Leep 27 is a five piece Pop Rock band, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band's Pop Rock N Roll trademark sound is full of harmonic vocals, loud guitars, and thundering drums. It was almost fourteen years ago when Todd Epley and Jared Lee met at Mankato State University. They had an instantaneous chemistry that ignited their passion for singing and songwriting, and still continue to fuel that fire. The curious spelling of the group's name and the symbolism behind the use of the number 27 is partly a nod to past greats, such as Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, and others who became inspirational legends as they all ironically died at 27. And yes, it is LEEP 27, not leap 27.
Since the band's inception in early 1995, Leep Twenty Seven has evolved into the finely tuned line-up that it is today, consisting of Todd Epley (vocals/guitar), Jared Lee (vocals/guitar), Rick Blomquist (lead guitar/vocals, Steve Moerke (bass/vocals), and Chad Satre (drums) and has captured the hearts and praise of many Concert goers at Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and Wild Games, Festivals, Colleges, Universities, Corporate Events, Block Parties, Nightclubs, Bars and even an occasional wedding. Leep 27 has played every major Venue and festival in the Twin Cities and the Midwest including; First Avenue & 7TH St Entry, The Fine Line Music Café, Bunkers, The Cabooze, Summerfest in Milwaukee, as well as local festivals like Grand Old Days, Ribfest, Cedarfest, Rochesterfest, Giant Days, and Spam Jam, and still continues to satisfy fans everywhere they go.
The band has a very broad fan base due to its members coming from Rochester, Austin Duluth, Le Sueur and Mankato. Leep 27 has built on that fan base and is currently playing its hometown festivals in appreciation of the thousands of fans that have supported the group over the years.
Leep 27's first self-titled album has sold 12,000 copies so far and helped them share the stage with acts like: Train, Sister Hazel, America, Pat Benetar, Styx, Cheap Trick, Yellowcard, P.O.D., Michelle Branch, Edwin McCain, Unified Theory (featuring former members of Blind Melon and Pearl Jam), Why Store, Oakley-Kreiger Band, and local favorites Big Wu, GB Leighton, Tim Mahoney, Honey Dogs, Iffy, and Boogie Wonderland.
In 2002 the group released its second album Silver and has sold 15,000 to date. Both the self-titled album Leep 27 and Silver were picked up by CBS's The Young and the Restless, MTV's The Real World, Road Rules, and Cameron Diaz's Trippin, and can be heard on Cities 97.1, KQRS 92.5, KARE 11, and UPN 9. If you want to see the guys and there seems to be no dates on the calendar, you can always check out TRICK, The Sausage Wallets and Concentual, you never know just who you will see!
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