Its been an incredible year for Five Star Iris some might even say life-changing. The band Alan Schaefer, his twin brother Rob Schaefer, Alex Winfield, and Dan Fishman started out 2007 on a high-note. Supporting their debut full-length album FIVE STAR IRIS produced by the Grammy-winning Sylvia Massy-Shivy and Rich Veltrop, the band traveled far and wide to take their modern version of classic rock to fans all over the world.
A definite high point was getting radio airplay in a major market, as Salt Lake Citys KENZ 101.9 embraced the Atlanta-based band as one of their own. Championed by program director and afternoon personality Parker, the songs Let It All Out and Is There Something I Can Do connected with listeners there enough for the station to have the band come out and play. The band has already been back a second time to show their support for the fans there.
A performance at the South By Southwest Music Conference, however, led the band on a very different touring path. Performing at a showcase attended by Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE), they showed they had what it takes to perform for the best of the best our servicemen and women. Three months later, Five Star Iris was performing in the middle of the summer in Iraq.
Dubbed the Summer In The Sandbox tour, this joint effort by AFE and Navy Entertainment took the band to Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, and Djibouti. Flying on military transport planes and sleeping in tents, it was truly the experience of a lifetime, and the impact it had on the band was immeasurable. On their return, to give something back, the band created a commemorative Summer In The Sandbox T-shirt with the proceeds going to the wonderful Fisher House charity. The shirt is available for sale on the bands website along with a page dedicated to the Middle East tour.
The bands military involvement didnt end there. They were flown to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Pentagon for the U.S. Air Forces 60th Anniversary celebration. And for New Years Eve they will be helping the sailors stationed at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba ring in 2008. An additional military performance is on the books for Australia in the spring.
Amazingly, Five Star Iris found the time to record and release another document of their musical talent. LIVE FOOLS was recorded live and unplugged at Wise Fools Pub in Chicago in April 2007. Drawing from both their first EP and the FIVE STAR IRIS album, LIVE FOOLS presents the band in one of their most natural settings playing intimately for their fans. Included on LIVE FOOLS is the previously unreleased song Hi-Fi Connection as well as many other live favorites.
2008 promises to be another event-filled year for Five Star Iris both on the road and in the studio. The band is finding great opportunities that will help them spread their music and positive message to everyone. For Five Star Iris, its about sharing what youve got so that other people can share it too.
Five Star Iris or 5SI as we are often called has been around for 3 years. We released a 6 song EP in 2003. We have played with several well known acts including Switchfoot, Hinder, Collective Soul and Fuel.
Yes, we play live. We have played Iceland, Spain, Italy, The British Virgin Islands as well as the southeast and midwest part of the U.S. We love it. Playing for troops overseas was extremely special.
Led Zeppelin, Stone Temple Pilots, U2, Collective Soul, Foo Fighters
We use Gibson and Fender guitars, Music Man and Fender bass guitars, Ampeg bass amp, Fender bassman heads with Marshall cabinets, various stomp boxes for the guitars and DW drums.
We have been known to have quite the love affair with our fans and are really hardcore about keeping in touch with all of them!