Sound check: The Haven Effect

The Haven Effect opens for Filter at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Mesa Theater and Club. View a video of the band at

Like some bands, The Haven Effect has a difficult time classifying its music.

It’s a soft, alternative rock-type of sound, but perhaps the best definition comes when music fans hear for themselves.

And fortunately, The Haven Effect’s next gig is opening for nationally known rock band Filter at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St.

Filter’s sound is close to that of The Haven Effect, the local band said.

The five-members of The Haven Effect have been together since June 2009. They are: Greg Pierson, bass; Damon Oribello, vocals and alternative percussion instruments; Christopher Waite, drummer; Gabe Kerr, keyboard; and Shawn Hoyt, lead vocalist and guitar.

The band plays mostly original music with the occasional cover, utilizing each man’s strengths on a variety of instruments.

They have ample opportunity to rehearse all their music in a rented warehouse space on the outskirts of Grand Junction.

Opening for Filter is a can’t-miss opportunity, band members said, and they are ready to rock.

When Hoyt was contacted about opening for Filter he didn’t ask the other band members for their opinions about taking the gig.

“I didn’t need to,” he said.

The Haven Effect will release “The Haven Effect Live” Friday at its Mesa Theater show. The band is working on its first full-length album to be released at a later date.


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