HOME BASE: Modesto
PLAYERS: Stephen Michael, lead vocals; Wayne Bennett, drums; Kirk "Doc Roc" Oblawski, vocals/guitar; Doug Robinett, lead guitar
SOUNDS LIKE: The group's sound is a mix of heavy metal and '80s hard rock. Its influences include Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Scorpions and more.
BACKSTORY: The band was started two and a half years ago by Oblawski, Robinett and Bennett. After coming together, they invited Michael to try out for the group as lead singer. The band's early repertoire includes classic rock and Zeppelin. Now it also performs original material. The band has played close to 30 gigs, from shows at backyard pool parties to semiregular spots at Nino's Place and slots at X-Fest. Saucy Cocktail has opened for Eddie Money and Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon. Thursday, the group will open for hard rockers Y&T. Last year, the band was nominated for a Modesto Area Music Association Award for best blue-collar band.
QUOTE ME: "A lot of things these days don't rock, but we do. The audience is the show for us, we try to get people engaged for us."
NEW MUSIC: Saucy Cocktail has a three-song EP and is working on a 10-song CD.
NEXT GIG: Shows 9 p.m. today at Nino's, 5219 McHenry Ave., Modesto (no cover) and 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge, 930 11th St., Modesto ($20).
FIND ONLINE: www.myspace.com/saucycocktail