of the instruments (many from a wheel chair) for three CD releases “Broken, Phoenix Ashes, and Reflect.” produced from 2011 thru 2013. The song catalog is written as a soundtrack to support his upcoming book release titled “Beat Alive” due out in 2015.

Lou Mars Band achieved a RN Indie chart #1 Ranking across the board Locally, Nationally and Worldwide on February 24th, 2013. His 4th and latest release 4NO1 (but U) iranked in the Global Top 20 since its release in April 2014. Currently the Lou Mars band has maintained a Top 20 listing both Nationally and Globally in 2015 under the Indie category. Lou Mars Band Singles have consistently posted high POP Scores of 80+ on Jango Worldwide Radio Airplay.

Contact: Lou Mars Band at: loumars@loumarsofficial.com Cell; 530.592.7258 Website: http://loumarsband.com

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