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News Release

For Immediate Release: July 18, 2006
Contact:   Sherri Eng (415) 557-4282
seng@sfpl.org

Venue Change: Harry and the Potters to
Perform at Civic Center Plaza


Popular punk-rock band makes only San Francisco stop on July 22


Rock on, Harry Potter. While the real Harry Potter is off playing Quidditch and mixing magic potions, the DeGeorge brothers are spreading their musical wizardy across the country in honor of the boy wizard. Paul, 27, and Joe, 19, and their punk-rock band Harry and the Potters will make their only San Francisco stop 2 – 4 p.m. on July 22 at Civic Center Plaza, across the street from the Main Library. Draco and the Malfoys will open the show.

Dressed in grey V-neck sweaters, neckties and black-rimmed spectacles a la Harry Potter, the brothers perform such playful numbers as “I am a Wizard,” “My Teacher is a Werewolf,” “Gryffindor Rocks,” and “The Foil (Malfoy).” Joe plays keyboards as “Harry Year 4,” and Paul displays his guitar wizardry as “Harry Year 7.” Brad Mehlenbacher of Draco and the Malfoys will play drums.

The DeGeorge brothers, of Norwood, Mass., founded Harry and the Potters in 2002 after the rock show the two had planned went awry following the cancellation of two of the three bands. Embracing a “the show must go on” attitude, the brothers penned seven songs inspired by the book series in an hour. Later that day, Harry and the Potters made a successful debut in front of six guests.

Since then, the band has released three CDs: Harry and the Potters (June 2003); Voldemort Can't Stop the Rock (June 2004); and Harry and the Potters and the Power of Love (June 2006).

While some may consider a library as an unconventional venue for a rock concert, the brothers say that libraries are perfect places to meet their core audience – well-read youngsters and teens. The band has gained national acclaim, playing coast-to-coast from New York to Washington. This month’s performance at the Main Library will be the group’s third annual show.

“The advantage of being in a library over a club is that parents will bring their younger kids to the show looking for some wholesome entertainment,” said Paul. “It’s incredibly flattering to know that each time we play a show, there will be some kids there and this will be their first rock show EVER. It’s an honor to have that place in someone’s life and we don’t take it lightly. We try and play the best show ever each time we go out.”

This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, please call (415) 557-4277.


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