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FESTE is a 70's-inspired blues/rock band from Anaheim, CA whose dark, gritty and aggressive sound is influenced by the works of artists such as Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys and William Shakespeare. Behind FESTE and their music are lead vocalist Tony Torrico, guitarist Charlie Magdaleno, drummer Carlos Macias, keyboardist Mark McCombs and bassist Chris Standifer.
FESTE recently won the Ernie Ball/Skinnie Magazine Battle for Warped Tour, which culminated with their tournament-winning performance at the House of Blues Anaheim. As a result of the win, FESTE performed at the 2013 Vans Warped Tour in Pomona, CA.
They also raised over $5,700 on Kickstarter in order to fund the completion of their debut album, First Folio, which was released on August 20th, 2013. Regarding the record, G.W. Hill of ReviewYou said, "[First Folio] is likely to make some 'Best of the Year' lists. It's just about a perfect album."
First Folio is a 13-song LP featuring 11 original songs and 2 songs from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night – “Come Away, Death” and “The Wind and the Rain” – that combine Shakespeare’s words with FESTE’s melodies and music.
Since the release of their debut album, FESTE has begun making their mark in-person and online. The band has been performing consistently throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, was named a Reverbnation Featured Artist in September 2013 and had their song, "Sweating Bullets," featured on the popular zombie podcast, We’re Alive, which is now a member of the Nerdist Podcast Network.
FESTE held their First Annual Masquerade show – a small-capacity, semi-formal event –at the House of Blues Sunset on October 18th, 2013 in Hollywood, CA; and will kick off 2014 with a New Year, New Music show where fans will get to hear brand-new songs, as well as a few other musical surprises, from the band this January.