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Hard Soul to headline Newburgh Illuminated Festival

Newburgh Illuminated

Catch the Hard Soul boys this Saturday, June 18th at the Newburgh Illuminated Festival in Newburgh, NY! They’ll be throwing down as the headliners for Stage 3 during the all-day arts & music festival; their set kicks off at 8:30PM! Lets see what you’re made of, Hudson Valley!


VIDEO: “Fairer Shores” Live at The Hollow (Albany, NY)

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Feast your eyes on the latest live video offering from the Hard Soul boys captured during their recent stop at The Hollow in Albany, NY. It features a special full band arrangement of their acoustic track “Fairer Shores,” the title track of their 2015 EP. Rumor has it this version will appear on a new release very soon…

Enjoy and share!



Band plan to debut new material during WEQX-sponsored concert

ALBANY, NY – Albany rockers Hard Soul return to the stage this month, bringing their unique emotive rock sound to The Hollow Bar in Albany, NY. The band will be direct support to Los Angeles-based indie alternative rockers The Moth and The Flame on Wednesday, March 9, at The Hollow in downtown Albany, NY, presented by 102.7 WEQX.

“We’ve been relatively quiet the last few months, diligently working on new material for our next record,” said Hard Soul frontman and songwriter Johnny Salka. “So before we hit the studio later this year, we’re going to take the opportunity to test out some new tunes for the first time live in front of some hungry music fans at The Hollow!”

Special advance tickets are available for a special price of $10.27 in a nod of appreciation to WEQX‘s commitment to providing quality concerts for music lovers across the Capital Region.

Hard Soul have announced select tour dates for 2016, with additional spring & summer tour dates forthcoming. All show information will be posted on their official website,

Advance tickets for March 9 are available here:

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What: WEQX Presents: The Moth & The Flame
with special guests Hard Soul

Where: The Hollow, 79 N. Pearl Street, Albany, NY 12207

When: Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 8:00PM

Why: Hard Soul is Johnny Salka, Nick Kossor, Steve Thompson, Mark Podbielski, and Sean Murphy. The five-piece emotive rock group merges fat riffs infused with pop sensibilities to craft a uniquely heavy and infectious sound all their own. The band released their third EP ‘Fairer Shores’ in 2015.

Concert Announcement: Hard Soul at MOVE Music Fest 2016

The 5th Annual MOVE Music Fest is kicking off this April in Albany, NY, and the Hard Soul boys will be in the mix and bringing the noise to the Capital City!

Check out the announcement video below, powered by Snapchat!

Bass in Your Face: Welcome to Sean Murphy

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The only constant is change.

For those who haven’t heard, we recently parted ways with our bass player Ryan Klaeysen. We have nothing but respect for Ryan and wish him the best in all his musical endeavors.

With that said, we want to extend a warm welcome to our new bass player Sean Murphy. Hard Soul shares a little history with Sean; in 2013, Sean filled in during a run of incredibly important spring & summer shows. Beyond that, Johnny and Sean spent many years together ripping it up on the heavy metal circuit. We cannot think of anyone else we’d rather have holding down the low end on the four-strings and incredibly excited to have Sean among our ranks. Check out the video below and say hello to Sean!

Video: Live from LarkFest 2015

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We’ve been posting up some brand-new live videos filmed when Hard Soul performed at LarkFest 2015 in Albany, NY this past September! Johnny and the rest of the Hard Soul boys threw down an hour long set of rock n’ roll bangers that had the people of Albany tappin’ their feet and groovin’ to the beat. The full set-list was:

Let Go!
Seize the Year
This is Blood
Straight Into Your Soul
The Sweetest Heart
It’s All Gone Wrong
Just Be Love
Have to Be a Miracle
Fairer Shores
Passes You By

Hard Soul performing at LarkFest 2015

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Hard Soul will be performing at LarkFest 2015, New York’s largest one-day street festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 19! This year’s festival is expected to draw nearly 80,000 people!

The boys will be joining Stellar Young, Let’s Be Leonard, and Probing Digit on the Madison Avenue Stage, along with Candy Ambulance, Jocelyn Ardnt, Ampvene and The End Men over at the Washington Avenue Stage. See the full schedule here.

More details coming soon! Keep checking back for updates!