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Welcome to FortressUnited.com! Please forgive our dust while we remodel around here as lots of changes are taking place in FU land. In the meantime don't forget to like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all the latest news!

Thank you Boardwalk!  

Here's some video footage from our show at The Boardwalk - Orangevale! This was a crazy night! Such an honor to play that stage with Uncharted Waters, Somni and Black Rose! Thank you to all who came out to support! Check our events page for all upcoming shows. FU in 2018! It's great to be back! 

It's Great To Be Back!  

After a stretch of this year off, followed by months of preparation, Fortress United is back! 

Hayward rocked as always! Thank you for giving Rusty such a warm welcome! He did an amazing job stepping out of his comfort zone and bringin’ the lead vocals to make our performance possible. We love you, brother! 

We want to thank Bands4Bands for having us out again this year at MetalFest and allowing us to share the stage with so many great bands! 

We've said it before and we'll keep sayin' it: Fortress United wouldn't be able to do what we do without the help and support of our AMAZING F.U. Family!!! We would like to welcome Sin Cal Industries to the Family. They did an incredible job on our new banners and decals as well as pitch in with so much work behind the scenes! We look forward to all the future brings! Thanks again to all who came out and supported over the weekend!! Until next time! \m/

Fortress United Welcomes Shane "Rusty" Johnson 

Greetings to everyone in the FU Family! As you know, Fortress United has been searching high and low to find our next rhythm guitarist. We are happy to report to you that we have finally found him! 

This guy not only has a positive attitude that is infectious, but through his hard work and genuine love of music, he has already proven his love and dedication to Fortress United. We can’t thank him enough for showing us that good things are worth waiting for. 

Please welcome the newest member of Fortress United, Mr. Shane “Rusty” Johnson! Welcome to the family, brother!

May, 2017 FU News 

Hey, everyone in the FU Family! Just wanted to check in and let you know things have been busy behind the scenes in FU Land these last couple months. Auditions are going great and are still being scheduled. It's been a lot of fun jammin’ with so many awesome musicians. Anyone out there that is interested in either position please feel free to contact us by email at fortressunitedband@gmail.com for more information. 

We also have some very exciting news to share with you! The Bands4Bands Annual Awards show is coming up again this month and Fortress United has been nominated for Best Web Presence, Best Song and Best Performance! Bands4Bands is a huge supporter of musicians from all walks of life and it's a honor to be recognized by our brothers and sisters in this wonderful organization. Congratulations going out to everyone who was nominated! We'll see you at the awards! 
Be sure to follow us on any of the social media outlets for all the latest news and updates. And, as always, thank you so much to all of you that have continued to stick with us during this crazy time of change. You rock! We'll see you soon!

AUDITION FOR FORTRESS UNITED! 

***Auditions now being scheduled**** 

We’d like to say thank you so much to all of you that have already contacted FU regarding auditions for lead singer and/or rhythm guitarist positions. We’ve had a great time jammin’ with some awesome musicians! If you’re still waiting to hear from us, thank you for your patience. We WILL get in touch with you. Anyone out there that is interested in either position please feel free to contact us either by PM here or email us at fortressunitedband@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!

Good Luck, Alie! 

As many of you may have heard, Fortress United and Alie Grabowski have also parted ways. So many memories over the years, we will never forget all that Alie brought to FU. You will always be part of the FU Family, sister, and we wish you the best of luck in all you do!

Good Luck, Jess! 

We wanted to let you all know that Jess Gilmore and Fortress United have parted ways. A hell of a great performer, we know Jess will do awesome in his future projects. We had a lot of great times and wish him luck and happiness in all he does! Thanks for sharing in our journey and being a part of the FU family, Jess! \m/\m/

Fortress United Releases "Rise" Video 

Fortress United Metal from Manteca, California has released the video “Rise.” The video was produced by Less Than Lucky Productions and is the 5th song in the band’s debut EP titled “The Mask.”  “The Mask” was released April 23, 2016 as an independent project in collaboration with Dead Sea Records. The “Rise” music video can be found on the band’s Youtube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USZJ49xEuuQ 

Jess Gilmore of Less Than Lucky Productions and Fortress United writes,  “We shot the video in our practice space in Manteca. We shot the entire video in one day utilizing the same space to get everything we needed. It was originally intended to be a lyric video but the director, Raymond Burdick, felt that while shooting it, it surpassed just a typical lyric video.” 

Fortress United consists of Alie – Vocals, Nick – Guitar, Jess – Guitar, Stephanie – Bass, and A.J. – Drums .  Alie, writer and vocals for Fortress United writes, “Overall (Rise), it’s about how people get picked on. You can either choose to stay down or you can grow stronger from it. You are proving the people who hated on you down. You are showing them that despite everything, you come back you rise.” 

Fortress United is endorsed by Gilmore Custom Cases, Dead Sea Records, Sinister Guitar Pick, Echo Eyes Entertainment and Spear Guitar USA.  Fortress United performs locally and has toured Southern California and Nevada.  The band has received radio play and has performed in festivals. 

The Mask by Fortress United 
1. The Mask 03:28 
2. Mosh 04:04 
3. I Know 04:48 
4. The Clown 04:55 
5. Rise 03:52 

For more information about Fortress United see:  http://fortressunited.com 
For additional press or to schedule an interview contact: 
fortressunitedband@gmail.com
For complete original press release please visit: http://www.echoeyes.com/echoing/fortress-united-releases-rise-video/

Go Fund Me Update 

We wanted to take a few moments to let you all know what Fortress United has been up to since our last update. 
The amount of help we received still blows us away. It’s because of each and every one of your donations and shares that we were able to make it more than halfway to our goal. While that wasn’t enough to overhaul the garage, Mom decided to let us take over the living room permanently. We’ve been able to use the donations we received to dampen the sound within the living room to lessen the chances of the police being called and make the sound level comfortable for those that live in the house. 
For several months we were using lots of blankets and plywood to try to dampen the sound throughout the house. Thanks to your donations we have been able to install carpet to lessen echo, a door to close off one end of the area, and a huge barn door (filled with soundproofing) that slides shut to close off the largest opening nearest to the front door (and the biggest concern since this faces our lovely cop-calling neighbor). 
We’ve been doing a lot of the work ourselves, and our parents have pitched in when and where they can. Jess’s dad did a beautiful job building and installing the barn door. Nick taught himself how to build the diffusers and saved a ton of money! We still have a few things we would like to finish up like some more sound foam for the walls, but that will come. 
Now that we’ve gotten the rehearsal space complete, or mostly complete, we have everything in place to finish writing music for our upcoming album due out next year. In the meantime, we are planning a special thank you for all of you. As soon as we have all the details we will post them here and on our Facebook page. Stay tuned!

Previous events

Fortress United at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA

The Boardwalk - Orangevale -, 9426 Greenback Lane, Orangevale, CA

We are excited to announce that Fortress United will be playing The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA in March!! Come out for a night of great local music!! We'll be sharing the stage with Uncharted Waters- Somni - BlackRose and Christine Tense!! Presale tickets are available from Fortress United!! All Ages Show!!

Alex Daniel Presents: Fortress United & More!

The Red House , 1667 Botelho Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Alex Daniel Presents a night of metal at the Red House featuring Fortress United, Soulless Demise, Broken Glass Sanctuary and Bile Desciple. A professional video shoot will be going on all night. Don't miss your chance to join us for the last show of 2016 for FU! This is an all-ages event, kids!

Oct8

Bands4Bands MetalFest

Hayward Memorial Park, 24176 Mission Blvd., Hayward, CA

Bands4Bands Presents The 10th Annual MetalFest/Canned Food Drive in Association with H.A.R.D. Featuring: Star Destroyer, Mystic Rage, Soulless Demise, AOD, Disrupt the Paradigm, Fortress United, Hand of Fire, Frolic and more TBA. This Annual Festival will have giveaways, kid's area, BBQ and vendors. Bands4Bands will accept your canned food donations at the event to benefit The Salvation Army. Pack your lunch, blanket, and bring a lounge chair to enjoy some amazing talent!.."Bring a Metal Can and see a Metal Band." Free - All ages

Fortress United at Rock & Road Show

San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, CA

THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC/HARD ROCK & ROLL EXPERIENCE IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA VALLEY W/ ADVANCED TICKET PRICE BASED ON THE AVERAGE CONCERT TICKET PRICE IN 1977 ($7.50 ADV.) which includes a free ticket to win a 1 of a kind Custom S&S Chopper from Collision Music Ministries (Drawing held at Jeff Keith’s Ride For Reason Concert Oct 15th in Sacramento, CA ) with overnight camping on 250 acres with 6 stages and over 50 bands!

Fortress United at Rock & Road Show

San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton, CA

THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC/HARD ROCK & ROLL EXPERIENCE IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA VALLEY W/ ADVANCED TICKET PRICE BASED ON THE AVERAGE CONCERT TICKET PRICE IN 1977 ($7.50 ADV.) which includes a free ticket to win a 1 of a kind Custom S&S Chopper from Collision Music Ministries (Drawing held at Jeff Keith’s Ride For Reason Concert Oct 15th in Sacramento, CA ) with overnight camping on 250 acres with 6 stages and over 50 bands!

Fortress United with Super Mega Everything & Ghost Color

Gordon's Music & Sound, Webster Street, Fairfield, CA

Fortress United will be performing with Super Mega Everything and Ghost Color during the 25th Anniversary Tomato Fest Edition of Gordon's Music Friday Concert. August 19th, 2016. This is a free, all-ages event. Show will be located at Webster Street in Fairfield, CA

Fortress United at Toots Tavern

Toot's Tavern, 627 2nd Ave., Crockett, CA

AKA Concerts Presents: The Road Vikings, Sovereign Villain, Fortress United and Special Guest Guitar Shredder Terry Lauderdale. Come out August 6, 2016 to Toot's Tavern in Crockett. $10 admission. Sorry, kids, this is a 21+ event. Doors 8:00 pm Showtime, soon thereafter.

Jun18

Summer Freedom Music Festival

Morris Burner Hostel, 400 E 4th St , Reno, NV

Fortress United will be playing at the Summer Freedom Music Festival along with: Krosphyer, Lethal Gospel, Streetwise Religion, Kevin O'Connell, Korynn O'Connell, Convulsonaries, Evan Heart, Blackwater, Lacy Mattison, Fossils and Michael Seymour. This is an all-ages event. Tickets available now at http://www.eventbee.com/v/summerfreedommusicfestival. Enter discount code SUMMER at checkout for 40% off through the end of May.