When Marina del Rey’s Ross Nordin isn’t playing with Blue Virus, he’s jamming with Rock Steady — bands playing back-to-back Friday at The Warehouse

By Michael Aushenker

From left, Rock Steady members Miguel Cobos, Phil Sparks, Ralph Rodriguez, Ross Nordin and Carlos Zamora

From left, Rock Steady members Miguel Cobos, Phil Sparks, Ralph Rodriguez, Ross Nordin and Carlos Zamora

When the R&B group Rock Steady opens for Blue Virus on Friday at The Warehouse, both bands will have something in common: keyboardist Ross Nordin.
The Marina del Rey resident tickles the ivories for both bands, but also jams on guitar for Blue Virus, which he describes as a funk rock band.
And if that wasn’t a full workload, each band is playing double sets that night.

“It’s all high energy,” Nordin said.  “Everything is danceable from start to end.”
Fronted by Jenna Sanz-Agero (who formerly sang in the all-female glam metal group Vixen), the 11-member Rock Steady mixes originals with covers of artists such as Tower of Power and Aretha Franklin.
Blue Virus, named for the contagious influence of the blues on rock and popular music, is a four-piece that focuses more on crafting new compositions.

“There’s definitely more originals with Blue Virus,” said Nordin, noting how songs such as “In The Middle” and “Save Me” are written: “Somebody will start a groove and someone else will jump in and throw in some lyrics. It’s definitely very collaborative.”
Another important difference between the two bands: “Scheduling’s a little trickier with 11 musicians,” Nordin said.

Rock Steady starts at 8:30 p.m. and Blue Virus at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at The Warehouse, 4499 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey. Call (310) 823-5451 or visit mdrwarehouse.com.
michael@argonautnews.com

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