Supervillians, Steel Toed Slippers perform June 21 in Richland

Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldJune 17, 2014 

Cool Desert Nights offers up hot music and hot cars this weekend.

The party boys of Supervillains fame will perform June 21 at Ray's Golden Lion, which is in the Uptown Shopping Center off George Washington Way in Richland.

The quartet, based out of Pittsburgh, is comprised of Dom Maresco on drums and lead vocals, Scott 'Skart' Suldo on guitar, Jonathan 'Smally' Cestero on sax and Dan Grundorf on bass.

The band's recipe for cool music is one part ska, two parts reggae and a splash of punk rock tossed in for flavor.

The Supervillains have played at Ray's periodically for about eight years, owner Stan Chin said.

"They have always brought a certain energy (to their gigs) that cannot be described," Chin said. "Reggae vibe is unique, and the crowds are always excited to see Supervillains. "

Showtime is 9 p.m. Cover is $10. The event is open to all ages.

Also on June 21, Steel Toed Slippers from Los Angeles will play at the Emerald of Siam, also in Richland's Uptown Shopping Center.

"These kids are amazing," said Emerald co-owner Dara Quinn. "Lots of people are interested in the Cool Desert Nights affair and its (street) dance, but this will be a fantastic alternative."

Steel Toed Slippers features Will Nicoll on lead vocals and guitar, Matt Moss on drums and vocals, and Ryan Bradetich on bass. They play a mix of soul, funk, blues, jazz and American classic rock.

"Our music has been described as Radiohead meets Led Zeppelin with a dash of Southern grit," Moss told the Herald.

The band's name combines danger and daintiness, and Moss says there's a good reason for that.

"We walk the line of the heavy and soft duality," he said. "Listeners can expect a unique blend of songwriting prowess and groove."

But these three guys are more than just musicians. When they aren't touring North America, they have day jobs as camp counselors for a nonprofit organization called The Harrold Robinson Foundation, Moss said.

"The foundation brings children from some of the roughest, most gang-infested and impoverished parts of Los Angeles to a sleep away camp in the mountains for three days at a time," he said. "Three days seems small, but for many of these kids, simply getting out of the city and into nature is a game changer.

"We teach them how to work together and learn about music. After the camp season is over, we are very grateful for the opportunity to hit the road and share our music with people in towns all over the U.S."

The Steel Toed Slippers perform at 9 p.m. June 21. The Emerald is on the Jadwin Avenue side of the Uptown. Cover is $5. All ages are welcome until 10:30 p.m., then it's only 21 and older.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @dorioneal

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