2016 South Florida Rock ShowdownMIAMI, FL (April 29, 2016) – Rocket to Anywhere, a five-man rock band based in West Palm Beach, has won the 2016 South Florida Rock Showdown.   Energized by a large showing of their local fans, the band brought the house down while performing the opening set at the grand finale of the four-day rock contest held at their hometown venue, Revolutions,  last Saturday, April 23.

This is the third edition of the South Florida Rock Showdown, which was conceived in 2010 by Enrico Carducci, founder of Circo Massimo Entertainment, the production company behind the event. South-Florida-Rock-Showdown

He said, “Rocket to Anywhere have a contagious energy that — paired with their talent as musicians and the originality of their lyrics — captivated the audience and impressed our panel of industry judges.”

Rocket to Anywhere was founded in 2014 by lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player Ben Crane, 20.  He is accompanied by Joel Henson, 20,  on lead guitar, Julian Montes, 21, on bass guitar and backing vocals, Andrew Conrady, 19,  on the synthesizer and Luke Helvey,  18,  on drums. They competed against two other finalist bands, Of the Wasteland and Quantum Waves, both from Miami.  All the bands had competed earlier in the week on three separate nights at three separate tri-county venues against nine other local bands and each had won their respective round.

All the bands that participate in the Showdown benefit because they receive complimentary professional photography and video, as well as social media and press exposure.  In addition, the three finalists receive gift cards from Sam Ash Music.

Rocket to Anywhere, as the winners, will record a three-song EP.  Carducci will work with the band as producer on all aspects of the recording beginning at Grammy-nominated Vanquish Studios in Davie, one of South Florida’s most advanced, state-of-the-art private recording studio with Joseph Salamida, CEO, Founder, Engineer and Producer.  Vanquish was chosen by Mix Magazine in 2009 as one of the “Year’s Coolest New Studios.” http://www.vanquishstudios.com.

Mixing / Recording Engineer and Studio Design Consultant Matt Knobel will work with Carducci to mix the EP for the second year in a row.  Knobel set up rock legend Lenny Kravitz’s state-of-the-art private recording studio, guiding his equipment selections with his expertise on digital, high-tech gear that helped Kravitz amp up his sound to a new level.  Their 10-year collaboration encompassed four consecutive Grammy Awards for Kravitz for Best Male Vocal Performance in the Rock category, as well as over 20 million global sales of Kravitz albums.  Knobel’s involvement boosts the winning band’s chances of garnering national recognition for their EP.

Carducci will take the mixed recordings to Mastering Engineer, Emily B. Lazar of The Lodge Studios in New York City, who he has collaborated with since 2012 and who has worked with Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth and Linkin Park.

Nitrogen Films will also produce a music video for the band.

The 2016 South Florida Rock Showdown was produced in collaboration with Rogue Theory Project, Sam Ash, Vanquish Studios, The Lodge Studio, Nitrogen Films, MK Mixing, SHE Radio, QuestEvents, Autosport Groups, JMV Media Group and EMotions Marketing Services.

Registration for the 2017 South Florida Rock Showdown will open soon at www.sfrs.info.

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Photo credit: Sara Boni


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About Circo Massimo Entertainment

Circo Massimo Entertainment (CME) is both a full event and music production company that provides a wide variety of services for social and corporate events, live shows and studio productions. CME has specialized expertise in audio and lighting set ups, photography, videography, entertainment, live streaming and music production. CME created the South Florida Rock Showdown in 2010 and has produced the event since that time.  For more information, please visit www.circomassimo.net.