Rome the Band is playing its initial local shows as it prepares a pilot episode of a new reality show, currently under serious consideration by a major cable television network.
"The 'Rome' concept is to take local musicians who have never played together before and document the band's evolution on television," said Mike Minutoli, the band's creator and rhythm guitarist. "It's unique, because as the show progresses, the audience will play a key role in our development, putting New Jersey's cover band audience on television with us."
Taping for the pilot episode began at the Jam Room in Howell, N.J., where dozens of musicians auditioned for a spot on the show. With its line up solidified, the band played its first show on Nov. 18 at Jersey's Sports Bar, Neptune, N.J. The Unite 2 Revive concert featured some of the shore's best cover bands and raised more than $6,000 for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
"It was such an honor to play with bands like the Eddie Testa Band for such an important cause," said Matt Leo, Rome's singer. "Being a New Jersey-based band, each of our members were so closely affected by the storm. This was our opportunity to give back to our family, friends and fellow community members who lost their homes and possessions as a result of Sandy, and give the audience a break from the recovery efforts."
The band will play its next multi-performer show at The Crossroads, in Garwood, N.J., on Dec. 21.
Minutoli's goal is to prepare the band to play any style or genre of music including electronica, rock, blues, reggae or ska. Its unique repertoire will ready the band to perform at any establishment across the East Coast.
"We're going to be challenged as a band, to play in front of different types of audiences," Minutoli said. "Whether we can meet the demands of the knowledgeable East Coast audiences remains to be seen."
Visit the band's website at www.rometheband.net.