Kicking Daisies 07/27/12

Friday, July 27, 2012 7:45PM

Kicking Daisies 07/27/12
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Teen rockers Kicking Daisies blend pop, rock and a whole lot of energy with stunning musical skills to sell out venues around the country and open for some of the biggest names in pop and indie rock. With breakout successes ranging from winning Disney’s Next Big Thing Contest and a Billboard charting single, the gifted members of Kicking Daisies -- Ben Spremulli, Duran Visek, Richie Arthur and Jeff Maurer -- are setting their sights on stardom.

It didn’t take long to find vocalist Duran Visek, whose looks and charisma provided the perfect complement to Ben’s guitar work. Mike Mangini found guitarist Richie Arthur, a gifted musician who’d played for Wyclef Jean and Colbie Caillait on a Nickelodeon special in 2010. Also a drummer, Richie had been named best in his age group at Anaheim’s Schooljam USA in 2010. He quickly clicked with Ben and Duran, and the search for a fourth member of the new Kicking Daisies ended when Richie recommended his friend and sometime bandmate, Jeff Maurer, an outstanding drummer who’d shared the stage with famous names such as Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez.

With a full schedule of tour dates, product endorsements and high-profile gigs such as opening for Cheap Trick in the National Mall celebration of Earth Day 2012, the quartet of musical prodigies that make up Kicking Daisies have plans for the future and a star that’s on the rise.