The Chewy Center is a jam-infused, rock band from Cleveland, OH with heavy influences of AOR, Prog, Disco, and Funk. TCC is comprised of David "DeFlo" DeFlorentis (vocals/guitar), Mike Nock (lead guitar), Nate "Vegas" Vagase (bass guitar), Stephen Fabec (keyboards) and Ben Fasciano (drums). Chewy plays with aggressive rhythms, funky bass, inventive improvisations, and catchy hooks.
The original trio met in spring of 2011 at a high school talent show and played together in various groups before formalizing the band in summer 2016. With the additions of Fabec in 2020 and Nock in 2022, the band has evolved into a five-man powerhouse of Northeast Ohio jam rock. Feeling like a welcomed outsider in the jam band world, the band enjoys a sense of creative freedom to break outside the walls of conventional jam/festival sound, incorporating elements of AOR, prog, and various others that festival goers may not expect. Every song tells a story, through unique lyrical themes and ideas that provoke introspection and emotion. Prog. AOR. Funk. Disco. Those are the four pillars of the Chewy sound.
Chewy has been making their mark around the region, earning their place in the festival circuit as well as stages of all kinds. In 2022, Chewy Center was honored to perform on the main stage at Dunesville Music Festival in Traverse City, as well as a headlining slot at Spunfest 3 in Perrysville, OH. 2023 is poised to be Chewy's biggest year yet with new festivals, a new album, and even more epic performances.
"We pride ourselves on having a different flavor than the other jam bands in our scene. Every band brings something truly unique to the table, that's the best part about being a Cleveland band. We were recently told, 'You guys are like a jam band for nerds, in a good way!'. Making people happy with our music is the best feeling. The best compliment we can receive is if someone loves us because we sound different." -Dave (lead vocal, guitar)
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