Arts & Entertainment: Giving the audience what they want
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Photo: Special to The Star
Photo: Special to The Star
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Facedown, a five-man alternative rock band based out of Anniston, has been playing across the area and is receiving a steady following. Facedown boasts over 1,100 “likes” on its Facebook page, with a wall chock full of positive feedback.

“We pretty much base what we do on what the people want to hear,” said guitarist Chris Johnson. What the people want is what the people get.”

The band has been around since 2009 and was mainly founded by guitarist Jerry Davis.

Facedown specializes in performing covers from artists like Nickelback, Shinedown and Godsmack.

Band members compile their songlist by putting together a list of around 20 songs they are interested in, then they put the list out to fans to gauge their interest. Patrons often reciprocate by letting them know what they are interested in as well. “We take every one into consideration,” Johnson said.

The band has plans to go into the studio and record, but for now, it is on a mission to increase its fanbase and play as much as it can this summer.

But no matter how far Facedown goes, members will always be loyal to their hometown. “We love our Anniston people, we love our Gadsden people,” said bassist Michael Reid. “We’re still bringing the party to them.”

Facedown will be at The Smoking Moose in Anniston on Aug. 6. For more information and to find out upcoming dates, visit the band’s Facebook page, or www.reverbnation.com/facedowntheband.

— Erin Williams, Special to The Star


Local Muscian/group

1. Facedown, www.reverbnation.com/facedowntheband

2. Fly by Radio, www.fly-byradio.com.

3. The Robby Jordan Band, www.facebook.com/TheRobbyJordanBand.

Local Artist

1. Monica Jones

2. Joseph Giri, www.josephgiri.com

3. Keitha Williams

Local radio/TV personality

1. Steve Stevens, www.dailycomedy.com/u/stevestevens.

2. Chris Wright, www.myspace.com/k98chris

3. Rick & Bubba, www.rickandbubba.com.

Place for live music

1. Heroes: An American Grill, 8896 McClellan Blvd., Jacksonville, 256-405-4366, www.heroesgrille.com

2. Peerless Saloon, 13 W. 10th St., Anniston, 256-237-1899, www.peerlesssaloon.com

3. Smoking Moose, 1214 Noble St., Anniston, 256-741-9300

Radio station

1. 97.9 FM, www.979wvok.com.

2. 105.9 FM, www.rock1059.net.

3. 95.5 FM, www.whmabig95.com.

Video store

1. Video Warehouse, 1630 Pelham Road S., Jacksonville, 256-782-0260

2. Blockbuster, 45 Elm St., Oxford, 256-831-7299, www.blockbuster.com

3. Best Buy, 1100 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford, 256-832-0172, www.bestbuy.com.

Music store

1. Cosmic Debris, 1010 S. Quintard Ave., Anniston, 256-237-2327

2. CD Cellar, 913 Noble St., Anniston, 256-237-0760

3. Best Buy, 1100 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford, 256-832-0172, www.bestbuy.com.

Bookstore

1. Books-a-Million, 900 Quintard Drive, Oxford, 256-835-5331, www.booksamillion.com

2. Barnes & Noble, www.barnesandnoble.com

3. Lifeway Christian Book Store, 1150 Oxford Exchange Blvd., Oxford, 256-831-2453, www.lifewaystores.com.

Community Event

1. Relay for Life, www.relayforlife.org/calhounal.

2. Woodstock 5K, www.annistonrunners.com/Woodstock.

3. Noble Street Festival, www.noblestreetfestival.com.

Local tourist attraction

1. Anniston Museum of Natural History 800 Museum Drive, Anniston, 256-237-6766, www.annistonmuseum.org.

2. Cheaha State Park, 19644 Highway 281, Delta, 800-252-7275, www.stateparks.com/cheaha.

3. Berman Museum of World History 840 Museum Drive, Anniston, 256-237-6261, www.bermanmuseum.org.

Park

1. Oxford Lake, Recreation Dr, Oxford

2. Cheaha State Park, 19644 Highway 281, Delta, 800-252-7275, www.stateparks.com/cheaha

3. Zinn Park, West 14th St., Anniston
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