Hailing from Florida, Social Ghost will help support the living

June 26, 2008|By AUTUMN PAPAJOHN

Orlando-based rock group Social Ghost is certainly social but anything but invisible after touring with Alice in Chains in 2007, performing in the Warped Tour 2006 and winning a $25,000 Grammy Showcase contest in Florida. The band will be traveling to the Tri-State area to perform at the Carroll Creek Amphitheater in Frederick, Md., to raise money for the American Cancer Society on Saturday, June 28.

Social Ghost will be playing at the amphitheater as part of the Frederick Adult Co-Ed Kickball Association. Jason Mecler, the association's president, met the band members while they toured with Alice in Chains and said they're very personable and family friendly. Band members are lead vocalist Van Lugo, drummer Matt Brown and guitarist Neight, who goes by his first name.

"We love charity events," said Brown. "We're big supporters of helping people out and we do shows in Orlando for the homeless and (for) breast cancer patients. As long as it's worthwhile, we'll do anything we can to support the events we care about."


About the band

Name: Social Ghost

City: Orlando, Fla.

Lead vocals, bass: Van Luego, 26

Guitarist: Neight, 26

Drums: Matt Brown, 28

Genre: Progressive/alternative/rock

Influences: Rush, The Police

Where to hear them: 8 p.m. Friday, June 27, at Champion's in Frederick, Md.; 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Carroll Creek Amphitheatre in Frederick; and 8 p.m. Monday, June 30, at Fletcher's in Baltimore.


Q&A with Social Ghost guitarist and drummer

Q: What artist would you never want to be compared to?
That's a tough one. Rick Astley maybe? Ever been Rick-rolled? It hurts.
Matt Brown: Fred Durst. Most musicians I respect, but something about him just throws me off.

Q: Favorite thing to eat on the road?
Of course, there's Waffle House. It's definitely becoming a band staple. I like potato chips. Van is always chewing gummy bears or worms and Matt likes Bit-O-Honeys and Chick-O-Sticks. But, above all, I would say most of the band's caloric intake is beer.

Q: What's the hardest part of being in a band?
The business part. With the way the industry is today, it's not about the music or the presentation as much as it's about your business savviness. You have to realize being a part of a band is business-related too and if you believe enough in your product, you will do whatever you have to to get that product out there.

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