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AWAITING ELI is known for their outstanding skillset, combining crushing guitars with an explosive low end, along with a dynamic range of melodic vocals. This electrifying four-piece arena rock group is one of the most exciting new bands, having come a long way from Omaha, Nebraska’s vibrant music scene. Awaiting Eli began its’ official formation in January of 2013, and has finally completed a lineup that will be sure to leave an impression with every listener. The method of their delivery is to engage every household with nostalgic sounds of the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s with a modern twist that penetrate the very depths of the soul through front man, Eric Tomes’ rich, strong vocals. With the powerful riffs of lead guitarist Bobby Braz by his side, Carlos Shadowsin playing bass and Justin Essink on the drums, Awaiting Eli brings an invigorating new sound to the music scene that is sure to pierce the body while constantly propelling their limitations.


Awaiting Eli serves its’ name well. Eli is a Hebrew word meaning height. To this band, Awaiting Eli’s name functions as a motivation to take their music to a greater height. They are always pushing themselves to consistently grow in their craft, go higher and higher, and never stop. Over the years, Awaiting Eli feature members that are pulled from a myriad of various influences including Alice in Chains, Sevendust, Chevelle, Def Leppard, Alter Bridge, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aerosmith, Guns N Roses and many other greats.


Awaiting Eli’s innovative style, raw energy and unique rhythm coupled with their own distinguished tunes in the entertainment industry helps in captivating their audience attention around the globe. The group aims to bring an invigorating new sound to the music scene, as well as to spread their wings throughout the US and abroad with their tasteful brand of alternative rock and grunge. In August 2015, the band released its freshman hard rock full-length album, Lifeless. The album was a huge success and won the hearts of many in the entertainment industry. Shortly after finishing recording the first album, Awaiting Eli hit the road. The band spent the later part of 2014 through the end of 2016 touring the US, playing shows almost every night. Eric Tomes (singer, songwriter and guitarist) spent a small portion of time in the band Apollo Under Fire with Peter Klett of Candlebox. Over the years of performing in venues of various levels, Awaiting Eli has shared the stage with many of the industry's top performers like Smile Empty Soul, Eve 6, Tantric, Gemini Syndrome, Saliva, Autograph, Sidewise, Lola Black and many others.


Awaiting Eli’s level of dedication to their fans, professionalism, charisma, and selflessness distinguishes them. Awaiting Eli is fully under way on its 2nd full-length album with freshness on this project that is sure to set fire when it's released, and with Eric Tomes as Awaiting Eli's new front man, this album is assured to be the best radio rock album ever to be delivered to its fans. Music is Awaiting Eli life and they make use of it to reach out to the whole world in their own tune. They have established an impressive and ever-growing music career with their passion and determination to reach a peak, being a secret to their success.


“We simply take joy in the human experience while pushing our limitations, taking ourselves higher in this modern age of music.
We enjoy this journey by interacting with music fans online,
as well as thriving in the moment with the crowd

in the live atmosphere setting!” – Eric Tomes 

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Awaiting Eli is an outstanding, diverse radio rock band with multi-talented individuals whose passion and dedication to perfect their craft becomes evident in the music they impart. Eric Tomes, Bobby Braz, Justin Essink and Carlos Shadowsin are best known for their outstanding skills sets as they have stormed the music industry with their talent and charisma. They released their debut album, Lifeless, in August 2015. They are a solid touring band that has a large fan base and backlog of original songs that will keep them coming out with records for years to come. Currently, they are in the studio working on their newest album with a fresh new sound that is sure to leave an impression with every listener.


Awaiting Eli spent the later part of 2014 through the end of 2016 touring the US. Listed are a few of their favorite performances and appearances.


Locofest, Algona, IA
Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
Whisky Tango, Omaha, NE with Saliva *sold out*



Radio Station - 89.7 The River

The Cutting Edge of Rock Omaha, NE

The Edge 92.9 Radio Station

OKC's Rock Alternative Radio Station Oklahoma City, OK

KJAG Radio

Jiggy Jaguar Show, Hutchinson, KS



September 12, 2016 December 19, 2015 December 4, 2015

November 22, 2015 November 22, 2015

October 2, 2015


Awaiting Eli comprises of talented individuals. Their distinctive ability has helped the band in handling different instruments. With more than three-decade years of experience between them, they are well experienced in playing various instruments. While some of their training comes from grammar school, Jr. High and the local church, others have a background in music theory and lessons ranging from blues, jazz and classical training. Most of Awaiting Eli is self-taught, as they have developed themselves into one of the most elite up and coming bands in the music industry today.



Lead Vocals with the capability to sing in multiple genres, Background Vocals, Songwriting on the spot for any type of music, Song Production, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Mallets, Hand Percussion, Cajon Drum, Clarinet, Trumpet, Snare Drum, Flute, Piccolo, Cello, Violin, Piano, Keyboard, and Lap Harp



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