Forsyth rockers go from basement to Hard Rock Café

Sons of the Belfry place second in music showcase



ATLANTA – Their rock band, called Sons of the Belfry, is made up of Lambert and South Forsyth High students.

On March 2, they jammed their way into second place in a music exhibition judged by a Warner Bros. Records representative at the Hard Rock Café in Atlanta.

Sons of the Belfry musicians Davis McMakin, Tyler Flaim and Blake Objartel, all of Lambert High School, and Jordy Quinn, of South Forsyth High School, performed four original songs in front of the live audience during a 17-minute slot.

“Playing on the stage of the Hard Rock Café with their logo behind us was pure inspiration for the future of our band,” said Quinn, the band’s drummer.

King Ryan Events sponsored the iShowcase Music Exhibition to audition local talent for a chance to consult and network with record industry representative Moses Davis. Although this opportunity only extended to the first place winner, the ambitious students said the iconic venue brought gleeful satisfaction.

Robyn Kenner, Quinn’s mother, said the band has been playing in a small, confined room below the attic of her suburban Forsyth County home, but these close quarters have not deterred the talent and creativity of their modern rock band.

The band members said they aim to create music that appeals to as many people as possible, and the Hard Rock Café event represented an ideal occasion to flourish like those of inspirational bands before it and play in front of a diverse audience.

Sons of the Belfry has performed at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Swayze’s in Marietta and at school music events such as South Forsyth’s Battle of the Bands and Lambert’s annual family music festival, LamJam.

The band was asked to return to the Hard Rock Café on March 16 for another performance.

“Playing at the Hard Rock Café stage was a dream come true,” bassist Flaim said. “It makes me feel like I have truly accomplished something in my music career.”

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