Owner/operator of Stratus Entertainment.
Doug Marshall a former Marine for 8 years. Served his 8 years as a F/A 18 plane captain and jet engine mechanic. His experience of working on 40 million dollar jets with attention to detail and spending time in the Marine Corps has instilled Marshall with discipline, timeliness and persistence to get whatever task is thrown in front of him done. The Marine Corps taught Marshall loyalty, professionalism and a relentless work ethic.
Doug Marshall started the band Souls Harbor with other fellow Marines and two sailors aboard an aircraft carrier and never looked back after that and dove straight ahead into the music business. Since the early 2000’s he has been involved in music in some sort or fashion whether it was being the frontman or booking his band that he was in or playing the role of manager. He has been apart of 5 studio albums and has been apart of numerous other recordings. His band Souls Harbor a hard rock band that gained Southern notoriety and did that by playing a lot of shows on the road. In 2004 they did a 4 song EP called “Burning Souls” with producer Eric Bass who has been a part of Shinedown Since 2007. Eric Bass would then produce the next 2 EP’s and album before leaving to join Shinedown. Burning Souls, a track on the first EP was then to be picked up in full rotation on Rock 106.9 (Rock 106.1) WFXH, this gained Souls Harbor local and regional success selling out local and regional venues. The track was also picked up in Charleston on 98X which helped the band land some major record label attention. In 2006 they signed with Crash/EMI records and embarked on touring the Southeast, East coast, some Northeast and Midwest dates. During this time they were part of The Jagermeister music family which landed Souls Harbor on some huge opening slots for bands such as Slayer, Mastodon, Killswitch, Kittie, Walls of Jericho and In This Moment.
Local & regional venues would capitalize on their work ethic, their energetic shows and their showmanship to place them on opening slots for National acts touring through the area to be able to build up Souls Harbor to where they would headline the same venues and draw 100’s. During this time Doug Marshall with help from the band would be able capitalize and play some well know venues in and add another notch in the belt.
In 2009 Eric Bass would link the band up with producer, engineer and singer/songwriter Rick Beato who had worked with notable bands such as Parmalee, Submersed, Shinedown and many more rock bands that were a success.
They wrote a 10 song album called Anxiety Society which drew attention from some major labels. The song Anxiety Society the title track of the full length would then be the most requested song of 2010 on Rock 106.1.Shortly after that management had came in and requested that the band make some member changes. The band Souls Harbor continued to play shows and label showcases up until 2012, where at The House of Blues in front of sold out crowd opening for All That Remains and Hatebreed, this would be unknowingly their last show and the closing chapter of Souls Harbor in this form.
With walking away from music for a bit to figure out life, Doug would then team up with former full band member Alan Price and newly found, Sonny Bond to start playing acoustic cover and original shows to where now this would in turn be the new identity of this band. He did not want to continue the name Souls Harbor, but it seemed every venue that they played, the place would call it Doug & Alan and/or Sonny from Souls Harbor. He added “Acoustic” to the end of it to hope to differentiate from the previous. The acoustic duo, trio, 4 piece or 5 piece would start hustling and making this their main living and a way to showcase their talent and would average over 300 gigs a year since 2013. He also has a new rock project called Akilavue which was started by Doug, Sonny Bond, Davey Masteller and Doug McCarthy in 2015.
This is a cliff note version of what actually happened in his past and future and he owes a lot to all the members who he’s ever had the pleasure to play on stage with MOST IMPORTANTLY, as well as to all the venue owners who gave us a chance, to the families of the band members, to the roadies and techs, to all who have given us their ear, to the radio stations who would fight the norm and put us into their system. To the bands he toured with! Too many to name. Managers, staff, bartenders…where do we begin? Overwhelmed is the word that pops in the mind to try to name everyone! I was not perfect and never claimed to be, I made mistakes personally and professionally. But, I have learned and have grown from this and want to share my knowledge, experience and compassion for anything involving music with the world.
There are alot of things that go on behind the scenes not everyone will understand or could fathom, to make the ship not sink!
To Jon Fenin, Zane Lewis, Tom Keneally, John Faivre, Ryland Underwood, Tony Bigley, Pauly Huck, Justin Long, Alan Price, Jon Holt, Ryan Bennett, Eric Rickert, Hunter Thurston, Rob Campbell, Dan Grey, Davey Masteller, Doug McCarthy & Justin Oldt, you guys are who have made this process memorable and possible, thank you for everything! Much respect and love.
Fred Ward and Fred Michaels special thanks and gratitude for showing me the ropes and being mentors.
More stories to follow on my blog. I will make sure no one is missed.
Notable venues performed:
House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC**
Masquerade Atlanta, GA**
Music Farm Charleston, SC**
Hooligans, Jacksonville, NC**
Toads Place Richmond VA
Canal Club Richmond, VA
Planet Rock Jacksonville, NC
Freebird Live, Jacksonville, FL**
The Nick Birmingham, AL
The Satellite Charlottesville, VA
Amos Southend Charlotte, NC**
Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
Monkey Business HHI, SC**
Shoreline Ballroom HHI, SC**
The Blue Nite Cafe HHI, SC**
Snitches NYC, NY
The Loft/Center Stage Atlanta, GA
The Backroom Austin, TX
The Grand Casino Biloxi, MS
The Handlebar Greenville, SC**
The Edge Jacksonville, FL
Notable bands that his band/s have shared the stage with as either a local or regional opener, toured with or one off openers. No particular order.
SLAYER, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, MASTODON, MUSHROOMHEAD, FILTER, SEVENDUST, PAPA ROACH, DROWNING POOL, STONE SOUR, KORN, LACUNA COIL, REV THEORY, FIVE BOLT MAIN, EARSHOT, STRATA, CHEVELLE, KITTIE, FLAW, COLD, THEORY OF A DEADMAN, CAVO, 10YEARS, DEEPFIELD, SAVING ABEL, SALIVA, SILENT CIVILIAN, 40 BELOW SUMMER, DOG FASHION DISCO, WALLS OF JERICHO, 2 CENTS, HURT, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, EVANS BLUE, CROSSFADE, RED, ALL THAT REMAINS, BURY YOUR DEAD, HINDER, TRAPT, FUEL, THE EXIES, BREAKING BENJAMIN, STAIND, GODSMACK, THREE DAYS GRACE, SOIL, GEORGE LYNCH AND THE LYNCH MOB, TRACY GUNS, SHADOWS FALL, TAPROOT, HEMLOCK, THE DAMNED THINGS, NONPOINT, BOBAFLEX, PYSCHO STICK, RAINS, DARK NEW DAY, CANDLEBOX, ANGIE APARO, EDWIN MCCAIN, DRIVIN N CRYIN, SPIDER MONKEY, REV 7, QUENCH, DEAR ENEMY, ALTER BRIDGE, MAYLENE AND THE SONS OF DISASTER, THE VEER UNION, ALLELE, SHELDON, CITY SLEEPS, ALSTON, MY DARKEST DAYS, SHAMANS HARVEST, TRIGGER POINT, IN THIS MOMENT, ZACK MYERS of SHINEDOWN,
NATIONAL ACTS MARSHALL HAS BOOKED:
AUSTIN WINKLER (HINDER)
MY DARKEST DAYS
BLACK MARKET HERO
He has a roster of over 100 local, regional acts that are professional and working musicians. The genres his roster includes spans from Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Adult Contemporary, Classical, Blues, Jazz, Beach, Reggae, Pop and Country. Whether it’s a cover band or an all original…Stratus Entertainment will provide you your musical needs.