Rock band Stars Go Dim has built a national fan base in the last few years. They’ve been on the road longer than any of the member can recall, touring the coastal states and everywhere in between.

Rock band Stars Go Dim has built a national fan base in the last few years. They’ve been on the road longer than any of the member can recall, touring the coastal states and everywhere in between.

So the band, three of whom are Tulsa natives, decided it was time to give a little back to they part of the country they call home. One of those stops was Chatter’s on Thursday night.

“We were out east, and then in California,” said bassist Michael Wittig, adding that they’re in the process of booking another show at Pittsburg State University sometime soon. “So now we’re doing some hometown shows. We’ve got some great local fans and good support in the area.”

The group of friends had known each other through playing in various bands over the years. Then they got together about three years ago as a side project, by singer Chris Cleveland’s recollection.

“We were just seeing what would happen,” Cleveland said in between bites of potato wedges before their set began.
“Mike put the recordings online and it just steamrolled, snowballed, whatever you want to call it.”

“It was real grass-roots,” Wittig added.

“We got a lot of fans and started getting bookings all over the place.”

Things really took off, Wittig said, when they won a fan voting competition to open several concerts with now-famous blues crooner John Mayer.

“We have awesome fans all over,” Wittig grinned. “And we realize that in a crazy but good way they’re nuts. They voted all over the place.”

And, recently, they’ve cracked the final list of 20 bands for a shot at opening for the rock band Goo Goo Dolls.
“We’re really hoping to get that gig,” Wittig said.

Pinning down their sound isn’t easy, either. Guitarist Joey Avalos said they take their inspiration from myriad musical genres.

“We’re kind of pop/soul, and Chris has a really soulful voice,” Avalos said. “But we all love the blues, old country, basically just good music.”

So far, the band’s somewhat meteoric rise doesn’t appear to have affected their egos.

“We just want to connect with people, but more than anything we want to have a good time,” Cleveland said. “We like to be real personable. We’ve got a short time here and we want to create a little bit of good in the world.”

“We also want to make songs that aren’t lame,” Wittig added. “Anything beyond that is awesome.”

Wittig said casual and rabid fans can expect to see a lot more of Stars Go Dim in the headlines.

“We’re going to be everywhere,” he chuckled. “We’re in your restaurant, in your gym, in your car. You’re not going to be able to escape us.”

As a show of good faith, the band is giving away its first album, “Love Gone Mad,” for free online. To download it visit starsgodim.com/free.

“We don’t ask for anything,” Avalos said. “Just share it with your friends.”