Category Archives: Upward Mixtape

Let’s Jam Together!

Blog - Upward Mixtape 3Good tunes are a HUGE motivator for us here at Upward Projects. From the minute you step into one of our restaurants, you are experiencing an important expression of our culture: the music.

Our staff has a big impact on our music selection, because it’s ultimately their taste and suggestions that are reflected in the music we play.  So really…it’s because of them that we rock out the way we do. Thanks staff!

Here is an awesome playlist from one of our leaders, Grace Perry – manager at the Windsor. Click below to jam out to some of her pump-up music!

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Aggressive Handholding Mix

Aggressive-Handholding-MixWe’re all about music around here.  This month’s mix will give you a reason to grab someone’s hand then get a little romantic.  We’ll see you next month for a new mix of songs we’re totally into!

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Local Love: SORXE

Today, the talented Christopher J. Coons of Federal Pizza tells us about how he spends his time outside of the restaurant:  in his band, SORXE.


What is the name of your band?

My current band is called SORXE and we’ve been together for about 7 months now.  Before that I spent almost 9 years in Daughters of Fission.

What kind of music do you make?

SORXE could be described as DOOM. It’s super heavy sludge with low tunings. We actually tune our E to A flat. Its insanity!

Who’s who and what does everyone play?

Tanner – Guitar, Vox, and Synth
Christopher – Bass,Vox
Roger – Bass
Shane – Drums

We have two bassists, which is pretty rare. Roger holds down the main bass duties while I get to step out of the pocket and tinker; become the mad scientist, if you will. It’s super liberating and I love it.

What’s your favorite part of being in a band?

Creating is first and foremost, but I very much love the release it provides.  Playing bass is my drug and it’s pretty much all I ever think about–except when I’m giving impeccable service at Federal!  If I don’t play for a while, I can be kind of cranky.

How did you come up with your name?

The band name SORXE comes from the idea of music creation and energy coming from a place inside us that is very sacred.  When channeled, it can be a religious experience.  Whether it’s creating music, art, life, memories, or experiences–whatever the case may be–everything is reflective of this. This is the source of our passion and we will ride with the currents and latch onto the pure stream of creating something from nothing, as if it was always there.

What’s the craziest thing that’s ever happened to you at a show?

I’ve fallen off the stage, thrown up, and had my amp catch fire.  Not sure what’s the worst there…


You can find more information about SORXE on their Facebook page!

Local Lovin’ Co-Audio

You might remember Dan Lee from his recent Style Files post.  This stylish guy also creates musical masterpieces and today, we get to learn more about his band: Co-Audio!



What’s your band’s name?  Who’s who and what do you play?

Our band name is Co-Audio and there are just two of us. Dan Lee writes/produces the music, plays guitar, sings/raps and Ryan Frye plays electronic/live drums. We play Electronic Pop/Hip-Hop.

How did you meet and how did you decide to start making music together?

DAN: We met while serving at Oregano’s about three years ago. We were friends for a while before we started playing together. We played an acoustic set at a friend’s house party once, then I showed Ryan my Co-Audio project. He got really excited about it, which was what I was looking for in a band mate. Ryan mainly played in Reggae bands and I was playing with Indie Rock bands. So it was a new venture for the both of us. We found we had a really cool chemistry with this new stuff we jumped into.

What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever said to you/done to (or for) you?

DAN: Whenever I’m talking to people after shows it always blows me away when they tell me what song they liked best and why they connected to it. In college the band I was in always played this one song I wrote, and after it became popular, our friends in other bands would come on stage and play it with us and everyone in the audience would sing it so I didn’t even need to.

RYAN: The craziest thing a fan ever did is get on stage and try to take the mic, then hit the drums with his hands.

Where is your favorite place to play?  Why?

RYAN: My favorite place to play is 710 Club in Pacific Beach CA. The sound of the venue is great and a surf is easily had after the show. In Phoenix, I’d say the Sail Inn. The sound-guy there is awesome.

DAN: I once played with a 15-piece Jazz Band at the Women’s Prison in White County, AR. That was the most intense audience I’ve ever preformed for. They we’re so into it, the energy made our band soar. In Phoenix, I love playing anywhere we can because I just love to preform. I’m not really picky.

Would you rather be attacked by 50 duck-sized horses? Or one horse-sized duck?

RYAN: One horse-sized duck. It may be big but I can focus on one thing, not 50 little ones.

DAN: 50 little horses because I could just kick them all. Also, that small of a horse wouldn’t really be able to do much harm to me… Don’t forget how small ducks are, Ryan.

Anything else you’d like to share?

DAN: Yeah, we’ve got a show on June 13 at the Rogue Bar. We’re on at 11:30. Our set is high-energy sweetness. Check out to hear some tunes and find links to our Facebook page and other Interwebs locations.