Band Bio

FirstBourne is a four piece arena rock/power metal band from Boston, MA, USA formed in 2016. The band is Mike Kerr on guitar, Ven Thangaraj on bass, Ian Raposa on vocals and Joe Bertola on drums. Specializing in captivating hooks and masterful musicianship, the band aims to revive the glory days of guitar oriented rock with a mix of current musical tastes and trends.

Meet The Band


Ian Raposa


Ian is a rock singer based out of Boston Massachusetts. He's been playing in the scene for the past 15 years.


Mike Kerr


Mike Kerr is a Brazilian born instrumental rock guitarist and composer residing in Massachusetts, USA. Influenced by heyday of guitar oriented rock of the 80s.


Ven Thangaraj


Born in India, Ven plays bass in FirstBourne, Mike Kerr Group and guitar in DragChain, a 80s metal project and Hostilian, a progressive metal band based in Hyderabad, India.


Joe Bertola


Born in Brazil, Joe Bertola started playing drums when he was 14 years old. After a year, he was playing events and night clubs in his home town of Florian贸polis, SC.

Pick Up the Torch

Release Date: May 2019

Gener: Arena Rock, Power Metal

Lead Vocal: Ian Raposa. Backing Vocal: Mike Kerr. Lead Guitar: Mike Kerr, Rhythm Guitar: Mike Kerr, Bass: Ven Thangaraj. Drums: Joe Bertola, Producer : Jota Vox

FirstBourne - All I Want for Christmas Is You Cover

When Morning Breaks

Video For Breaking Chains

Full Show At Revolution

  • 2019

    -12/13, Revere, MA , @Means For Teens. , Sammys Patio
    -11/1, Providence ,RI, @ Devil's Feedback Halloween Massacre at FMH, Fete Music Hall
    -10/31,Worcester, MA, @ 8th Annual MT Heavy Metal Halloween Covers Weekend 2019, Ralph's Rock Diner
    -10/6, Saratoga Springs, NY, @Putnam Place
    -10/5, Toronto, ON, Canada. @Duffy's Tavern
    -10/4, Montreal, QC, Canada, @Piranha Bar
    -10/3, Ottawa, ON, Canada, @Cafe Dekcuf
    -10/2, Allston MA, @O'Brien's Pub
    -8/23, Edgartown, MA, @The Wharf Pub
    -8/9, Martha’s Vineyard, Beach Road Weekend, @ Veteran's Memorial Park
    -7/3, Edgartown, MA, @The Wharf Pub
    -6/22, Revere, MA , @Means For Teens Sammys Patio
    -6/8, Quincy, @A Tribute To The Homeless 14 homeless veterans benefit, Pete's Grill
    -6/2, Bristol, CT, @Crossing Rubicon CD Release, Bleachers Bar
    -6/1, Edgartown, MA, @The Wharf Pub
    -5/22, Warrendale, PA, @Stryper, Jergels Bar and Grill
    -5/19, Huntington, NY , @Stryper, The Paramount
    -5/18, Poughkeepsie, NY, @Stryper, The Chance Theater Big Guns
    -5/17, New York, NY, @Stryper, The Gramercy Theatre
    -5/16, Rutland, VT, @The Howlin' Mouse Record Store
    -5/12, New Bedford, MA, @Last in Line, The Vault Music Hall & Pub at Greasy Luck
    -5/11,Cambridge, MA, @Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub
    -5/10, Manchester, NH, @, FirstBourne - Cd Release Show, ewel Music Venue NH
    -5/9, Albany, NY, @Pauly’s Hotel
    -5/25, Providence, RI @Metal Night at FMH, Fete Music Hall
    -4/18, Salem, MA, @Opus
    -4/17, Manchester,NHm @Joe Stump & Ethan Brosh, Jewel Music Venue
    -3/30, Quincy, MA @Concert 4 Kate's Run 4 Research, Maggy's Lounge
    -3/7, Worcester, MA @MTCCCXC: Metal Thursday, Ralph's Rock Diner
    -3/3, New Bedford, MA, @Bumblefoot - The Vault Music Hall & Pub at Greasy Luck
    -2/20 Allston, MA. @Marty Friedman and Immortal Guardian, Brighton Music Hall
    -2/16 Providence, RI, R.I.P @Benevolent, Dusk
    -2/16 Somerville, MA, @Metal Live, Thunder Road Music Club
    -1/31 Derry,NH, @Stryper, Tupelo Music Hall
    -1/10 Boston, MA – The First Wave – Boston Rock Radio

  • 2018

    -12/15 New London CT, @Kill the Straggler, 33 Golden Street
    -12/8 Norwich, CT, @Dwaynestock 18'. Strange Brew Pub
    -11/18 Amityville, NY @Flight Of Fire, Revolution Bar & Music Hall
    -11/17 Boston, MA @Firstbourne Acoustic Live, Loretta's Last Call
    -11/16 Manchester, NH @Megadeth's David Ellefson Live, Jewel Music Venue
    -11/10 Stratford, CT @Soldiers of Solace, 3 Points of Madness, Main Street Tavern
    -11/9 Wallingford, CT @The 2018 Connecticut MetalFest: Suicide Dream, Cherry Street Station
    -11/4 Danvers, MA @Elevate Battle of the Bands, Breakaway
    -11/3 New Bedford, MA @2019 IPMA Launch Party, The Cove Restaurant
    -11/3 Providence, NH @Inviolate, Vivisepulture, Dusk
    -11/2 Wallingford, CT @Inviolate, Vivisepulture & Carried By VI, Cherry Street Station
    -11/1 Somerville, MA @Firstbourne Acoustic Live, Boston Free Radio
    -10/29 Boston, MA @Boston Sings Finals!!! Halloween Themed, Loretta's Last Call
    -10/22 Boston, MA @Boston Sings at Lorettas Last Call with Artist on the Move, Loretta's Last Call
    -10/19 Allston, MA @The Carpe Noctem Masquerade, O'Briens
    -10/14 Salem, MA @Buxton Cliff, Mike Kerr Group, Koto
    -9/29 Manchester, NH @Michael Sweet The Voice of Stryper, Jewel Music Venue
    -9/28 Revere, MA @The Beast Of Nod, Shadowlynx, Flight, Rithiya H, Sammy's Patio
    -9/21 Providence, NH @Kottonmouth Kings & Green Jelly Smoked Up, Fete Music Hall
    -9/20 Salem, MA @Salem Takeover, Opus
    -9/8 Malden, MA @The New England Music Awards, Mixx 360
    -9/5 Boston, MA @Live in the Foundation Room, House of Blues Boston
    -7/27 Providence, NH @Havok, Jungle Rot & Extinction AD, Fete Music Hall
    -5/10 Revere, MA @Blind Revison, Without Warning and More, Sammy's Patio
    -5/8 Providence, NH @Goldenhall, Screams of Hockomock, Dusk
    -5/7 Somerville, MA @Next Generation Concerts Presents, Thunder Road Music Club
    -4/21 New Bedford, MA @2018 International Portuguese Music Awards (IPMA) Show, Zeiterion Theatre
    -4/20 Fall River, MA @2018 IPMA Gala, Cotali Mar Restaurante
    -4/14 Norwalk, MA @Mindmaze, Seven Spires, Strange Brew Pub
    -4/6 Plymouth, MA @Metalvania, Towne Line Tavern
    -4/5 Worcester, MA @Metal Thursday: Iris Devine, Flight of Fire, Bitter Wind, Ralph's Rock Diner
    -4/4 Lynn, MA @Iris Divine, Seven Spires, O'Brien's Pub
    -3/31 Boston, MA @The Finals! The Last Band Standing, Hard Rock Cafe Boston
    -3/17 Providence, NH @Fathom Farewell, Damsels, Soldiers Of Solace, Fete Music Hall
    -03/16 Manchester NH @ w/Lynch Mob, Jewel Music Venue
    -03/03 Lynn, MA @ Calamity Strikes, O'Briens
    -03/01 Providence RI @ The Metal Maelstrom, Dusk
    -02/10 Boston MA @ The Last Band Standing , Hard Rock Café
    -02/09 Revere MA @ The Savage and The Beast , Sammy's Patio
    -01/25 Anaheim CA @ NAMM 2018, God in Booth

  • 2017

    -10/13 Wallingford CT @ The 2017 Connecticut MetalFest, Cherry Street Station
    -10/05 Worcester MA @ Metal Thursday, Ralphs Diner
    -09/29 Norwich, CT @ Female Voices of Metal, Strange Brew
    -09/28 Medford MA @ Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More
    -09/27 Oak Bluffs MA @ Out of the Blue Too Art Gallery & More
    -09/24 Malden MA @ Elevate Battle of the Bands , Mixx 360
    -09/09 Providence RI @ The Big Kahuna, Fete Music Hall
    -06/26 Beverly MA @ First Bourne Live, Spotlight Tavern
    -05/28 Providence, RI @ Beach Stock, Fete Music Hall
    -04/23 Boston MA @ First Bourn Live, Hard Rock Café
    -04/22 New Bedford MA @ IPMA Awards show , Zeiterion Theatre
    -04/16 Providence RI @ Firehouse Showcase, Firehouse 13
    -04/15 Westfield MA @ FirstBourne Live, Shenanigans Pub
    -04/07 Manchester NH @ FirstBourne Live,Jewel Music Venue
    -03/25 Providence RI @ Tattoo Fest, Fete Music Hall
    -03/24 Lowell MA @ FirstBourne Live, Gemstone Pub

  • 2016

    -11/11 Shenzen China, @ Chaser Records Festival, B11
    -11/12 Guangzhou China @ Chaser Records Festival, Y Union
    -11/13 Zhuhai, China @ Zuhai Music Festival, Livehouse
    -10/20 Providence RI @ CD Release Party ,Fete Music Hall


FirstBourne, 455 State rd, PMB 176, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568