BourbonTheatre.com http://bourbontheatre.com Wed, 02 Sep 2015 17:45:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Magic Men http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/09/01/magic-men/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/09/01/magic-men/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:21:41 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12022 Thursday, October 15th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $25: General Admission
$35: VIP Seated || $50: Front Row

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EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC... LIVE!

Introducing MAGIC MEN® LIVE! Experience ladies night like never before with a brand new, high energy, crowd interactive show that has captivated women of all ages!

This high-energy and intensely exciting experience was designed with the desires of contemporary women in mind, young, old, single, married or girls just looking for something fun and new! Magic Men® Live features a talented cast of stunning guys sure to appeal to a variety of tastes. Dynamic productions of the hottest music and original compositions, thrilling choreographic displays and themed acts, Magic Men® Live invites ladies to let loose in an empowering, fun-filled environment and embark on an unforgettable night out!

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Big K.R.I.T. http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/21/big-k-r-i-t/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/21/big-k-r-i-t/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:59:45 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11994 Wednesday, November 11th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $22: Advance || $25: Day of Show
$60: Kritically Acclaimed Early Entry Package*
$100: Kritically Acclaimed Meet & Greet Package**

* Kritically Acclaimed Meet & Greet Package Includes:
- 1 General Admission Ticket
- VIP Venue Early Entry
- Exclusive Post-Show Meet & Greet with Big K.R.I.T.
- 1 Photograph with Big K.R.I.T.
- Specially Designed, Exclusive Big K.R.I.T. merch item
- 1 Limited Edition, Numbered, Big K.R.I.T. Tour Poster
- 1 Official, Commemorative Meet & Greet Laminate

**Kritically Acclaimed Meet & Greet Package Includes:
- 1 General Admission Ticket
- VIP Venue Early Entry
- 1 Limited Edition, Numbered, Big K.R.I.T. Tour Poster

 

Big K.R.I.T.

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Recalling the Dirty South sound of UGK and Scarface, Mississippi rapper/producer Big K.R.I.T. spent five years on the mixtape circuit honing his skills before his 2010 release took his career to another level. The release was the mixtape K.R.I.T. Wuz Here, a groundbreaking critical success that had bloggers declaring the South's future, while a commercial success as well, generating enough downloads and "likes" that the Def Jam label took notice, signing the artist that same year. It was also the year K.R.I.T. -- which stands for King Remembered In Time -- appeared on Curren$y's Top 40 debut, Pilot Talk, along with Wiz Khalifa's hit mixtape Kush & Orange Juice. His 2011 release Return of 4eva was extravagant by mixtape standards, with elaborate cover art and guest appearances from Chamillionaire, Raheem DeVaughn, and David Banner, along with challenging titles like "Another Naive Individual Glorifying Greed and Encouraging Racism." A track on R&B singer Chris Brown's 2011 mixtape Boy in Detention indicated that his commercial aspirations were still there as well, although the guest list for his 2012 debut, Live from the Underground, would be a mix of true hip-hop (Eightball & MJG, Devin the Dude, and Bun B) and truly surprising (B.B. King, Anthony Hamilton). The surprises continued on his 2014 album, Cadillactica, which took on more left-field genres and heavier topics.

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Booker T. Jones http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/20/booker-t-jones/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/20/booker-t-jones/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:49:44 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11981 Sunday, December 6th
w/ Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || GA Advance: $32 || GA Day of Show: $35
Reserved Advance: $48 || Meet & Greet Reserved: $65
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 21st @ 12 p.m.

*GA = General Admission Standing Room Only

Booker T. Jones

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It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity.  On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Sound the Alarm, the new album from Booker T, finds the Hammond B3 organ master looking ahead yet again, laying down his distinctive bedrock grooves amid a succession of sparkling collaborations with some of contemporary R&B’s most gifted young voices.

Sound the Alarm also marks Booker T’s historic return to Stax Records, the Memphis soul label the instrumentalist, bandleader, producer, and songwriter helped put on the map during the 1960s, along with his brilliant band, the MGs.

Creatively, it’s another bold new step in a career that has witnessed a striking resurgence in recent years.  Booker T took home Best Pop Instrumental Album GRAMMY Awards for both 2010’s Potato Hole, his head-turning collaboration with The Drive-By Truckers and 2012’s The Road From Memphis, his critically acclaimed album with The Roots.

Sound the Alarm is graced with soulful guest performances by R&B stars Anthony Hamilton (on “Gently”) and Estelle (on “Can’t Wait”). Another dynamic talent, Raphael Saadiq, contributes guitar work on “Broken Heart” and “Feel Good.” Says Booker of the neo-soul star, “He’s been an inspiration for the album.”

The set also showcases a number of exciting singers who are just beginning to make their mark on contemporary R&B, including Mayer Hawthorne (“Sound the Alarm”), Jay James (“Broken Heart”) and Luke James (“All Over the Place”).

Flush with new ideas and young talent, Sound the Alarm is also an exciting reconnection to the Stax Records tradition, which began for Booker T as a teen, when the Bluff City label was founded out of McLemore Avenue’s Satellite Record Shop.  “I found the music that I loved for the rest of my life at Satellite Records, while I was on my bike soliciting customers on my paper route,” he recalled.  “I walked into the lobby of the Capitol Theater, and it had been transformed into a record store, and there was Steve Cropper playing records for me there when I was in ninth grade. That legacy is my heart and my life. That’s where I come from.”  And, Booker adds, “I have music inside me, and I’m looking forward to the future. I’m very excited about making some things happen.”

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YOB w/ Black Cobra http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/20/yob-w-black-cobra/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/20/yob-w-black-cobra/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:10:35 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11949 Monday, October 26th
w/ Black Cobra, Ezra
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $12: Advance || $15: Day of Show

YOB

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Two years after leveling the expectations of critics and listeners alike with Atma, doom trio powerhouse YOB unleashes Clearing The Path To Ascend, an aptly titled album for what will undoubtedly be the crowning achievement for a band whose journey now nears two decades of creating music as commanding as it is cathartic. As is the YOB way, the tracks here don’t simply offer a vacuous glimpse into the already riff-soaked doom genre. These songs demand the tandem attention of mind, body, and soul – etching a mark across a sound that finds YOB as formidable and unequaled as they’ve ever been. The path to ascend is always an arduous one, fraught with the peril of mediocrity and the constant threat of failure. Thankfully and unsurprisingly, YOB pummels that path, climbing upward into a realm that sets the band in a heavy metal place that has been and will always remain wholly their own.

YOB’s music is not unlike the path that’s led them to their current place among heavy metal’s elite, slowly building from a hushed ethereal vapor into the thunderous and masterful tumult of sound domination. The ethereal mists of Eugene, Oregon no doubt provided the perfect catalyst for founding member and vocalist Mike Scheidt to call up the signature of surging doom that would soon come to garner YOB its current position as one of the most respected and revered bands in all of heavy metal. While giving due sonic credit to cornerstone influences such as Cathedral, Sleep, Electric Wizard, and Black Sabbath – YOB immediately set out to define a sound wholly singular and utterly devastating in its cathartic enormity, incomparable to any other music being created at the time.

Those threads of progressive rock and drone that have always underscored the music of YOB are now fully realized with Clearing The Path To Ascend, as each track forges into the next with a ferocity that’s as completely unhinged as it is utterly focused. Drummer Travis Foster wields his signature rhythmic furor here with bombastic precision while bassist, Aaron Rieseberg, coils around the sonic tide with an unforgiving churn – all the while in a deadly synchronicity with Scheidt’s uncanny vocal range and its pendulous movement between the triumphant howls of a medieval madman and the earth splitting growls of a war-battered titan. With Clearing The Path To Ascend, YOB explores a thunderous dimension that’s familiar in its auditory clout but completely new in the execution of its trajectory, taking the band’s sound into a remarkable place as ethereally compelling in its aesthetic as it is merciless in the magnitude of its sound.

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Tab Benoit http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/19/tab-benoit/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/19/tab-benoit/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:54:59 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11967 Monday, September 21st
w/ Kris Lager Band
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show

Tab Benoit

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TAB BENOIT PRESCRIBES A DOSE OF MUSICAL MEDICINE

Medicine co-produced by ace songwriter Anders Osborne and features drummer Brady Blade, keyboardist Ivan Neville, bassist Corey Duplechin and the legendary Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil

You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Tab Benoit’s amazing new Medicine, 100% pure musical snake-oil. A melodic potion that provides immediate and satisfying relief for all aches and pain. Benoit’s Medicine is a guaranteed cure for heartache. It’s the genuine article this Medicine is for whatever ails you.

Medicine, Benoit’s seventh solo release on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. Set for April 26, 2011 release, the 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne (his song “Watch the Wind Blow By” was recorded by Tim McGraw in 2002, hitting No. 1 on the country charts for two weeks and selling over three million albums, and Keb’ Mo’s 1999 GRAMMY-winning album Slow Down, featured two songs he had co-written).

“Anders and I have been friends for years, and we have a very comfortable relationship,” says Benoit, a GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter, as well as a guitarist and singer with a repertoire that ranges from swamp-pop classics to gritty blues and rootsy jams. “Songwriting needs to feel natural. It needs to flow easily. When he and I went out on the bayou, we came back with seven songs! Anders also played most of the rhythm parts on the album. He does a good job of not stepping on what I’m doing and making it fit the song.”

In an unusual twist, Osborne (who also co-produced the album) uses B.B. King’s famous guitar ‘Lucille’ on Medicine. “He played half the album on that guitar, basically anything that’s not slide guitar,” Benoit says.

Medicine showcases a lean, energetic young band, and vibe-wise it’s hipper and groovier than anything Benoit has ever done before. The recording also spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville (son of Aaron Neville and nephew to members of the Neville Brothers), drummer Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews) and bassist Corey Duplechin (Chubby Carrier & Bayou Swamp Band). Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks.

Medicine was recorded at Louisiana’s legendary Dockside Studio (B.B. King, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’, Taj Mahal, Buckwheat Zydeco), located on a 12 acre estate in the heart of Cajun country on the banks of the Vermilion Bayou, and engineered by David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Gov’t Mule). The award-winning music producer/engineer worked with Benoit on three earlier releases (Fever for the Bayou, Power of the Pontchartrain and Night Train to Nashville). “When David’s in the booth, I don’t have to worry,” says Benoit. “He’s always comfortable with the way I work. We have a lot of fun and like to joke around.”

Benoit’s blazing guitar kicks off the title track of the recording. ‘Medicine’ captures what this album is all about, he says. “Let music be the medicine. Like John Lee Hooker once said, Blues is the healer.”

‘Sunrise’ showcases Benoit’s keen sense of tasteful restraint when it comes to the slower blues numbers, and ‘A Whole Lotta Soul’ spotlights Ivan Neville on B-3, alongside Benoit’s crunchy fretwork and vocals.

‘Long Lonely Bayou’ is a special highlight. This roots summit features two of Louisiana’s biggest and most popular artists: Michael Doucet and Tab Benoit. ‘Michael and I have played several gigs together over the years,’ Benoit says. ‘When I wrote this song, I could practically hear him performing it. Most Cajun music is played in a major chord, but Michael approached it as crying, minor type of song.’

‘In It To Win It’ and ‘Next To Me’ both spotlight Benoit’s unbelievably solid guitar chops, while ‘Nothing Takes The Place of You’ is a deep, soulful ballad drenched in his whiskey-soaked vocals. Doucet returns to play fiddle and sing on ‘Can’t You See’ and the album’s funky closer, ‘Mudboat Melissa.’

Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No. 1 roots export. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to restore the wetlands.

In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards). In 2006, he received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for Brother to the Blues, a collaboration with Louisiana’s LeRoux. LeRoux joined Benoit on Power of the Pontchartrain in 2007 and the live Night Train to Nashville in 2008.

Medicine is more than another strong entry in Benoit’s increasingly impressive discography it’s one of his most defining albums. ‘Magic happens when you least expect it,’ says Benoit. ‘Most of the stuff here was played live ~ these are mostly first takes. When it came down to playing, we weren’t trying to structure things. We were open to the moment.’

If music has the power to help relieve pain and suffering, then Tab Benoit’s Medicine might be just what the doctor ordered.

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Get The Led Out http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/19/get-the-led-out/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/19/get-the-led-out/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 19:54:15 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11943 Friday, October 16th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $35: Advance
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 21st @ 10 a.m.

Get The Led Out

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From the bombastic and epic, to the folky and mystical, Get The Led Out (GTLO) have captured the essence of the recorded music of Led Zeppelin and brought it to the concert stage. The Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you’ve never heard before. Utilizing the multi-instrumentalists at their disposal, GTLO re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed. When you hear three guitars on the album…GTLO delivers three guitarists on stage. No wigs or fake English accents, GTLO brings what the audience wants…a high energy Zeppelin concert with an honest, heart-thumping intensity.

Dubbed by the media as "The American Led Zeppelin," Get The Led Out offers a strong focus on the early years. They also touch on the deeper cuts that were seldom, if ever heard in concert. GTLO also include a special “acoustic set” with Zep favorites such as “Tangerine” and the “Battle of Evermore” being performed in its’ original instrumentation with guest singer Diana DeSantis joining the band.

GTLO has amassed a strong national touring history, having performed at major club and PAC venues across the country. Such venerable club venues include Penn’s Peak, Electric Factory, Best Buy Theater, HOB Boston, Fillmore Charlotte and Ram’s Head Live, Baltimore. PACs include the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, Count Basie Theater, Filene Center at Wolf Trap, Kravis Center, Durham Performing Arts Center, Lynn Memorial Theater, The Palace in Greensburg and many more. The band will make their first appearance at Red Rocks in Denver in the fall of 2014!

Get The Led Out's approach to their performance of this hallowed catalog is not unlike a classical performance. "Led Zeppelin are sort of the classical composers of the rock era," says lead vocalist Paul Sinclair. "I believe 100 years from now they will be looked at as the Bach or Beethoven of our time. As cliche as it sounds, their music is timeless."

A Get The Led Out concert mimics the “light and shade” that are the embodiment of "The Mighty Zep." Whether it's the passion and fury with which they deliver the blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, it's their attention to detail and nuance that makes a Get The Led Out performance a truly awe-inspiring event!

Paul Sinclair - Lead Vocals, Harmonica
Paul Hammond - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Theremin
Jimmy Marchiano - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
Billy Childs- Bass Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Lipke - Keyboards, Guitar, Vocals, Percussion
Adam Ferraioli - Drums, Percussion

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Apholsoss & String Theory http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/19/apholsoss-string-string-theory-music/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/19/apholsoss-string-string-theory-music/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:40:11 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11956 Monday, September 14th
Featuring: Apholsoss, String Theory, DJ Lion Mayne
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
FREE: 21 and up || $2: 18 and up

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Virgin Mary Pistol Grip http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/19/virgin-mary-pistol-grip/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/19/virgin-mary-pistol-grip/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 17:37:36 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11954 Friday, September 11th
w/ Scott Severin, Two Shakes, Blowing Chunks
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Between The Buried And Me http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/18/between-the-buried-and-me/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/18/between-the-buried-and-me/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:44:24 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11936 Tuesday, November 24th
w/ Enslaved, Intronaut, Native Construct
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 21st

Between The Buried And Me

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Grandiose, dynamic, heavy, melodic, technically challenging: these are all words that fall equally short when trying to describe Between the Buried and Me's sonic offerings. When tasked with explaining the band's previous effort, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Decibel Magazine claimed that the album "offers more substance than most bands put forth in entire careers" and Metal Hammer simply stated that it was "utterly captivating." Where does a burgeoning progressive act go from there? The answer is found in their seventh full-length album, Coma Ecliptic. Spanning just over an hour, the album stands as a significant step in the evolution for the group as a whole, as well as the individual musicians: vocalist / keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarists Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring, bassist Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson.

Tommy Rogers posits: "Coma Ecliptic is a new life for BTBAM. Throughout the process we worked harder than we ever have and really pushed the BTBAM sound to a new identity. In a world of repetition, I'm very proud to be a part of something that is extremely rewarding, as well as frightening. When you don't push yourself you will never know what the outcome is. The outcome is Coma Ecliptic."

What is Coma Ecliptic? It can be interpreted as a modern rock opera, and another ambitious concept album from a band that has completely mastered that format. Dan Briggs comments: "Spending the last year immersed in a world of Quadrophenia, Operation Mindcrime, The Wall- as well as Sondheim and Lloyd Webber musicals, Stravinsky and Mussorgsky symphonic suites; writing an over the top, dramatic and forward thinking rock opera was the most natural thing to do." The story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more "perfect." The man does find his ideal life, but then is offered the ultimate choice of life or death. He chooses life and wakes up to his own actual reality. It's at that moment he realizes that he had been in a coma - everything that happened had been dreams and false memories. After awakening, we find the man outside finally experiencing reality, and he sees what he has been missing: the world is beautiful, the air is fresh, and the people appear to be happy, and then he falls over dead. The take away from this is to make the best of your life. People are constantly searching for something better without taking the time to appreciate the things they have. What we need may already be here, and is hopefully real. We may all be in a coma in another life.

Musically, Coma Ecliptic boasts a series of emotive peaks and valleys that drive the narrative along with the lyrics. Tracks such as "Memory Palace", while sounding wholly unique, clearly have a distinct BTBAM flavor to which fans have grown so attached. "The Coma Machine" brings to mind prog in the most classic sense; think YES and King Crimson passages with the added layer of modern metal heaviness. "Dim Ignition" highlights Rogers' continuing development as a keyboardist, but don't fret, there's still plenty of speed, technically challenging guitar, bass, and drum runs, and quirkiness throughout. What makes these parts work is the interplay of the heavy and technical with the simpler, almost cinematic, soft passages; that is the power of Coma Ecliptic. The listening experience is a journey, and when "Life in Velvet" brings the album to a sudden, triumphant end, fans will surely be reaching for the replay button. But what does the band think? Rogers adds: "If you asked me what this record sounds like, I would tell you BTBAM. With every listen I still find new exciting moments that each member has put into these songs. After all these years we still push each other to try new things and push our individual skills to the next level. It is an absolute thrill to write with such an inspiring group of people." Briggs continues: "Writing with a focus on storytelling and just crushing melodic themes set the tone early on before we were even in the rehearsal room together. Put your velvet capes on and get ready for a journey!"

Coma Ecliptic was recorded in January and February of 2015 with longtime Between the Buried and Me producer Jamie King at the Basement Recordings in North Carolina. Drums and piano were recorded with King and Kris Hilbert at the Fidelitorium. Final mixing and mastering was placed in the capable hands of Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.

Between the Buried and Me began their journey in the year 2000 in North Carolina. Over the past 15 years, they have released seven full-length albums, an EP, a live album, a covers album, and a blu-ray/DVD. Their current lineup has been consistent since 2005, and they have taken full advantage of a stable and productive group of musicians. Each of their albums since that year have debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart: Alaska (2005) at #121, The Anatomy Of (2006) at #151, Colors (2007) at #57, The Great Misdirect (2009) at #36, The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues EP (2011) at #54, and The Parallax: Future Sequence (2012) at #22. Additionally, the band's first-ever Blu-ray release, Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top Music Video Charts, impressively ahead of video releases from progressive legends Dream Theater and YES. Consistency and growth in an epoch of shrinking music sales is indicative of the supreme impact the band has had across the heavy and progressive music landscapes.

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The Story So Far http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/17/the-story-so-far/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/17/the-story-so-far/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:00:28 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11921 Thursday, October 29th
w/ Basement, Turnover
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $18: Advance || $20: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, August 21st @ Noon

The Story So Far

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The grassroots, back-to-basics authenticity of THE STORY SO FAR is a blast of renewing fresh air over the most stale corners of the underground music community. The fact that it’s resonated with so many kids around the world is testament to just how starved the scene had become.

Like their single-focused predecessors in legendary pop-punk bands Blink-182, Green Day, or The Descendents, the five guys in The Story So Far got together with no loftier an ambition than to make the music they wanted to hear. Along the way, they just happened to help usher in a pop-punk revival. It’s a “return of the real” that’s made a sea change across the underground.

In just a few short years, a handful of EPs and three full-length albums, The Story So Far’s refreshing, energetic and impressively honest take on hardcore-infused pop-punk music propelled them to the cover of the 2013 Alternative Press 100 Bands You Need To Know issue, to the enduring subcultural benchmark the Vans Warped Tour, and into the hearts and minds of listeners.

Catchy vocal gymnastics and supercharged riffs are delivered with no less precision than the most accomplished of rock acts but disguised by an instantly memorable simplicity that drives the hooks home. The band’s sophomore album, What You Don’t See (2013), delivered on the undeniable promise of Under Soil and Dirt (2011) and cracked the Billboard Top 50 at the same time. The band returned to close collaborator and comrade Sam Pura (Basement, State Champs) for their self-titled third sent, a no-bullshit, wistful but forceful adventure in song.

The group’s focus on songwriting, storytelling and relatable jams worthy of blasting in the darkest of times or in the most relaxing of pursuits continues to resonate with an ever-increasing throng of supporters, in Europe, Japan and Australia, and in clubs and theaters across North America, where The Story So Far has toured with The Wonder Years and Man Overboard.

This is music to fall in love to, to heal a broken heart with, to celebrate personal victories, or trudge through life’s hardships. The Story So Far rejects the runaway complications and tired clichés that started to spoil the authentic passion of punk and hardcore, trimming the fat away from the standard chugging guitars and laying as much heartfelt emotion into the music as catchy hooks.

Choruses that demand to be screamed along with at sweaty shows where audiences share a transcendent experience through the communal experience of good old fashioned pop punk, and music that often blurs the line between aggressive rock and bouncing enthusiasm, without ever losing its genuine edge and uncompromising veracity. What began as five kids in the same neighborhood, barely out of middle school, who just wanted to play music, has blown up into a sweeping wave of fist-pumping realism, crashing down on the pretentious and the pretenders.

Whether the band is destined for the large venues and record sales of a band liked A Day To Remember, or even the arena level commanding presence of Blink-182, it’s safe to predict that The Story So Far will be doing it for real, doing it for the right reasons, and carrying their own gear into house shows and basements with as much gusto as they exhibit at Warped Tour.

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Oceans Ate Alaska http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/16/oceans-ate-alaska/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/16/oceans-ate-alaska/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2015 19:11:41 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11915 Sunday, August 30th
w/ Dawnbreaker, Ironsights
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m
All Ages || $8: Advance || $10: Day of Show

Oceans Ate Alaska

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Stemming from Birmingham, UK, the furious five-piece Oceans Ate Alaska is made up of James Harrison (Vocals), James Kennedy (Guitar), Adam Zytkiewicz (Guitar), Mike Stanton (Bass), and Chris Turner (Drums). The band offers a progressive strain of experimental modern metalcore that has gotten the band noticed as one of metal's most exciting and fresh young names. With music as unpredictable as it is expressive, the band found inspiration for their name from the world's largest recorded mega-tsunami - measuring at 1,700 feet high - that demolished Alaska's coastline in 1958. The band was attracted to the natural disaster's national headline that read "Oceans Ate Alaska" where they decided to carry the name on a path to make their own history.

By pushing sonic boundaries, Oceans Ate Alaska aim to take listeners on an emotional journey through unpredictable arrangements (both heavy and melodic), ruthless riffs, and unforgiving gutteral vocals; setting an atmospheric landscape that showcases the band's technical skill.

The new album 'Lost Isles' is available now on Fearless Records.

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The Internet http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/13/the-internet/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/13/the-internet/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:41:12 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11908 Saturday, October 10th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $17: Advance || $20: Day of Show

The Internet | The Ego Death Tour

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-THE INTERNET began as two people – Syd and Matt. Syd taught herself how to record, engineer, and produce at age 15. She also sings, imbuing every song with a sultry, mellifluous, quiet power. Matt produces and plays synths. She’s now 23; he’s now 26. Like all post-modern relationships, the duo initially met on Myspace in 2008, only to meet in-person three years later.

-THE INTERNET have released two albums previously – 2011’s Purple Naked Ladies, and 2012’s Feel Good.

-THE INTERNET branched off from the Odd Future collective and started their own band in 2011. Syd been writing music since she was small; she put this on hold to become OF’s DJ and producer, and picked her songs back up in 2011 to make her first full-length album with Matt.

-When they play live, THE INTERNET is a band – a six-person outfit whose youngest member is 17. They began playing as a full-band in order to tour behind Feel Good, and the band members all contributed their talents to THE INTERNET’s forthcoming album.

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Open Decks http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/august-27th/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/august-27th/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 20:14:39 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11906 Thursday, August 27th
Rye Room
Doors: 8:30 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
FREE: 21 and up || $5: 18 and up

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DJ SKU + Brent Tactic http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/dj-sku/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/dj-sku/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:35:49 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11902 Saturday, September 26th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
FREE: 21 and up || $5: 18 and up

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UNL Voices of Hope http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/unl-voices-of-hope/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/unl-voices-of-hope/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:29:38 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11897 Thursday, September 17th
w/ Once A Pawn, Mary Elixabeth & Friends (Mesonjixx), Bien Fang, Hana Zara, Lindsey Hand (Spoken Word)
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $5: 21 and up || $7: under 21

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Zeta June http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/zeta-june/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/zeta-june/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:25:46 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11892 Wednesday, September 16th
w/ Extra Fresh, Indigenous Robot
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Zeta June is the collaborative effort of Porter Hand, Mitch Hruby, Ian Crawford and Cody Kuhens. The goal of Zeta June is to deliver music to the masses that people can relate to and enjoy. Being heavily influenced by so many bands, and artists, Zeta June brings great musicianship through catchy melodies and an impressive sense of improvisation skills. Zeta June is sure to cause some commotion and turn some heads.

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Darren Keen & Giant Claw http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/darren-keen-giant-claw/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/12/darren-keen-giant-claw/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:10:43 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11886 Thursday, September 10th
Featuring: Darren Keen & Giant Claw
w/ Sigrah, Beren One
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Jagermeister Presents Borgore http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/10/borgore/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/10/borgore/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 18:01:34 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11873 Tuesday, October 6th
Doors & Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show

Borgore

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Borgore comes from Tel Aviv, Israel. He is the founder of Buygore Records and former drummer of Israeli deathcore band Shabira. He is also part of the dubstep duo Alphamale Primates, which consists of him and Tomba. Self-described as "Gorestep", his music incorporates triplet drum patterns with heavy metal influences. Some songs have been compared to horror movies, farm animals, and sex. Sometimes he performs under the nicknames: Borgina, Isabelle or Estrella. He has released tracks under Dim Mak Records, Spinnin' Records, Sumerian Records and also his own label Buygore. In 2012 he released the single "Decisions", with back-up vocals provided by Miley Cyrus. His label Buygore records has brought to fame artists such as Document One and even Rusko has released on the label. Current Buygore signees include Dead Audio, Ookay, Kennedy Jones, Bare and At Dawn We Rage among others. Borgore has been credited (slightly jokingly) even by his close friend and fellow producer DJ Carnage for the change in musical style and attitude of Miley Cyrus. His debut album called #NEWGOREORDER was released on Buygore Records under exclusive license with Dim Mak Records

In November 2014, Borgore partnered with Electronic Music lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a collaboration bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Keep a Breast Foundation. Keep a Breast Foundation is working to help eradicate breast cancer by supporting young people & educating them on prevention, early detection, & cancer-causing toxins.

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Late Night Radio & Eliot Lipp http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/05/late-night-radio-eliot-lipp/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/05/late-night-radio-eliot-lipp/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:47:51 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11856 Thursday, September 24th
w/ BentoneAF THE NAYSAYER
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $5: Early Bird || $10: Advance || $15: Day of Show

The Bourbon Theatre & HighLucyNation present...

Late Night Radio

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Hustling to make his mark in Denver, Colorado’s electronic music melting pot, Late Night Radio is earning the respect of fans and peers alike through prolific production, innovative experimentation, and a dogged dedication to the craft. Alex Medellin has put in his time in the industry, coming up in Texas and California, but his ascension in the Colorado scene speaks to his ability to not only create a stunning array of original tracks, but bring them to life on stage, practicing what he preaches—guided by the mantra “emotion over energy.”

Medellin’s background in hip-hop is crucial to his development as a producer. Unlike some of his contemporaries who came up in the dance music scene, Late Night Radio keeps his cuts funky and inventive with an unshakable commitment to soulful grooves. Even when LNR breaks into high-energy, cabinet-rattling climaxes, the emotional depth remains. His wildly popular Vinyl Restoration series of old-school mixes has rooted his sound in deep, expressive sampling that keeps him firmly grounded in the lessons of the past, while reaching forward to craft his own signature sound.

Eliot Lipp

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After more than ten years of global touring, seven solo albums on labels such as Pretty Lights Music, Old Tacoma Records, Hefty, 1320 and Mush, Eliot Lipp's status as an electronic music pioneer is known to scene experts and weekend warriors alike.

Named one of Vibe Magazines top 10 fastest rising DJs (Summer 2013) Vibe says “ Eliot Lipp is making moves! ...Signed to Pretty Lights Music, Lipp's omnivorous taste in music expands to include everything from electro to funk to indie to downtempo and trap.” Lipp's music tastefully spans genres, styles and techniques. Musically, Lipp is taking chances that are paying off in big ways. In a recent interview with Jay Z’s blog Life+Times, Lipp commented that “People are scared to set themselves apart from the norm, but risks need to be taken in order to progress.”

Perhaps this is what sets Lipp apart from the rest. He is a risk taker, not afraid to do something a little different.

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Brian Davis http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/04/brian-davis/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/04/brian-davis/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 22:41:33 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11843 Friday, September 18th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $10: Advance || $12: Day of Show

Brian Davis

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How does a country boy from tiny Bilboa, North Carolina find himself an apprentice to one of the greatest songwriters in country music? Ever heard of Bilboa? Yes, it’s that small. But you’ve heard of Harlan Howard, right? “I Fall to Pieces?” THAT Harlan Howard.

Brian Davis isn’t one to push himself or his music on someone. It just isn’t his style. Fortunately, what is his style is writing great rockers and party anthems full of hot screaming guitar, booming bass and thumping drums. Sometimes.

On the other hand, his style is also writing emotive ballads laden with picturesque lyrics that twist and turn phrases to carry the listener on a musical journey of their own or Brian’s life. Those…those are best interpreted by Brian’s pure masculine baritone and an acoustic guitar.

So, it’s really not a case of having to force himself on anyone. It’s more like, “If you build it, they will come.” If you write great songs, make great music and sing from your heart, they will come. And they have most definitely come. From playing all over his home state of North Carolina, to opening for pal and frequent co-writer Brantley Gilbert on the Hell On Wheels tour—last year and this year, Brian has taken his brand of rockin’ country music from a regional to a national level. His Tarheel fans are sitting back enjoying knowing that they saw the evolution of one of the hottest new artists in the format, while new fans are digging voraciously into his catalog that is already six albums deep.

Almost as if he could forecast the future when he recorded it, his newest album, Under the Influence, is almost a musical biography of Brian – both his life and the evolution of his music. “I’m really proud of it,” he beams. “We managed to put a lot of things that are extremely important to me on this record and tried to kind of balance it out. We’ve got things all the way from ‘Under the Influence,’ which people would assume, based on previous projects, that we were talking about going out and just getting hammered, but it’s not.”

The tune is actually a musical homage to the music that influenced him, and the list is vast and diverse. Early on, his grandfather introduced him to artists like the legendary Gene Autry, while his father exposed him to the contemporaries of his time like Alabama and Hank Williams Junior. Then there was the music of his own youth. “I was a reckless, rebellious redneck, not siding where my mom probably wanted me to a lot of times,” he admits. “I’d find myself listening to your typical AC/DC and Guns & Roses.” The funny thing was, Brian was also discovering and developing a taste for music that was far from mainstream. Artists like Peter Tosh and Bob Marley. “I just love music. I’m just a fan of music.”

But it was more than just loving a great song. For Brian, it also became about creating great music. So, he began to study it and study the process, which was a relatively simple task. “My grandpa played all the honky-tonks where I’m from and my dad did, too,” he says with a smile. “I can remember from the time I was six and seven-years-old I was in honky-tonks.” By the time he was eight, his dad was taking him to gigs and Brian was tuning their guitars. “I was on top of the world,” he says, “because I was tuning guitars for a hero of mine. All I ever wanted to do was be like them because they had that thing. They could walk into a room and pick up a guitar and people would just stop and listen. So, in my head, I was doing something really important.” And although Brian’s mother wasn’t thrilled with her middle child hanging out in honky-tonks, to her credit, she didn’t discourage his pursuit of his passion. While Brian’s dad never chased a national music career, instead choosing to stay close to family, he did write his own music and his son was a sponge observing the process and began writing when he was very young. “The early stuff was terrible,” he laughs. “It was worse than terrible And then it got progressively better. And then when I met Harlan Howard, it got a ton better because I started figuring out how to do it the right way.” Yes, Harlan Howard.

“Harlan Howard was the first person to offer me a publishing deal in town,” he smiles modestly. The story of how it happened is a sweet one:

“I was cleaning horse stalls in Brentwood and Melanie Howard set up a meeting.” Brian showed up with his guitar, but still covered in horse manure, expecting to meet with Melanie. To his surprise, Harlan strolled into the meeting as well. “I was supposed to be with just her and he comes in and she says, ‘If you don’t mind, he’s going to sit in on the meeting.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Oh, F….’ I sit down and he says, ‘What have you got son?’ So I play him the one song. THE song. All of us have THE song. And he smiled and said, ‘What else you got son?’ And I played him a second one. We went four songs deep and after the fourth one he said, ‘Do you want a record deal here, son?’ And I said, ‘Yes I do.’”

The only snag came when Harlan asked him how much money he needed. Brian had never even considered being paid for his doing what came so naturally. When Howard offered him $375 a week, Brian balked saying, “Can I think about that? I don’t know if I need that much?” His humble upbringing and limited knowledge of how the business operated had him thinking that he would have to pay the money back, so he didn’t want to take more than he needed.

Harlan became one of Brian’s greatest mentors in the business, but others followed and Davis learned all that he could from each. “The only thing I’ve been really smart enough to do in my life is listen to people that have been where I’m going,” he says.

Influences.

Influences that are heard on songs like the raucous “Bang, Bang,” which touts the simple country boy pleasure of shots, whether from a gun or a glass, or in the dark “Another Man’s Woman,” which addresses the dismal destiny of a cheater, or in the simply acoustic love song “Against the World.” And influences that are heard in the crowd-favorite “Lights Of My Hometown.” “You see people’s reaction in the crowd and I think everybody, in their mind, goes to someone that they lost,” he says. “It just has so much power. It’s been amazing and the stories we’ve heard are awesome.”

You see, for all of the in-your-face rockers or rebellious party anthems, Brian is one of the sweetest souls on Music Row. He laughs, “I love the excitement when people come up and, it’s not like I’m some amazing person, but they say, ‘Man, I can’t believe it’s you!’ And I say, ‘Well, I can’t believe it’s you!’ I always ask them their name and hug them because they they could have spent their time and money on anything. And the fact that they chose me is massive in my book…We do this to connect and when you have those kind of moments with people, it makes everything make sense.

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Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/04/machine-gun-kelly-mgk-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/08/04/machine-gun-kelly-mgk-2/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 17:19:11 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11853 Friday, October 9th
w/ King Los
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES || $40: Advance || $45: Day of Show

Machine Gun Kelly (MGK)

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There's nothing like someone who has lived your story and Ohio's MC MGK resilience has become a beacon of hope for thousands of kids across America. Penning rhymes about everything from addiction to family issues, MGK is a symbol of relentless perseverance to his fans and the MC is about to begin the next chapter of his already successful career.

Born Colson Baker in Houston, Texas, MGK lived almost a dozen places, including Egypt, before moving to Denver, Colorado with his father after his mother began a new life with a new man.
"I don't have a relationship with my mom, she left when I was nine years old," says MGK.

In Denver, the Bakers lived with MGK's aunt. Though the father and son had each other, they couldn't lay claim to much else. As his dad fought depression and unemployment, the young MC split his time between wearing two school outfits and being bullied by the neighborhood kids.
"I used to stand out because I was tall and I couldn't really fight back then," says MGK. "Then I got tired of getting beat up so I started fighting people with my words instead."

In seventh grade, MGK found solace in rhyming after watching DMX's "We Right Here" video.
"DMX is a huge influence on me because neither of us have siblings so we had to fight a lot of dark shit by ourselves," says MGK.

And though he "wasn't popular at all," the lanky kid was good at battling his middle school challengers. Later, while attending Denver's Thomas Jefferson High School, his father moved to Kuwait to work for the army and left MGK behind to live in a neighbor's basement. It was then the teen began experimenting with drugs and recorded his first demo tape.

"It was terrible, but I thought it was cool," says MGK, with a smile.

Without supervision, MGK stopped attending school and like 50 Cent, the high school freshmen, made a name for himself by calling out elder classmates. In 2005, his father moved MGK to Kuwait, where the teen got into even more trouble. Eventually, the pair were forced back stateside and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending Shaker Heights High on the city's east side, MGK convinced a local t-shirt shop owner, who doubled as an MC manager, to take him under his wing.
"I got the name Machine Gun Kelly because of my rapid-fire delivery when I was 15 and started doing shows," says MGK.

Nicknamed MGK by his fans, the MC released his first mixtape Stamp of Approval in 2006 and built a local fan base performing at Cleveland venues like Hi-Fi. But it was a trip to New York's famed Apollo Theater in 2009 that really gave him his start.

"We drove straight from Ohio and stood in line for ten hours," recalls MGK. "I got boo'd as soon as I walked on the Apollo stage and then I won ... twice."

The energetic performer became the first rapper in history to win the Apollo's talent show. MGK's mixtape 100 Words And Running came shortly after and he created a high school promotional tour, where he performed to such excited crowds that school security teams began turning him away to keep the peace. And while the MC's catchphrase, "Lace up," which started as a mixtape interlude, became a call to arms for fans, their leader was still flipping burritos at Chipotle to pay his rent. After graduating high school, MGK's father kicked him out of their home and forced the young MC to fend for himself. Not long after, an 18 year-old MGK welcomed his own child, a daughter named Casie. The infant gave the rapper new incentive to work even harder and he soon earned a nod for Best Midwest Artist at the 2010 Underground Music Awards and his "Alice in Wonderland" clip won Best Music Video at the 2010 Ohio Hip-Hop Awards.

But just as his star began to rise, MGK suffered a new setback. A polyp developed on his vocal chord which kept him offstage and out of the studio for six months. Without health insurance for surgery, MGK worked off the polyp by himself with tireless vocal exercises.

"Every night I'd wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning wanting to blow my brains out," says MGK. "That was one of the most depressing periods of my life."

But the sun shone again with the 2010 release of MGK's Lace Up mixtape. The project not only earned the local favorite more fans baring their own "Lace Up" tattoos but a national audience. In 2011, the Ohio rapper secured a label deal with Diddy's Bad Boy Records/ Interscope Records as well as a marketing partnership to score a spot for HTC's Rezound Beats By Dre phone. Machine Gun MGK's "Invincible" track plays during the electronics commercial, the release of which coincided with the song's sale on iTunes.

In October, the Rage Pack mixtape, inspired by his energy on stage and a love for his fans, hit the web. A video for MGK's single "Wild Boy" featuring Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame and produced by GB Hitz followed, leading MGK to win MTV's Hottest Breakthrough MC for 2011.

"To be considered for the hottest breakthrough MC of 2011, it's obviously an honor, but I want to be the hottest," he told MTV News. "I've never been comfortable with sharing anything."

Gearing up for his mainstream spotlight, MGK is currently prepping his official EP via Bad Boy/ Interscope entitled Lace Up. Slated to hit shelves in March, the Ohio native will take his new music across the United States during the record-breaking "90 Cities in 99 Days" tour with Midwest MC Tech N9ne also beginning that month. In addition, MGK's secured a performance on this summer's Vans Warped Tour line-up.

Already acknowledged by cultural gatekeepers like The New York Times, MTV, The FADER and Nah Right, MGK is ready to devour the next phase of his career. Lace up

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Clutch with Guests: Corrosion of Conformity and The Shrine http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/07/28/clutch-with-guests-corrosion-of-conformity-and-the-shrine/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/07/28/clutch-with-guests-corrosion-of-conformity-and-the-shrine/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:32 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11825 Saturday, October 17th
w/ Corrosion of Conformity, The Shrine
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $25: Advance || $30: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 31st @ 10 a.m.

Clutch

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Neil Fallon: Vocals/ Guitar
Jean-Paul Gaster: Drums
Dan Maines: Bass
Tim Sult: Guitar

It's the parabolic motion of projectiles. Or, as Isaac Newton stated, what goes up must come down — that is, everything except Clutch.

Earth Rocker created an insurmountable peak. But Psychic Warfare has altered laws of physics by elevating the smart songwriting and impressive performances of that last album, setting an even higher benchmark as their now-definitive album to date.

The eleventh Clutch studio album Psychic Warfare goes straight for the throat with “X- Ray Visions” and never lets go. Working again with acclaimed producer Machine, this time in Texas, the concise arrangements that made Earth Rocker so assertive is the same harness for the combustible musical energy on Psychic Warfare. Harder, faster... let the rhythm hit 'em.

Formed in 1991, the Maryland-based band's ability to absorb different musical styles and fabricate them into a distinct Clutch sound continues to be their forté. “A Quick Death In Texas,” overstocked with signature “Clutch heavy” Tim Sult riffs and lonesome guitar licks, and the funk undercurrent of “Your Love Is Incarceration,” color Psychic Warfare with articulate musicality and comfortable familiarity.

The overall intensity of Psychic Warfare would be self-consuming without the pressure valve of a canny rhythm section. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and bassist Dan Maines have an intuitive sense of dynamics that gives weight and contrast to the forcefulness of the vocals, steering Clutch into the straightaway out of tight, exhilarating corners.

“I listened closely to the rhythm of Neil’s vocals this time around.” Gaster explains. “The rhythms he sings, are very syncopated. It was my goal to articulate these rhythms on the drums while keeping the pulse of the music strong.”

Psychic Warfare is cinematic, a soundtrack to the plot of singer Neil Fallon's imagination. The narrative of “The Affidavit” sets the scene for an album of gunslingers, energy weapons, paranoid neurosis, and the occasional three-legged mule. It's an episodic lyrical landscape populated by abstract characterization, nuance, and clever peculiarity.

“I spent a lot of time doting over the lyrics,” Fallon says. “It was fun because I have a great luxury that I'm a professional liar — that's what a storyteller is. Or at least that’s what I try to be. It's the one socially acceptable way to completely deceive people, and that's what they want. If you sing it with enough conviction, people won't question it. I just love that escapism, the fantasy aspect of it. And fantasy doesn’t necessarily equate to dragons and wizards. It can be seedy hotel rooms and sketchy hitchhikers.”

Gaster says the band knowing Earth Rocker was such a high water mark put them in a position of needing to follow up with an exceptional album. “Looking back on the process, one thing that sticks out in my mind is the amount of rehearsal the band put in. We started each pre-production day by writing out a new album sequence and then playing that sequence straight thru as if it were a set list. I think this allowed us to get inside the songs in a way we had not done before. When it came time to record drum tracks, I had a clear idea of how I wanted to play each song.”

In the past, Clutch consciously made each album conspicuously different from the last one. “We had a sadistic fear of repeating ourselves,” Fallon admits. “But over the last few years, we've realized our strengths and what it is that people like about us. Why deny it? Clutch is Clutch, embrace what you are.”

The bar is set higher, laws of physics be damned. Psychic Warfare is the new adventure, and it has no limit.

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Scarlet Streets & The Wildwoods http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/07/28/scarlet-streets-the-wildwoods/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/07/28/scarlet-streets-the-wildwoods/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:13:43 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11817 Tuesday, August 4th
Door: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $5: 21 and up || $7: Under 21

The Wildwoods

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The Wildwoods, are an acoustic music group from Lincoln, Nebraska. Their music is rich in love, happiness and passion that will melt your heart and inspire your soul.

This talented band has been performing for audiences since 2012. All three members were drawn to music at an early age and have carried that passion to their group called The Wildwoods. The unique voices of Chloe Pinkman and Noah Gose combine to create a heartwarming duo. Joined by Chloe's brother Noah Pinkman the trio uses influences from the old time country masters combined with todays pop sound that generates a style of music that is like no other. The Wildwoods have had two of their songs place in the top 10 of the 2015 Omaha Performing Arts Songwriting Competition. The meaningful lyrics and powerful melodies of their songs will not be forgotten for weeks. Winners of the Waka Winter Classic the group has also performed at Wakarusa Music Festival, Flatwater Music Festival, VEGA, The Zoo Bar, The Bourbon, Whole Foods, 402 Collective, The Nebraska State Fair, restaurants, coffee shops, vineyards, bars, & private parties in the great state of Nebraska. Music genre includes original music by The Wildwoods, folk, pop, fiddle, and rock. With their unique style of bluegrass meets pop these up and coming musicians will keep the audience asking for more.

Scarlet Streets

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Todd Snider w/ Elizabeth Cook http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/07/22/todd-snider-w-elizabeth-cook/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/07/22/todd-snider-w-elizabeth-cook/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 16:14:23 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11803 Wednesday, September 23rd
w/ Elizabeth Cook
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages $25: Advance GA* || $28: Day of Show GA*
$30: Reserved Seating**

*GA Tickets = standing room only.
**Reserved Seating = Guaranteed seat (non-assigned), in the balcony & dance floor perimeter. Seat choices are first come, first serve.

Todd Snider

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Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is Todd Snider’s inspirational album.

“I want to inspire people,” Snider says. “I want to inspire them to leave home, to do things traditionally considered wrong. If you listen to my record and vandalize your school, godspeed. If you listen to my record and punch your stepdad, thank you, you’ve made me feel better about
what I do. I don’t believe in the American dream, and family values can suck my asshole’s balls.”

Snider says this while smiling, because he says most things while smiling, because he knows family values are unlikely to do such a thing, and because he’s on the happy back end of happy hour at a favorite East Nashville bar. He’s laughing but not necessarily kidding, and Agnostic
Hymns & Stoner Fables is anything but a nice, folk/Americana troubadour album. It’s not a nice anything.

It is jagged, leering, lurching and howling, and filled with unhappy endings both experienced and intimated: “It ain’t the despair that gets you, it’s the hope,” he sings in the album-closer, “Big Finish.” That Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is also roaringly funny is tribute to Snider’s unique sensibilities, and to his standing as what Rolling Stone magazine calls “America’s sharpest musical storyteller.” Anguish without laughter is boring, like intensive care without morphine, and Snider has never been within 100 miles of boring. Also, he didn’t earn the
attention, friendship and fandom of American musical giants like Kris Kristofferson and John Prine by writing mopey protest songs.

Anyway, these aren’t protest songs. They’re inspirational. We’ve covered that already, right? It’s populated mostly by losers in the midst of losing, with a couple of spotlight appearances from the humbly anointed 1 percent. The result is something disconcerting, cracked and wholly original. It’s something that stands apart from the music of Snider’s heroes, and from Snider’s own, much-celebrated past. Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables is Snider’s 12th album (14th, if we count a “best of” set and a collection of B-sides and demos.

Snider doesn’t talk around the vulnerable part, or the angry part, or the part about how everything we’re taught about goodness and righteousness and capitalism, about God and family values winds up exploding into violence and chaos, wonder and longing. He doesn’t talk around how the whole deal is enough to make you vandalize your school, punch your stepdad, or make lewd suggestions as to just what family values might do in their spare time. And he doesn’t talk around the part about how he doesn’t know any more than you do about any of these things, or the part about how he might be wrong. It’s just that nothing has been delivered yet, nothing revealed. It is, as he sings, too soon to tell.

Here are 10 new songs for the waiting room. They’re here to inspire.

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Cherub http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/07/21/cherub-3/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/07/21/cherub-3/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:36:03 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11791 Tuesday, October 27th
w/ Hippie Sabotage, Shooka
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $18: Advance || $20: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Saturday, July 25th

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Cherub

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Cherub will be bringing their electric new live set up to the Bourbon Theatre on Oct. 27th. Fans will be able catch the duo performing with additional musicians on stage; their producer Nick Curtis on drums and longtime friend Jordan Bartlett on guitar and keys. Jordan and Jason could not be more excited about hitting the stage as a four piece band, and this fresh new reinterpretation of their live show has been years in the making and is an exciting new chapter in their musical adventure. Expect new songs, old songs and a Cherub show like you've never seen before!

Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber take their fun very, very seriously. The pair behind the ambitious and emphatic Nashville duo Cherub craft hooky electro-pop that lyrically captures the risqué, pleasure-seeking impulses of their youth, while their studio expertise results in alluring grooves.

The duo met while pursuing music business degrees at Middle Tennessee State, a large public university just outside of Nashville. Prior to meeting up at a dorm party, the two were figuring out how to become their own local legends. Huber was fronting a psychedelic folk-rock band, whereas Kelley was something of a mainstay in the Nashville hip-hop scene. Well, sort of. “I was making beats for this hip-hop duo and we got to open for GZA, but I didn’t know how to DJ my own stuff.” After meeting Huber, “I just asked ‘can you turn my beats into a live show?” Soon thereafter, Kelley sent Huber his self-composed Man of the Hour EP and the two realized the potential in their partnership. Cherub began in earnest, with Huber’s live production embellishing Kelley’s clever songcraft.

Fast forward a few years later, and Cherub’s popularity is soaring. The pair landed a major-label deal with Columbia Records— which released their smooth, palpitating album, Year of the Caprese in May 2014 — based in part on the runaway success of break-out single “Doses and Mimosas.” A FTW anthem that pits dripping falsettos against echo-chamber synths, it jettisoned to the top of The Hype Machine charts, while landing concurrently on Billboard’s Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs charts. Meanwhile, its DIY fever-dream video had attracted roughly 5 million sets of eyeballs on YouTube. And that was merely one of Cherub’s songs.

On Year of the Caprese — recorded over two years, with help from friend/engineer Nick Curtis — you can find a song like “Disco Shit” (a shimmering high-five to hedonism posited on rubber-band beats) alongside “Freaky Me, Freaky You” (a more wound-down ’90s-esque slow jam). One of Caprese’s more stand-out contemplative tracks, the latter finds Jordan delivering tortured sweet nothings in an almost unrecognizable tenor. “That’s from a perspective of someone thinking that they know what is going on in a relationship but they really don’t,” he said of the Teddy Pendergrass-sampling song. The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 and Digital Album Charts, and an electric performance at Bonnaroo lead to a late night TV booking on CONAN this past fall. In December 2014, the guys released The Leftovers EP, which served as a culmination of their many years of hard work.

But even before Year of the Caprese and The Leftovers, Cherub sprang to life with the self-release of the Man of the Hour EP in 2010. A debut album, Mom & Dad, and two subsequent EPs (100 Bottles and Antipasto) followed — along with a sprawling grassroots following born off three years of touring, earning the duo somewhat of a reputation for their live shows and as such, there is a certain degree of built-in elation expected from Cherub, live.

“Some people question how authentic or serious we are about music,” Jordan says. “All of it is from the heart. Me and Jason try hard not to create some sort of cool-guy environment — we want people to feel comfortable.” And sometimes that means pulling listeners out of their comfort zones. Says Jason, “We’re serious about what we do, but we’re also here to remind them to take themselves less serious once in a while.”

The duo is currently in the studio recording a new album.

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