By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher
Hollywood, MD- One of Southern Maryland’s premier cover bands, Three Days Of Rain, dished out the details on their history, dynamic, what makes them tick, and how they bring the party to the people. They describe themselves as a “variety party band playing beloved songs from the ’60s through today”.
Three Days of Rain consists of founding member Rob Blake on guitar, vocals, and running sound, founding member Jim Coby on guitar, founding member Rockin Rob Layman on guitar, vocals, keyboard, and running sound, Rick Zakutney on drums, his wife Carly Zakutney on vocals and percussion, and Steve Pence on bass guitar and vocals. You read that right! This band has four vocalists who switch back and forth between lead and backup, as well as creating rich four-part harmonies. Needless to say, they have a huge sound, which is just one of many reasons that they have been capturing the attention of audiences and venue owners alike across Southern Maryland.
Originally conceived under the name Pure Roxygen, 2010 saw them change their name to Three Days Of Rain and debut their live performance. The members of TDR wrote a smattering of potential group names on a dry erase board, and eventually chose their current moniker, inspired by the then-monumental popularity of such groups as Three Days Grace and Three Doors Down.
The members of TDR have a wide variety of influences, which contributes to the eclectic nature of their song selection. Steve names Jaco Pastorius, Rocco Prestia, and Pino Pallidino as his three favorite bassists. Rockin Rob’s favorite musicians include Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Paul Rogers.
Jim looks to the likes of Ed King, Ronnie Woods, and Jimi Hendrix for inspiration. Rob Blake is a huge fan of the guitar stylings of Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, and Jimmy Page.
Rick draws on the rhythmic stylings of John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, and Steve Gadd to fuel his internal metronome.
Carly is a strong admirer of the vocal stylings of Gwen Stefani, Dolly Parton, and Louis Armstrong. With a list of such legendary artists as influences, it is no wonder that TDR is gaining so much momentum.
Three Days of Rain has had an incredibly successful year in 2019, booking gigs from January through New Year’s Eve, which is unprecedented for them. They have truly hit their stride this year, and their hard work and unique approach to their craft have begun to gain them the following, recognition, and clout that they deserve. What is truly impressive about their progress is that they are self-managed, book their own shows, and run their own sound.
In a market where most of the competing acts work with management companies who book their shows and provide them with sound people, TDR is doing things their way. They are reaping the rewards of their extra labor in the form of being hired by venues who traditionally only book those bands represented by management companies.
If you want to party with Three Days Of Rain (and you should!), you still have 7 chances to do so between now and the end of the year:
- Saturday, October 5th– Rocktoberfest (Headlined by the band Lit!)– La Plata, MD at 7:00 PM on Stage 1
- Saturday, October 19th– Hunt’s Tavern- Pomfret, MD at 9:00 PM
- Saturday, October 26th– Toot’s- Hollywood, MD at 8:00 PM
- Friday, November 1st– Ollie’s- La Plata, MD at 9:30 PM
- Saturday, November 9th– The Tavern- St. Leonard, MD at 9:00 PM
- Saturday, December 14th– Toot’s- Hollywood, MD at 8:00 PM
- Tuesday, December 31st– New Year’s Eve Party at Moose Lodge 1712– Indian Head, MD at 8:00 PM
In addition to these dates, Three Days of Rain already has some private parties booked in 2020, and they are looking forward to even more bookings. They don’t plan too far ahead, but rather prefer to let their reputation precede them by bringing their A-game to every performance, and trusting that their success will continue as word gets around.
Rockin’ Rob sums up their approach by saying, “When we work together, there is nothing we can’t do”
With that kind of confidence and work ethic and the dynamic of all the members of TDR being one big extended musical family, you can expect a stellar show when you go see them play live. Steve, who decides on the final song selections for each show, focuses on choosing unique tunes spanning from the ’60s to today. They tend to focus a bit more heavily on music from the ’80s, but they always attempt to maintain a sense of flow throughout their sets. They make a great effort to very heavily engage the audience, as their aim is to create a high-energy party atmosphere where people can escape from the ups and downs of their daily lives and get lost in the vibrations of songs that they know and love.
Three Days Of Rain would like to invite everyone to come party with them, sing along to your favorite hits, and join their musical family.
Find TDR on social media and the web at:
Live videos of TDR:
Alanis Morissette- “You Oughta Know”-
The Killers- “Mr. Brightside”-
Images provided by:
Photo by BHS Photography- James Coby. Photos by Chris Moreno Photography- Rob Blake and Carly Zakutney, Photo by Lisa Watts- Rick Zakutney, Photos by Carly Zakutney- Rob Layman and Steve Pence