The Creation of Boom Lava
Boom Lava was born from the hottest explosive molten roots from within the earth.  As the sound surfaced, it hit a funky cool jazz breeze and chilled on a tropical reggae vibe.  The explosive boom of the lava hitting the ocean created a positive spectacle of music beyond compare.  The sharp hard nature of the new land gave the music an extra edge to remind everyone of forces stronger than ourselves.

Nils Crusberg
Guitar, Saxophone, and Vocals
Nils Crusberg was born and raised in the suburban ghettos of Worcester, MA.  His attendance at Doherty High School didn't provide him with an education as advertised.  Instead, he learned about life through illicit recreations.  At the age of 15, he began receiving instruction in the smoke filled rooms of the Clement Music Studio from the locally renowned jazz guitar legend Joe D'Angelo.  This set him on the track for a career in music.  As a teenager he fronted the controversial and confrontational group, Pudding in a Cloud, a band that took on issues of sex, drug use, vandalism, larceny, and racial diversity as inferred by its name.  Nils lived in Boulder, CO for ten years where he attended the University of Colorado while studying the world and music.  His travels during this time led him to the corners of the world.  He experienced the affluence of Europe and California, and the destitution of the Mexican slums.  His trip to Negril, Jamaica held the strongest influence on his musical future.  The people of Jamaica seemed to overcome their poverty with a combination of music and spirituality.  Nils adopted this point of view. The antics of Puerto Rico and the power and beauty of Hawaii and Peru have also influenced his understanding of the world and music.  For over ten years, Nils incessantly practiced guitar and alto saxophone while living on Cape Cod in MA - Santa Cruz, CA - Boulder, CO - and the Seacoast of NH - respectively.  He has recorded and produced three LP’s, which display his exceptional talents.  An unadulterated biography can be found at this link:
Nils Crusberg Biography

Owen Jamison
Guitar and Vocals

Owen Jamison joins Boom Lava from the North Shore of Massachusetts. He has been seen onstage as a member of several different bands over the years, alternating within the roles of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, and vocals. He has also been seen solo onstage as well as sitting in with bands from Portland, Maine to Key West, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Owen brings melodic lines that balance between the dark and the light, fueled by influences of blues, funk, reggae, island, classical, folk, and world music.

Jon Cross
Bass and Vocals

Jon Cross is from Worcester, Massachusetts. He grew riding a skateboard, and therefore listened, predictably, to british Oi! punk, classic skater thrash, and victory-records hardcore. His interests in music have since exploded, thanks in large part to the Disco Biscuits. He has a deep-rooted love for music and its diversity. Jon is a fan of acid jazz, dub reggae, downtempo, underground hip hop, classic jazz, afro-beat, and most things in between. And while he loves to listen to Victor Wooten or Les Claypool, he thinks a big part of playing the bass is the simplicity and the control of that low end. He feels that there is much to be appreciated about almost all music, but playing the bass is all about dropping those funk bombs and making booties shake....
Check out personalized audio tracks at this link:
Jon Cross Audio Links

Steve Copp
Drum Kit
Steve Copp has earned a reputation for his skills in keeping beats for a wide variety of groups around the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. In his early teens, he took up the drums with the intention of agitating family members and neighbors. This incitation led him to an unexpected talent that has lived with him ever since.  Steve’s grounded beats are laced with accuracy and improvisation. His early interest in hard rock gave him a solid foundation. From these roots, he has pursued all styles of music that presented a challenge. Steve studied drumming in Dover, NH where he was raised. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts and rubbed shoulders with rock stars, mobsters, and movie stars but eventually was extradited back to Dover, NH by the federal authorities. Although his main musical influences are Cartoon Characters and Muppets, he also has a desire to eventually understand the complicated poly-rhythms of the Bonobo’s in Central Africa.

Scott Kelley

Scott Kelley holds down the integral additive rhythms of the percussion parts for Boom Lava.  He is a native of the North Shore in MA, growing up in Wakefield and later moving to the legendary town of Peabody during his early twenties. At an early age, Scott’s father taught him a couple of chords on his acoustic guitar, planting the seeds for a lifelong love of music. Scott would go on to play guitar, drums, clarinet, and saxophone in a number of local bands.  His influences include but are not limited to: BB King, Nirvana, Bob Marley, etc.

DJ, Keyboard, Backup Vocals, Etc.
Don’t scare the natives!
.....we are currently looking for more musicians to fill in the empty spaces of our music with soul and sound.

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