Justin Bobby is coming to Wichita.
If you were a fan of the MTV reality series “The Hills” – the “Laguna Beach” spinoff that aired from 2006 to 2010 and made Lauren Conrad famous – you know Justin Bobby. He was the brooding, bad-boy, on-again off-again boyfriend of series star Audrina Partridge. (And his real name is Justin Brescia. Justin Bobby is a nickname given to him on the show.)
He was also a motorcyclist and a hairdresser – and now he’s a musician. Brescia is now the vocalist and guitar player in alternative punk rock act BobbyRock. On Wednesday, he will perform a free show at Kirby’s Beer Store, 3227 E. 17th St. North. The show will start at 10 p.m.
Calling from Austin this week, Brescia, who’s now 34, said that music is his main passion, though he hopes to get back into film someday. He’s been a musician since he was 18, he said, starting as a drummer in a hard rock band. In BobbyRock, he plays guitar and sings, accompanied by a drum machine.
He describes his music as punk alternative.
Brescia said his shows tend to draw a mix of fans of “The Hills” and fans of music, and he’s fine with both.
“That stuff will always jet stream into whatever I do and wherever I go,” he said.
Though he’s left California behind, he’s still in touch with several of his former cast mates, he said. He’s still friends with Brody Jenner, and he and ex Partridge often exchange messages at the holidays.
He’s also still in touch with show villain Spencer Pratt, husband of Heidi Montag. Pratt is a big supporter of BobbyRock, Brescia said.
For more information on BobbyRock, visit http://bobbyrockusa.com.