PLAYERS: Jeff Salado, lead vocals; Val Popovic, vocals/guitar; Ray Potter, vocals/keyboard; Andy Dean, vocals/drums; Remi Kern, bass.
SOUNDS LIKE: Arrival is a melodic rock band which has been compared to, well, Journey. The group plays classic Journey hits from 1978-1996.
BACKSTORY: The band Arrival was founded in 2006 as a variety band with a few Journey covers in the mix. As members received more and more requests to do Journey songs, the group decided to transition from a variety band to a Journey tribute band. Vocalist Salado along with bassist Kern started the group and found guitarist Val Popovic, keyboardist Potter and drummer Dean, the latter was previously with Arrival's variety band but had moved away to Texas.
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For the past year the members have concentrated on perfecting the Journey sound. In July the band did a mini tour with shows at Pala Casino in San Diego, the Blue Cafe in Long Beach and four shows at the Laughlin Riverside Resort in Nevada, returning to the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge in Modesto and most recently the Modesto Art & Wine Festival.
QUOTE ME: "I feel as long as the fans keep longing for classic Journey with Steve Perry fronting the band, we will keep performing for them." — vocalist Jeff Salado
NEW MUSIC: Music clips are available through YouTube
NEXT GIG: Show at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Fat Cat in Modesto.