‘The Wonderland Avenue’
- Written by Cindee Vaughan
Plays at the Fourth of July Rockfest In Houston, at the Hard Rock Café Fourth of July Rockfest, bands rocked out to help raise canned goods and clothing for a good cause. The Wonderland Avenue, whose members are from the Atascocita/Humble area, was one of these bands. The concert benefited the Star of Hope, a homeless outreach program, helping to meet the needs of homeless men, women and their children. The Wonderland Avenue is influenced by blues, classic rock and psychedelica, which they have combined to create a sound all their own. They were formed in Austin in 2004. While primarily performing in Austin venues such as legendary blues club Antone’s, the Parish, Beauty Bar, and Ruta Maya, they also shared billing with fellow Texan band Toadies at the Northgate Music Festival in College Station in 2008 and with indie rock band The Goods in Houston at Notsuch and The Mink. In 2008 they also played at the annual South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin. The band consists of drummer Aric Garcia; keyboardist Gerardo Lairos; guitarist and primary vocalist, Isaac Routh; lead guitarist and vocalist, Michael Roy Kelle; and bass player Brian Munoz, who replaced founding bass player Ross Fife in 2009. All of the members are from the Atascocita/Humble area and are Humble High School graduates. The band has a full album coming out soon and a show July 18, in Austin, another in August, and much more. For more information on the band and upcoming shows, visit www.myspace.com/thewonderlandavenue.com For more information on Star of Hope, visit www.sohmission.org Photo: Local band The Wonderland Avenue, from left to right: Isaac Routh, Brian Munoz, behind him drummer Aric Garcia and Michael Roy Kelley, played at the Hard Rock Cafe in Houston on the Fourth of July.