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Circling Venus

Circling Venus composed of founder and front man Chris Jackson, drummer Chris Carroll (aka Zag), bassist James Sexton, and guitarist Wesley Rutland. A powerhouse of talent and experience from all corners of the music genres. Taking influences anywhere from Butch Walker, Motley Crue, Dave Matthews, to Godsmack, Rush, or AIC any taste in music can be satisfied. All hail from the tri state area and are very familiar with the changing industries needs and wants. As tourists rush in and out CV tries to maintain a familiar and friendly face among the fleeting and the locals of the areas frequented.

As a whole Circling Venus has made leaps and bounds with only a years worth under it's collective belt. But, individually all members made the choices to begin a music based career at an early age. Founder Chris Jackson and bassist James Sexton frequently toured and occasionally opened for large acts such as Edwin McCain in their late teens. Drummer Zag began his debut with Top 40 cover bands in high school playing for what few events and venues that would allow young musicians to explore their talents such as VFW's and various benefit based events. Wes Rutland, the youngest member has a strong influence from hard crunch squealing 80's style guitars that will keep any crowd rocking through the night. Having also worked with acts ranging from Nazareth to Shinedown Wes also has a working knowledge of a good stage sound and well produced show...

Each member brings to the table of course a differing persona and also a style learned through the numerous musical encounters each has undertaken. All command the the natural taste for making any song 'their own' stemming from years of exposure to the creative juices that only playing different styles can bring. From 70's peace & love, 80's metal ballads, 90's emotionally charged alternative, to current progressive melodic rock, CV has felt the blood, sweat and tears that ingrain the only method to being a good band,.... experience.

Circling Venus commands a show that is high energy, spontaneous, and witty. Dotted by a light show that most club owners would be jealous of CV also understands the importance of production. Along with the instruments and voices of Circling Venus come a plethora of moving colors and smokey stacked back lines. Any audience that graces the stage of CV is immediately made to understand that this show is for them. An audience oriented state of mind is what Circling Venus is all about. First in mind and last off stage, courtesy is a trademark of Circling Venus.
Song List
  • All Mixed Up - 311
  • All My Life - Foo Fighters
  • American Idiot - Green Day
  • Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
  • Astounded - Tantric
  • Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
  • Brain Stew - Green Day
  • Bulls on Parade - Rage Against the Machine
  • Crazy Bitch - Buck Cherry
  • Down - 311
  • Duck and Run - 3 Doors Down
  • Enter Sandman - Metallica
  • Evenflow - Pearl Jam
  • Everlong - Foo Fighters
  • Family Tradition - Hank Williams Jr.
  • Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
  • Freak of the Week - Marvelous 3
  • Hard to Handle - Black Crowes
  • Harder to Breathe - Maroon 5
  • I Alone - Live
  • I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
  • I Write the Sins Not the Tragedies - Panic! at the Disco
  • Inside Out - Eve 6
  • Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Jane Says - Janes Addiction
  • Jenny Says - Cowboy Mouth
  • Jump Around - House of pain
  • Keep Your Hands to Yourself - Georgia Satellites
  • Killin in the Name of - Rage Against the Machine
  • Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
  • Last Dance with Mary Jane - Tom Petty
  • Let's Go Crazy - Prince
  • Low - Cracker
  • My Own Worst Enemy - Lit
  • Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
  • Nutshell - Alice in Chains
  • Panama - Van Halen
  • Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting - Elton John/Nickelback
  • Sedated - The Ramones
  • Semi-Charmed - Third Eye Blind
  • Sex Type Thing - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Shine - Collective Soul
  • Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Small Things - Blink 182
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
  • Song 2 - Blur
  • Straight to Hell - Drivin' N Cryin'
  • Sugar Going Down - Fall Out Boy
  • Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
  • Sweet Child O' Mine - Guns N Roses
  • Sweet Emotion - Aerosmith
  • Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
  • The Anthem - Good Charlotte
  • The Joker - Steve Miller Band
  • The Pretender - Foo Fighters
  • Tomorrow - Silverchair
  • Track 2
  • Use Me - Buck Cherry
  • Vaseline - Stone Temple Pilots
  • Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
  • What I Got - Sublime


Montgomery Alabama thanks you for rocking the house!!!!! Great show!!! Come back soon Joe, Rock Bottom, Montgomery Al

You guys kicked ass lastnight at helen bach!!! great show!!! Happy little mexican guy, Ft Walton Beach, Fl

You guys rocked the house last night at Buck Wild....cant wait to see ya again. Staci, Panama City, Fl
  • Memphis Tennessee

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