Empty Seat

By Lisa Lynn Morgan

Passion, exceptional songwriting, dynamic vocals, and electrifying musicianship form the core elements that have propelled this ensemble forward. Their commitment to delving deep into their craft has stood the test of time and countless performances, resulting in the creation of some truly remarkable new releases. At the 2nd Annual Joshuas Honors Gala, the local band, Empty Seat, mesmerized the audience with their captivating performance.

Empty Seat has been a fixture in the So Cal Rock scene since 2002, enduring and thriving through the years. Led by the fiery lead vocalist Erin Marie, they initially made their mark in the Punk and Rockabilly scene of Whittier, California, sharing the stage with renowned artists like Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats, Brenton Wood, and Annabella Lwin of Bow Wow Wow.

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Over the years, Empty Seat has graced the stages of numerous esteemed venues in Hollywood and made appearances on various television and cable shows. Their talent was recognized when they clinched the coveted “Top 10 Band” spot on LA TV in 2007, amidst fierce competition.

After a hiatus in 2008, the band resurfaced in 2018, making a move to the Coachella Valley, home to the renowned Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Since then, they’ve garnered multiple Coachella Valley Music Awards, including consecutive wins for “Best Alternative Band” in 2019 and 2020, along with the “Best Song” award for their single “Won’t Wait.” Erin Marie was also honored with the title of ‘Best Front Woman’ in 2019.

Empty Seat’s journey continued with the creation of original music, including their 2020 hit single “Rise,” a collaboration with Rock and Roll legend Cherie Currie of The Runaways. Their music has received acclaim and airplay on prominent platforms such as SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage and various radio stations including 95.5 KLOS, Rodney Bingenhiemer’s legendary Rodney on the ROQ (KROQ), 93.7FM KCLB, Z107.7FM, and the US10 Radio Show.

Today, Empty Seat stands strong as a band, reestablishing themselves in the legendary High Desert region and consistently pushing the boundaries with their innovative tunes. Their latest release, “Take Back,” reflects their love for 80s post-punk. Erin’s pitch perfect powerful voice bears the essence of Aimee Mann (Til Tuesday), Gwen Stefani (No Doubt), and Deborah Harry. The tribe behind her play so tight and full you forget that they’re only a trio.

You can follow the band on most streaming services, Facebook, Instagram, and on their website: emptyseatofficial.com

The band has one show in Joshua Tree before going back into the recording studio.

Join them and special guests, Lisa Lynn & the Broken Hallelujahs for a fun night of music under the stars in the heart of Joshua Tree.

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