"MISSBEHAVIN' has been getting a fair share of talk amongst the local band scene followers, so we decided to check them out for ourselves. This 4-piece party band is comprised of dedicated and talented musicians who play music ranging over 4 decades of the best classic rock and R&B. MissBehavin' does a bang-up job of replicating some of the coolest guitar riffs, drum rolls and high notes from the 60' to the present.
Up front singing is Denise Ebler, who has a Janis Joplin/AnnWilson type stage presence and backs it up with an amazing voice. This girl knows how to belt out a song! Playing lead Wawrzyniak whose blues-to-rock style works so well with Denise's sultry voice. These two are definitely on the same musical page. The bass guitar duties are skillfully handled by Craig Hunter whose prior experience as a lead guitarist gives him the play it loud and in your face confidence. Craig also contributes by singing backup. If the magical sticks drummer Jim Nonneman looks familiar to you, it's because his origins are here performing at the hottest nightclubs and outdoor festivals too!
One would expect a band with a female lead singer backed up by one of the hottest rhythm sections to perform a lot of "chick" songs but, to our surprise MissBehavin' did a great job covering Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Mellencamp and more! This band rocked us hard all night and we were bummed when the show came to an end. Our pick of the night had to be a tie between Pat Travers’ "Snortin' Whiskey" and Al Green's "Let's Stay Together". These two very different songs, both executed flawlessly, show the diverse high energy this band has. ROCK ON!!!
- Da Rock Critics, Wassup Magazine
Column: Rising Stars
MissBehavin’ is a total surprise. You think you’re going to hear yet another mid-life crisis bar band, doing this “music thing” on the side, when their real jobs are as office hacks or in construction. But clearly, music IS their thing. With their edgy, raspy, rockin’ sound, you are not going to want to miss MissBehavin’. (I know… that was predictable, but I couldn’t pass it up. Plus, it’s true. They are THAT good.) When you see MissBehavin’, you feel like they want you to sit back, have a great time and enjoy the music.
The powerful vocals of this band, backed by some seriously talented musicians, gel together better than that layered Christmas jello with the oranges in it. (Does anyone actually like that funky jello?) It’s no surprise that MissBehavin’ has been growing a strong following since they met in 2008. With lead vocal dynamo Denise Ebler belting out an array of music from AC/DC to 4 Non Blondes, and Rob Wawrzniak on lead guitar, Craig Hunter on bass guitar and Jim Nonneman working the sticks, these guys (and chick0 really rock the house. They have a fresh take on old classics, yet the nuances and subtleties of their music make you remember their rendition. You can hear their influences pouring through their music – Joplin, Plant, Chris Robinson, Aerosmith. Denise says she doesn’t play an instrument (the clarinet and bassoon from grade school don’t count?), but that voice of hers is a powerful one, blending effortlessly with Rob, Craig and Jim’s intense backing sounds.
What sets MissBehavin’ apart is that they put it all out there. There is no holding back with this talented group. Their set list is so diverse, there’s something for everyone, from the doctors and lawyers to the bikers. They’ve got this awesome medly that starts with Aretha Franklin’s “Chain of Fools” and ends with Buckcherry’s “Crazy Bitch”. Good stuff.
Why should you care about MissBehavin’? Because they are incredibly talented, they sound awesome, and they really rock. They also just released a new demo video. You can check them out at www.missbehavinrocks.com. Listen to Denise belt out the first few notes and you’ll know why this band has been getting a lot of attention.
Lisa McComb, Barlife Magazine