BourbonTheatre.com http://bourbontheatre.com Fri, 22 May 2015 18:22:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MudJam Festival @ Abbott Sports Complex http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/22/mudjam-festival-abbott-sports-complex/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/22/mudjam-festival-abbott-sports-complex/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 17:49:11 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11497 Saturday, June 27th
$8: Advance || $10: Day of Event
*FREE: Children Under 5
More Info TBA

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The Ragbirds http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/19/the-ragbirds-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/19/the-ragbirds-2/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 21:19:47 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11483 Tuesday, June 9th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $8: Advance || $10: Day of Show

The Ragbirds

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Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from around the world. The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler's bow.

Surrounding Zindle's earthy-sweet voice is the whirlwind of guitarist T.J. Zindle and dynamic bassist Dan Jones, spinning over the world-beat grooves of drummer Jon Brown and percussionist Randall Moore. Zindle skillfully switches between violin, mandolin, banjo, accordion, and percussion, all while dancing around the stage, drawing the awe of audiences across the country.

The Ragbirds albums have received local and national praise, hailed "Highly impressive!" by USA Today and touted as "Astounding international eclecticism" by Reveal Arts. The Ragbirds were formed in 2005 with the release of "Yes Nearby." 2007's world-travel themed "Wanderlove" was Homegrown Music Network's #1 selling album in the fall of 2008. The 2009 international release of "Finally Almost Ready" saw the band invade Japan with the single "Book of Matches" reaching #1 on the charts in Osaka. In 2010 The Ragbirds reached yet another milestone in their young careers when they independently marketed and sold their 10,000th album.

The Ragbirds have performed in over 45 states to a tune of 150+ shows a year. Crisscrossing the nation in their converted diesel bus that runs on recycled waste vegetable oil, these festival favorites have performed at Rothbury, 10,000 Lakes, Summer Camp, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Hookahville, and more, and have shared the stage with Rusted Root, Railroad Earth, Toubab Krewe, Hot Buttered Rum, The Duhks, and many others.

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Coal Chamber http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/19/coal-chamber/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/19/coal-chamber/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 17:08:49 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11468 Tuesday, August 18th
w/ Fear Factory, Devil You Know, Saint Ridley, Madlife
Doors: 5:30 p.m. || Show: 6:30 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show

Coal Chamber

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Saliva http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/15/saliva/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/15/saliva/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 16:42:42 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11455 Saturday, June 20th
w/ User
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $12: Advance || $16: Day of Show

Saliva

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Probably one of the hardest things for an established rock band to do is to replace their lead singer. For every act that has successfully accomplished this daunting task (AC/DC, Van Halen, etc.), there are countless others that have failed. Upon hearing Saliva's eighth studio album, Rise Up, you can now add the band to the former category. New singer Bobby Amaru has successfully replaced original singer Josey Scott (who exited the group in 2012), and has joined up with longtime members Wayne Swinny (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Dave Novotny (bass, backing vocals), and Paul Crosby (drums). Together, the new line-up has delivered an album that manages to push the band's sound into new areas, as well as retain the group's trademark elements - including anthemic choruses and crushing riffs.

"It was through this guy Jeff that we know - a mutual friend, is how Amaru recalls first getting in touch with the band. "He used to do lights for the band. He does lights for so many other acts, like Godsmack and Limp Bizkit. But he lives in Jacksonville - he's actually right around the corner from me. And we hung out a lot and stuff, so he just called me up and said that they were looking for a singer and if it was OK to give Paul my number. And that's how that happened."

As evidenced by such standout tracks as the leadoff single/title track from Rise Up, Saliva's reboot has certainly inspired the group, as the new material meets the high standard set by such stadium standards as "Click Click Boom" and "Ladies and Gentlemen." "We made a great record," continues Amaru. "It's like groundhog day, kind of for us with it. Déjà vu. But the writing process I think went back to where the band felt they were at one time. Everyone really had input. It wasn't like, 'Oh, we should do this because of this or that because of that.' I think everybody really got to throw their heart and passion into it."

"I'd say that when you're living out on the road, it's kind of hard to write out there," adds Novotny. "You don't get much time alone to do it. But once you finally come off the road and get into the writing mode, you're inspired by everything that happened out there. And we've been out for like two years in a row, just hitting it. Everything just came at once. It all happened really fast. And we think it's the best album we've done since probably the first or second one." Another absolute standout from Rise Up is "Lost," which Novotny picks as a personal favorite, as well - "'Lost' is a really good one. The lyrics match the feel of the song really well."

And Novotny isn't the only long-time Saliva member to feel that Rise Up will rank ultimately as among the group's best discs. "It was just one of the most enjoyable experiences that I ever had in the music business," gushes Swinny. "And a lot of credit goes to producer Bobby Huff, for creating an environment like that, that was very creatively open and everybody was invited to write. No ideas were shut out - no matter how terrible they were. [Laughs] We explored every idea, and that way, everyone felt a part of the process, and I think it shows in the music and in the energy of the record." Praising the album as a career standout is not to be taken lightly either, as Saliva is a band that has scored numerous radio hits over the years (including such instantly-recognizable tunes as "Always" and "Ladies and Gentleman"), has scored gold and platinum discs ('Back into Your System' and 'Every Six Seconds,' respectively), and scored a Grammy nomination for their track, "Your Disease."

Another exciting aspect that Amaru points out concerning the new album's release is that it will be via a brand new label, Rum Bum Records. "All the rum you can drink! It's awesome! It's new - they're a new label, an independent label. So that alone is different than a major and from where the band was previously, it's totally different, because majors are going to do different things than what independents are going to do, and the band gets a little more freedom, I think, on an independent than they would on a major. So we do have freedom. They let us make the record we want - it's not like, 'Hey, make your next single like Imagine Dragons or something.' It wasn't like that, which is how majors, typically, they try and steer you in different directions and stuff. But it was good - we got to choose who we wanted to work with, so it was great."

And for longtime fans wondering if the "new look" Saliva will be able to meet the high standards set by Josey era, Swinny's answer is simple. "I think the best answer is come to a show and see. Because we were worried about it - you naturally wonder, 'Man, is this going to work live?' In the studio, you can make it sound great. It's easy to do that. But is it going to work live? And Bobby…kudos to him, because he embraced the songs and he does them justice, while putting a little bit of his own stamp on it at the same time. So it's the same songs, and when we play them, it sounds like Saliva. It doesn't sound like Josey's voice - but the songs still sound the same. And on any given night, there's going to be a certain amount of people showing up thinking, 'This is going to suck. Without Josey, there's just no way.' And I've got to tell you, hands down, every single night there is at least somebody - usually multiple people - come up to me after the show and say, 'I didn't think y'all were going to be able to replace Josey, and I just came out to check it out. Y'know what? This guy is great! You'd better hang on to him! I love the band, and I'm going to keep coming to shows'."

Lastly, Amaru sees this as a brand new chapter in the Saliva story, with many new pages left to be written. "Taking over the world, man, that's what we're doing! No, we've got a lot of stuff - a lot of touring. We're going to tour a lot this year, and just try to play everywhere. Videos. We're going to Russia in March. We're going to try and do a lot more international stuff. That's a big deal - to try to spread it out a little bit, so we don't oversaturate ourselves in America." With a stack of killer tunes and a new frontman, Saliva is gearing up to Rise Up throughout the world.

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(Halz & Oate)-½ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/12/halz-oate-%c2%bd/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/12/halz-oate-%c2%bd/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 20:35:03 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11449 Friday, June 19th
w/ 2 Headed Dog
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

(Halz & Oate)-½

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(Halz & Oate)-½ were formed by Oate & Halz in 1968, on the insistence of their mentor, Douglas Kubr, who believed that their mothers foresaw the band's rise to stardom.

The band is primarily notable today for their perceived ineptitude at playing conventional rock music.

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Celebration of Life for Jennifer http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/12/celebration-of-life-for-jennifer/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/12/celebration-of-life-for-jennifer/#comments Tue, 12 May 2015 17:22:06 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11438 Sunday, May 17th
Doors: 5 p.m. || Show: 6 p.m.
All Ages || Free Show

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Tribal Seeds http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/11/tribal-seeds/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/11/tribal-seeds/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 17:24:12 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11433 Saturday, September 12th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $15: Advance || $18: Day of Show

Tribal Seeds

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From San Diego, California, award-winning reggae group Tribal Seeds have become known for their spiritually driven, refreshing rock vibe they have infused with the roots style of reggae music. Originally started by two brothers, Steven Rene Jacobo (lyrics, vocals, guitar) and Tony-Ray Jacobo (producer, keyboards, vocals). Tribal Seeds now boasts six members, including: Carlos Verdugo (drums), Victor Navarro (bass), E.N Young (keyboards, vocals) & Ryan Gonzo (guitar, vocals).

Tribal Seeds’ unmatched musical talent and authentic sound has brought them to the forefront of the reggae rock genre, as their art form has reached people of all ages across the United States, and worldwide. The band’s debut, self titled album “Tribal Seeds” was released in 2008 with their second album “The Harvest” following, June of 2009. iTunes named both albums “Best Of” in the Reggae genre, for their respected years. Their debut album helped garner them the “Best World Music” title at the San Diego Music Awards in 2008, and “The Harvest,” which contained fourteen new and original songs, debuted at the number 5 spot on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The tracks, written and produced by Tribal Seeds, were recorded and mixed by Alan Sanderson at Signature Sound Studios in San Diego, and mastered by Erik Lobson at Universal Mastering.

On July 19, 2011, Tribal Seeds gave listeners a brand new EP entitled “Soundwaves,” which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae Charts. The band notes that the album was inspired by their life experiences, being on tour, and their desire to inspire youth to raise their voices and seek a higher consciousness.

On May 13, 2014 Tribal Seeds released their highly anticipated fourth album, Representing. The new album debuted at Number 1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts as well as the iTunes & Amazon charts. The new album is sure to not only reaffirm but solidify their pioneering classic blend of Roots and new era Rock-Reggae. The album brings you 12 original recordings and features some of the genres favorite stars: Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, Kyle McDonald (Slightly Stoopid), Vaughn Benjamin (Midnite), New Kingston and the band's own, Maad T-Ray and lead guitarist Gonzo.

Tribal Seeds have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed in Mexico, Guam & Aruba. They have shared the stage with artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Skrillex, MGMT, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Matisyahu, Sublime with Rome, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Pretty Lights, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Pepper, Collie Buddz, Julian Marley, Stephen Marley, Gregory Isaacs, SOJA, Rebelution, and many more.

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X-Rated: Women in Music Showcase http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/05/x-rated-women-in-music-showcase/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/05/x-rated-women-in-music-showcase/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 19:58:28 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11431 Thursday, June 25th
w/ Bol'd Crow, Domestica, Miniature Horse, FREAKABOUT (Acoustic), CJ Mills
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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EZRA http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/05/ezra-4/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/05/ezra-4/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 18:12:21 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11427 Friday, May 22nd
w/ Deadechoes, Diabolic Possession, Drowning in the platte
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $5: Advance || $10: Day of Show

EZRA

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EZRA is Nebraska's longest running death metal band. With nearly 20 years of crushing the Nebraska metal scene and throughout the midwest. Have shared the stage with such bands as: Master, Pentagram, Deicide, Gwar, Wasteoid, Goreaphobia, Millions of Dead Cops, Voetsek, L.A. Guns, Order From Chaos, Dirtfedd, Drain STH, Puddle of Mudd, Questions...and tons more.

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RED with ADELITAS WAY http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/02/red-with-adelitas-way-bad-seed-rising/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/05/02/red-with-adelitas-way-bad-seed-rising/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 17:38:21 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11409 Saturday, May 30th
w/ ADELITAS WAY, Bad Seed Rising, McClinton
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
ALL AGES || $15: Advance || $18: Day of Show

RED

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Over the last decade, RED has emerged as a career artist. Their honesty and transparency about who they are as human beings, what motivates and inspires them, and what they aim to accomplish with each step forward has established an army of loyal fans.

The band’s success emerged through a pure emotional connection with their audience, the power of their live performances, and most importantly, the passionate, honest dedication of band members Michael Barnes, Anthony Armstrong, and Randy Armstrong. Michael offers, “There is a certain ache in the melody and passion of our music. I feel it can reach emotionally into the soul of the listener and open up places in their heart they didn’t know existed. We wear our emotions on our sleeves, and are OK with who we are and telling others about the struggles we are facing.” Anthony adds, “We deliver our music and message aggressively using themes of theatricality and delving into the darkest parts of our lives in order to bring out the good. We are relentless and will stop at nothing to deliver great music that will inspire and bring the best we’ve got in our performances.

The band’s new album of Beauty and Rage is “about suffering and finding the beauty in that,” says vocalist Michael. “No one in this world likes to suffer, myself included, but we only become the strong individuals we are today from the trials and hardships we faced in the past. I remember meeting a teenager on Winter Jam 2013 who had terminal cancer. He wanted to meet us because we were his favorite band. In a sense, you might consider this a tragedy since his life was going to be taken away from him at such an early age. What I saw was beauty in the way that he handled his illness. The teen was full of hope and spirit, and even in his last days he was encouraging others and wanting to give of himself to make a difference in this world. To me that is a testament of the Beauty that can be found in the Rage of life.”

To Randy, “RED has always tried to challenge listeners to be real with themselves and confront their struggles head on.” Anthony adds, “Our struggles as humans are the catalyst for us to experience both the beauty of life and the difficult times that bring rage and confusion. One can’t exist without the other. It’s okay for us to descend into the darkest parts of our souls to recognize and learn how to draw the beauty out of difficulty and character flaw.”

The band’s new repertoire captures this theme with intensity. The track “Part That’s Holding On” represents the pain in losing a loved one or a relationship abandoned, exploring the feelings of grief alongside the beauty of memories that were shared, and holding on to that ideal utopia that was. “Darkest Part” dives into the emotions driven by a person needing salvation from the suffering of a deep seeded struggle within and the feelings of shame, guilt and rejection one might face when opening up to another individual. Anthony offers, “It’s simply about being vulnerable. When you trust someone and show the demons you have hidden away in your life, there is a fear and likelihood of scaring someone away.”

The song “Yours Again” exudes with emotion as Michael sings of reconciling again with what he once loved but lost, “Open up my eyes… I’m yours again.” In the song “Gravity Lies” Michael offers, “This is a song of self discovery in the ‘truth’ that you always believed about yourself due to the opinions voiced by others, yet that ‘truth’ does not really speak into who you are in God.”

For Randy, “Darkest Part,” “Shadow and Soul” and “Part that’s Holding On” most represent the realization of these recordings. “They are the most truthful dives into the human spirit we have ever attempted. As a band we have never been about pulling punches and these three songs are a punch in the throat. In the end we all have to find a way to hold on to what is right and what delivers the best version of ourselves.”

Amongst the personal favorites for the band members, Michael points to “Shadow and Soul” which he offers was “the most challenging and satisfying song on the record. The ache and yearning in this song wrecks me every time.” For Randy, “‘Part That’s Holding On’ is a song that moves me just a little more than the others because it reminds me to hold on to that strength inside that is what keeps me from falling into darkness.” As for his brother Anthony, “There isn’t a single track on this record that isn’t my favorite. They are all sacred to me in what they stand for.”

There is a brotherhood – literally and figuratively – that has kept the band together for the past decade. Each individual contributes to the collective, broader vision of RED. Randy reflects, “We have been friends for 27 years and this is what we have always wanted to do. When we were kids we shared the same favorite bands. They moved us, they challenged us, and ultimately encouraged us to make change. That is our goal as a band. Music is for everyone.” For Anthony, “We’ve been together for so long. Of course, sharing this experience in music with your twin brother is pretty incredible. We push each other and it’s a juggernaut when it comes to being passionate about every aspect of our career as artists.”

Michael offers a reveal of the greater concept at play thematically for of Beauty and Rage, sharing, “This record is very introspective, more than the last two albums, and it dives back into the days of our second album Innocence & Instinct. The concept for of Beauty and Rage is the dichotomy of good and evil, and finding Beauty out of things that we suffer within our lives. The visuals in the graphic novel and music video have these plague-masked creatures which represent the darkest evil that is inside of us trying to take us over.” Randy elaborates, “When you are trying to reach people you don’t do it with a match, you do it with the FIRE. With the visuals we came up with early this past year, we wanted to find a creative way to put the listener in a maze. The maze is this forest we found in Poland called ‘The Crimson Forest.’ The trees are black and the leaves turn red in the fall and drop to the ground leaving a blanket of red. It’s such a beautiful, serene world that anyone could see the appeal. We draw in the listeners with these beautiful moments all over the album in the midst of the rage that represents the things that can and always go wrong in life, then we throw in some monsters (whom actually are ourselves) and they are chasing us constantly. The chase is the battle we all fight against ourselves.”

As RED looks forward, Michael shares, “2015 will be a building year for us. I am feeling very confident in the music and hope the emotions in the songs will be realized and connect well with our audience and new listeners. My hopes for beyond would be that we would be able to show this record, in live set design, to its full capacity. We would love to maximize the world that we have created between the music, graphic novel, and bring it to the live stage. We want to put on a show that is unexpected and people will be talking about for years to come.” Randy offers, “My hopes for 2015 and beyond are just to continue to make music that people will appreciate their whole life – music we can always be proud of because we were real.”

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Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/29/andrew-mcmahon-in-the-wilderness/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/29/andrew-mcmahon-in-the-wilderness/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:49:50 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11396 Saturday, June 27th
w/ Sarah Jaffe
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $26: Advance || $28: Day of Show

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

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Andrew started writing music at the age of nine. Having lived in several midwest and east coast towns before finally settling in Southern California, many of his early songs were about traveling, family and the concept of home. By his sophomore year of High School Andrew began his first band which would eventually morph into the well loved Drive Thru Records act, Something Corporate. After three albums and a non stop tour schedule Andrew returned home to write his first solo album under the moniker Jack’s Mannequin. Soon after the completion of “Everything in Transit” Andrew was sidelined by a Leukemia diagnosis. Thanks to a stem cell transplant from his sister, he was able to get back to his music, creating two more Jack’s albums before retiring the moniker in 2012. He now travels under his own name, writing solo material and performing live as well as penning songs for other artists and heading the Dear Jack Foundation, an organization dedicated to causes impacting young adults with cancer.

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blet album release show http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/28/blet/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/28/blet/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 18:21:55 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11371 Saturday, June 6th
w/ Once A Pawn, Mesonjixx
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

blet

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Elephant Revival http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/28/elephant-revival-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/28/elephant-revival-2/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:57:53 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11354 Thursday, June 18th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $13: Advance || $15: Day of Show

Elephant Revival

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“Where words fail … music speaks.”

That simple line atop Elephant Revival’s Facebook page contains only five words, but reveals volumes about the band’s reason for being. Music unites us in ways that no other medium can. Even when we don’t understand one another’s languages — we can be moved by a rhythm, soothed by a song. Brought together by a unified sense of purpose — the spirit of five souls working as one, in harmony, creating sounds they could never produce alone.

The five souls in Elephant Revival are Bonnie Paine (washboard, djembe, musical saw, stompbox); Bridget Law (fiddle, octave fiddle); Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar, horns, cello, double bass); Dango Rose (double bass, mandolin, banjo); and Daniel Rodriguez (guitar, banjo, double bass).

This Nederland, Colo., quintet are, needless to say, quite a sound to be experienced — especially when they fall into the pocket of a groove containing elements of gypsy, Celtic, Americana, and folk.

The Indie Acoustic Music Project simply labeled their sound “progressive edge.” At least, that’s the category in which it placed the band when it gave their Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records release, BREAK IN THE CLOUDS, a best CD of 2011 award. Elephant Revival’s later THESE CHANGING SKIES (Thirty Tigers) release went on to win best CD of 2013 in the same category. It’s as good a label as any to convey what Dango Rose has described as their mission: “to close the gap of separation between us through the eternal revelry of song and dance.”

Elephant Revival also shares a commitment to responsible stewardship of the planet and its inhabitants, working with organizations such as the Conscious Alliance, Calling All Crows, Trees Water & People, and other nonprofits supporting humanitarian causes. Their very name was chosen out of empathy for a pair of zoo pachyderms who, upon being separated after 16 years, died on the same day. The band related that heart-rending story during their April 2012 debut on fellow Coloradans Nick & Helen Forster’s internationally syndicated “eTown” radio show — like Elephant Revival, a blend of music and social consciousness.

Sitting in the audience during their performance, one music blogger was moved to write, “Elephant Revival serenaded the crowd with arabesque melodies, harmonies and rhythms that braided and coiled into a sublime aural tapestry. Their instrumental dynamics, verse, and even the harrowing story that inspired their appellation, invoked the majesty, mystery and sorrow of Mother Earth.”

Campout for the Cause festival organizers put it this way in an affectionate shoutout on their Facebook page. “We love Elephant Revival so much,” they wrote, “not just for their incredible music and conscious lyrics, but for their commitment to living up to the standards they set forth and setting positive examples.”

It’s a paradigm worth spreading, and that’s what Elephant Revival members intend to continue doing as they carry their music around the world, speaking one song at a time.

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GWAR with Guests: Butcher Babies and Battlecross http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/28/gwar-with-guests-butcher-babies-and-battlecross/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/28/gwar-with-guests-butcher-babies-and-battlecross/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:56:21 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11348 Friday, August 28th
w/ Butcher Babies, Battlecross
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show

 

GWAR

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Blóthar: Lead Singer, Bass Guitar
Beefcake the Mighty: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Pustulus Maximus: Lead Guitar, Vocals
BalSac the Jaws of Death: Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
JiZMak da Gusha: Drums
Bonesnapper: Bodyguard, Crappy Vocals
Sawborg Destructo: Annoying Nemesis, Annoying Vocals

30 years have passed since GWAR was awoken from the prison of their Antarctic slumber in 1985. In those 3 decades, they have shaped the music and culture of mankind using broadswords and guitars, carving the human race to more closely resemble their demented visage and psyche. The Scumdogs will celebrate their 30th anniversary (or as the Romans would call it, their XXX anniversary) by releasing a box set showcasing the musical and artistic genius of this misfit group of extraterrestrial mutants that world has come to love almost as much as they fear.

GWAR is immortal and shows no signs of slowing it’s merciless onslaught of the planet Earth. They have reunited with an unstoppable force from their past in the form of the new singer, Blothar, a major contributor to such early GWAR masterpieces as “Hell-O”, “Scumdogs of the Universe”, “This Toilet Earth” and “We Kill Everything”. The GWAR-B-Q, the annual festival held in Richmond VA is going into it’s sixth year and is promising to be the biggest, most extreme to date, and the siren’s call of the GWARbar is luring bohabs from around the world with hopes of being recruited to the ranks of GWAR slaves, but more likely to be ground into Meat Sandwiches in the meat grinder.

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Three Days Grace http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/27/three-days-grace/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/27/three-days-grace/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:52:09 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11335 Sunday, June 21st
w/ Young Guns, Devour The Day
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $32: Advance || $35: Day of Show

Three Days Grace

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Humanity constantly seeks connection. In fact, it's almost as essential as breathing. Since first catapulting on to the scene in 2003, Three Days Grace consistently connected to audiences via hard-hitting, honest, and hypnotic anthems. The platinum-selling, chart-topping, record-setting quartet—Matt Walst [lead vocals], Barry Stock [lead guitar], Brad Walst [bass], and Neil Sanderson [drums, percussion, keyboards, programming]—once again continue that tradition on their fifth full-length album, HUMAN [RCA Records]. Their link to listeners is the most natural and human thing of all.

“When Matt joined the band last year, there was not a fleeting moment that we didn’t think we would forge ahead,” agrees Neil. “Life is all about chapters. Matt’s first show was in front of eight-thousand people on a co-headliner with Shinedown, and he came out guns blazing. He brought this fiery new energy to the band. We never looked back.”

"We didn't give him a choice," smiles Barry. "We hijacked him."

With Matt as their new lead singer, the band continued barreling forward full steam ahead. In between touring throughout 2014, they reconnected with producer Gavin Brown who helmed the boards on their platinum-certified 2003 self-titled debut and enlisted the mixing talents of Chris Lord-Alge and Nick Raskulinecz. For the first time, Three Days Grace cut songs during short breaks from the road. They would retreat to a dark, uncomfortable rehearsal space and write everything on acoustic guitars, starkly tightening the melodies as much as possible. On HUMAN, Three Days Grace comes full circle, yet they’re also newly energized with the addition of Matt (Brad’s brother). Closing that circle, Matt incidentally co-wrote two songs on the band’s debut album, also produced by Gavin Brown.

"In the past, we'd usually go through a traditional cycle of recording in the studio, releasing an album, and then touring," says Barry. "It happened so quickly with Matt though. We were writing songs together from the jump. So, we'd go into the studio with Gavin when we got off the road. It was a different approach, but it worked so well."

"We got the opportunity to really spend time with the songs," adds Matt. "Right when we began writing, we instantly thought of Gavin. It felt right to go back to him and where Three Days Grace started."

Seizing that signature spirit, the first two singles from HUMAN, "Painkiller" and "I Am Machine," both shot to #1 at Active Rock Radio. They became the band's 12th and 13th number ones and solidified them as the record-holder for "Most Number Ones at Active Rock."

With its robust refrain and gnashing guitars, "Painkiller" didn't simply reintroduce Three Days Grace; rather it reaffirmed their place at the forefront of 21st century hard rock.

About the song, Matt explains, "It's told from the perspective of a drug or love that's taunting you to come back to it. In the end, it kills you."

Barry goes on, "These songs describe what we're about right now. There's a lot of inner struggle and loss on those record. 'Painkiller' illuminated what we were going for right out of the gate. Our goal was to be a little heavier and darker and reflect what we've gone through."

“A lot of this record is pretty hard-edged confessional,” continues Neil. “That’s been apparent on all of our records. There’s the beauty, the rage, the numbness, and the escape. In modern society, we’ve all experienced numbing ourselves to avoid the harsh realities of daily living. Some of the songs are social commentary, while also throwing your hands up and saying, ‘I don’t want to be manipulated. I want to feel pain.’”

Meanwhile, "I Am Machine" matches the intensity of its riffs with haunting synths and programming just before another stadium-size chorus. Brad says, "That's about feeling numb to the world. We all go through the same routines every day. You feel like a machine who goes through the same shit every day."

The third single and album opener "Human Race," illuminates the group's fiery focus with incendiary instrumentation and a seismic hook. "It's about trying to find your place," asserts Barry. "Often, we'll ask ourselves, 'Where do I fit in here? I feel like I'm running the rat race sometimes. Where is my place?' We all deal with that inner confusion."

“We all get caught in this rat race,” explains Neil. “We’re chasing something at warp speed, and we never take a break to experience the moment.”

The Three Days Grace machine never stops. 2012's Transit Of Venus earned the #1 spot on Billboard's Hard Rock Chart and went Top 5 on the Top 200, in addition to receiving a nomination for "Best Rock Album of the Year" at the Juno Awards. Both Three Days Grace [2003] and One-X [2006] went platinum, while Life Starts Now [2009] reached gold status, bringing the band's sales to over 6 million in the U.S. alone. Their catalog of number one hits encompasses smashes such as "Chalk Outline," "The High Road," "Misery Loves My Company," "World So Cold," "Good Life," "Break," "Never Too Late," "Animal I Have Become," "Pain," "Just Like You," and "Home."

Ultimately, HUMAN sees Three Days Grace connect once again. “We want to help people through tough times with our music,” concludes Matt. “It’s therapy for us, and hopefully it’s the same for everybody listening.”

“We went back to our roots,” Neil leaves off. “We weren’t afraid to be blunt and tap into true emotion. We try not to write lyrics; we try to write conversations. These songs are what you would actually say to somebody. That’s why they resonate. The greatest thing in the world is making that connection to people.”

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Split Lip Rayfield http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/15/split-lip-rayfield/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/15/split-lip-rayfield/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:15:01 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11287 Friday, July 17th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance

Split Lil Rayfield

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WICHITA, Kansas – The fire rages on for the powerhouse trio from Kansas, Split Lip Rayfield (SLR), as they celebrate the release of their new record, “I’ll Be Around.” The new album showcases the songwriting talents of mandolin player Wayne Gottstine and banjo player Eric Mardis, tied together by the harmony and deep-bass licks of Jeff Eaton. Such songs as “Aces High,” “Heart of Darkness,” and “The High Price of Necromancy” will take listeners on a journey of love, loss, change, and dark powers, as they discover what lies in the mysterious minds of SLR.

The song for which the album is named, “I’ll Be Around,” serves as a tribute to the band’s fallen teammate Kirk Rundstrom, whose influence on the band and its path was great. Rundstrom’s legacy continues to live on in the new album and also the band itself as every live show is dedicated to his memory.

Split Lip Rayfield has carved out their own genre of music with their unique sound and instrumentation. Often described as a mix of bluegrass and country with an accent of metal, no other band delivers the experience of the homemade gas-tank bass played by Jeff Eaton, sets the mandolin strings on fire like Wayne Gottstine, or makes the banjo sing like Eric Mardis. Together, they burn up speakers and stages alike providing an unforgettable experience. This is one trio not to miss!

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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/15/george-clinton-and-parliament-funkadelic/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/15/george-clinton-and-parliament-funkadelic/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:55:40 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11279 Tuesday, June 23rd
w/ Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers, Lucas Kellison
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$32: Advance || $35: Day of Show || $49.50: Reserved Seating

* Limited Reserved Seating Available

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

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Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. The Parliament/Funkadelic machine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums.

Born in Kannapolis, NC, on July 22, 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early ’50s. . Basing his group on Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Clinton formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of a Plainfield barbershop where he straightened hair. The Parliaments released only two singles during the next ten years, but frequent trips to Detroit during the mid-’60s – where Clinton began working as a songwriter and producer – eventually paid off their investment.

The Parliaments finally had a hit with the 1967 single “(I Wanna) Testify” for the Detroit-based Revilot Records, but the label ran into trouble and Clinton refused to record any new material. Instead of waiting for a settlement, Clinton decided to record the same band under a new name: Funkadelic. Founded in 1968, the group began life as a smoke screen, claiming as its only members the Parliaments’ backing but in truth including Clinton and the rest of the former Parliaments lineup. Revilot folded not long after, with the label’s existing contracts sold to Atlantic; Clinton, however, decided to abandon the Parliaments name rather than record for the major label.

By 1970, George Clinton had regained the rights to The Parliaments name: he then signed the entire Funkadelic lineup to Invictus Records as Parliament. The group released one album – 1970′s Osmium – and scored a number 30 hit, “The Breakdown,” on the R&B charts in 1971. With Funkadelic firing on all cylinders, however, Clinton decided to discontinue Parliament (the name, not the band) for the time being.

Inspired by Motown‘s assembly line of sound, George Clinton gradually put together a collective of over 50 musicians and recorded the ensemble during the ’70s both as Parliament and Funkadelic. While Funkadelic pursued band-format psychedelic rock, Parliament engaged in a funk free-for-all, blending influences from the godfathers (James Brown and Sly Stone) with freaky costumes and themes inspired by ’60s acid culture and science fiction. From its 1970 inception until Clinton’s dissolving of Parliament in 1980, Clinton hit the R&B Top Ten several times but truly excelled in two other areas: large-selling, effective album statements and the most dazzling, extravagant live show in the business. In an era when Philly soul continued the slick sounds of establishment-approved R&B, Parliament / Funkadelic scared off more white listeners than it courted. (Ironically, today Clinton’s audiences are a cross-cultural mix of music lovers from 8 to 80.)

1978-79 was the most successful year in Parliament/Funkadelic history: Parliament hit the charts first with “Flash Light,” P-Funk’s first R&B number one. “Aqua Boogie” would hit number one as well late in the year, but Funkadelic‘s title track to “One Nation Under a Groove” spent six weeks at the top spot on the R&B charts during the summer. The album, which reflected a growing consistency in styles between Parliament and Funkadelic, became the first Funkadelic LP to reach platinum (the same year that Parliament‘s “Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome” did the same). In 1979, Funkadelic‘s “(Not Just) Knee Deep” hit number one as well, and its album (“Uncle Jam Wants You”) also reached platinum status.

During 1980, Clinton began to be weighed down by legal difficulties arising from Polygram‘s acquisition of Parliament‘s label, Casablanca. Jettisoning both the Parliament and Funkadelic names (but not the musicians), Clinton began his solo career with 1982′s “Computer Games”. Several months later, Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” hit number one on the R&B charts; it stayed at the top spot for four weeks, but only managed number 101 on the pop charts. Clinton stayed on Capitol for three more years, releasing three studio albums and frequently charting singles in the R&B Top 40.

Clinton and many former Parliament/Funkadelic members continued to tour and record throughout the ’80s as the P-Funk All Stars, but the decade’s disdain of everything to do with the ’70s – especially the sound of disco – resulted in critical and commercial neglect for the world’s biggest funk band, one which in part had spawned dance music..

During much of the three-year period from 1986 to 1989, Clinton became embroiled in legal difficulties (resulting from the myriad royalty problems latent during the ’70s with recordings of over 40 musicians for four labels under three names). Also problematic during the latter half of the ’80s was Clinton’s disintegrating reputation as a true forefather of rock; by the end of the decade, however, a generation of rappers reared on P-Funk were beginning to name check him.

The early ’90s saw the rise of funk-inspired rap (courtesy of Digital Underground, Dr. Dre, and Warren G.) and funk rock (Primus and Red Hot Chili Peppers) that re-established the status of Clinton & co. as one of the most important forces in the recent history of black music. Clinton’s music became the soundtrack for the rap movement, as artists from MC Hammer, to LL Cool J to Snoop Doggy Dogg depended heavily on the infectious groove of Clinton productions as the foundation of their recordings.

Along with the renewed notoriety and respect, Clinton’s visibility and presence became familiar to a wider audience thanks to appearances in movies “The Night Before”, “House Party”, “PCU”, and “Good Burger”, hosting the HBO original series “Cosmic Slop”, and doing commercials for Apple computers, Nike, and Rio Mp3 players. Clinton also composed the theme songs for popular TV programs “The Tracey Ulman Show” and “The PJs”.

Clinton has received a Grammy, a Dove (gospel) , and an MTV music video awards, and has been recognized by BMI, the NAACP Image Awards, and Motown Alumni Association for lifetime achievement. Clinton’s Partliament/Funkadelic was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.

In reviewing Clinton’s illustrious career and success as a producer / writer/ performer, perhaps his greatest achievement stemmed from his relentless dedication to funk as a musical form. Funk as a musical style had been around for what seems like forever, deeply rooted in the music traditions of New Orleans and the Blues of the Deep South. Following the lead – and commercial success – of James Brown and Sly Stone, Clinton took Funk to new heights, blending elements of Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical and even Gospel into his productions, eventually developing a unique and easily identifiable style affectionately called “Pfunk.” Clinton’s inspiration, dedication and determination resulted in the elevation of “funk” music to complete recognition and acceptance as a true genre in and of itself.

On February 16th, 2012 George Clinton added to his list of accomplishments a Honorary Doctorate of Music from the renowed Berklee College of Music.

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The Temptations http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/15/the-temptations/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/15/the-temptations/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:06:16 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11275 Thursday, May 28th
w/ TJ Saddler
Doors: 6:30 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $40: Advance

The Temptations

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For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world.

“The crowds are bigger, the sales are sizzling,” says one industry report. “The outpouring of affection for this super-group has never been greater”.

The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the things You Do” turned the guys into stars.

An avalanche of hits followed, many of which...”My Girl,” for instance...attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby;,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”...the hits kept coming.

The classic lineup was Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, Paul Williams, Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin. Beyond the fabulous singing, The temps became known for smooth stepping and flawless presentations. The Temptations Walk became a staple of American style. Flair, flash and class. Millions of fans saw their Temptations as cultural heroes.

When the sixties and seventies turned political, The Temps got serious. They changed their tone, dress and music. Producer Norman Whitfield led the way. His Temptations hits, many featuring Dennis Edwards who had replaced David Ruffin, burned with intensity. “Runaway Child” “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone”, and “Psychedelic Shack” still smolder.

Other stellar singers...Richard Street, Ali-Ollie Woodson...joined, adding their luster to the groups’ growing fame.

No matter the change in personnel, The Temptations remained true to The Temptations tradition. They survived the whims of fashion, whether disco or techno, and stuck to their guns.

“Great singing,” says Otis, “will always prevail.”

In the eighties, The Temps prevailed with smashes like the Otis Williams’ penned “Treat Her Like A Lady.”
Then in the nineties, another Temptation explosion:

It began with their appearance on Motown 25 in 1983; it continued with the NBC mini-series that chronicled the group’s history, a ratings triumph over two nights in prime time. An Emmy Award followed.

Then came a series of acclaimed records:

For Lovers Only, a collection of love standards, termed an instant classic by critics, remains among the most cherished of all Temptations recordings.

Phoenix Rising, went through the roof, a platinum-plus mega-hit featuring “Stay,” the Narada Michael Walden produced song that topped the charts.

Ear Resistible nailed a Grammy and a legion of new fans.

Awesome, released in 2001 is The Temptations at their freshest, strongest, and most appealing.

Reflections was released in 2005, nominated for a Grammy and brought to the world The Temptations versions of some of Motown’s greatest songs.

The current lineup consists of:

Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Joe Herndon, Bruce Williamson

“The more we change,” says veteran Ron Tyson, “the more we stay true to ourselves. We’re about singing straight-up soul. It’s a style that will live on forever.”

“The Temps have always been known for great lead singer’s”, says Williams. “Today we have three of the greatest leads in the proud history of the group.”

The soaring voice of Ron Tyson, perhaps the best high tenor in the business.

Terry Weeks, who grew up in Alabama and spent eight years in the Air Force before his makeshift audition for Otis on a Hollywood street corner, who’s smooth textures and tones, express an extraordinary full range of feelings.

Newest member, Bruce Williamson started singing in a church choir at the ripe age of 5 years old and hasn’t stop since. He has sung in everything from commercials to musical to the top showrooms in Las Vegas. Bruce was introduced to Otis by Ron Tyson.

“Our challenge,” says Williams, “is to live in the present while respecting the past. Our past is filled with riches only a fool would discard. At the same time, we thrive on competition. As a Motowner, I grew up in the most competitive musical atmosphere imaginable. But we also understand that for a group with history, no matter how glorious that history might be, reinvention is the name of the game.”

“When I tell people we are God’s group,” says Otis, a remarkable modest man, “I don’t mean it arrogantly. It’s just that we have been tested time and again and keep coming back. We have suffered the death of so many legendary singers...Paul Williams, David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Melvin Franklin. Other’s like Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Ali-Ollie Woodson and Theo Peoples have left, and yet our unity is tighter, our sound brighter and our popularity greater. Someone has watched over this group. Someone has protected our integrity. Someone has said...just go on singing and it’ll get better.”

And so THE TEMPTATIONS go on.......and on.....and on........

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Levi Bradis http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/14/levi-bradis/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/14/levi-bradis/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:21:21 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11262 Friday, May 8th
w/ Blowing Chunks, Battling Giants, Virgin Mary Pistol Grip
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

Levi Bradis

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Levi Bradis has a rock and roll story that got him into music for the right reasons. As a depressed angst ridden teenager who had lost his parents and sister by that age. Levi looked toward music to be that channel for that angst and depression and became a amazing musician because of that. Raw, Energetic, Psychedelic, and spanning different genres Levi always puts his heart & soul in his music.

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Kid Ink http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/07/kid-ink-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/07/kid-ink-2/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:50:02 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11232 Thursday, June 4th
w/ BOTH, Hakim, Nick The Quick
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $35: Advance || $40: Day of Show

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Kid Ink cruises past all boundaries. The Los Angeles rapper, producer, and performer can seamlessly slip from an irresistible hook into an impeccable verse, effortlessly bobbing and weaving between the club and the streets. There’s absolutely nobody quite like the tattooed from head-to-toe impresario, and that’s the first thing you’ll notice when you take his full-length debut, My Own Lane [Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records], for a spin.

Grinding as a producer since the age of 16, he uncovered this creative highway by perfecting a personal style behind the board first. His production collaborations include everybody from Sean “Diddy” Combs, Sean Kingston, Nipsey Hu$$le, and more. That experience in the studio set the stage for him to become the versatile and vibrant force he is today.

“My background producing contributes so much to my own music,” he admits. “I feel like I have a different ear because of that. I’m always aiming for a bigger sound and a bigger look. Instead of focusing on just a verse or simply spitting, I’ll tackle the melody or harmony and build from there. Then, I make sure what I’m saying matches. There’s got to be continuity. At the same time, I like to twist everything up a little bit.”

He officially started twisting the game up when he dropped his 2012 independent album, Up & Away, which spawned his mainstream breakthrough song “Time Of Your Life.” He covered XXL Magazine as part of that year’s “Freshman Class,” while the album smashed an iTunes record by debuting in the Top 5 of the Hip-Hop Albums chart prior to release and minus any traditional promotion. Cumulative single sales from the effort exceed over 500K, while it landed at #20 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 20K copies first-week. Piping hot from the indie success, he inked a deal with Tha Alumini Group/88 Classic/RCA Records in 2013, dropping the acclaimed Almost Home EP that same year. However, everything simply laid the foundation for My Own Lane.

“Show Me” [featuring Chris Brown] introduced the world to the album. Boasting production by DJ Mustard and an unshakable hook from Brown, the track cracked the Top 10 of both Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Rap Songs charts. It opened up the floodgates for Ink and helped garner him a spot on Shazam’s “2014 New Artist to Watch” list.

The single “Iz U Down” [featuring Tyga] swings from a bombastic beat into a sultry and slick refrain. Ink and Tyga go toe-to-toe with fiery verses, unleashing a massive banger in the process.

“It had that original Kid Ink vibe, but it was something everyone could rock with on radio or in the clubs,” he goes on. “It fit the moment. Tyga was in the same studio the night I had the record, and he felt it. Lyrically, it was about girls having fun with other girls—whether they’re in the club dancing together or whatever. That’s the point when parties usually get fun. It shows another side.”

Elsewhere on the album, he teams up with August Alsina for the buoyant and bouncy “We Just Came To Party,” which tempers a soulful chorus with clever wordplay. “It’s definitely a party record,” he smiles. “It plays off people hitting each other up on Instagram. You could call it a social network record.”

However, he unleashes pure mic fury on the aptly titled “Murda” alongside Pusha T. It’s raw, real, and righteous hip-hop that scorches on impact.

Ink explains, “That record shows more of that genuine hip-hop vibe. Pusha T is a real deal artist, and it’s all about the bars with him. He was also someone I looked up to when I was younger and growing up with my favorite music. I was rocking to Clipse and The Neptunes. As soon I got this record, Pusha was at the top of my list. It’s a dream come true.”

While countless other friends popped by for red hot collaborations to add their own respective flavors to this formidable collection – French Montana, A$AP Ferg, MGK, Elle Varner, Meek Mill and Wale, plus producers DJ Mustard, Danja, The Runners, DZL and more; Kid Ink continues to shine through each track.

My Own Lane solidifies him as an artist preserving his independent identity while reaching a new level altogether. Whether it’s embracing tattoo culture further or diving deeper into his other interests like X-Games and NBA, he stands poised to exert a seismic impact.

“We’ve got a bigger machine to help out with what we were already doing from day one,” he says. “I feel so blessed to be in this position, but it all starts with the music one-hundred percent. That won’t change.”

Ultimately, that music is going to continue satisfying listeners worldwide as MTV International has chosen Kid Ink as their first PUSH campaign artist of 2014. “I want people to feel surprised,” he concludes. “I want them to get something they didn’t expect. I want them to look forward to more too.”

Get ready to ride down Kid Ink’s Lane.

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Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ The Zoo Bar http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/03/jessica-hernandez-the-deltas-the-zoo-bar/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/03/jessica-hernandez-the-deltas-the-zoo-bar/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:14:22 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11224 Friday, May 22nd
w/ A Ferocious Jungle Cat
@ The Zoo Bar
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$8: Advance || $10: Day of Show

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

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Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas have arrived at last with their long awaited Instant Records debut, SECRET EVIL. The album sees the Detroit-based band serving up a brilliantly polyglot sonic stew – equal parts rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz and funky reggae, Latin psych and Gypsy punk – all cooked up on the hot Motor City pavement and seasoned by that distinctly Detroit combination of blasted R&B, showband theatrics, and limitless rock ‘n’ soul energy. Songs like “Caught Up” and the syncopated “No Place Left To Hide” showcase Hernandez’s unstoppable vocals and breath of musical ambition, braiding contemporary pop thrills with an original and unmistakable creative persona all her own. Dizzying in its range and ambition, SECRET EVIL is fresh, focused, and surprising, a remarkable debut album from an indescribably compelling new band.

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Private Party http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/03/blet-cd-release-show/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/03/blet-cd-release-show/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:49:20 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11220 Friday, May 29th

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OTHERWISE http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/03/otherwise/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/03/otherwise/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 14:20:16 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11215 Saturday, April 25th
w/ Paisty Jenny, User
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance

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Peace comes through struggle. It’s a reward that’s earned rather than simply given. It’s the product of tireless work and an unbreakable spirit against all odds and opposition. OTHERWISE are no strangers to that struggle, rising up to become rock ‘n’ roll contenders in the face of a tumultuous musical climate and a series of personal hardships.

The Las Vegas hard alternative rock quintet—Adrian Patrick [vocals], Ryan Patrick [guitar/vocals], Corky Gainsford [drums/vocals], Vassilios Metropoulos [bass], & Andrew Pugh [guitar/vocals]—catalog the next chapter of this journey on their second full-length album, Peace At All Costs [Century Media Records].

The ride starts with that very title. Adrian explains, “Our grandmother used to always say it. Peace At All Costs is a double entendre. We interpret the phrase as, ‘Give us peace, or we’ll take it from you.’ The whole point of us being on this musical odyssey is our search for peace. We want to do something impactful in the world, and we’re not going to stop. We’re starting with ourselves first. It’s about finding inner peace and restoring equilibrium within yourself. Music allows us to do that.”

Their music has given countless fans worldwide the same outlet. By 2014, the band’s debut True Love Never Dies moved nearly 60,000 copies and spawned close to 300,000 single sales of the hits “Soldiers,” “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures),” and “Die For You.” The group toured alongside heavy hitters such as Stone Sour, Papa Roach and Three Days Grace, and gave rousing performances at high-profile festivals including Rock On The Range, Aftershock, Rocklahoma, Carolina Rebellion, and Welcome To Rockville. However, Peace At All Costs raises the stakes across the board for the Vegas outfit.

In order to convey their message palpably and potently, OTHERWISE teamed up with iconic producer David Bottrill [Tool, Muse, Staind, Stone Sour]. Holing up in Vegas View Studios, the boys pushed themselves immensely with Bottrill’s wisdom and encouragement.

“He really did contribute to the vibe of the album,” Adrian goes on. “Whether it was changing the tempo from section to section or altering the key, David brought these new ideas to the fold, and you can hear them in each and every song. From top to bottom, the album has a lot of personality because of his contributions.”

The musicians also had the chance to experience the other side of their hometown while recording. Vegas View Studios sits on the edge of the Las Vegas Valley, offering a stunning panorama of the wilderness surrounding the city. “It was the most beautiful view,” affirms the singer. “Most recording studios are like casinos. There are no windows. You go in, and you have no idea what time it is. We had a beautiful vista of our hometown, and it lent to inspiration every night we were working.”

That lush expanse carries over into the first single “Darker Side of the Moon.” Building from a thick distorted guitar into a robust melody, the song blasts off on a hypnotic and hard-hitting hook, opening up the doorway into Peace At All Costs.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the moon ever since I was a kid,” affirms Adrian. “I’m still drawn to it as a grown-up. I find myself lost in it without even knowing what I’m doing sometimes. We’ve faced a lot of tragedies and dark times, and that song represents us. We’re always going to try and look for the light in the darkness. We’ll thrive there if we have to. There’s a whole dark side of the moon we don’t know about, and we’re going to explore it. That’s what’s happening musically on this album."

That experimentation hits a high note during “Never Say.” With its massive stadium-size refrain and rapturous instrumentation, the track brandishes undeniable universality. “It’s one of two songs blatantly about romantic relationships on the album,” says the vocalist. “My parents have been together for over thirty years. No matter what they go through, they refuse to walk away from each other. We completely admire our mom and dad and that loyalty. My brother and I have brought that into our own relationships. I have someone in my life who has helped pull me out of the emotional abyss I was in. She’s shown me what it’s like to be happy again. I don’t want to be the one to say goodbye.”

At the same time, the album still delivers a distinct wallop on the pummeling, riff-driven opener “Love & War,” co-written with songwriters Julien Jorgensen and Matty McCloskey. Seesawing between a guillotine-sharp guitar and a distinct groove, it explodes on impact. “The guitar was just nasty,” smiles Adrian. “The melody came right out. I was arguing with my girlfriend at the time, and it shaped the lyrics and subject matter of the song.”

Ultimately, OTHERWISE do achieve Peace At All Costs, and they hope you will too. He concludes, “Our main goal is for people to feel hope. We attempted to do that on True Love Never Dies. We want to continue that fight on this and subsequent albums. There are so many emotions in life. You’re not just always angry, happy, or sad. When the dark moments come, you just have to stay strong within yourself and you can make it through. We need to stay hopeful together. That’s the point.”

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Emily Kinney (of The Walking Dead) http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/31/emily-kinney-of-the-walking-dead/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/31/emily-kinney-of-the-walking-dead/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:57:54 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11206 Tuesday, June 2nd
w/ Dylan Gardner, Adam Tressler
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance

Emily Kinney

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Emily Kinney is an actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC’s hit television series “The Walking Dead.” Kinney’s musical talents have been featured on TV, in musical theater, and in her own releases. A Nebraska native, she studied theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in NYC to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theatre off-Broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of “Spring Awakening.” In 2011 she released her debut EP, “Blue Toothbrush,” and started working on “The Walking Dead,” where she would later become a series regular. Her singing has been prominently featured on the show, notably a moving cover of Tom Waits’s “Hold On,” and a haunting rendition of the traditional Scottish song “The Parting Glass” with cast-mate Lauren Cohan, the latter of which appears on “The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1.” Kinney has also been seen in reoccurring roles and guest appearances on television series such as “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Big C.”

In 2013, Kinney released her second EP “Expired Love,” which features seven original songs written by Kinney, with production by Caleb Shreve and Conrad Korsch (bassist, Rod Stewart), and mixes by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, One Republic, Toad the Wet Sprocket). This past December, Kinney released her single “Rockstar,” and is currently working on music to be released spring 2015. She maintains regular performances on both the east and west coast, and has recently been featured in Rolling Stone, Refinery29, People, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Relix Magazine, American Songwriter, Fuse, and more.

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Earthstock featuring Icky Blossoms http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/25/earthstock-featuring-icky-blossoms/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/25/earthstock-featuring-icky-blossoms/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:42:11 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11199 Friday, April 17th
featuring Icky Blossoms
w/ OketoJohn Klemmensen and the Party
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $8: Advance || $10: Day of Show
UNL Students get in FREE

UNL's 2nd annual Earthstock's "Four Weeks to Learn and Grow" is an event to engage UNL students and build an understanding in our community about the urgency and feasibility of sustainability. Throughout the month, there will be events going on around campus with the goal to get students more engaged and more aware of environmental issues. This years Earthstock Music Festival will include Icky Blossoms, Oketo, and John Klemmensen and the Party.

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