This Powerhouse two piece is fronted by charismatic singer/guitarist/songwriter Damon Ranger and backed by the mighty Gregg Potter on drums. Hailing from Chicago, Blackbox intertwines enormous guitars, pummeling drums, catchy hooks, and big choruses into beautifully crafted rock/pop songs.
Blackbox has played with Social Distortion, Billy Corgan, Eagles Of Death Metal, Marty Casey and The Lovehammers, Chevelle, Taproot, Bad Religion, NOFX, Local H, Mest, Alkaline Trio, Butthole Surfers, Jet, Theory Of A Deadman, Skid Row, Lupe Fiasco, Malik Yusef, Cheap Trick, Billy Squier, Future Leaders of the World, Lit, The Parlor Mob, White Tie Affair, Egypt Central, The Riddlin Kids, Denver Harbor, Bang Camero, The Bomb, Solace For Now, The Black Mariah, Exit The Kings, The Dreaming, The Last Vegas, The Frogs, Hot Action Cop, Monster Magnet, Bullets and Octaine, Neko Case, Huck Johns, Fig Dish, The Gigantour, The Virgins, Shat, John Ralston, and more. Blackbox was direct support at Summerfest's Rock Stage (Worlds largest music festival) for Saliva in 2007 and invited back in 2008 and 2009. Blackbox is also packing fans in on hometown headliner shows at House of Blues, Metro, Double Door, Kinetic Playground, The Note, even getting a residency at The Lakeshore Theater in 2005 and 2006, plus touring the east and west coast. In 2008 Blackbox headlined Millenium Park and Six Flags Them Park to thousands. Blackbox has been invited to perform at Summerfest, MOBFest, International Pop Overthrow, Dewey Beach Music Festival, NAMM. Blackbox also toured on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour on the Kevin Says Stage and was also handpicked for Riot Fest 2009.
In 2009 Blackbox won an EMMY for their performance of the Cheap Trick classic "He's A Whore." Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick joined the band on the performance. It aired on CBS Chicago March 27th, 2009. The Chicago Grammy Chapter set up an event for their "Grammy U" foundation. It was held at Columbia College where Blackbox and Rick hosted a seminar together to help kids get a better understanding of the music business....followed by an EMMY WINNING PERFORMANCE!
Blackbox has thier own TV/Internet segment with CBS 2 Chicago. Which has won Damon Ranger 6 Emmys. Since July 2007 Blackbox has had Sonic Youth, Silverchair, Patti Smith, Rhymefest, Lupe Fiasco, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Perez Hilton, Butch Walker, Juliette Lewis, Motion City Soundtrack, Kate Voegele, Peter Bjorn and John, Cold War Kids, Satallite Party, Snow Patrol, G Love, Electric Six, Sparklehorse, and more....on thier segment
A quick tongue and constant self-promotion scored Blackbox their own Internet radio/video show on www.fearlessradio.com “Blackbox Fever” which ran for 2 and a half years, helped develop Blackbox as a main staple in the Chicago music scene. Guests on the show included: Guns N’ Roses, Counting Crows, Blacktop Mourning, Local H, Ron Jeremy, Seka, Pat Travers, and Under The Influence of Giants, and many more.
From February 1-Feburary 13, 2007 Blackbox, as an unsigned band, was the Q101.1 “Cage Match” champions on Q101 Chicago radio with the song “Girls Like You”. Blackbox enjoyed constant radio airplay on a major market radio station and getting voted the top song for 13 days straight.
Q101.1 Radio Chicago named Blackbox thier "Band to Bust Out" in September 2007!!!
Blackbox fought Former WWF Heavyweight Champion The Iron Sheik in a Rock and Wrestling event for Q101's "Band to Bust Out" campaign. The video on Youtube curently has 20,000+ views
NBC News Channel 5 Chicago did a six minute feature piece on Blackbox and their radio show in March of 2006. ABC News Chicago the number 1 rated newscast in the country) has featured Blackbox three times!!! in October and November 2004 and November 11th 2007 which had Blackbox performing "Never Enough" on the Morning Show. CBS Chicago features Blackbox songs up to 10 times a month during segments on all their news shows. CBS Chicago had Blackbox perform "Sick" on the afternoon show in May 2007. CBS 2 Morning Show had Blackbox live performing 3 songs "Up All Night" Sick" and "Like This" on Oct 27th 2007. Blackbox returned to CBS on June 21st 2008 to perform "Bound to Change." March 27th 2009 Blackbox performed "Surrender", and "He's A Whore" with Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick on CBS. The performances are Emmy nominated.
Modern Drummer Magazine featured Gregg in the January 2004 issue (pg.118) and in the Oct 2005 issue as well. In 2006 Modern Drummer gave Gregg his own blog on their website www.moderndrummer.com
Blackbox has achieved radio airplay in Chicago on Q101, 94.7, 88.9, and 95.1 Wiil Rock, plus many college markets, including Madison, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Dayton, Indianapolis, and Philadelphia.
Gregg Potter proudly uses (and endorses) Gibralter Hardware, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, Aquarian Drumheads, Slug, and Trick Drums. Damon Ranger proudly uses (and endorses) Sennheiser Wireless, Gibson, Bogner. Blackbox has clothing endorsement deals with Dickies, Converse, Salvage, Cut-Throat Fightgear and Marty Flint accessories.
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