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LaRocque Celebrates Release Of New Single In Annapolis

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June 30, 2011

By Luke Boardman

On June 4, The Whiskey on West Street in Annapolis exhibited an impeccable display of young musical talent, providing a performance that all in attendance could enjoy. At the forefront of the performers, and headlining the show, was local resident Rhianna LaRocque, who made a large impression, showing her audience just how far she has come since her graduation from Severna Park High in 2009.

The performance at The Whiskey was meant to celebrate the release of her new single entitled ‘Ever Know,’ which was made available free to those who signed up for her mailing list. Even though she has played in Annapolis many times; this show marked something special for LaRocque.

“This show was especially exciting because I got to play with friends from Boston and show everybody new music I’ve been working on,” said LaRocque.

On top of her homecoming performance, she brought some friends from Boston with her; an indie-folk band named Friendly People that LaRocque is in close collaboration with. The crowd was certainly pleased by the group’s tunes, which featured LaRocque on backup vocals on a few songs.

Following Friendly People was LaRocque’s set, which featured her soulful, passionate, yet peaceful vocals over the groovy rhythms of her back-up band, which featured three members of Friendly People. She played her original songs, including a duet with the lead vocalist of Friendly People Pat McCusker, before which she jokingly commented on the cheesy gaze the two performers typically share in duets. She closed her set with a cover by Fiona Apple and was awarded a large applause from the audience.

Many members of the local community remember LaRocque from the beginning stages of her performing career at community venues including the Manhattan Beach Clubhouse and Rock n’ Roll Revival at Severna Park High School.

“Manhattan Beach was a great place to start, because it was so welcoming to all types of music,” commented LaRocque. “I realized I loved performing when I sang and played guitar in an audition for [Rock n’ Roll Revival],” she added.

LaRocque has steadily been making a name for herself both in the Annapolis area and Boston, where she attends Northeastern University. “In Boston I’ve been surrounded by a support group of friends and musicians that has definitely influenced me in a positive way.”

LaRocque is well on her way to developing into a strong musician and has already accomplished many great things. “I was recently awarded the Washington Area Music Association’s P.A.S.S. (Personal Artist Support System) contest’s grand prize, which allowed me the opportunity to record a new EP.”

LaRocque has a lot to look forward to in the immediate future. Her new single debuted on 103.1 WRNR the day before her release show. “I’m extremely excited to have my single played on WRNR. It’s cool to hear a song I wrote on a station I’ve been listening to since I was in middle school.”

Also, on July 1 LaRocque will debut her new album entitled “Hotel Songs,” which will be available on iTunes. The same day, she is playing at Ram’s Head Live in Baltimore, which is not an easy feat for any young musician to accomplish.


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