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Based out of Richmond, Virginia, Former Champions showcase both electro rock vocal led compositions as well as an array of instrumentally driven organic electronic pieces. This sonic blend of synthesized keyboards, sub-bass, distorted guitar, harmonized vocals, samples, and a multitude of drums and percussion combine to create what the band describes as “street music.”
2013 will be a busy year for Former Champions, as they hit the road with a heavy tour schedule in support of this album including appearances at many festivals across the country. For those who haven't yet heard Former Champions they are often compared to those they have shared the stage with, including Lotus, The New Deal, Conspirator, EOTO, Perpetual Groove, Papadosio, Dopapod, and many others.
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Apr 12 - The Taphouse // Norfolk, VA
Apr 18 – 8x10 // Baltimore, MD **
Apr 19 – North Star // Philadelphia, PA **
Apr 20 – The Camel // Richmond **
Apr 25 – The Empty Glass // Charleston, WV
Apr 26 – Sycamore Deli // Blacksburg, VA ^^
Apr 27 – Martin’s // Roanoke, VA ^^
May 1 – Hideaway Saloon // Louisville, VA
May 2 – Main St. Live // Murfreesboro, TN
May 3 – Lamasco Bar // Evansville, IN
May 4 – Be Here Now // Muncie, IN
May 5 – Grog Shop // Cleveland, OH (w/Yosemight)
May 6 – Woodlands Tavern // Columbus, OH
May 8 – J Alan’s // Dayton, OH (w/Subterranean House Band)
May 9 – Mad Frog // Cincy, OH
May 11 – Olde Towne Tavern // Covington, KY (w/Meiosis)
May 17 – Hoss’s Deli // Newport News, VA
May 18 – Bungalow Live // Chantilly, VA
May 24 – Browns Island // Richmond, VA (w/No BS Brass, Murphy’s Kids)
May 25 – The Hot Spot // Waynesboro, VA
Jun 7 – RA Bistro // Lynchburg, VA (w/Crazy Redbeard)
Jun 8 – Brewbaker’s // Winchester, VA
Jun 13 – 1904 // Jacksonville, FL %
Jun 14 – Dunedin Brewery // Dunedin, FL %
Jun 15 – Funky Buddha Lounge // Boca Raton, FL %
Jun 16 – The Jam // Gainesville, FL %
Jun 18 – Georgia Theatre Rooftop // Athens, GA
Jun 19 – The Hummingbird // Macon, GA
Jun 20 – Orton’s // Wilmington, NC
Jun 21 – Mad Tea Party 2 – Hedgesville, WV
Jun 22 – Grey Haven Winery // Gum Spring, VA
Jun 28 – Pasture Palooza // Berryville, VA
Jul 4 – Port O Call // Kill Devil Hills, NC #
Jul 5 – Martin’s // Roanoke, VA #
Jul 6 – Jewish Mother Hilltop // Va Beach, VA #
Jul 20 – Under the Stars Festival // Aldie, VA
Sep 1 - Front Porch Fest // Stuart, VA
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We are excited to share the news that Former Champions were voted #8 in 2011 for best studio release by fans on Endless Boundaries Radio, 88.9 FM in Philly and South Jersey. Take some time to check out the link below. Thanks Fans!!!
We are extremely excited to announce that the Former Champions have teamed up with Nimbleslick Entertainment to expand our national presence in 2012. They currently are representing several notable acts like Zoogma, The Heavy Pets, The Mantras, and Perpetual Groove, to mention a few. Our tour schedule is already starting to load up and we will surely be coming to rock a venue near you soon. Please keep your eyes peeled for us coming your way.
We are extremely excited to be ringing in the New Year at one of our favorite drinking holes in Richmond, City Dogs in the Fan!! This will be an exciting evening featuring 3 sets of Champs music one of which will be a rare acoustic set. This is the best deal you will find. The $40 ticket is ALL INCLUSIVE!!! We will also be raffling off a few pieces of our new merchandise. Please contact us at email@example.com for details and how to get a ticket.
FC are happy to announce they will be performing on the Showcase Stage at this year's Camp Bisco 10 festival in Mariaville, NY, July 7-9. More details will be announced when they become available. In the meantime click here to visit the official site http://www.campbisco.net/ .
Former Champions are happy to annouce that they've been added to this summer's Amberland 2011 line up. Check out the following links for more information.Amberland 2011
Perpetual Groove - Amberland
FormerChampions.net is proud to offer online ordering of Former Champions' merchandise. Current inventory includes both men's t-shirts and women's tank tops, but check back soon for various audio related products (physical CD's, digital downloads, etc.).
To eliminate shipping costs, will call pickup is available for local Richmond, VA residents.
Beginning Monday, February 21st, 2011, a new section titled "Champs Song of the Week" will highlight a particular song from the Champs' Live Music Archive page (FC Archive). The aim is to provide those of you without the free time to explore the Champs' vast catalog of live music, a chance to find some particularly tall and mean performances of your favorite songs. This is also a great way to introduce your friends to the deepness that is the Former Champions.
Want to have a particular song featured? Then send an email over to SongOfTheWeek@formerchampions.net with the name, track number, and date the song was recorded on. Those who have their request featured will be credited on the Song of the Day page.
EQ Produktions has put together a two day music and arts event taking place on Feb 25th and 26th in Richmond at the Canal club. Friday night will feature Former Champions, Brothers Past and Ghost Payne. Appearing Saturday will be Eliot Lipp, Virtual Boy and Chencilla. In addition to the music, the event will feature dozens of artists doing live painting and an array of clothing, art and jewelry will be on display. Contact FC for tickets or go to thecanalclub.com. Also, more info can be found at facebook.com/eqproduktions
The FC website now features a video section entitled, 'Hot $ Fire TV'. The H$F TV page will feature short video collages of FC members, fans, and friends as they partake in random acts of all things tall, mean, deep and/or true. We will also be assembling and releasing a longer video four times a year that compile FC footage summarizing happenings for each season. This page can be found under the 'Media' section up top or by clicking here.
Come on out to Cary St. Cafe every Tuesday Night and watch the Former Champions get tall and mean.
The Champs play live regularly. Check em' out sometime. Schedule coming soon!
The Former Champions have commissioned ALB Tech to build them a website. So it seems there is some progress - and there will be plenty more. Hang tight and have patience - we're workin' on it! Feel free to give any feedback!
Check back soon!