Burbank High students Drummer David Marinelli, Guitarist Robby Fitzpatrick, Frontman Finneas O’Connel, and Bassist/Violinist Darius Dudley II have had an interesting summer vacation and look to the future as their rock band The Slightlys, begin to take hold.
The Slightlys band is blasting through an endlessly exciting and award winning summer and fall. They kicked off the summer vacation with a fundraiser for Children’s Hospital to honor Burbanker Christopher Wilke. Drummer Marinelli organized and produced the event which featured four bands and raised over $4000 in Chris’ memory.
Their next three appearances were part of the Emerging Artists Competition in Santa Monica sponsored by Rusty’s on the Pier. They won all three nights, and as part of their grand prize, they went on to play the Twilight Concert Series at The Santa Monica Pier to a crowd of over 10,000, opening for Omar Souleyman. They were also featured on Static Beach Radio playing three songs and in several editions of their online magazine.
Summer ended, but Fall found them at the LA County Fair participating in Battle of the Bands sponsored by The Vans Warped Tour. They advanced to the Finals and then on Sept 26, playing with other extremely fierce (and older) bands, The Slightlys took home the first place prize and a nice check to go with it for $1,200.
The night was thrilling as they played for esteemed judges from Warped Tour, Coachella and record labels. Included in their grand prize is a spot on next summer’s Vans Warped Tour and musical instruments from Fender Instruments.
They will be playing at the Granada Hills Street Fair Oct. 11th and are excited to be playing at the opening night premiere of the film Life Inside Out (which features the band’s music and frontman Finneas O’Connell in the lead role) Oct. 17th in Pasadena.
The band also had a large spread in the new online magazine Ion Indie.
In August they headed into a studio to begin the long process of recording a CD.