As new students at the Orange County School of the Arts in 2020, Ashwin Desai (lead/rhythm guitarist) and Hank Braverman (drummer) met and discovered they shared the same passion and drive for music. During an afternoon hike at Newport Back Bay with endless conversations about their love for music and the adrenaline rush from performing on stage, they decided to form a band. Having access to some of the most talented young musicians in all of Southern California, they naturally recruited Hayden Ficht (vocals and rhythm guitarist), Emmi Nicolov (lead/rhythm guitarist), and Hailey Emerich (keyboardist and back up vocals) from their performing arts school. They began to gather weekly at the same place it all started, and the band Back Bay was officially formed.
Spending hours on weekends jamming and collectively writing music, they quickly formed a close bond that gave them laughter, hope and an escape during the trying times of the pandemic and political unrest.
Back Bay is sure to entertain audiences of all ages with cover songs and original music influenced by some of their favorite genres including Rock, Alternative, Blues, Math Rock and Punk.
We’re packing up our gear and heading to The Camp in Costa Mesa for their Summer Drive-In Concert Series. Our set list will feature our newest stuff but also dive into favorite rock cover songs. Be sure to mark your calendar.