Band Bio

DFR was founded in early 2009 while at a local watering hole. Mike, Brandon, Dan and Joe noticed that throughout the music scene there were several cover bands that all seemed to have similar playlists… classic rock. Sure, there were a few bands that had a gimmick of hair metal, 80’s music, and even the rock bands tossed a few current hits in their repertoire from time to time, but the one thing that was consistent is that when the band took a break and the DJ took over, the masses consumed the dance floor. The idea was brought up to start a band that simply played everything the DJ played, “club music” per say, and that maybe the crowd would dance to us, and take a rest when at the same time that the band did.

Mike and Brandon have been singing together since Jr. High so they thought having 2 lead singers would make for a slight gimmick and that between the two of them, they could cover almost anything. Mike and Dan are cousins, and Dan had been playing bass in the original music scene throughout St. Louis for quite some time, so the decision to use him came easy. Joe was asked originally to play drums (because he had a background as a drumline instructor) but he declined and offered his services as pianist instead. All they needed was a guitar player and a drummer, so they went to the next logical place to find one… Craigslist. They posted one ad for a drummer, got one response. This lead to an audition, and the quick decision to add Seth as the drummer. Since no guitarists answered the Craigslist ad, the band then turned to the next obvious place to find a guitarist… MySpace. Again… one post, one reply, one audition. With the addition of Brandon M, the band was complete.

(The original band name was “Ten Dollar Mic” which was loosely named after what we were practicing with. The name “Dance Floor Riot” was created after a few shows, and was not only 100% suitable to what/how we played, but was catchy as well.)

A year or so in, Brandon M had started traveling more and decided to take a position with a company based in NY which makes, and sells musical instruments and accessories. We were now faced with the need to fill the guitarist void once again. Seth brought in a very quiet and humble friend of his named Eddie to audition, and we immediately fell in love with his blues-style take on our song list and added him to the band. We started playing out more and more, gaining more and more fans, playing bigger venues, booking weddings, etc. The rest is not history, because our history is still being written!

Josh Ramsey has been playing piano since the 3rd grade, and shows no signs of stopping.  When DFR first approached him about filling in on keys and vocals occasionally, he was too busy touring and doing motivational speeches and book signings for his new book, the Delaware Best-Seller, “Kama Sutra of the Keyboard”.  After the tour ended, he joined the band and turned his focus to Digital Music Performance and Production.  He practices his skills in various casinos and gentlemen’s clubs across the United States… at least until their janitor kicks him out of the bathroom.  His hard-nosed attitude and overwhelming amount of dedication has been welcomed by the band with open arms.

 

 

Venues We’ve Played At:

360 Rooftop Bar
Alpha Brewing Company
Arnold Eagles Club
Arnold Park
Arrowhead Stadium
The Babylon
Ballpark Village
Biele Street Pub
Blueberry Hill (Duck Room)
Bobby’s Place
Boogie Nights (Hollywood Casino)
Bottleneck Blues Bar (Ameristar Casino)
Brewskeez (O’Fallon & Florissant)
Broadway Bistro Zoo
Busch Stadium
Busch II Infield at Ballpark Village
Cafe Eau
Cedar Lake Cellars
Chandler Hill Winery
Chesterfield Ampitheater
Clayton Plaza Hotel
Community Park, IL
Crystal City Underground
Dog Days
Double Deuce Saloon
Doug’s Burger Bar
Edward Jones Dome
Fairmount Park Racetrack
Fontbonne University
Four Seasons Hotel (St. Louis)
Fox Sports Midwest Live! (Ballpark Village)
Fubar
Fox 2 News
The Fox Theater
H. Toad’s
Halo Bar
Hard Rock Cafe (St. Louis)
The Heights
Helen Fitzgerald’s
Hub’s Pub (Bonne Terre)
Iggy’s Mexican Cantina
J. Mike’s
Johnny Bang Bang’s (Quincy, IL)
Joyia Tapas
Judy’s Velvet Lounge (River City Casino)
Kansas City Live
Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.
Laclede’s Landing
Lumiere Theater (Lumiere Place Casino)
Maggie Malone’s
Major’s Sports Saloon
Mile 277
O’Aces Sports Bar & Grill
Old Rock House
The Office Bar & Grill
Patrick’s Restaurant & Sports Bar
PBR Barn at Ballpark Village
The Phoenix
Pink Galleon (Cape Girardeau)
Plush
Pop’s
Ritz Carlton (Laguna-Niguel)
River City Casino Event Center
Scottrade Center
Sevens Lounge (Casino Queen)
Silver Creek Saloon (Belleville, IL)
Sky Music Lounge
St. Louis Union Station
St. Louis Zoo
Syberg’s (Dorsett)
TJ’s Bar & Grill
Tina’s Junction
Tigin Irish Pub
Trainwreck Saloon (Rock Hill & Westport)
Tropicana Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, NV)
Twisted Bull Saloon
VooDoo Lounge (Harrah’s Casino)
The Wood

Benefits We’ve Played For:

Concert For The Cause, A Benefit for Jen Henry
Rockin’ Out for Rock Hill Police Office Matt Crosby
Benefit for The Ross Family in Honor of Carly Ross
Hard Rock’s Rock’n For The Cause 2010
Benefit Auction & Dance In Honor of Linda Penberthy
Benefit/Fundraiser for Kacey’s Krew
Remembering Ethan & Bryleigh Concert
Stamp Out Cancer 2015
“Sarah’s Soldiers” Cancer Benefit
Songs for Soldiers Spring 2015
2015 St. Louis Rams & Make a Wish “Night of Wishes”
2015 Pedal for Cause
2015 Kansas City Chiefs & Make a Wish “Night of Wishes”
2016 Party on the Pavement

Other Events:

2010 St. Louis’ ROCKTOBERFEST on the Landing
Concerts in The Councourse w/St. Louis Blues
2011 St. Louis Mardi Gras – Landshark Main Stage
2011 Strange Folk Festival
2012 St. Louis Mardi Gras – Monster Energy Float
5th Annual St. Louis Firefighters Ball
Rockin’ The Landing – July 4,2012
2012 Sunday Funday on St. Charles Main Street
Best of The STL – on STL TV
2012 Zombie Survival Dash
2013 St. Louis Mardi Gras – Monster Energy Float
2013 Riverfront Times Music Showcase
6th Annual St. Louis Firefighters Ball
2014 St. Louis Mardi Gras – Monster Energy Float
Grand Opening of Ballpark Village St. Louis w/Third Eye Blind
1st Anniversary Party for Alpha Brewing Company
Cardinal’s Home Opener 2014 – Ballpark Village
2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase
2014 Samuel Adams Summer Ale Party
Fontbonne University’s Welcome Back Bash
Riverfront Times’ 1st Annual “Q & Brew in the Lou”
2015 GO! St. Louis Marathon
2015 St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital Fundraiser
2015 NATA AT Expo

Artists We’ve Played Shows With

Steve Ewing of The Urge
Third Eye Blind
Weezer
Silversun Puckups