BourbonTheatre.com http://bourbontheatre.com Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:33:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Quality Time with Jordan Kleine http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/10/quality-time-with-jordan-kleine-4/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/10/quality-time-with-jordan-kleine-4/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 19:02:31 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12824 Thursday, March 3rd
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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User http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/10/user/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/10/user/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:41:34 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12820 Friday, February 26th
w/ Faded Black, Propergander
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
FREE: 21 an up || $2: 18 and up

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Mark Farina http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/09/markfarina/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/09/markfarina/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:58:39 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12794 Sunday, April 17th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$16: Advance || $20: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Thursday, February 11th

Mark Farina

Website | Facebook | Mixes

Modern day record minstrel, Mark Farina, has thrilled crowds globally, entertaining over 1 million fans per year. As one of the most ubiquitous DJs in Dance Music, Farina’s known for both his unique style of mixing Jazz, Downtempo and House Music as well as being the creator of Mushroom Jazz: West Coast jazzy, organic productions combined with East Coast Hip-Hop, Urban beats.

Drawing from his vibrant youth, which included being a trumpet player in marching band, a drummer in a nu wave cover band and a guest DJ, Friday nights on WNUR (Chicago), Mark found his passion for the luscious world of vinyl, turntables and nightclubs. At 16, Farina began his DJ career as a resident at Chicago’s underage mecca, Medusa’s. At the same time Mark joined forces with emerging DJs Derrick Carter and Chris Nazuka then moved into a loft space called Rednail. Rednail became infamous not only for raucous parties but also as the home to the trio’s first productions under the moniker, Symbols & Instruments. Their release,”MOOD,” sold 35,000 copies in the US & UK and is credited as “the first ambient house track.”

Farina relocated to San Francisco in 1992. Fans embraced Mark’s downtempo style and he started co-hosting a weekly Mushroom Jazz club night in ‘93. In 3 short years, Farina established a fanatical, cult-like following for his Mushroom Jazz sound and in 1996, OM Records released the first mixed comp CD, simply titled, Mushroom Jazz. Since then, Mark has released 7 volumes of Mushroom Jazz with 2013 marking the 20th anniversary of the series. Other notable releases include OM’s Seasons, San Francisco Sessions Vol. 1, Connect, House of Om, Live in Tokyo, and Fabric 40.

When Mark’s not touring the world, headlining festivals including Harbourlife (Sydney), Southport Weekender (UK), DEMF (Detroit), Coachella (CA) and T in the Park (Scotland), you’re likely to find him in his studio working on new releases or podcasts for his label, Great Lakes Audio. On days off he’ll be cruising his ’68 Toronado with his son, Dylan (aka “little peanut”), and his Yorkie, “Pumpkin”.

Voted as one of the top DJ’s in the world by URB, MUZIK and BPM magazines, Mark Farina’s taste making skills continue to turn the heads of seasoned Dance Music veterans as well as newcomers to the scene.

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Freddie Gibbs http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/09/freddiegibbs/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/09/freddiegibbs/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:58:10 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12801 Wednesday, April 13th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $23: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, February 12th @ 10 a.m.

Freddie Gibbs

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In 2009 rapper Freddie Gibbs set out to be the Midwest's unofficial street poet, releasing a series of mixtapes that were as complex as they were thuggish. Influenced by the likes of 2Pac, Biggie, UGK, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Gibbs filled his lyrics with honest and compelling stories of his hometown's demise, a steady decline to which he helped contribute while a drug dealer. He dealt out of a Gary, Indiana recording studio, absorbing a steady stream of uninspired rhymes while pushing product. Figuring he could do better, Gibbs began writing his own lyrics and cut some demos that would eventually land in the hands of Interscope. When the label signed Gibbs in 2006, he moved to Los Angeles and recorded a debut album, but a year later the management of Interscope changed hands and the rapper was dropped. He returned to Gary, and then moved to Atlanta until producer Josh the Goon convinced Gibbs to return to L.A. for one more try. In early 2009 he released the Miseducation of Freddie Gibbs mixtape to critical and message board acclaim. The Midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik mixtape soon followed, as did a feature in The New Yorker that found writer Sasha Frere-Jones declaring Gibbs "the one rapper I would put money on right now." Late in the year he released the 81-song mixtape The Labels Tryin' to Kill Me. As the mixtape's title inferred, Gibbs had, like Jay Electronica, become a 21st century Internet-age hip-hop star, able to draw press and earn a loyal following via downloads and mixtapes instead of the usual industry channels. He finished 2009 proudly unsigned but in 2010 he made a rare aboveground appearance with the Str8 Killa EP, released on the Decon label. Two years later he released two collaborative efforts: Piñata with Madlib, an album on the underground producer's Madlib Invazion label; and The Tonite Show with DJ Fresh, an entry in the West Coast producer's collaborative series. Gucci Mane, E-40, and Tory Lanez landed on 2015's Shadow of a Doubt, his first album for the ESGN label.

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Pop Evil http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/09/pop-evil-devour-the-day/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/09/pop-evil-devour-the-day/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:22 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12780 Friday, March 18th
w/ Devour The Day
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $15: Advance || $17: Day of Show
Tickets On Sale Friday, February 12th @ 10 a.m.

Pop Evil

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Even as the music business was dismantled and reconfigured, large chain stores shuttered, cable TV abandoned music videos as a format, radio playlists tightened, and thick-headedly bubblegum anthems celebrated, hard rock music has actually thrived, increasing in size and championed by an elite vanguard of ambitious bands.

POP EVIL smashes through the odds like a battering ram, weathering the trials and tribulations of paying dues with a steadfast resilience owing much to their blue collar and middle class backgrounds, and building a worldwide audience one fan at a time. As the moniker promises when emblazoned on a CD or radio dial, POP EVIL conjures aggressive riffs and hard charging sing-a-longs with emotional heft and melodic power in equal measure. It’s music by the people, for the people.

There’s a reason Billboard named POP EVIL the #4 Mainstream Rock Artist of 2014, and it’s not just because of those three(!) consecutive #1 Rock Radio Singles from the last album (and a fourth that cracked the Top 10), the Top 10 Independent debut and Top 40 Billboard 200 debut of ONYX, or that album’s subsequent 180,000 in domestic sales. All of which being undoubtedly rare feats to accomplish as independent artists in any genre of music.

Simply put, POP EVIL is a larger-than-life true rock n’ roll band blending the earnestness of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden with the celebratory showmanship of Motley Crue and KISS, capable of empathizing with the daily struggles of their fans while simultaneously offering the escapism a truly bombastic concert provides. It’s an attitude and a way of life POP EVIL has put proudly on display on tour with Godsmack (as part of Rockstar Uproar), Five Finger Death Punch, Three Doors Down, Papa Roach, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Theory Of A Deadman, Black Stone Cherry and more.

Purposefully assembled at Studio Litho and London Bridge Studios with producer Adam Kasper (Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters), UP is the sound of a rock band cementing a powerful identity that’s steadily materialized over the course of three prior full-length slabs. The inspirational soon to be live staple “Footsteps,” the swaggering “Take It All” – POP EVIL prove their burgeoning success is no accident.

“There were many more highs than lows in the wake of ONYX,” summarizes band frontman LEIGH KAKATY. “The only real low was that it was hard to be gone from our families for another year. But the highs were amazing. We experienced our first #1 record with ‘Trenches,’ followed by ‘Deal with the Devil,’ and then again with ‘Torn to Pieces,’ which was a song about my father, who passed in 2011. Having that song go to #1 was a nice tribute to my pops, and closure for my personal journey.”

“Then came ‘Beautiful.’ Having four singles at radio from any album these days is a huge honor itself. We were just grateful. It humbled us,” he says. “We tasted the fruits from all of the previous years, from when we felt like nobody was listening.”

After a self-released record and EP kicked up a buzz, the first proper POP EVIL album, Lipstick on the Mirror found its way to listeners via a major label re-release, despite the business trouble that resulted in Pop Evil tearing up their major label contract on stage, in what Spin Magazine called one of the Ten Best Moments of Rock on the Range. The band’s pristine follow-up, War of Angels, brought Pop Evil to a worldwide audience, driven by the strength of radio ready tracks “Last Man Standing,” “Monster You Made,” and the Mick Mars collaboration, “Boss’s Daughter.”

Produced by Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Megadeth), ONYX represented a bold new creative achievement, and provided several career milestones, including a triumphant return to Rock On The Range where the band played “Trenches” with Rock and Roll Hall Of Famer Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels as 13 U.S. Marines (showcasing the Lima Company Eyes of Freedom Memorial) stood behind them.

“People ask me all the time, ‘What it's like to hear your song on the radio?’ It never gets old!” Kakaty declares. “It's a reminder of hard work, and of having that dream sitting in your garage, trying to write a song that someone would love one day. That dream happened for our band and it's something that we don't want to take lightly.

“Now it's time to step up our game and let people know we can back it all up,” he adds. “We want to prove we aren’t a one hit wonder. We didn’t just get lucky.”

UP is a bold reintroduction and step forward, with guitarists NICK FUELLING and DAVEY GRAHS, bassist MATT DIRITO, drummer CHACHI RIOT and Kakaty at the top of their game. It’s always a bit cliché, not to mention questionable, when a band says their new album is the best one yet. But in the case of POP EVIL, it’s an absolute fact.

“When I listen rock radio today, I think, ‘Where’s the fun?’” Kakaty explains. “Where’s that release that gets people away from their everyday stress? The more we toured on ONYX, we realized we wanted more of that element in our set. ‘Some songs have a lot of discipline, anger and angst to it, which is one side of the band. It’s do or die. Other songs deal with temptations, or loss. ONYX came from a dark place, so with this album, UP, we wanted to remind ourselves to have fun, too. That attitude has led to a rebirth, a growth we haven’t seen before. We’re excited about it.”

POP EVIL sees each of their records as a time capsule, a testament to who they were and where they were at in their lives when they made it. Having conquered Rock Radio with three consecutive number one singles on the last album, the question became, “Where to from here?” They’ve been careful not to repeat themselves. The band constantly pushes forward, evolves, experiments and adapts, while staying true to their core.

It’s with this attitude that POP EVIL succeeded in building a lasting bond with their fans. It’s the type of environment created by the groups who listeners treat like family, and the bands celebrate the same way in return. Fans bring bands into their lives, they make the songs a part of them. Music doesn’t belong solely to the songwriters who create it. It’s a shared experience, a community possession, the moment it’s unleashed across the airwaves and strikes a chord with someone else.

It’s why powerhouse sports teams like the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, and the band’s very own Detroit Red Wings, Tigers and Michigan Wolverines bang their anthems over the loudspeakers. POP EVIL’s music brings people together, energizing listeners with power; on the radio, on ESPN, FOX, ABC, and anywhere.

POP EVIL won’t criticize the wide variety of tools at the disposal of artists these days, finding nothing inherently wrong with programming, loops, samples, or studio enhancements. Nevertheless, POP EVIL champions the special magic found when a rock n’ roll band strips it back down to drums, bass, guitars and a microphone. “One of my greatest accomplishments in life was learning how to play that guitar,” says Kakaty. “At first, it’s intimidating. You don’t even want to touch that thing! But once you learn, anytime you walk by one, you’re like, ‘Give me that damn thing.’ It’s a gift.”

That spirit, that motivation, that nearly indescribable feeling that unites people across cultural, economic, religious, and all other divides – it’s Zeppelin. It’s Sabbath. It’s Aerosmith. It’s James Brown. It’s Woodstock. It’s transcendent purity.

It’s POP EVIL.

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Scott Stapp: The Voice of Creed http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/09/scott-stapp-the-voice-of-creed/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/09/scott-stapp-the-voice-of-creed/#comments Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:21 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12784 Tuesday, May 10th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $30: Advance || $35: Day of Show
$45: Reserved Seating (Available Through Artist Website)
Tickets On-Sale Friday, February 12th @ 10 a.m.

Scott Stapp

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Grammy Award winning artist Scott Stapp has encompassed all the talent and torment imaginable in scaling to musical success. The founder and lead singer of Creed chronicled his quest for answers, and his dreams and personal journey to fatherhood in chart topping hits, “My Own Prison,” “Higher,” and “With Arms Wide Open,” which dominated the sonic landscape of the 90s-2000s. His world renown, soul-piercing lyrics backed by thundering rock riffs garnered not only a Grammy award, but countless other accolades of creativity and chart domination, not to mention legions of fans, who felt a kindred spirit in his honesty.

Creed toured extensively through its reign atop rock music, but for Scott, the musical machinery to keep the show going meant some challenging personal cost, as he sunk into depths of depression, and periods of erratic behavior that was later to be revealed as undiagnosed bipolar disorder, prompting self-medication that turned to addictive behaviors. His creativity, passion, and desire to be transparent in his struggle never waned, and were evident on his debut solo album, The Great Divide (2005), the Full Circle album from a “rebirthed” Creed in 2009, several tours, his starkly revealing memoir, Sinner's Creed (2012), and his highly-acclaimed second solo album, Proof of Life, in 2013, which brought Scott’s first number one song on the billboard charts.

Scott’s spiral with addiction and bipolar disorder through the past proved to be the most harrowing chapter of his life. With the love and support of his wife and family, acceptance of his diagnosis, proper combinations of treatment and therapy, and a balanced, healthy lifestyle, grounded in faith, he has come through to the other side. He has a fresh purpose in performing, writing, and singing, to bring hope to “even one person” who is amidst the kind of struggle he knows. He is now sharing his stories with the world (recently featured in People Magazine and the Dr. Oz Show & Oprah’s Own Network). Hope has always been a theme of his music, and now, that level of hope takes on a whole new dimension.

Scott is also embarking on an international tour with his first-ever stops in South Africa (December), continuing with U.S. dates in 2016.

In gratitude for the many interventions made in his behalf, Scott devotes himself to “paying it forward” to others in need through numerous outreaches. He created the “With Arms Wide Open Foundation” in 2000 to help underprivileged children and families around the world. The foundation has donated over $1 million to various causes. He is also involved with CHARM (Children are Magical) which his wife founded to heighten the awareness of children’s issues and provide underprivileged youth with the tools to enrich their lives.

Currently Scott resides in South Florida with his wife, Jaclyn, and their three children.

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Wayland @ The Spigot http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/08/wayland-the-spigot/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/08/wayland-the-spigot/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 17:13:25 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12773 Saturday, March 5th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance

Wayland

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Wayland is a four piece rock n' roll band consisting of Mitch Arnold on vocals, Phillip Vilenski on guitar, Dean Pizzazz on bass, and Tyler Coburn on drums. All four members have deep roots in the midwest, and the band is named after Phillip Vilenski’s hometown of Wayland, MI.

Managed by Jesse James Dupree, (Jackyl, Full Throttle Saloon) the band released their first album (self-titled) in 2010. They have since released a four-song EP, "Welcome To My Head." The title track had a successful run on Active Rock Radio. The bands 2nd single Reno won many “best of” radio awards in 2013 all across the country. Wayland’s current single "Get A Little" peaked at #6 on the iTunes rock chart and was labeled the “Friday Song” on radio stations nation wide. Wayland is currently in the studio working on a new album.

Staying true to the their midwest work ethic, Wayland has a reputation for high energy live shows. . “Always on tour," the band averages 2-300 shows a year. They have shared bills with some of rock's biggest acts such as Alice in Chains, Volbeat, Halestorm, Rob Zombie, Brett Michaels, Sammy Hagar, Theory of a Deadman, Black Stone Cherry, Seether, Hinder, Shinedown, Buckcherry, Jackyl, Slash, Alice Cooper and many more. Perfect harmonies, riveting guitar solos, and lyrics that connect to working class America, keeps this band in demand.

Since first hitting the road in January 2012, the band has steadily built a grassroots following. Wayland is very true to staying connected with the their fanbase, the Wayland Warriors, and is active on many Social Media platforms.

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Highly Suspect http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/08/highly-suspect/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/08/highly-suspect/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:42:42 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12768 Saturday, April 23rd
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $15: Advance
Tickets On-Sale Friday, February 12th @ 10 a.m.

Highly Suspect

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It happened in Brooklyn. In 2011, the members of Highly Suspect arrived in the borough from their native Cape Cod, MA. The next four years became a whirlwind of sex, drugs, and more rock ‘n’ roll than most people could ever handle. Then again, Johnny Stevens [vocals, guitar] and twin brothers Rich [bass, vocals] and Ryan Meyer [drums] aren’t “most people.” Those chemically-soaked nights, hazier mornings, broken relationships, and cathartic realizations leave residue across Highly Suspect’s full-length debut album, Mister Asylum [300 Entertainment], and it’s inebriating in the best way possible.

The boys moved into a studio apartment with “no electricity yet,” getting a cheap rate as Rich promised to add an elevated loft with five bedrooms. He made good on his promise and even launched his own contracting company that would fuel the band’s exploits for the foreseeable future. As they slowly but surely made a name for themselves locally, Johnny cataloged experiences in the moment, either putting pen to paper in his notebook or using his phone’s memos.

“This album is a collection of everything that happened from the time I moved to Brooklyn onward,” says Johnny. “I met Lydia the first week we were here. She was the only girl in the building. It was Lydia and her roommates and us. She kicked everything off for me. The album is a reflection of our experiences. Shit, New York is the dream. On Cape Cod, I’d wake up at five in the morning, work out, surf, and smoke a ton of weed. In New York, you’re staying up until five in the morning, and the weed is now cocaine. It’s a nocturnal life and a totally different thing. I lived it pretty fucking hard and had to write about it.”

“It all felt meant to be in a weird way,” adds Rich. “We moved into the first building we looked at, and there was this plane flying overhead that said, ‘Last Chance.’ There were homeless people everywhere and a broken down minivan. We weren’t on Cape Cod anymore.”

While busking in the subway, Johnny caught a woman’s attention who introduced the band to producer Joel Hamilton [Black Keys, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello]. After hitting it off with the band, and interested to hear more, he hooked the band up with some studio time, recording their new EP as a passion project.

“We didn’t have a genre or aesthetic we were going for,” explains Ryan. “We simply wrote what we liked. It was really natural, and Joel captured that on our first EP.”

Their D.I.Y. music video for the drowsy, dirty, and dirge-y blues rocker “Bath Salts”—which Johnny penned after “overdosing on a huge combination of shit”—drummed up a major buzz online and attracted the band’s current management. They cut another independent EP with Gojira singer and guitarist Joseph Duplantier behind the board. Continuing to slug it out live, they eventually caught the attention of 300 Entertainment in 2014 who signed the trio as its flagship rock outfit.

Following the signing, Highly Suspect entered Studio G in Brooklyn with Hamilton and cut Mister Asylum to tape. They tapped into something real, rigid, and raw that instantly resonated.

Upon release, the record debuted at #22 on the Billboard Top 200, selling over 9,100 copies and making it one of the “top three biggest selling rock debuts by a new act in 2015.” Rolling Stone,Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, The Fader, and more praised the group, and they shared stages with the likes of Faith No More, Jane’s Addiction, Deftones, Eagles of Death Metal, My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear and more and lit up festivals such as Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo.
The infectious grit and grime of songs like the single “Lydia” heralded the band’s presence. Ryan and Rich lock into a creeping rhythmic stomp as Johnny’s eternally haunted vocals transfix.

“It’s about my ex-girlfriend,” Johnny continues. “It displays what it feels like to know you’re ending something good because you have other things to do. Lydia and I were very much in love, but our lives were leading us in different directions. There was nothing wrong with her. We would’ve been holding each other back. We were in our early twenties in New York City, trying to do important things and follow our dreams. I pushed her away, and she pushed me away.”

The swaggering riffs of “Mom” belie a darkness as Johnny address his mother who “has some personal issues she could never deal with that wound up taking her out of my life as a baby.”

“23” rolls from thick guitars into a hypnotic chant just before a howling lead. He remarks, “We left when I was 23-years-old. We’re saying, ‘Fuck it and fuck you if you don’t want to get behind what we’re doing.’ It’s an empowering song about getting up and out of your home town and making something happen.”

Meanwhile, Rich penned the upbeat “Lost,” which veers between a bombastic drum beat into a magnetic refrain. Rich says, “It’s one of those relationships where you love each other, but it’s just not going to work out. I think everyone’s been there.”

In many ways, Highly Suspect’s wonderful danger stands encapsulated in the name of the album, Mister Asylum.

“Asylum can be a place of safety, and it can also be a place that’s scary, like a mental institution,” Johnny leaves off. “Mister Asylum embodies both of those things all at once—safety and craziness. It’s organization and chaos. It’s Yin and Yang. It’s losing your mind and finding yourself. That’s us. When people listen to our music, I want them to feel like they're not alone in their thoughts. At the same time, we’re just regular dudes. We want to meet everyone and have a good time when we play.”

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The Schwag http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/05/the-schwag/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/05/the-schwag/#comments Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:15:25 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12760 Tuesday, February 23rd
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance

The Schwag

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The Schwag is a band of musicians dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead. Founded in 1991 the band has performed over 3000 concerts all over the United States. This group averages 150 shows a year and has a working songlist of over 200 songs from the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band catalog. For four years band leader Jimmy Tebeau also toured the country as the bass player for JGB (Jerry Garcia Band). The Schwag has opened for many noteable acts including String Cheese Incident, Marshall Tucker Band, Leftover Salmon, Sammy Hagar, Little Feat, and Railroad Earth. For many years The Schwag hosted its own Schwagstock music festivals drawing crowds of an average of 5000 people per event several times per summer. The band owned the venue Camp Zoe in Missouri where the festivals were hosted. Some of the bands opening for The Schwag at these festivals were George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Keller Williams, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and New Riders of the Purple Sage. Some of the guest musicians to play with The Schwag over the years include Chuck Berry, Bill Nershi from String Cheese Incident, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, Butch Truck from The Allman Brothers Band, Fred Tacket from Little Feat, Mike Gordon from Phish, and Vince Welnick from The Grateful Dead. Honorary band members for full Schwag shows include Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Johnnie Johnson, Jason & Travis & Kang from String Cheese Incident, and Devon Allman (Gregg’s son.) From May of 2013 to May of 2014, The Schwag was primarily on hiatus, as lead singer Jimmy Tebeau served time in federal prison in Yankton, South Dakota for a music/drug related crime. The Schwag band is now stronger than ever on a perpetual tour performing a different show every night of a high energy organic interpretation of the Grateful Dead.

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Zomboy http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/04/zomboy/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/04/zomboy/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:16:07 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12752 Friday, April 29th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Early Advance || $25: Advance
Tickets On-Sale Tuesday, February 9th

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Zomboy has had an explosive few years since making the transition from his sound engineering background into full-time music production, and his dynamic rise to global recognition has been quite something to watch.

One of the biggest names in bass, Zomboy released his debut LP "The Outbreak" on Never Say Die Records on August 4th 2014. Alongside delivering his trademark, unflinching brand of Dubstep, the UK-based producer also takes the opportunity to expand his musical horizons, incorporating a range of styles within the track listing.

The LP follows the theme of his US tour of the same name, spreading Zomboy’s inimitable sounds like a virus to bass heads across the world. An exciting insight into Zomboy’s musical mind, this LP Topped the iTunes electronic chart in 10 countries and achieved top 10's in a further 14, Therefore elevating Zomboy's status within EDM music to legendary.

Since his first release, Zomboy has consistently topped the charts which lead to Ministry of Sound and Warner Music snapping up several of his tracks for various compilations. Constantly developing his unique sound, Zomboy has created numerous remixes for artists such as Fedde Le Grand, DJ Fresh and Flux Pavilion, clocking millions of views on YouTube and causing an ever-increasing demand for his DJ sets across the world.

The future of Zomboy will undoubtedly be that of further bass domination.

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The Official Concert After Party Hosted by DJ Drama http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/03/lil-wayne-afterparty/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/03/lil-wayne-afterparty/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:55:25 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12747 Sunday, March 6th
Featuring: DJ Drama
Doors: 10 p.m. || Music: 11 p.m.
18 and up || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show
*$2: Fee for minors at the door

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Andy Mineo: Uncomfortable Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/03/andy-mineo-uncomfortable-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/03/andy-mineo-uncomfortable-tour/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:02:27 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12738 Saturday, May 7th
w/ Gawvi and Narrated by Propaganda
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $24: Day of Show
$45: VIP Advance || $75: Deluxe VIP Advance
Tickets On-Sale Friday, February 5th @ 10 a.m.

VIP Includes:
- Front of line entrance at 5:50 p.m.
- Early access to merchandise
- VIP Laminate

Deluxe VIP Includes:
- Early entry at 4:30 p.m.
- Early access to merchandise
- VIP Laminate
- Tour Poster
- Cinch Bag
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Andy Mineo

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At just 17, Andy Mineo had it all—money, power and respect. But while attending college in NYC, he finally faced the music—neither was the key to life.

Andy, formerly known as "C-Lite," grew up in a single parent home in Syracuse, New York. Without any positive male figures around, at a young age, he struggled with profanity, submission to authority and physical aggression. With his conduct becoming uncontrollable, Andy was removed from the public school system and placed in behavioral modification centers. But change was on the horizon.

The summer before entering the 8th grade, Andy attended a Christian camp where his sister served as a counselor. While there, he heard the gospel preached clearly, cried out in desperation for Jesus to forgive him and experienced “some pretty unforgettable prayer sessions that really rocked [him].” Andy came home with a love in his heart for people that he once hated, and knew he was changed. But, he also came back to no home church, no community, no bible study and no mentors. So, as he rode his spiritual high into the ground and neglected to fan the flame that had begun, his relationship with God was compromised. His heart wasn’t set on pursuing Christ; instead, music and status had become his focus.

While in middle school, he began recording in his mom’s house and was buying new pieces of equipment with birthday money. Eventually, he started selling studio time out of his closet; before long, he was a sophomore in high school running a full-fledged business out of his mother’s basement making $25/hr recording and producing hundreds of artists in Upstate New York. He had also started a rap group with a few friends that led to a deal with Syracuse University's Marshall Street Records, which gave them the opportunity to open up for the major acts that performed at SU. As a solo MC, Andy became well known in the underground freestyle rap scene for winning battle competitions during high school and his freshman year in college. Adding to his resume, he also excelled in athletics—thriving in football, basketball and lacrosse throughout high school.

With the financial success of his recording studio, his rap group/solo underground career taking off and athletic prowess, Andy had local fame, money and street credibility. Unfortunately, all of the success and recognition only led him away from God and towards greater sin. Headed for the big lights of New York City to attend college, stardom and rebellion seemed inevitable. But while taking a piano class his freshman year, Andy met Alex Medina (producer of “Background,” “The invasion (Hero)” and many other Reach tracks) who invited him to check out T.R.U.C.E. (an urban ministry that focused on evangelism via performing arts). He soon got connected with others, was discipled and the Lord began to deal with him more deeply concerning sin patterns in his life. After hearing Da Truth's “Price Tag” song, he vowed to shut down his recording studio and never use his gifts to help record music that did not honor God. He lost all his business and income, but he found his new identity in Christ.

Armed with a new purpose, Andy spent several months traveling with T.R.U.C.E. and sharing the Gospel in some of the most poverty-stricken and drug-infested neighborhoods in the U.S. He went on to release Sin is Wack Vol. 1, which caught the attention of Lecrae and many others. To his credit, he has since been featured on Rehab, Flame’s Captured, Tedashii’s Blacklight, Ambassador’s Stop the Funeral and many other notable projects. While his introduction to a larger audience came through his vocals on Lecrae’s “Background,” and he continues to pen melodic choruses, rapping remains his passion and focus for future projects.

Entering a new season in his life, Andy decided to drop his stage name, C-Lite, in favor of his birth name; it symbolizes his aim to live out everything off stage that he pours out through his art on stage. He recently graduated from City College of New York and currently serves on the board as a leader of a new church plant in Washington Heights. He is also leading weekly small groups and men’s groups at his apartment, traveling on the weekends to minister and working on his highly anticipated debut album. Once divided in his ambitions, Andy has resolved to love the Lord with all his heart, soul, strength and mind—no compromise.

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Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal “Running From Love” Album Release http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/02/josh-hoyer-soul-colossal-running-from-love-album-release/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/02/josh-hoyer-soul-colossal-running-from-love-album-release/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:53:12 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12731 Friday, April 1st
w/ Hood Smoke, DJ Relic
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $5: Advance || $8: Day of Show
*$2 fee for minors at the door

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Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal’s combination of soul, funk and R&B is in a word, electric. Best displayed in their high-energy live show, the blend of Hoyer’s honest lyrics and his soulful (sometimes in-your-face) vocals merge with his top-notch band to create an undeniable chemistry.

The magic of their live show caught the attention of producer Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo), who joined with the band to record their third full-length album. Their most ambitious project to date, Running From Love was recorded at Nashville’s historic Sound Emporium, and once again features Hoyer’s trademark vocals and the band’s signature groove. The album is set for release on April 8, 2016, on Silver Street Records, and will be released on vinyl, CD and digital formats.

"If James Brown and Otis Redding had a love child, it would be Josh Hoyer. The Lincoln, Nebraska, soul shouter, and his band of merry soulsters, Soul Colossal, deliver a sound so big, so funky, so wring-the-sweat-out-of-you energetic that it reaches through the speakers and shakes you until you start moving to its groove." - No Depression

The hard working band completed several national tours in 2015, playing more than 150 shows in 32 states, including opening for R&B legends George Clinton/Funkadelic and Booker T Jones. During small breaks from relentless touring, Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal also recorded two albums last year – Running From Love, and a live album, Cooked Raw, that was released in November on limited edition vinyl.

Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer and Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The award-winning six-piece band includes some of the area’s most revered and accomplished musicians. Inspired by Stax, Motown, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the band continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era, and joins forces each show with a common goal – to have the crowd dancing so much they forget even their smallest troubles.

The band will support the release of the new album with a tour through the Midwest and Southern markets, including Omaha, Denver, Milwaukee, Madison, Minneapolis, Chicago, St Louis, Indianapolis, and Nashville, among others.

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Kottonmouth Kings 20 Year Anniversary Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/02/kottonmouth-kings-20-year-anniversary-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/02/kottonmouth-kings-20-year-anniversary-tour/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:47:05 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12726 Sunday, March 20th
w/ Marlon Asher, Whitney Peyton, Chucky Chuck, Ill Skillz & Villan and Jay Say & Jo-Nasty
Door: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show

Kottonmouth Kings

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On Aug 14, 2012 The Kottonmouth Kings released their most prolific and smashing record to date, "Mile High". It includes 18 certified bangers that will cement the Kottonmouth Kings legacy, as one of the most influential and underrated groups of our time. "Mile High" is the Kottonmouth Kings on steroids with a twist of ecstasy and a pot brownie! The sonics and bass alone on “Mile High” will blow speakers from coast to coast! So buy stock in speaker companies, if you need some investment tips. "Mile High" has the Kings passing the mic around like the Harlem Globetrotters pass a basketball. There is not a group on the planet that can rival what the Kottonmouth Kings have pulled off! “Mile High” will have music snobs down on their knees, wiping semen from their cheeks. You will find no traces of tight jeans or trendy indie trash!

The Kings are an independent music force! The Kings are seasoned vets ready to storm troop the music industry like Navy Seal Team 6 raiding Osama Bin Laden’s compound! The Kings are here to take no prisoners and make no apologies. The Kings have never stopped pounding and smashing for over 15 years. What other group of our generation has done more collectively and as a unit? What other group releases as much prolific solo and group material. It is high time to recognize that the Kottonmouth Kings are not some novelty weed act - but one of the most intensely original and profound groups of our generation. Don't take our word for it - go to a show and you will see thousands of people lose their fucking minds every time the Kings hit the stage.

It all started seventeen years ago, deep in the suburbs of Southern California, in the aftermath of a punk rock & hip hop revolution - an unlikely group of stoned misfits formed a musical partnership that would ignite an entire generation of weed loving, free thinking, bass bumping, rip hop junkies. KMK has become one of the worlds most radical and savagely independent underground musical forces. KMK is fine flying under the radar - the Kings have dug underground tunnels that most people don't even know exist. KMK is responsible for creating one of the most intense and largest subculture movements in modern times, as well as connected millions of Kings and Kweens worldwide. "Mile High" finds the Kings Flying high delivering lyrical gymnastics over a sonic sound-scape that defies anything else happening in music today!

“Mile High” also contains a deluxe bonus disc that contains all the original Kings: Saint, D-Loc, Richter, X, & The Dirtball, wrecking tracks all together again! This is history! Spread the good word! Fasten your seat belts and get ready for the flight! It's 2012 and the Kottonmouth Kings have their red eyes set on the future - so be prepared to blast off to whole new dimension. Go get your copy of“Mile High” now available worldwide.

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Jon Pardi http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/01/jon-pardi/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/02/01/jon-pardi/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:18:49 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12721 Saturday, March 5th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $18: Advance || $22: Day of Show

Jon Pardi

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"All I ever wanted to do coming to Nashville was to write rowdy, in-your-face, straight country music," says Jon Pardi, "and that's what this album is."

Pardi’s high-energy approach, perfected on stages throughout his native California, has its stamp all over his Capitol Records Nashville debut. Just as importantly, that energy is applied to music rooted in songwriting legend Harlan Howard's adage that country is three chords and the truth.

"If you can take a piece of life and put it in a song," says Pardi, "it's going to be a good song—especially if it's from the heart."

Life and love, truth and energy wind their way all through his debut album, which showcases a young artist who is clearly no ordinary newcomer. Few artists hit stride as quickly and as forcefully as he has, and his fellow artists have been among the first to take note.

"People ask me who I'd like to open up for," he says with a smile, "but I’ve been lucky enough to have opened for several artists I look up to."

It's a list that includes Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan and Luke Bryan, artists who appreciate the kind of influences Pardi brings to the table—echoes of the crisp Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, hints of the driving beat of Waylon Jennings and the excitement of Jerry Lee Lewis. He brings all of it together and puts his unique stamp on it, topping it off with just a bit of swagger that gives a little edge to his undeniable appeal.

Like his heroes, Pardi is a longtime road warrior, a veteran of four-set shows and constant travel, someone who brings a wealth of experience to bear every time he steps in front of a microphone. He has gone on tour with kindred spirit and labelmate Eric Church, and earned a slot on the Austin City Limits Festival, one of the country world's most prestigious venues. His on-stage charisma and accessibility, his polished yet raucous sound, and his well-crafted and infectious songs earn him new fans wherever he goes.

The territory he covers on the CD—road life and the ups and downs of romance—has been the subject matter of many country classics through the decades, but Pardi, whose gift is a feel for atmosphere and an eye for detail, makes it all fresh and gives the project his indelible stamp.

A natural storyteller, he writes what he knows, spinning tales born of his dues-paying days in the area around his native Dixon, California, and bringing it all together into a strong, cohesive musical statement. Between the heartfelt opener "Fightin' the Fool" and the breakneck rocker "Drinkin' With Me," which closes the CD, he lays out a scenario of youth, music, love and loss that is as compelling as it is raucous. "Chasin' Them Better Days" and "Write You A Song" capture all the adventure and uncertainty of life on the road; "Happens All The Time" brings attraction, flirtation and love's possibilities, good and bad, to the table; from there, "Up All Night" celebrates love, "Missin' You Crazy" showcases the yin-yang pull of relationships and the road, "Love You From Here" is a surprisingly upbeat farewell to a departed love, and "Empty Beer Cans" and "Rainy Night Song" show both sides of the coin when it comes to heartache.

All in all, it's an album by an artist who knows just where his strengths lie—the excitement, experience and songwriting skills that fueled his relatively fast rise to publishing and label deals after his arrival in Nashville are all present. His one-of-a-kind voice brings a positive edge to even the toughest emotional scenarios.

"I really don't have any negative songs," he says. "It always feels good with me so when you come to a show or listen to the record, you're going to have a good time."

It's not hard to see where the earliest seeds of Pardi's approach lie. His musical journey began with a grandmother who loved classic country and had a karaoke machine in the house. Young Jon developed a special fondness for Hank Jr. and the two Georges—Jones and Strait—along with Alabama, Dwight Yoakam and Mark Chesnutt. He was just 7 when he sang "Friends in Low Places" for all he was worth at his dad's 30th birthday party at a local Legion hall.

At an even younger age, he walked out of a children's music class and asked for guitar lessons so he could sing like his heroes. He was writing songs by 12 and playing them in a band at 14. A self-confessed "class clown," he was more interested in writing songs and playing guitar than in either sports or homework. After high school, he and buddy Chase McGrew began playing acoustically in small bars around Dixon and Winters.

"Those were some of the fun times," he says, "and that's when I learned that slow songs don't go over when you're trying to sell beer, so I learned a lot of really up, fast songs that I still like doing today."

The two moved to Chico to go to Butte Junior College, where Pardi started the band Northern Comfort.

"We played together for three years and it was a lot of fun," he says. When they disbanded temporarily, "I went home and started saving money. I'd known I was going to move to Nashville since I was 19," and after visits to Music City where he met a few people, he knew the time was right.

"You need to have a level head to move here," he says, "to be confident enough to say, ‘I’m going to do it.' I felt like I was ready and I started out on February 23, 2008, with my mom crying as I drove away."

He took his dog, his PA system and the $7,000 he'd saved, which, he says, "I went through pretty quick." He used a credit card to pay the fee for lifeguard training, using that skill to earn money until he landed a publishing deal, just 18 months after moving. Two of his first collaborations, "Write You a Song" and "Fighting The Fool," were instrumental in landing him his publishing deal, and he took full advantage of the opportunity to write for money.

"I did a lot of co-writing," he says. "There were a lot of headache mornings but I still showed up, and a lot of good songs came on days like that."

As demos he wrote and sang started making the rounds on Music Row, label execs, including those at Capitol, began asking, "Who is this Jon Pardi?"

"We started doing showcases," he says, "and about the third one we did with the full band, [Capitol Records Nashville President] Mike Dungan gave me a handshake afterward and said, 'Let's do it.'"

As they talked about potential producers, Pardi suggested that he and his friend and collaborator Bart Butler, who had done the demos that had brought him this far, do the album.

"They said all right," he says, "and we cut four songs and they loved them. Then we went back in and finished it up."

The key from his perspective, he says, is "knowing what you want. I had what I wanted to sound like in my head. It's what made doing the demos and then the record so much fun. You take a piece of this influence and a bit of that and make it your own. So much happens in the studio if you've got your lyric and song melody down."

Given the quality of his heroes, the strength of his talent and the depth of his experience, the album became just the right showcase. From there, he says, "it's about surrounding yourself with great people. If you show Nashville you've got talent and if you do it right, they'll help you make that talent even better and help you get it out there."

Life perspective gives his success a special sweetness.

"I know I'm lucky to be doing what I'm doing," he says. "I could be back working construction or installing air conditioners in an attic that's at 115 degrees. There are a lot of people who work awfully hard to make a dollar. I'm glad the hard work I'm doing now goes into something I love this much. It makes me really happy to be here doing music."

As he begins making his mark on a national level, that's a feeling being shared by more and more new Jon Pardi fans.

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St. Patricks Day with The Killigans http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/29/st-patricks-day-with-the-killigans/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/29/st-patricks-day-with-the-killigans/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 21:09:52 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12711 Thursday, March 17th
w/ Mad Dog and the 20/20s, Orion Walsh & The Rambling Hearts
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $7: Advance || $10: Day of Show

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THE KILLIGANS were born in a filthy garage in 2004, hammered together out of the spare parts of other Nebraska bands and fueled by a love of good whiskey, great friends, late nights, buzzing tattoo needles and crusty old punk rock albums. They have existed in various incarnations since their inception, but as their rabid fans will testify, they have never failed to ignite the passions of anyone who wanders close enough to hear their foot-stomping, glass-raising anthems for tenacious underdogs, lonely vagabonds, and anyone who’s just trying to make it in this world. Their rapidly-growing body of work draws from the most enduring, vibrant aspects of American music – the storytelling of folk, the fighting spirit of punk rock, the heartfelt poignancy of country and the unforgiving grit of rock ‘n roll.

Since 2005 the band has cut their teeth with several high-profile gigs supporting bands such as Flogging Molly, the Aggrolites, Street Dogs, the Briggs, Reverend Peyton, Old Man Markley, Lucero, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, Larry and His Flask, Wayne Hancock, Those Darlins, The Tossers, Time Again, Left Alone, and Flatfoot 56. The band has since become one of the most revered live acts in the burgeoning Nebraska music scene, and their annual St. Patrick’s Day show has become a phenomenon of its own.
In 2010 the boys were pleased to contribute their song “Lessons from the Empty Glass” to be used in Universal Studios big-budget epic kill fest Robin Hood. The band also released their 3rd album, HONOR, which found them shifting gears towards a stripped-down, catchy punk sound infused with rousing Clash-like choruses, circle-pit tempos and nuggets of wry barstool wisdom. More shows and Midwestern tours followed. The band also quickly realized they had a sleeper hit in the now acclaimed “Liquor Store”, and are rarely allowed off a local stage without stumbling through their most popular drinking song.

As the sheen wore off HONOR, the band set their sights on more music and began a 2 year writing process that would eventually produce their best album to date. … “With ‘ANOTHER ROUND FOR THE STRONG OF HEART,’ The Killigans have put together a collection of anthemic folk punk that’s not just the Lincoln band’s best record yet, but equal to anything in its genre anywhere…” The album netted the band the Best Local Album of the Year Award from the Lincoln Journal Star, and also found its way into the hands of SPEED! Nebraska Records owner Gary Dean Davis, who was happy to sign the Killigans to the ultra-inclusive label in late 2012.
The Killigans are always looking to play new places, make new fans and strive to deliver their best product on stage and in the studio, always hoping to satisfy their fans with longer road trips, louder songs, and more hangovers in the future. Not bad for a bunch of working-class blokes from flyover country.

The band begins 2015 with their eyes on the future, working on the music for a new album, and playing shows around the midwest.

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The Sword http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/28/the-sword-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/28/the-sword-2/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2016 17:00:26 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12704 Wednesday, May 25th
w/ Purson, From Beyond
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $16: Advance || $20: Day of Show

The Sword

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There’s an unspoken edict handed down through the ages when it comes to rock bands: there are no rules.

Nobody picks up a guitar to be constricted or oppressed. It’s all about feeling free artistically. Now, The Sword—John Cronise [vocals, guitar], Kyle Shutt [guitar], Bryan Richie [bass], and Santiago Vela III [drums]—cut out boundaries since day one. Their style never stood predicated on a trend or a template. They always create what feels right and let the results speak for themselves.

When it came time to record the group’s fifth full-length album, High Country [Razor & Tie], Cronise landed at something of a spiritual crossroads. Following the final tour for their critically acclaimed Apocryphon, he holed up in his North Carolina home and eventually began writing new songs. The material began to veer into a different space that at the time Cronise felt was somewhat outside of The Sword’s sphere.

“I didn’t even intend for the demos to be Sword songs,” he explains. “But then I realized that I had taken on a sort of limiting view of what The Sword was, and that wasn’t actually what I wanted it to be. I think the new album is more reflective of the music I listen to and where our heads are at collectively. With each of our albums, it’s become less about fury and bombast and more about trying to write good songs. We realized that our music can go wherever we want it to go. There’s no pre-determined course here now, and there never was.”

High Country became new territory for The Sword, and they began doing things differently. That approach included more attention to backing vocals and harmonies, implementing more synthesizers and percussion elements, and tuning to E-flat instead of all the way down to C. As a result, the guitars stand out as more vital and vibrant than ever.

“I felt like the low tuning had become more of a crutch than a tool,” he says. “It was all a matter of trying to keep things fresh, and not fall prey to habits or expectations. We wanted to break out of any classifications and just put out a good rock record.”

Inspired, the boys headed to Church House Recording Studio in Austin, TX to cut High Country with Adrian Quesada of Brownout and Grupo Fantasma producing, Stuart Sykes [The White Stripes] engineering, and J. Robbins mixing. Over the course of four weeks, they hammered out the album’s 15 tracks in the old converted church. Thematically though, Cronise’s head was still in North Carolina.

“There are a lot of lyrical themes that run throughout the album,” he explains. “I live out in the mountains, so nature really inspired the whole record. That’s a large part of the lyrics.”

The title track and first single “High Country” springs from a transfixing guitar melody into a sweeping refrain, illuminating the group’s inherent dynamics. Over those rolling riffs, the singer paints a thought-provoking topography.

“That was actually the first song I wrote that ended up going on the record,” he says. “The title can have quite a few meanings. Physically, it might mean mountains and literal high country, but it can also refer to a plane of being; a place of wisdom and enlightenment.”

“Empty Temples” opens with a psychedelic buzz that quickly ramps up into towering guitars and another robust vocal display evocative of rock’s golden age.

“It’s loose and swinging, but it has these epic moments,” says Cronise. “Lyrically, it’s about letting go of the past and moving on. You just have faith if you embrace change and be unafraid, and you’ll find where you need to go.”

The gathering storm of “Early Snow” eventually gives way to a rapturous horn section, another first for the band, while “Mist and Shadow” stirs up a haze of blues that’s instantly thunderous. “That song is based around riffs written by Bryan, which is a new thing for us. He contributed quite a bit of music to this album, and in many ways it’s our most collaborative work to date.”

Both “The Dreamthieves” and “Tears Like Diamonds” have titles inspired by the work of science fiction author Michael Moorcock, though Cronise insists the lyrics have lives of their own. “I’d prefer to let people interpret the songs how they want,” he says, “which is one reason the lyrics aren’t printed in the album sleeve this time. I think they’re pretty intelligible and accessible, and I didn’t want them to distract from the music.”

The Sword’s impact continues to expand. 2012’s Apocryphon debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their highest entry on the chart. Since first emerging with 2006’s Age of Winters, the group has been extolled by everyone from Rolling Stone and The Washington Post to Revolver and Decibel. Metallica personally chose them as support for a global tour, and they’ve earned high-profile syncs in movies including Jennifer's Body and Jonas Åkerlund’s Horsemen. However, High Country is the band’s biggest, boldest, and brightest frontier.

“I want to make positive, uplifting music,” Cronise leaves off. “High Country has moments of darkness and thoughtfulness, as anything I write probably will. But at the end of the day I want to put smiles on people’s faces.”

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Filter – Make America Hate Again Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/27/filter-make-america-hate-again-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/27/filter-make-america-hate-again-tour/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2016 20:00:56 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12693 Saturday, May 14th
w/ Orgy, Vampires Everywhere, Death Valley High
Doors: 5:30 p.m. || Show: 6:30 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, January 29th @ Noon

Filter

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Shoving a fist in the face of tradition has been Filter's modus operandi since the release of their self-produced debut album, Short Bus. The album's rough-around-the-edges production consisted of inebriated answering machine samples, lavish bass lines, and jagged guitars set to a backdrop of drum machines punctuated by the unfurling of Richard Patrick's vocal prowess and signature roar. Patrick, Filter's magnetic, profoundly intelligent nucleus and frontman jubilantly admits that his creative process is unorthodox, whether he's staring down and conqueringnew technology or coalescing with new bandmate and co-conspirator Jonny Radtke on Filter's current release, The Sun Comes Out Tonight.

Patrick believes in adapting and improvising in the name of achieving results, fully aware of what he's rebelling against. He addresses his unconventional methods with utmost conviction in his voice, "Let's break the rules, let's put a finger up to the establishment and do something wrong. If William Shakespeare was alive today, he'd be using a word processor. He'd be copying and pasting. Does that change things? Yeah, but at the same time, it's flexible and different. It has to be done." This perspective is evident on The Sun Comes Out Tonight's lead single, "What Do You Say," an explosive track featuring Patrick's rousinghowl, hypnotic synthesizers, smoldering guitars, biting lyrics, and the triumphant resurrection of the pulsating drum machines that cemented Filter's reputation for delivering a distinctive sound unlike any other band in existence. Patrick laughs, "It's all drum machine, just like Short Bus! I like that we're getting away with something that's wrong. There's almost this notion that someone like Skrillex is less of a talent because his music centers around making a computer do incredible things. Music is aninterpretive art form."

"The Only Way (Is The Wrong Way)" isn't merely a stand-out track from 2002 release The Amalgamut, it's an integral component of the career Patrick has fabricated with Filter as a truly capable multi-instrumentalist and vocalist hell-bent on releasing top-notch material and delivering electrifying, intense live performances. Patrick's many collaborations and side-projects have transcended the boundaries between rock, industrial, and electronic music by utilizing the talents of musicians Trent Reznor, Robert and Dean DeLeo, Ray Luzier, Josh Freese, John 5, The Crystal Method, Danny Lohner, Clayton Worbeck and Wes Borland.

The Trouble With Angels, Filter's inaugural venture with producer Bob Marlette culminated in Patrick cleaning theslate and solidifying a new live band line-up before embarking on tour across North America and Europe in support of the album. Filter's affiliation with the organization Stars For Stripes allowed the band the honor of entertaining US troops on military bases in Kuwait, Iraq and Cuba's Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Patrick, a fervent supporter of the men and women serving the United States, takes immense pleasure in meeting and performing for deployed fans; he and his bandmates gained deeper insight into the lifestyle those serving face on a regular basis when the band survived rocket attacks in Kirkuk, Iraq.

The Sun Comes Out Tonight heralds the return of Marlette in the roles of producer and co-writer, and marks the introduction of Filter's newest addition,co-writer, and guitarist, Jonny Radtke. Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Radtke's rapturous vocals and elegantly furious guitar playing mesh expertly with Filter's ambiance. "Jonny is the little brother-slash-guitar player I never had, he's just incredibly talented," Patrick affectionately admits. "Because of his talent and my connection with him, it was such a joy to make this album, it's a very inspired record. The chemistry was there. I really can't say enough about Jonny." Radtke's own predilection for rebellion and versatility are hallmarks of his own one-man musical project, the ethereal Polar Moon. Prior to joining Filter, Radtke's guitar stylings were best known for gracing the stage with his previous band, Kill Hannah, and the live incarnation of Ashes Divide, led by Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle.

Patrick proclaims, "It's a new guitar player, a new label -we're so grateful we signed with Wind-up Records, [label co-owner and Chief Creative Officer] Gregg Wattenberg is so supportive, the label is amazing; it's a whole new idea. It was so easy to be angry on this record, there are songs about betrayal and pure evil, there's so much heavy stuff [on this record] but there's moments of light, songs about happiness and love. It's our analysis of the human condition.

"Tracks "What Do You Say", "This Finger's For You" and "We Hate It When You Get What You Want" seethe with vicious guitar riffs, blasting beats, Radtke's lilting background vocals, Patrick's gruff delivery, and captivating choruses that were made to sing along to. "With our first single, 'What Do You Say,' it's about all the noise -noise from the media, people talking and having so much to say but not really listening," Patrick thoughtfully states. One of the album's brightest moments of light comes courtesy of the shimmering, euphoric "Surprise," a track reminiscent of the delicate song structure that made runaway hit "Take A Picture" one of Filter's most beloved offerings.

The whimsical "First You Break It" draws you in with lush guitarsand surging harmonies. The lyrics for "Watch The Sun Comes Out Tonight" paint an intimate portrait of Patrick's adventures at age 22 wandering around under the influence of psilocybin in the chill of Cleveland, Ohio late at night. "We'd search for things to look at, something that would trigger a profound thought of some kind," Patrick recalls, "I love writing about those times; I was young and angry but optimistic at the same time. Gregg Wattenberg took all of what he loved about early Filter and remindedme of it, he was like, 'you need to get back there and do what you do!', I've always been about pressing forward and stretching my audience's imagination but there's got to be a point of reflection.

"The Sun Comes Out Tonight's synthesis of tools from the band's past and brand new attributes facilitate the stereophonic assault that only Filter circa 2013 can deliver.

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Third Eye Blind http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/25/third-eye-blind-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/25/third-eye-blind-2/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2016 22:29:59 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12689 Tuesday, March 22nd
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $35: Advance || $40: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, January 29th @ 10 a.m.

Third Eye Blind

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BORN IN SHADOW. MADE OF LIONS. LOUD AS FUCK

Our motto inscribed on the back of a hoodie for the fall tour. The phrase gives an idea of where 3eb is at in advance of the fall dates and recording their new album.

BORN IN SHADOW. Even though this is a happy period in the bands life-bigger than ever crowds, band gelling and excited to play, new album on the way-- 3EB and particularly 3EB lyrics have always embraced the shadow, the part we're not suppose to talk about, the ones your afraid for even thinking, that is where Stephan's lyrics are going to take you. And you can see that friendship with shadow being celebrated on this tour in more daring explorations of songs. The band has been jamming in advance of recording their new album, so this tour will see a band at its most confident in it's efforts to discover new ways every night to surprise and transcend.

MADE OF LIONS is a phrase Stephan uses to describe the way Brad plays drums, but also speaks to the vigor and intensity 3EB puts into live performance. 3EB over the last few years has developed a proud story of a band that clearly feels alive in live performance. The intensity of 3EB's fans attests to the energy this group creates.

LOUD AS FUCK. They really are. No backing tracks. No pitch correct. No sequencers. No landing gear. 3EB's intention is to live or die in each moment they play. To make it up as they go. "We are imperfect", Stephan says. "I like the moment, scary as it may be, where it could all fall apart or it could all be glorious and you won't know 'till you huck it over the edge, but you weren't thinking about it, because you already did. That's what live performance is to me."

So that's what 3EB is about, but what we've learned is that 3EB is about more than a band. One of the theories for 3EB's upward trajectory these last few years, is fans love to find themselves and each other at these shows. Stephan always invites everyone to greet each other, and that sense of togetherness as from the line in the song Deep Inside of You, "I'd walk with my people if I could find them,” creates a spirit that equals the bands every night. "I am energized by the exchange with the audience and every night reminds me of how we are all in this together."

Third Eye Blind shows are about taking a moment to sing loud and remember you're alive. And it's a sight to see from the stage or the audience.

We invite you to join us this fall.

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A Summer Better Than Yours / No Tide / Everything Breathes http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/22/a-summer-better-than-yours-no-tide-everything-breathes/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/22/a-summer-better-than-yours-no-tide-everything-breathes/#comments Sat, 23 Jan 2016 03:25:48 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12682 Saturday, March 19th
Featuring: A Summer Better Than Yours, No Tide, Everything Breathes
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $6: 21 and up || $8: Under 21

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T-Rell http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/22/t-rell/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/22/t-rell/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 18:35:19 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12674 Friday, March 25th
w/ Yung Steez, Scru Face Jean, Kurt G, DJ Mellie Mel
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance || $20: Day of Show
*$2: fee for minors at door

T-Rell

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A young star in the making, T-Rell from (Topeka, KS) has all the right moves. His ability to sing, rap, dance, & even produce makes him a sure candidate for the "limelight". His musical background comes from his family, mainly his mom who is a town legend.

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Seven Lions http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/20/seven-lions/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/20/seven-lions/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:05:35 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12664 Saturday, February 27th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance Tier 1 || $25: Advance Tier 2
Tickets On-Sale Thursday, January 21st @ Noon

Seven Lions

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As one of the most truly innovative, versatile, and sought-after producers in all of dance music, it is undeniable that Seven Lions is on an exponential rise to international prestige. By garnering the attention of some of the world’s most prolific and well-respected artists such as Above & Beyond, Paul van Dyk, Skrillex, and Ellie Goulding, among others, it is clear that his powerfully emotive, visionary brand of bass-driven electronica has broken through the status quo to unveil a rare, one-of-a-kind musical experience. With his sheer technical prowess in the studio and behind the decks, Seven Lions brings new meaning to the art of music production and performance with his masterful, intricate and imaginative compositions and live sets that shed light on his deeply impassioned motivations as a true artist. Seemingly ahead of his time, he will only continue to harness his infinite potential as a producer/DJ and further establish himself in a vanguard of his own.

In his early years as a metal and punk-inclined drummer with a fierce tenacity for success, Santa Barbara, California’s Jeff Montalvo, the mastermind behind Seven Lions, decided to take matters into his own hands, rather than waiting on his band mates. After a friend gave him the production program Fruity loops, it was history. Montalvo was set on an auspicious path to revamp the dance music industry as we know it - not as a drummer, but as a producer.

With soulful, deep, hybridized creations - at times majestic, at others pulverizing - all distinctly his own, the 26-year-old multi-talented musician is single-handedly changing the sonic landscape for future generations to come by bridging the gap between the soaring, ethereal vibe of trance and intensely adrenalizing bass music. His breakout, contest-winning remix of Above & Beyond’s “You Got To Go” served as his remarkable introduction to the dance music world. As the track sat at #2 on Beatport’s Dubstep chart for over 6 weeks, second only to Skrillex’s remix of “Levels” which received hundreds of thousands of listens on YouTube, it was obvious that something particularly phenomenal was imminent for Montalvo.

Following up on the recent release of his inventive collaboration with Minnesota, “Fevers” featuring Mimi Page, that amassed almost 200,000 SoundCloud plays in just under a month, Montalvo has offered a gripping, emotion-fueled song, “Strangers” with Myon & Shane and Tove Lo, as his contribution for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones official soundtrack. Prior to “Fevers” and “Strangers,” he dropped his transcendent Days To Come EP on the highly-influential OWSLA imprint. The EP’s ascent to #2 on the US iTunes Dance Charts and #1 on Beatport, serves as a testament to his truly inimitable sound and forward-thinking mentality. Montalvo also boasts a jaw-dropping portfolio of remixes and bootlegs for the likes of Tritonal, Paul van Dyk, Delerium, Superbus, Matrix and Futurebound, Oceanlab, and Florence and the Machine, among others, that exemplify his innate ability to completely transform a song into an extraordinary masterpiece that incorporates fundamental elements from the original, while still maintaining his definitive Seven Lions sound. Over the course of his brief career thus far, this sound has already been recognized by the top EDM publications such as Dancing Astronaut, Gotta Dance Dirty, Chubby Beavers, Vibe, Less Than 3, The Untz, Mixmag, SPIN, and even DJ Mag, where he was distinguished in an article titled, “New Masters of the Mainroom.”

Just this year, Seven Lions was selected as the main support for Porter Robinson’s sold-out Circle Assembly tour, made appearances at world-renowned festivals, such as SXSW, Ultra Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival New York, Global Dance Festival, and Camp Bisco, as well as headlined the Avalon Hollywood, Webster Hall New York City, and other top-tier venues in cities far and wide. With the combination of his productions and mind-blowing sets that have proved to cement his meteoric rise to superstardom, the time is now for the burgeoning young talent that aims to make a lasting, positive impact on the world through his art. Montalvo’s other-worldly creativity and purposeful ambition is genuinely limitless as he has a number of monumental projects that are developing, including a new single for OWSLA in addition to an official remix of Röyksopp’s “Run into the Sea,” and a massive North American tour with Krewella set for the Fall. Fans will just have to wait and see what exactly will come of the future Seven Lions experience, but one thing can be certain - there will be more pioneering music and awe-inspiring performances.

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JJ Grey & Mofro http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/19/jj-grey-mofro/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/19/jj-grey-mofro/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:03:33 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12659 Sunday, May 8th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $25: Advance
Tickets On-Sale Friday, January 22nd @ 10 a.m.

JJ Grey & Mofro

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From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro live—and you truly, absolutely must—the man is fearless.

Onstage, Grey delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty, but perhaps not until Ol’ Glory has a studio record captured the fierceness and intimacy that defines a Grey live performance. “I wanted that crucial lived-in feel,” Grey says of Ol’ Glory, and here he hits his mark. On the new album, Grey and his current Mofro lineup offer grace and groove in equal measure, with an easygoing quality to the production that makes those beautiful muscular drum-breaks sound as though the band has set up in your living room.

Despite a redoubtable stage presence, Grey does get performance anxiety—specifically, when he's suspended 50 feet above the soil of his pecan grove, clearing moss from the upper trees.

“The tops of the trees are even worse,” he laughs, “say closer to 70, maybe even 80 feet. I'm not phobic about heights, but I don't think anyone's crazy about getting up in a bucket and swinging all around. I wanted to fertilize this year but didn't get a chance. This February I will, about two tons—to feed the trees.”

When he isn't touring, Grey exerts his prodigious energies on the family land, a former chicken-farm that was run by his maternal grandmother and grandfather. The farm boasts a recording studio, a warehouse that doubles as Grey's gym, an open-air barn, and of course those 50-odd pecan trees that occasionally require Grey to go airborne with his sprayer.

For devoted listeners, there is something fitting, even affirmative in Grey's commitment to the land of his north Florida home. The farms and eddying swamps of his youth are as much a part of Grey's music as the Louisiana swamp-blues tradition, or the singer's collection of old Stax records.

As a boy, Grey was drawn to country-rockers, including Jerry Reed, and to Otis Redding and the other luminaries of Memphis soul; Run-D.M.C., meanwhile, played on repeat in the parking lot of his high school (note the hip-hop inflections on “A Night to Remember”). Merging these traditions, and working with a blue-collar ethic that brooked no bullshit, Grey began touring as Mofro in the late '90s, with backbeats that crossed Steve Cropper with

George Clinton and a lyrical directness that made his debut LP Blackwater (2001) a calling-card among roots-rock aficionados. Soon, he was expanding his tours beyond America and the U.K., playing ever-larger clubs and eventually massive festivals, as his fan base grew from a modest group of loyal initiates into something resembling a national coalition.

Grey takes no shortcuts on the homestead, and he certainly takes no shortcuts in his music. While he has metaphorically speaking “drawn blood” making all his albums, his latest effort, Ol’ Glory, found him spending more time than ever working over the new material. A hip-shooting, off-the-cuff performer (often his first vocal takes end up pleasing him best), Grey was able to stretch his legs a bit while constructing the lyrics and vocal lines to Ol’ Glory.

“I would visit it much more often in my mind, visit it more often on the guitar in my house,” Grey says. “I like an album to have a balance, like a novel or like a film. A triumph, a dark brooding moment, or a moment of peace—that's the only thing I consistently try to achieve with a record.”

Grey has been living this balance throughout his career, and Ol’ Glory is a beautifully paced little film. On “The Island,” Grey sounds like Coleridge on a happy day: “All beneath the canopy / of ageless oaks whose secrets keep / Forever in her beauty / This island is my home.” “A Night to Remember” finds the singer in first-rate swagger: “I flipped up my collar ah man / I went ahead and put on my best James Dean / and you'd a thought I was Clark Gable squinting through that smoke.” And “Turn Loose” has Grey in fast-rhyme mode in keeping with the song's title: “You work a stride / curbside thumbing a ride / on Lane Avenue / While your kids be on their knees / praying Jesus please.” From the profane to the sacred, the sly to the sublime, Grey feels out his range as a songwriter with ever-greater assurance.

The mood and drive of Ol’ Glory are testament to this achievement. The album ranks with Grey’s very best work; among other things, the secret spirituality of his music is perhaps more accessible here than ever before. On “Everything Is a Song,” he sings of “the joy with no opposite,” a sacred state that Grey describes to me:

“It can happen to anybody: you sit still and you feel things tingling around you, everything's alive around you, and in that a smile comes on your face involuntarily, and in that I felt no opposite. It has no part of the play of good and bad or of comedy or tragedy. I know it’s just a play on words but it feels like more than just being happy because you got what you wanted — this is a joy. A joy that doesn’t get involved one way or the next; it just is.”

Grey's most treasured albums include Otis Redding's In Person at the Whisky a Go Go and Jerry Reed's greatest hits, and the singer once told me that he grew up “wanting to be Jerry Reed but with less of a country, more of a soul thing.” With Ol’ Glory, Grey does his idols proud. It's a country record where the stories are all part of one great mystery; it's a blues record with one foot in the church; it's a Memphis soul record that takes place in the country.

In short, Ol’ Glory is that most singular thing, a record by JJ Grey—the north Florida sage and soul-bent swamp rocker.

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Killswitch Engage, Memphis May Fire, 36 Crazyfists http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/19/killswitch-engage-memphis-may-fire-36-crazyfists/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/19/killswitch-engage-memphis-may-fire-36-crazyfists/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:58:47 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12655 Monday, March 28th
w/ Memphis May Fire, 36 Crazyfists
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $30: Advance || $35: Day of Show
$45: Reserved Seating (Limited Availability)**

** Reserved seats will be located in the balcony on the top tier

Killswitch Engage

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The four bandmembers who came together and created Killswitch Engage already had strong fan followings. Mike D'Antonio (bass) was formerly the leader and principal songwriter of Overcast, the legendary underground metal group. When Overcast split in 1998, D'Antonio sought for a year to find the right combination of players to fuse hardcore and metal with melody. During the summer of 1999, D'Antonio connected with Adam Dutkiewicz, who was the drummer for Aftershock, and Joel Stroetzel, Aftershock's guitar player. Jesse Leach, vocalist for Corrin and Nothing Stays Gold, joined on, and the foursome took the name Killswitch Engage.

Killswitch Engage made their debut by opening for In Flames on tour. The Ferret label heard and liked the combination of brutality, sophistication, and breathtaking originality that the group produced, and signed them. Ferret released Killswitch Engage's self-titled debut album in June 2000 and it immediately began capturing rave reviews. The group lays out its heavy riffs mixed with both singing and screaming vocals that cover a range from low-pitched death growls to the higher-pitched hyena screams. Stroetzel developed a guitar rhythm that gallops, and the others keep up as they combine elements of hardcore and metal in their melodies. They come on with an intensity that does not let up.

Alive or Just Breathing During 2001, the band recorded "Numbered Days" for WERS' Nasty Habits live CD, a compilation with bands such as God Forbid, Haste, Unearth, and Poison the Well. Also in 2001, Killswitch Engage signed with Roadrunner Records and started recording their second full album, Alive or Just Breathing, at the Zing Studio in Westfield, Massachusetts. They expanded to a five-piece with the addition of former Aftershock drummer Tom Gomes, as Dutkiewicz moved over to guitar. The album included favorites such as "Self-Revolution," "Just Barely Breathing," and a re-recorded version of "Temple from the Within." Andy Sneap was signed on to mix and master this one in his English studio. The album aimed at even more of the growling bass tone, heavier guitar crunch, and thicker/faster double bass that permeate the music of the band, and it was greeted with high praise upon its release in May 2002 (it even shot to number 37 on Billboard's Heatseeker Chart).
Tours with Soilwork and Hypocrisy finished before the band suffered a setback that June; lead singer Leach suddenly left the group, citing voice problems and personal issues. (He later went on to join metal outfit Seemless.) Breaking up was not an option, but Killswitch were still unsure of their future -- until auditioning Howard Jones that is, vocalist for local metalcore outfit Blood Has Been Shed. The band and Jones clicked immediately, and his charismatic yet menacing stage presence sealed the deal. He made his debut with the band at summer 2002's Hellfest, and the guys stayed on the road for the remainder of the year, both home and abroad, winning over skeptics along the way. Gomes exited the group following their stint on 2003's Ozzfest and he was replaced by another Blood Has Been Shed alum, drummer Justin Foley.

The End of HeartacheThe End of Heartache appeared in spring 2004, debuting at number 21 on the Top 200 and even earning Killswitch a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. Much touring followed, including acting as main support for Slayer and spots on package tours like Ozzfest and Taste of Chaos, while the band also released the DVD Set This World Ablaze in late 2005. Killswitch Engage further rocked a main stage spot at the U.K.'s Reading festival in summer 2006; all of this activity ultimately led up to the release of their fourth full-length, As Daylight Dies, that November. In 2009, Killswitch returned with a second self-titled album and found themselves jumping onto the Billboard 200. Three years later, the band announced the departure of singer Jones, who was replaced by former frontman Jesse Leach, who made his return to Killswitch on their 2013 album, Disarm the Descent.

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Big Art Bazaar (Lincoln Arts Expo 4) http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/13/big-art-bazaar-lincoln-arts-expo-4/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/01/13/big-art-bazaar-lincoln-arts-expo-4/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2016 19:19:40 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=12639 Friday, February 5th
Doors: 6 p.m. || Music: 7 p.m.
18 and up || $5: Advance || $6: Day of Show
*$2 fee for all minors at door

The Big Art Bazaar will be a showcase of local and regional artists spanning every imaginable medium. From clothing, fine arts, jewelry, glass, plant crafts and everything in between. Hosted at the Bourbon Theatre, you can have adult beveages while enjoying some local music & checking out tons of artists all in one spot! Switching things up for 2016, the Art Expo is moving forward with a new more universal name that better represents the artists who travel from all over to make this event!

Art Booths:

Wanderlust Hoop Co. - Hula Hoops for Kids and Adults, for fun and fitness

Orbital Eccentricity - Plant and nature crafts

Hempish & Bitchin Stitchin & Bliss - hemp, stitchings, and jewelry with crystals and stones. Bliss will be showing handmade copper and silver jewelry with crystals and stones.

Nykky & Nick - Wire wrap and Crystal Jewelry. Drawings and prints from Nick Lytle

Christian Scott - Paintings and drawings

Role playing trinkets - Jewelry bracelets mid-evil goods

lizzy Forrest - Pipes, pendants, glass art.

Unorthodox Items - Tree of Life pendants, crocheted hats, hemp necklaces and bracelets.

glass by djblac - handcrafted glass pendants & functional works.

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Let's pump this event up and spread the word! Please help by inviting your friends and sharing this event: LET'S GET EXCITED FOR ART!

We are looking for artists, crafters and even food vendors! Booths are only $20 and go directly towards paying for this event to happen. The artists make this possible! Signup forms are found here: http://goo.gl/forms/WVg3TiYM2q

Please check back as this event page will be updated as artists sign up! Music acts to be announced asap!

THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!! HAPPY TO GROW THIS UNIQUE EVENT INTO 2016, HELP SPREAD THE WORD AND LET'S GET EXCITED FOR ART!!!!

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