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Arizona band hopes to make it big in the music industry

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The valley has seen some great rock bands through into national stardom.

The Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Eat World, Dead Hot Workshop, The Tubes and of course, Alice Cooper.

Could the valley's next great rock band be about to break through?

Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special have only been together for about seven months.  They walked into Curtis Grippe's Paradise Valley studio and played a few songs.

One of his friends caught them at a club and said "you've got to hear this band."

"Within moments my jaw hit the floor..I remember thinking we could make a good record," he said.

Sara is from Glendale.  Her three band mates are all from Tempe.

"We are like blues, rock, soul..we are kind of a mixture with southern flair -- new, but trying to start something I guess," said Sara.

Influences: Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys, Bonnie Raitt.

Once they started playing together, it just clicked.

"It took awhile, but I found the people I want to play with and I really dig it," said Brendan Michael McBride.  "I think we have a lot of potential."

Evan Knisely adds, "..right away I knew everyone was so talented in this band and the reactions you cannot help but think it is special."

Sara is just 19-years-old, but she's a seasoned performer.  She's taken the stage at rock and blues clubs since she was 15.

"Remarkable..best singer I have ever worked with, stunning talent, amazing talent," said Grippe.

Sara has a big voice and big dreams.

If you want to know where Sara Robinson thinks the Midnight Special could be in five years, all you have to do is look at her arm.

It's the floor plan for Glendale's Jobing.com Arena.

"I have a stadium tattoo on my arm.  That is my heart and soul, our dream is to do it big. We do not want to be a garage band.  We want to be out there, spreading the music.  We want to do it for real," said Sara.

The band has an album out and Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special is attracting a lot of attention.

"We have had our CD release party -- 380 people for young band..I have not seen it before either and if we do it here, we can do it in any city and if we did that across America, we could be doing the stadium thing, we could do anything really," said Brandon Croft.

One of the band's next gigs include opening for the Gin Blossoms at the Venue of Scottsdale.

Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special
www.sararobinsonandthemidnightspecial.com

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