Having performed before in
"We've been hearing for so long, living in
The Shadowboxers started in 2008 when the trio of founders -- Hoffman,
A week after graduating, the bandmates hit the road to open and play the backing band for the Indigo Girls.
"It was so surreal as a young band to go out there and not just open for 'The Indigio Girls' but also be their backing band. We spent two hours in sound checks and then four hours playing each night. What an invaluable learning experience it is to tour with pros. They taught us to treat music as a profession," he said.
The band, which also includes drummer
"In college, we played a lot of covers because you really don't get a chance to play a bunch of original songs at a fraternity party, but we never wanted to be known as a cover band. The ones we do are intentionally chosen to go along with the sound that our own songs have," Hoffman said.
They blend soul and rock, guitar and pop, harmonies and eclectic styles. On some tracks, they sound like the Beatles or Hall and Oates. Other times they resemble Coldplay or
"Harmonies are a huge part of what we do. We often look to the great vocal harmony groups for inspiration -- Crosby, Stills and Nash especially since there are three of them. Also The BeeGees for that same reason and when we need some extra motivation to sing really really high," said Schwartz, adding
They've played in almost every state in the U.S., regularly post videos of their songs on
Schwartz said one of the most surprising moments for the band happened last December. The group posted their cover version of
When they finished their gig on stage, they returned to Schwartz' parents home, only to discover that their cover video from a few days before had reached none other than Timberlake himself.
The "Suit and Tie" singer, who is a prolific user of social media, had just sent a link to his 33 million followers of the band's cover.
"The three of us were jumping up and down in the bathroom as we watched messages pile into our email inbox, notifying us of the hundreds of new social media subscribers we'd gained in a matter of minutes. We couldn't believe what was happening. We still can't," Schwartz said.
In fact, the singer has tweeted the Shadowboxers videos a few more times since then, and the band is one of only 80 accounts the
The group is already working on a second album.
"We are all on the same page about this next album, and it's really going to be a step a new direction for us. We can't wait to put this record together," said Hoffman.
Joining The Shadowboxers at the
Reich, who has been performing for 12 years, likes to perform as a one-man band with a guitar, tambourine and harmonica. While he normally plays several hours at his normal gigs, the 45-minute opener planned is a unique opportunity for Reich.
"I will get a chance to go up there and play with a lot of energy. It can be a workout, but the best compliment I have ever gotten was when I was told I had soul. It's not just about the voice but about the energy I bring and the audience feels, too," said the Floridian performer.
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