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Serenade & Strum

Local music takes a new high in San Diego with an acoustic/folk band named Serenade and Strum. The band expresses their love for God but also give the gift of beautiful music to anyone despite their beliefs or choices. Tunage discovered this when the band played at an acoustic show at Epicentre in Mira Mesa. The audience was completely blown away by the gorgeous voice of Jen Horning and the rest of the band’s beautiful musicianship.    

          The duo of Benji Horning and Jen Horning is a remarkable one. They both live in San Diego and make music here together. The two are happily married and share a three-year-old daughter. They have been married for a few years and Benji has said that he fell in love with Jen when he heard the sound of her voice. The full band of Serenade and Strum consists of a few other members on keys, drums, and even a cello. Every instrument together turns the acoustic duo into a big folk band.
          Their music is described as acoustic, folk, and Christian. With smooth vocals and the most natural-sounding bass that anyone has ever heard, Serenade and Strum light up a venue with the sound of their music. A handful of their songs feel positive and soothing while others are sultry and slow. If you’re a fan of acoustic music with an incredible vocalist, their songs are for you.

          Jen’s voice captures the attention of anyone in the room and is simply unforgettable. You will never forget that striking voice once you hear it. Her singing style has been compared to that of Mama Cass and Little Dragon. It’s groovy and very soothing as well; it is something you don’t hear nowadays. Needless to say, Jen is a woman who is more talented than most of the rising stars all over the world.

         Although Serenade and Strum are an independent band, their talent is unfathomable. Tunage can guarantee that the first listen is one that you will never have the ability to forget. You can like Serenade and Strum on their Facebook page and you can watch and listen to them on their Youtube channel.

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Written by Jordan Mafi

The March Ahead


You have to admit, one of the greatest perks in being a loyal fan to a certain band or musician is seeing the brilliant side projects that the artists work on, and speaking of side projects, The March Ahead is one of the best collaborative side projects that I’ve come across.

We Are All Going To Die - The March Ahead
         The March Ahead is a two-person band comprised of Johnny Franck (Attack Attack!) and Mike Caswell (K Sera).  This beautiful collaboration was brought together by their “mutual love for the Fleet Foxes and Starcraft 2”. If that’s not glorious teamwork, I don’t know what is. With the blending of Johnny Franck’s hardcore punk style and Mike’s theatrical progressive background, The March Ahead is a fresh sound that fans absolutely love.

        So far, they’ve released a self titled EP and a B-Sides for listeners to enjoy. Their work was produced completely by both Johnny and Mike’s loving fan base. They had their own kick starter project and reached their goal, and because of that, they returned the favor with exceeding our expectations and anticipations. This project was a great testament to show what the loyalty and love for music can accomplish and that sometimes the best music is directly funded by the people who want to listen to the work.

          The March Ahead project wasn’t a one-time deal. As of know, there’s anticipation for new music from these guys. They also have stayed in touch with fans through their Facebook page. I highly recommend for you to check them out. If you’re already a fan, or are one of those hopeless romantics that have fallen head over heels in love instantly, you can pre-order their first t-shirt design ever

- Tunage

Written by Deanna Trombley