20 Minutes To Park
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- 14 Jan 2006
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- 20 Minutes To Park
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- Indianapolis, Indiana, 46254
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Josh Gilmore and Mitch Strohm met in the middle of their hometowns of Nashville and Chicago in Bloomington, Indiana to layout their future. Though they went there to further their education at Indiana University, they soon realized that creating music would be the force that would drive them through graduation. Their 10x11 door rooms became their chemistry labs where they began to combine their influences of country and blues to create a fire that wouldn’t die down.
Mitch and Josh created 20 Minutes to Park back in 2002. “After looking through every word in the dictionary we decided that our band name had to come about naturally,” says Josh. “20 Minutes to Park came after playing our first gig. We were new to the town and couldn’t find a parking spot for at least 20 minutes. We told our buddy Nate about how it took us 20 minutes to park and he said ‘that’s your band name!’; We’ve been playing as 20 Minutes to Park ever since.”
The four years of college were spent juggling class and music, but they managed to make time for both. As Mitch recalls, “I remember staying up until 3 or 4 in the morning just playing music, and then waking up around 8am to head to class. Our love for music is really what drove us through graduation and everything that we have done.”
“Music came easily especially with the support of our friends and now Manager Matt O’Donoghue,” says Mitch and Josh. “Matt has been there since the beginning and his belief gave us the push that we needed to take our music public.”
As more venues and house parties started to become part of their resume the local following began to grow. Soon they would begin to play Regional shows throughout Michigan, Chicago, Cincinnati, Florida, Tennessee, and of course Indiana. This relentless touring schedule would bring about thousands of online downloads, and with their non-stop online promotion they continue to add more cities to their list.
20 Minutes to Park became their full-time dedication when they graduated in May 2005. Playing together for over 4 years now, the two are starting to find the road more as their home and are harnessing their original music to share their stories. Traveling with soul and passion, the hope is that people will feel the music the same as they do and allow them to leave a piece of themselves with those they meet along the way. While the cities they play continue to grow Mitch and Josh persist to create a passionate high-energy live show through a mix of over 20 original songs and 70 cover songs that includes something for everyone to enjoy. With a chemistry that cannot be faked, the duo thrives off of audiences and lays it all out on the table night after night for everyone to see.
Country and Blues influences mixed with an acoustic feel. Artists include...Train, Jonny Lang, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Muddy Waters, Pearl Jam, Tim McGraw, Hank Williams, The Eagles, The Temptations, Sunny Day Real Estate, Black Crowes, The Beatles, Aerosmith, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Lamontagne...all music in general has influenced our sound.
Members Of Band
Mitch Strohm - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Josh Gilmore - Lead Guitar/Back up Vocals