The Nickel Slots are coming to town this Friday, 12/15, to play at Father Paddy’s. Mark your calendar and show up early, this is going to be a popular event. Did you know two of the band members are from Woodland? Yep, Chris and Steve were born and raised (attended Woodland Schools as well) and Tony now resides in Woodland. We love homegrown and local!
The band was kind enough to answer a few questions about their history and talk about what it’s like being in a band, see below. See you on Friday!
Nickel Slots at Father Paddy’s
Friday, December 15, 2017
Start time: 7:00 pm
435 Main St, Woodland, California 95695
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Band member names, instruments/role?
Chris Amaral, drums
Steve Amaral, lead guitar, backing vocals
Tony Brusca, lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul Zinn, bass guitar, mandolin, backing vocals
We’ve all played in the Northern California area for many years, but this band has been our priority.
Briefly describe how The Nickel Slots became a band?
The Nickel Slots were formed by Tony and Chris first jamming, then Paul joined up with them and they had another guitarist. That guitarist quit and I auditioned and joined the band. That was in October of 2008, we played our first show in November 2008.
What towns are you each from?
Chris – Elk Grove (born in Woodland)
Steve – Sacramento (Born in Woodland)
Tony – Woodland
Paul – DavisYou’ve shared your music all over the world, what tour stop was the most memorable and why?
Our tours to Belgium have been very rewarding, mostly because no one there knew us personally. No one owed us anything and the fact that we now have a fan base there and that they get what we do has been an incredible experience. We played a prison in Belgium on our second tour in 2014 and at the end of our show Tony asked if they wanted to hear one more, an inmate spoke up and said, “play 20 more, I’m not going anywhere for a long time”.How many hours a week do you practice as a group and individually?
We meet on most Mondays for rehearsal and it can last 2 to 3 hours, individually it varies.
Is the life of a musician as cool as it seems?
It’s really cool when people you don’t know have your songs in the soundtracks of their lives. It’s cool to be a part of a genre of music that reaches a lot of people. It was cool to open for Bob Seger in front of 17,000 people in our home town and it’s cool to play to 40 people in a pub in Belgium realize how small the world is sometimes.
What matters to us is that we have fun playing and everything else is extra. We all want to continue to be successful and we all have a different way to get there. We work together and try to be respectful of our lives and families outside of the band. It’s hard work but it always seems worth it!What do you want Woodland to know about The Nickel Slots?<
We love Woodland. Chris and I were born there and played in our parents band. Tony lives there now.
We have a great fan base in Woodland that has supported us and we have a new record we are recording next year and we can’t wait to share it with them.Photos courtesy of The Nickel Slots