On April 20, the Texas Crawfish and Music Festival will be in full swing; great food will be served and great bands such as Orange Is In will be on stage playing their soulful roots-rock music for all to enjoy. Orange Is In is a local band consisting of four talented musicians that have been sharpening their skills for years on the Houston music circuit. The band was founded in 2004 when vocalist and Kingwood resident George Kovacik and bassist Jeff Balke joined together in a previous band. They later ran into guitarist Chris Rogers and, after a couple of member changes, discovered drummer Steve Salazar. Their music consists of different styles and influences such as Elvis Costello, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and local Texas favorite Stevie Ray Vaughan. Hints of Costello and Springsteen’s unique raspy voices can be heard when Kovacik sings. The band got its distinctive name from a polling that bassist Jeff Balke did on the Internet. He posted the question and received different suggestions which were voted on, and ‘Orange Is In’ won. “It was fun and catchy, so we stuck with it,” said Kovacik. As the band continues to make music and pick up fans as they play throughout Texas from Austin to Beaumont, they focus on getting their sound out to the masses and playing music that is meant for all to enjoy. “Our music is for everyone; we want it to appeal to anyone that loves listening to good melodic roots-rock.. We have been described as an adult music group because a lot of our songs deal with love loss. Our main purpose of our music is to reach out to people and connect with them, and just simply make them feel good,” said Kovacik. Orange Is In plays with the same emotion and intensity in every show, as they reach out to everyone and anyone that will listen to their music. The band is an open book that has no false pretenses. They pride themselves on being professionals who can play in front of every crowd, but include a little bit of Texas in their music at all times. The band is in the works to get a music festival together in Kingwood that would provide another outlet for local musicians to be heard. They have tremendous plans for the future and will keep playing for as long as harmonious music is being created. “Our writing is better than ever, and we are really enjoying what we are doing ... it feels good for all of us; there’s no end in sight,” said Kovacik. Music for Orange Is In can be found on orangeisin.com, itunes.com, outboundmusic.com or in person at Cactus Music at 2110 Portsmouth, Houston, TX 77098. Photo: Orange Is In, from left: drums, Steve Salazar; vocals, George Kovacik; bass, Jeff Balke; guitar, Chris Rogers; prepare for the Texas Crawfish and Music Festival on April 20, on the Budweiser crawfish stage from 2:40-3:20 p.m.

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