Riot In Progress
Riot in Progress says: Riot in Progress is a cross between James Brown on crack and White Zombie. High-stakes in your face groove-metal, this band is a monster...ground zero at Nagasaki, anyone?
Riot in Progress formed from a group of four individuals with one goal in mind: To create a sound like no other, yet still marketable.
Nolan Mendenhall signed Riot in Progress, a groove metal band, under Work Ethic Productions L.L.C. in 1995. The band has released a full length CD, a two-song EP, and are currently getting ready to release the second full length CD “INCOMING FROM THE AIRWAVES” June 16th 2004. Riot in Progress strives for creative solid rhythm, strong bass & powerful guitar riffs. True-to-life lyric and electronic overtones complete this Detroit- based groove metal band. Riot In Progress has become a veteran of the Detroit music scene and has come a long way to be nominated six years consecutively for, Outstanding Hard Rock/Metal Artist/Group for the Detroit Music Awards, 1999 thru 2004. Nominated Outstanding Live Performance 2002. Award winners for Outstanding Live Performance 2003.
Riot in Progress has performed over one hundred shows in Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. They have made numerous radio appearances on Detroit’s most popular radio stations. They have performed many benefit shows and opened for many national acts. In April 2001, made a guest appearance in Troma Films “After April” featuring 9 Riot in Progress songs. They were finalists in the 2001 Miller Genuine Draft’s Blind Date contest. Hosted by WRIF and Sebastian Bach formally of Skid Row. Also, Riot in Progress performed at the 2002 Motor City Music Awards at the State Theatre.
While staying focused, Riot in Progress has created a remarkable growing fan base that always has something to look forward to.
• 2003 Detroit Music Award Winners for Outstanding Live Performance • 2003 Three live performances on Detroit’s Clear Channel radio station Channel 95.5fm “The Buck Head Show” • 2003 Performed at a Children’s Miracle Network benefit show – Capital Park In Redford, MI • 1999-2003 Consecutively nominated for Outstanding Hard Rock/Metal Detroit Music Awards • 2002 Performed for the Metro Times Magazine Best of Detroit at the Hockey Town Cafe • 2002 Performed at the Detroit Music Awards - State Theatre • 2002 Nominated for Outstanding Live Performance at the Detroit Music Awards • 2001 Finalists in the Miller Genuine Draft’s Blind Date contest, hosted by WRIF 101.1 FM and Sebastian Bach formerly of Skid Row • 2001 Fantastic Visions, The Art of Matt Busch Showcase at the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens, MI • 2001 Performed at the “Rock Your Shelter Benefit for the Harbor House” - McMorran Arena in Port Huron, MI which contributed to abused children • 2001 Guest appearance and soundtrack for Troma films “After April” filmed in Detroit • 1999 Performed at the WRIF Showcase - State Theatre • 1999 Motor City Music Festival at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI • 1998 Compilation “Hard-Core, Hip Hop, Metal Fest Vol.1” featuring the song “Lonely Addiction” • 1998 Performed at the Detroit Tattoo Convention - Cobo Hall in Detroit, MI • 1997 First full length CD (self titled) “Riot in Progress” • 1995 First single “Comatose” on Detroit Musicians Alliance’s “Fine Assorted Jams United We Jam II” • Riot has performed with Sponge, Biohazard, Suicidal Tendencies, Marky Ramone, Proof of D-12, Taproot, Factory 81, Tree, Hoarse, Warrant, Thornetta Davis and Hush • Steve Hopton is currently attending the Axis Academy of Music for vocal training. He has worked with Joseph Deluca contributing vocals for Renaissance Picture’s series “Xena the Warrior Princess”. This involved writing and performing music for the episode “Liar Liar”. Steve also has an acting background through John Manfreddy at the Detroit Institute of Acting & Arts. Steve was Nominated for Outstanding vocalist for Detroit Music Awards 2003 • John Thibert was nominated for Outstanding Guitarist at the 2003 Detroit Music Awards & attended the Atlanta Institute of Music in Guitar Institute of Technology. He has also performed live with Geffen Recording artist “Hush” for his CD release show at Alvin’s in Detroit, MI • Mike Darowski was nominated for Outstanding Percussionist at the 2003 Detroit Music Awards with over 14 years of percussion experience (including taking lessons and being a drum instructor) in the rock, jazz, classical and metal categories • Dustin Mackey (bass) manages lighting systems and assists with sound reinforcement for local clubs including the Emerald Theatre and Hayloft in Mt. Clemens, MI. • Supported by Detroit’s top radio stations: WRIF 101.1 FM (dj O.D. ), Channel 95.5FM (dj Buckhead), CIMX 88.7 FM (dj Kelly Brown) along with Warren Cousino High School WPHS 89.1 FM, Flint’s WWBN 101.5 FM (dj Tony Labrie) and Columbus, Ohio’s WBZX 99.7 FM • Sponsored by Jones Soda of MI. (Matt Morini) and Detroit Choppers.