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Genre-Busting Teen “Funk-Hop” Group to Showcase at Canadian Music Fest


Pocket City bridges Funk, Hip-Hop and Bluesy Rock – Creates Fresh Vibe

Kitchener, ON – March 10, 2010 – Set to kick-off the Canadian Music Fest blues showcase this coming Saturday at the Silver Dollar Room in Toronto, Pocket City’s fresh, energetic sound will stretch the boundaries of the blues. Pocket City bridges the soulful, energetic styles of funk, old-school hip-hop and bluesy rock to create a vibe that’s fresh and dynamic, dubbed “Funk-Hop”.

Pocket City’s front-man and award-winning Indie recording artist, Alex Tintinalli, provides passionate, soulful vocals, complimented by an arsenal of tasteful guitar licks that help define the band’s sound. His unique style has won him numerous awards for guitarmanship, vocals and songwriting skills including a CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, a feature interview in U.K.’s “Blues Matters” magazine, and the 2009 season championship on Nashville’s “15 Minutes of Fame Jr.” youth talent competition on Nashville’s local cable TV channel.

With lyrics talking about issues concerning the younger generation, Pocket City openly expresses their views on modern day society. Musically, Pocket City is inspired by the likes of Tower of Power, A Tribe Called Quest, Bob Marley, Eminem and James Brown to name a few, resulting in a sound that’s all their own. Tintinalli states “lyrically we’re really telling similar stories of hardship, good times, bad and good relationships, and so on, just like the blues legends did many generations ago, however we’ve packaged them in a manner that captures the attention of the younger audiences of today”.

The band is anchored by the rock-solid, dynamically funky rhythm section featuring Jordan “Ridm” Smith on drums and Donovan “Riko” McKinley on the bass with Nigel “Sporadik” Burke rounding out the sound with his modern percussive accents on the turntables and keyboard.

Since forming in the summer of 2009, Pocket City’s buzz continues to pack venues in their hometown of Kitchener, Ontario. Catch Pocket City at the Silver Dollar Room on Saturday, March 13. Pocket City will play a 40 minute set starting at 5:30pm. Also showcasing are Rick Taylor, Alfie Smith, Elyssa Mahoney & Lucas Haneman Band, Thom Swift and Monkey Junk. More details at



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