Biography: Party McFly
A two-man, all 80s, unplugged experience, Party McFly interprets the 80's through the singer-songwriter/Americana and power-pop-punk genres. Kurt Stemhagen (singer/acoustic guitar) and Brad Brunswick (electric guitar) both have musical roots in the 80s, first joining forces in the frat rock band, Dirty Rush in 1988 in Richmond, VA, covering many 80s staples, including REM, The Cure, The Cult, INXS and others.
After college, Stemhagen traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic. His trio, rockfish willie has been performing their unique brand of rootsy Americana folk for the last decade in Richmond and up and down the East Coast. Brunswick pulled up stakes and moved to San Diego for a time, finding a home in the vaunted SOCAL power-pop-punk scene and also playing in classic rock bands, all the while honing his electric guitar virtuosity.
Once Brunswick moved back to Richmond, the former bandmates decided to work together again and Party McFly was born. Experienced enough to have been there the first time, Stemhagen and Brunswick bring an edge and a spark to this project that keeps their 80s playlist fresh and ensures that McFly is no two-dimensional nostalgia act. From the twinkly alterna-folk energy of their version of The Cure's Just like Heaven, to their somber ennui-soaked reinterpretation of Tommy Tutone's 867-5309, to the respectfully straightforward homage to the new wave romanticism of Modern English's I Melt with You, Party McFly's music spins along that dizzy edge between the familiar and the artful.
As good as McFlys music is, its what goes on at their live shows that makes them unique. Between-song banter, 80s music and movie trivia contests, sing-alongs, and a host of other ways to draw-in the crowd ensures that a McFly party is the party where people want to be.
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