Band Spotlight: Pop Rox

Pop Rox plays to the beat of its own drum. Lead vocalist Kelly Franks, a musician for several years, says nothing brings a crowd together like great energy and great tunes.

"People love hearing new music every time they come to see us play," Franks says, of keeping the band's setlist current. "We always try to keep the show fresh and interesting."

A Pop Rox show is never dull - and that's a promise. The band loves to interact with the audience throughout each show.

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"It's great watching people let loose and have fun, " Franks says. "And it makes our jobs that much more enjoyable, too. The name of our band is a good indicator of what to expect at our shows - the absolute best mix of pop and rock."

Cover Kids: "Pop Rox is strictly a cover band," Franks says. "Some of the most popular songs we play right now include 'Party Rock' by LMFAO and 'Dynamite' by Taio Cruz."

Local Love: "There is a lot of history in Atlantic City, and it's always exciting to be a part of it," Franks says.

Who's Who: Kelly Franks, lead vocals, keys; James Phillips, lead vocals, keys, guitar; Mike Mancia, lead guitar; Matt Calabro, bass guitar, vocals; Dan Franks, lead guitar, keys, vocals; Jamie Hutchinson, drums.

Side Project: Though Pop Rox doesn't record original music, Franks just released a Christmas song entitled, "Yes, Virginia." Expect an album next spring.

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Go See Them: 11:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and Jan. 27, at Eden Lounge inside Harrah's Resort

- Rebecca Grites

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