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Awake the night

Hard rock group to take stage at Nicolozakes Cafe in Fairpoint

January 13, 2012
By MIKE HUGHES - The Ticket , Times Leader

BRIDGEPORT The members of Awake the Night have been together for little less than a year.

But there is already a surging groundswell of support amongst the local hard rock community.

The next wave is set to roll in Friday, Jan. 20 when AtN will take the stage at Nicolozakes Cafe in Fairpoint, joined by Hatedriven and Zeroking.

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The members of Awake the Night are, from left to right, Farley Minor, Travis Hudson, Chris Kidd and Mike Hall.

Awake the Night is becoming a regular at Nicolozakes, along with other venues on the music circuit. Fans have come to expect a lengthy set full of hard-rocking originals with a threw choice covers thrown in to round out the hour-plus performances.

The band originally began as a trio.

Drummer and band manager Farley Minor and lead singer and guitarist Mike Hall both used to play with members of Nvayn.

They decided to branch off and do their own thing when they met Clarksville, Tennessee's Chris Kidd.

Minor handled the drums, Kidd lead guitar and Hall was set to sing and play bass. After a few jam sessions Hall opted to play guitar, opening the door for Travis Hudson to secure the bass position and complete the foursome.

And it's a grouping that extends away from the stage and practice arena.

"We have a lot of fun playing together,'' Hall explained. "It's very important to get to know the people you play with on a personal level. Luckily, we are not just bandmates. We are friends and I know that does worlds for the playing process."

The band takes a lot of its influences from Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Godsmack, Metallica and Pantera.

Hall is the riving creative force behind AtN and has penned the majority of the 12 or so originals in rotation. His love of all things Sabbath is noticeable in the band's sound as he takes his main inspiration from pioneering metal guitarist Tony Iommi.

"Our songs' subject matter ranges from fantasy to world events and human nature,'' Hall said. "It's up to people to decide what the lyrics mean to them."

Awake the Night has already recorded a two-track EP at Sacred Sound Recording Studio in Martins Ferry. They are preparing to re-enter the studio and lay down a full album's worth of originals.

For now, fans can catch the two releases, 'Faith lies Broken,' and 'Forgive Me, Father' at the band's Web site at

Minor noted the band is making full use of online capabilities, both in exposure and marketing.

In December, AtN won a Pick Your Band Challenge on Rockstars Glued online. For winning, they were interviewed during the Metal Mayhem podcasts which can be heard at

Minor noted some other big and recent developments include receiving an endorsement from Knucklehead Strings as well as being chose for artist's pricing by GJ2 Guitars.

This year figures to be an exciting one for the members of AtN as their sound and fan base continues to grow. They're hoping you join them for the ride.

Hughes may be reached at



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