The 311 Room

Straight outa' Omaha, Neb., 311 is a healthy mixture of funk, rock, rap and metal. The band, Nick Hexum on vocals, Chad Sexton on drums, Timothy Mahoney on guitars, P-Nut (Aaron Wills) on bass and SA (Douglas Martinez) on turntables, got their start opening for the die-hard indie band Fugazi back in 1990. They quickly developed a local fan base, and their three self-produced albums (Dammit, Unity and Hydroponic) went over so well that, after a February 1992 farewell concert in Peony Park, the band packed up and moved out to Van Nuys, Calif. to seek their fortune.

With the help of Yes producer Eddy Offord, 311 put together a demo tape and sent it off to the labels. Capricorn took the bait, signing the midwestern funksters to a lucrative deal. Their major label debut, Music came out in 1993, followed by Grassroots in 1994 and Transistor in 1997.

A live album, aptly titled 311 Live, came out in November 1997.