When In Rome II: 7:30PM - 8:15PM
Bow Wow Wow: 8:30PM - 9:15PM
The Motels: 9:30PM - 10:45PM
In 1971, a young Martha Davis joined The Warfield Foxes, a band from Berkeley California. In 1975 they moved to Los Angeles and changed the band name to The Motels.
The new name was inspired on the way to the band’s first show at Barney’s Beanery. Guitarist Dean Chamberlain noted the motor inns as they drove down Santa Monica Boulevard and suggested “What about The Motels?”
The band broke up then reformed in 1978 with guitarist Jeff Jourard who brought in his brother Marty on keyboards and saxophone. Michael Goodroe on bass and Brian Glascock on drums rounded out the quintet. This lineup played around L.A. for six months before signing with Capitol Records on May 13, 1979—Mother’s Day.
The Motels released five albums on Capitol Records between 1979 and 1985, two of them earning gold record status and generating two Top Ten singles, “Only the Lonely” and “Suddenly Last Summer.” When the band broke up in 1987 Martha released Policy, a solo album that charted in Australia.
After leaving Capitol Davis spent years working in different musical genres with multitudes of players. Recently it became apparent that one particular configuration generated the same feeling as the original band concept.
The new lineup includes guitarist Clint Walsh, drummer Eric Gardner bassist Nic Johns and as of 2011, original member Marty Jourard. Apocalypso, a previously unreleased version of 1982’s All Four One was released in 2011 on Omnivore Records, thirty years to the day after the intended original date.
In Spring of 2018 the Motels will release their new record The Last Few Beautiful Days.
Remember the closing scene from the cult movie Napoleon Dynamite, voted “Best Picture” at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards? As Napoleon finds some sort of resolution in his offbeat own private Idaho, 80s- throwback lifestyle, a haunting synth chord from that electro-decade surges to the soundtracks surface and a classic piano phrase takes us into the end of the credits. The song is When In Rome’s “THE PROMISE”, the signature tune for the movie and still getting regular airplay across the country 18 years after it hit the Billboard Charts. When In Rome’s “THE PROMISE” was also # 1 on the dance chart for seven (7) weeks. Two more hits reached the top 100 as well, “HEAVEN KNOWS” and “CHILDS PLAY”. All three hits were released on their debut CD on Virgin Records 1987-88.
When in Rome was an electro-dance trio from England that had a worldwide hit with the Single “THE PROMISE” in 1988. Composed of Clive Farrington and Andrew Mann on vocals, and Michael Floreale on Keyboards and Piano. When in Rome released one self-titled album which sold over 350.000 copies in the US alone. Despite the success of their debut single that reached #10 on the Billboard Top 100 chart, musical differences caused the band to split. Floreale now lives in Dallas, Texas and is an award winning music composer in the TV and Film industry.
In 2006, When in Rome’s founding member Michael Floreale was approached by a West Coast agent to reform When in Rome II for a major tour with Devo and the Psychedelic Furs. Michael recruited a great new singer, Los Angeles based John Ceravolo, and the pair instantly bonded to form a powerful songwriting team. The haunting melodies of Floreale’s music flows seamlessly with Ceravalo’s insightful lyrics and soaring vocals. The band has been performing successfully all over the USA and South America for the last few years and have performed with many other great acts such as A Flock of Seagulls, Bow Wow Wow, The Romantics, The English Beat and many more. The band recently signed a new record deal with Spectra Records with a great new album soon to be released With glowing testimonies from the live shows and an overwhelming response to the new songs such as “LAST TRAIN” and “EVENTIDE”, When In Rome remain as popular as ever.
TODAY THE BAND WHEN IN ROME II CONTINUE TO TOUR AND ELECTRIFY AUDIENCES ACROSS THE GLOBE.