Bison, a modern folk-rock band from Chesapeake, has succeeded in creating a buzz across Hampton Roads and beyond.
The band's album, "Quill," was released earlier this year with a party at the Chrysler Museum of Art.
On Dec. 16, they'll join the Virginia Symphony at the Sandler Center for the Arts in Virginia Beach to play "O Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem" with the orchestra as part of its Holiday Pops program.
Then, later in the month, the band will come to Hampton to play the 96X Party With a Purpose.
The Dec. 21 fundraising show at Luckie's Dueling Piano Bar at Hampton's Power Plant will feature Bison along with The Aragona Project, Audiostrobelight and members of Mae. Several members of Mae will perform an acoustic set. Showtime is 5 p.m. A $5 donation/cover charge will be collected at the door. Toys and non-perishable foods will also be collected. Proceeds will go to Toys for Tots and the Food Bank.
Who are these Bison guys creating such a stir? According to a Facebook page, includes Ben Hardesty, Dan Hardesty, Annah Hardesty, Andrew Benfante, Jay Benfante, Amos Housworth and Teresa Totheroh.
"Bison's music is described as folkestral combining elements of alternative folk with classical sensibilities," explains a short bio for the band. "With recent airplay on local radio, the popularity of the band has grown. Their live shows are dynamic and fans familiar with their debut CD, 'Quill,' will love what they hear at a show (as the entire album was recorded live with minimal dubbing.)"
Here's a video that shows the group's performance on WAVY's "Hampton Roads Show."