On the eve of its biggest gig ever, La Quinta-based One11 is poised to rock Palm Springs with its hearts, minds and instruments.
Evan Boydstun, Ryan Cenicola, Michael Ramirez and Matthew Sutton are four friends who have formed a band and a bond that drives them toward their ultimate goal…a successful ride as indie alternative rock stars.
- Evan – A sophomore at Cal State Fullerton, shreds guitar, lends vocals and enjoys hiking.
- Ryan – A junior at Xavier College Prep in Palm Desert, mans the drums and lends vocals when not killing it at water polo.
- Michael – A Senior at Xavier College Prep, is the lead singer. He also plays guitar and excels at tennis in his spare time.
- Matthew – A sophomore at Loyola Marymount University, sits on the executive board of Fraternity Beta Theta Pi, strums base guitar, lends vocals and DJ’s on weekends.
The second annual Tachevah: A Palm Springs Block Party, which starts at 6 p.m. April 16 in front of the Spa Casino in downtown Palm Springs, presents a platform that could prove monumental. One11 qualified after submitting a video and receiving enough votes from its fans to be one of 10 bands invited to audition last month. They won their audition and will apper as the third local band after the Yip Yops and CIVX. Headliners CLASSIXX and Fitz & The Tantrums will close out the free show.
“We’ve worked for this. This is our home. It’s our time,” they say together.
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Tachevah will be bigger than most of the 200 plus shows One11 has played over the past two years. Presented by promoter Goldenvoice between the two heavy hitting Coachella Fest weekends, the quartet is toting “artist passes” to Coachella’s Weekend Two, meaning there is an opportunity to possibly hit the stage in Indio if Tachevah promoters like what they see and have an opening to fill.
“Tachevah is really cool because it’s a unique platform for innovative music and trailblazers,’ says Evan. “New technology is incorporated into music and it’s a place to get discovered.”
There is also a mutual understanding amongst the foursome that this scene caters to a passionate crowd with an appreciation for fresh musical talent. Ranging in ages 17 to 20, One11 has elevated its sound to go beyond that of a youthful garage band. They have fine tuned their arrangements and infused new technology into the mix, validating their journey to this place and time.
Sitting in the La Quinta kitchen in Ramirez’s house, it’s easy to see the band’s camaraderie and spirit. Despite their diverse talents, differing musical tastes, and often-conflicting schedules, they have found their groove.
- Evan: “We’ve matured musically and the quality of our instruments allows us to experiment.”
- Ryan: “We’ve expanded our abilities to come together as artists.”
- Michael: “Playing together brings out our creativity and is essential to making original music.”
- Matthew: “All of us bring something to the table. A lyric, a bridge change, a beat change. We all add a little meat to the musical skeleton.”
To coincide with their Tachevah debut, One11 will release its new EP, Neat! featuring five new songs. You can download the EP for free from their website: www.one11band.com.
“There’s a lot of buzz about us going into this show,” says Ryan. “People don’t realize how important their support is to us. It makes us want to write new stuff and present a really tight live show. We are so thankful for our followers.”
VIDEO: Hear One11 play "Short: Intro", one of the songs they will play at Tachevah.