Posted: August 11th, 2011
Modern Times, Romantic Era

The Romantic EraIt’s mid-way past 2011, but the past year has been a Romantic Era. Armed with an alternative/ hip-hop/pop-rock/electronic sound, they plan to make a big impact in Erie and on a national scale.

The six-man group has opened up for Plain White T’s, Sparks the Rescue, Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Maine, Jason Derulo and We The Kings.

Not bad for only being together for a little more than a year. But bigger acts are not the only shows they play for. Like their Facebook page says, “We love playing live shows!”

The Romantic EraThis past Saturday, The Romantic Era played at the Villa Center Gym for a benefit for Erie area animal shelters called BarkBoozle.

It was set up but two high school students for a project. I have to hand it to Natalie Osiecki and Jillian Jensen, I would never be able to set something like that up in high school.

I was the one who handed in work two days late and had a million excuses. Girls, to put on a benefit and bring in The Romantic Era, Exit Cleveland, and Into the Crowd, I’d say it was a success.

For those in attendance, you were able to experience the high-energy with your eyes and ears.  Playing loud, constant movement, and audience interaction, The Romantic Era played as if it was their last day on Earth.  That’s what you can expect at every show…giving all they’ve got and then some.  They say proof is in the pudding, well that couldn’t be more evident.

The Romantic EraIf you can’t make it to their show, you can experience the high energy through their music on their debut self-titled CD.  The 13-track album will have you singing along, thumping your desk, and having you play tracks on repeat.

Their hit single is “Rocket”, but my personal favorite track is “Teach Me How To Dance”. I especially like how they incorporate Jamie Foxx’s “Blame it on the Alcohol” and Cali Swags’ “Teach Me How To Dougie”.  But if you are in a more somber mood, I suggest the song “Program”.  It’s a low key song that builds up to a dramatic ballad at the end.

If you are looking to purchase their CD, you can buy it at Just click on that link and it will take you right to their album. If online buying is not your type of thing, then catch these guys at a show.  What better way to buy a CD is at the live show?

Be sure to check out the rest of the photos from the show by clicking here. Remember, if you would like your band covered by me, give me a shout at and request  Show of the Week coverage. Remember to catch a show this weekend and support local music!

-Steve Puskar

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