Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:18:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Suicide Girls: Blackheart Burlesque Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:08:50 +0000 aaron Monday, September 28th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $25: General Admission || $85: G.A. VIP
$35: Reserved Seating || $95: Reserved VIP
*Reserved seating is first come, first serve

GA - 350 - $25 - General Admission - Doors at 8 p.m.

GA VIP - 50 - $85 - General Admission plus M&G at 7 p.m., one item signed, photo op, crowd-free merch shopping, VIP laminate and first choice of standing space

Reserved - 100 - $35 - Reserved Seating - Doors at 8 p.m.

Reserved VIP - 50 - $95 - Reserved Seating plus M&G at 7 p.m., one item signed, photo op, crowd-free merch shopping, VIP laminate and first choice of reserved seating.

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The SuicideGirls are continuing their seductive worldwide rule. In the early 2000′s the SuicideGirls Burlesque show crisscrossed North America for 5 years. The girls entertained thousands of people at sold-out headlining shows, opening for Guns ‘n’ Roses and Courtney Love and went overseas to perform at music festivals in both Europe and Australia. In fall of 2013 the girls decided it was time to put the show on the road again and they spent six weeks playing sold out shows across the United States. It was so much fun they decided to take it world wide! In spring of 2014 the girls took on Australia and Canada to perform additional sold out shows. They can’t wait to bring their show back to the US this fall!

SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque show features performances and music, complete with tongue-in-cheek humor and raw erotic sexuality. The show features stunning choreography from renowned choreographer, Manwe Sauls-Addison, who has worked with world famous performers such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga. He has assembled a team of the sexiest, most talented SuicideGirls to create the ultimate provocative tribute to pop-culture that Burlesque has ever seen.

With striptease performances poking fun at Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Donnie Darko, Planet of the Apes and more, this will be unlike and other Burlesque show on the planet.

“Dazzling a sold-out crowd at The Gramercy Theater” – Inked Magazine
“Outstanding performance!” – Playboy

“Beautiful young women with tattoos” – Esquire

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Watch Yo Mouth Tour w/ Futuristic & Sam Lachow Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:10:23 +0000 aaron Tuesday, March 31st
w/ Trev Taylor, MC Teach With Never Enough Sleep and Kutt Master Skutt
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES || $10: Advance || $12: Day of Show
* $2: Fee for minors at door


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Futuristic is a Hip-Hop artist originally from Illinois but based out of Arizona who uses his humor, intelligence, and real life experiences to make music that's like no one else's. At the age of 21 he has already managed to gain a huge following across the united states and share the stage with some of the games biggest names. His trademark phrase "I had to do it" and his cocky but funny flow makes him distinguished while his depth and story telling makes him relatable to fans. His movement WTF (We're The Future) is bringing people together and giving them a positive message to relay to others which led to the success of his first major project "Dream Big".

Dream Big, released in February of 2012 included the 3 hit singles "Fuck you Mean" "I Got Sauce" and "La La La" who's YouTube views combined for over 400,000 in the first 6 months selling singles and albums in all 50 states. The success of "Dream Big" led Futuristic on a 9 show mini tour through the West-coast and Midwest where his impeccable stage presence and extreme charisma excited fans and earned him new ones. His most recent project "Chasing Down A Dream" dropped 2/19/2013 and quickly moved to #28 on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts and #86 on billboard with the lead single "Don't Mind If I Do" selling thousands of copies & accumulating over a Million views on YouTube. Futuristic then joined Dizzy Wright on "The Golden Age Tour" & embarked on his own solo run in over 30 cities through the west coast and midwest.

Sam Lachow

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Sam Lachow is a producer, songwriter, rapper, videographer, director, and editor of video and music. Raised in both Seattle and New York City he's been making videos since elementary school, and as a seventh-grader began a group called Shankbone. Sam began directing and producing music videos with Shankbone, and went on to create videos for various other artists.

In 2011 Sam released his debut album as a solo artist, titled "Brand New Bike". The album was produced entirely by Sam utilizing many live instruments from musicians based in Seattle and New York. The next year Sam released 2 EP's, and produced/directed dozens of music videos from the projects on his YouTube channel, which now has over 4 million views.

After spending the majority of 2013 touring, Sam put out 2 projects in 2014. In August he released his second full length album Huckleberry, then followed up with the 80 Bars EP in November. Both projects are available at

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Thundersandwich // Producers of the Word // Pure Brown Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:54:23 +0000 aaron Saturday, March 14th
w/ Thundersandwich, Producers of the Word, Pure Brown
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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The Devil Wears Prada Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:17:13 +0000 aaron Saturday, May 9th
w/ Secrets, Sleepwave
Doors: 6:30 p.m. || Show: 7:30 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $23: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, February 20th @ 10 p.m.

The Devil Wears Prada

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The Devil Wears Prada is the musical embodiment of a generational shift. Built on a diverse array of heavy, dark, melodic and genre-defying music; hardened and sharpened by putting in road work together since the days when they had to skip class to tour: The Devil Wears Prada is at the forefront of a movement that bridges the gap between Rockstar Mayhem and the Vans Warped Tour.

The passionately inspired band’s brand new album for Roadrunner Records, cryptically titled 8:18, embodies an unflinching, uncompromising authenticity born from revelatory introspection and obsessive workmanship. The dichotomies are refreshing, invigorating and boundless. There’s an oppressive, suffocating darkness to their heavy music, counterbalanced by the hope within their collective faith. The most brutal of crowd-moving breakdowns ignite with friction, bristling against soaring melodies, progressive yet catchy riffing and keyboard soaked atmospheric esotericism. To put it simply: The Devil Wears Prada have developed the chops, the cred and the audience of a true-blue thinking person’s heavy metal band, while simultaneously welcoming fist-pumping hellraisers and youthful moshers alike. 8:18 continues the war against humanity’s dark urges, pointing the finger inward and outward through a medium that is itself both bleak and grand.

"Much of the heavy music around us suffers from a total lack of emotion. It's sort of losing an audible sense of sincerity," observes vocalist Mike Hranica. "The guitars, the drums, the songs themselves create that sorrow that I want the lyrics to tell on 8:18. And I made sure that my vocals created emotions that I have heard in post-hardcore, but that I rarely hear in breakdown-heavy metal bands like us."

Guitarist Chris Rubey concurs. "If I listen to the title track and I'm in the right mood, I will tear up because of the lyrics and vibe of the song," he confesses. "What Mike is saying with all of his lyrics on this album is extremely powerful."

The overriding theme on 8:18 is misery, exploring that mental and emotional state through its various guises, manifestations and interpretations. Tracks like Gloom, War, Black & Blue and Home for Grave spring forth from that foundation, exploiting concepts like mediocrity, existential angst and life's bigger questions under an atmosphere of musical dread, hostility and darkness.

Mike Hranica is blessed with a commanding roar, but infuses the proceedings with a literary sensibility, a commitment to self-evaluation and a painstaking modesty that levels the playing field between performer and listener beneath the surface.

Principal songwriter and guitarist Rubey is an accomplished producer in his own right. Rubey brings all of that experience to the table with his band through an understanding of the group’s fans, the result of multiple hours spent pouring through social media, YouTube comments and online forums. It all coalesces into creative leaps that are intertwined withThe Devil Wears Prada’s established identity. As he squeezes out his self-described “ADD” compositions, Rubey challenges himself not to repeat the past, both in and out of TDWP.

"All the way through our last album, I had a giant bank of songs. I was going back to material I had written when I was still in high school," Rubey explains. "I had run out of material. This new one is the first album where I had to start from scratch. We already had a bank of like 60 songs and I knew these songs had to be better than all of them. By the time we had 13 songs together, I was able to listen to them and I was like, 'We did it.' It felt like a struggle to write the entire album, but once it was finished, it hit me and I'm so incredibly happy with it."

Rhythm guitarist Jeremy DePoyster contributes the hook-laden underbelly to Prada’s brutal musical beast, handling the “clean” singing with a fine-tuned abandon to rival the pop stars dominating the charts. He grew up listening to Rob Zombie and Korn, but his iPod these days is packed with just about everything one can name. His singing vocals shine particularly on 'Care More,' a heavily electronics infused song with a dark mood. "There's so much of this crappy auto-tuned singing thing happening right now. It's disappointing to me because I've been singing since I was a kid," DePoyster says. "We all know what auto-tune is and we all use it to get things to work a little better, but when I hear things that are using it just as a crutch, that is extremely disappointing to me. Mike does a lot of passionate, raw, vibey screaming on this record, too. It's great."

Andy Trick has a Minor Threat-inspired tattoo that exhibits his early inclinations toward hardcore punk, an ethos and a mindset that still courses through the bass player’s veins even as he takes the stage playing guitar-driven metal music around the world. His bass playing anchors the theatrics and fluid, tasteful beats of Daniel Williams. Prada’s drummer carries the class and finesse of the indie crowd, while pummeling the drums with the power of metal's finest. "Since the beginning, we have liked breakdowns, we have liked heavy sounds, we have liked melodic singing, we have liked heavy metal in general," notes Hranica. "Those are the most basic fundamentals of what this band has been about."

The overseeing hand of executive producer and Killswitch Engage axeman Adam Dutkiewicz (August Burns Red, Shadows Fall, Parkway Drive) and producer Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot, As Cities Burn) resulted in a sonic time capsule representing not only this present moment for TDWP, but a crossroads for heavy music itself. Progressive strains of experimental trailblazers Converge, Botch and Underoath seep beneath The Devil Wears Prada’s unique reverse-engineering of modern metal. 8:18 convincingly detours into Nine Inch Nails-isms, then comes full circle with some killer throwbacks to TDWP's earliest work.

"We love a lot of the records Matt has made and obviously we love Adam and he's a great friend," DePoyster points out. "Adam was very involved in doing the vocal stuff with Mike and I and had given us ideas when we were making demos. Both of those guys were great with us and were able to make contributions and make us think about things in different ways without making us uncomfortable.

With 8:18, The Devil Wears Prada cement their status as a band who have not only weathered the pressures of early, youthful popularity, but grown into masters of their craft. From album packaging to merchandising, from video production to stage lighting, The Devil Wears Prada are hands-on and pay excruciating attention to detail to ensure they always deliver their best, that their overwhelming passion will endure. They push themselves to create a lasting work that inspires, empowers and challenges, in equal measure.

"At the risk of sounding cocky, this band is my favorite band," Rubey declares.

"We're not kids who just want to hit the road and see where this goes," adds DePoyster. "We're making a conscious choice to do this because we love it."

The Devil Wears Prada are unwavering in their commitment to each other, their fans, their art, their higher calling toward truth and to their desire to engage. The emotion remains sincere, the musicianship supreme.

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Ensiferum & Korpiklaani Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:04:17 +0000 aaron Saturday, May 16th
w/ Trollfest
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 7:30 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance


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Ensiferum – what name would suit a band playing battle metal better, than a name that in Latin means “Swordbearer”?

After founding the band in 1995, Ensiferum’s mastermind, guitarist/main songwriter/vocalist Markus Toivonen has taken the band safely through turmoils of line-up changes and busy schedules ever since. The band’s career fully took flight in 2000 after Spinefarm Records released their self titled debut album ‘Ensiferum’, and their busy touring made them a household favourite all over Finland. Their second album ‘Iron’ took Ensiferum a step further, all the way to Copenhagen’s Sweet Silence Studios. There in Denmark, during the Fall of 2003, their second album was recorded in the capable hands of producer Flemming Rasmussen, known for his work on such masterpieces as Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Ride the Lightning.’

‘Iron’ was a great success and grew the band’s popularity to whole new heights. The album also got the band some extensive touring abroad, but these gigs finally took a toll on the band. 2004 saw three band members depart: drummer Oliver Fokin, bassist Jukka-Pekka Miettinen and vocalist Jari Mäenpää (later known for his work with Wintersun). This was not the end of the world for the warriors of Ensiferum and mastermind Markus. Instead, new and capable musicians took their places. Bassist/vocalist Sami Hinkka, drummer Janne Parviainen (also known for his work on Waltari and Barathrum) and vocalist/guitarist Petri Lindroos all joined the ranks to finalise the new Ensiferum line-up.

The new line-up was tried and tested on the road touring all through 2005, and from the tour the members headed straight for the studio to make a new mini-album. This mini-CD, later titled ‘Dragonheads’, saw the band test their new growler Petri’s vocals and their new bassist and drummer’s skills in a recorded form. Such fun was had recording that the band did not stop with the mini-album, but also made a live DVD to honour their 10-year career. The “10th Anniversary Live” showed the new line-up playing hits from all Ensiferum albums, ranging from the earliest songs to the latest offerings of Dragonheads. Selling thousands of units worldwide, the DVD was the definitive proof that Ensiferum were as strong as ever.

In the end of 2006, Ensiferum took their gear to Helsinki’s Sonic Pump Studios to record their third full-length album with producer Nino Laurenne. Metallic guitars combined with the traditional sounds of instruments as the Finnish kantele, bagpipes, nyckelharpa and bodhrans, the sound of ‘Victory Songs’ was a full, balanced mixture of folk, heavy and battle anthem-like power, accompanied by the gentle balance between Petri’s growling vocals and Markus’s and Sami’s harmonised choruses.

‘Victory Songs’ was released during spring 2007 and right after the album release the band started their European tour, played several festivals and did a tour of Finland.

After the Summer Ensiferum again suffered a loss – the band’s long-time keyboard player Meiju Enho decided to leave the band. A replacement was found in the form of Emmi Silvennoinen who has been playing with the band ever since.

More touring took place in the latter part of 2007, and the band stayed on the road for the whole of 2008, even playing their first ever tour in USA & Canada. Between the release of ‘Victory Songs’ and the beginning of 2009, the band embarked on 3 European tours, 3 North American tours and numerous festival shows around the world totalling 154 shows.

After being very busy writing and rehearsing new material in early 2009 Ensiferum entered studio Petrax (in Hollola, Finland) on the 13th of April to start the recordings of their fourth studio album with recorder/producer Tero Kinnunen (Nightwish, Amorphis etc.) and Janne Joutsenniemi (the producer of ‘Victory Songs’). ‘From Afar’ was released in September 2009, with global touring to accompany.

In April 2012, the latest Ensiferum album ‘Unsung Heroes’ was completed. The album was mixed by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Amorphis etc.), with a release date set for August 24th 2012 in Finland and Germany. In September 2012, the band embarks on their Unsung Heroes Finland tour, followed by the Bearers of the Sword European tour. With more shows and tours to be announced in support of the new album, 2012 marks the beginning of a new era for Ensiferum.

New album coming via Metal Blade Records 2015.


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It is very early in the morning and still dark outside. Next to two enormous heaps of luggage on trolleys which can barely hold, we find a unusual group. Some of them sip coffee; others drink the last bits of luke beer and tell lame jokes. This is the band Korpiklaani and they are waiting for their plane to catch after a long and exhausting tour.

The first for your eyes to meet is Hittavainen; the enthusiast violinist of the band, who fell asleep at the table with his head resting on his arms and with a cup filled with an unknown substance next to him. Not far off stands bass player Jarkko, flipping through a catalog in search of a fine red wine to buy at the tax-free shop. The other band members are more likely to buy cigarettes and beer though. Jonne, vocalist and lead guitar player, looks pale and not too well. As usual, he is recovering from the flue that he always seems to catch when on tour. Despite his bad shape, he still pulls off hilarious stories to Matson, the drummer, who is even now drumming with his hands on the edge of the table. Guitar player Cane, who suffers from a slight hangover, laughs and turns to look at accordion player Juho, the junior of the band. Juho does not notice, he seems to be totally occupied by his own thoughts.

Passengers walking by, turn their head to watch the unusual looking group. A single fan recognizes them and runs to them for autographs and some mobile phone pictures, which are granted friendly.

Most people however, are unaware that they just passed Korpiklaani, the Finnish folk-metal band that started in 1993 under the name of Shaman, and changed their name in 2002 to Korpiklaani (Clan of the wilderness).

Their music consists of metal with a happy folky base. So does their choice of instruments, they use a mixture of electric guitars and drums as well as violin, woodwinds, jouhikko, djembé, and the typical Finnish folk instrument: the accordion. They reject synthesizers (of course), and use only genuine instruments.

To most people their music is so cheerful and lively that they cannot resist dancing, laughing and feeling happy. Maybe that is why fans call it 'beer-metal' (it certainly has the same effect as beer), but it could be also due to the many songs about this all-time favorite drink of Korpiklaani.

The first Korpiklaani albums contained merely English lyrics, but nowadays most lyrics are in Finnish. These lyrics are often written in the Kalevala-style (a special metre, from the Finnish national epic) and tell about nature, history, partying and the already mentioned beer of course!

At first Korpiklaani was just another unknown Finnish band. Nowadays they are widely appreciated for their unique and cheerful music. But it was a hard road to travel. In the beginning they were happy if they got a gig set, any gig... even for just some beer and travelling costs. They could not afford a proper place to sleep after a gig; often they had to spend the rest of the night stuffed together in a small room in a crappy and cheap hotel. They slept on the plain floor or in the bathtub. If they were lucky they could stay at some friend´s home. Their instruments were not of any quality, and if one got broken, there was no replacement. Of course they all had a job, because they had to make a living. It was hard to combine a job with a band; gig planning was really tough, and the band members always suffered a severe lack of time and money. But... these friends had a lot of fun together, and loved to play.

Some milestones came by: the first gigs abroad, the first time headliner at a small festival, a bigger festival, a big festival. Another milestone, the first time at WOA in 2006, and this summer they occupied the Party stage in Wacken again, at the 20th Wacken Anniversary! Things grow slowly in the right direction for this band with its original sound.

In 2009 one of the big wishes, the first US-tour, came true.and in 2010 another US-tour and the first South-America Tour, the Vodka Revolution Tour took place.

In many ways the hard days are over. Still it is not all sunshine. It is hard to go on stage if you are terribly ill and have high fever, if there is a family crisis, if you have a severe hangover, or if you have not slept at all because the damn hotel was closed, and you had to sit on your instrument cases all night to prevent them from being stolen.

Once the nightliner broke down in the middle of a crowded highway, hundreds of kilometers from the venue, and it was too dangerous to leave the bus for some fresh air. The reparation took so many hours, that the band members had to be rushed at the venue in a dazzling speed by taxis, to arrive in the last minute before the gig.

These poor souls have to endure a lot, sometimes they froze almost to death in nightliners with a broken heating, other times they almost suffocated from heat. Things got lost, broken and stolen. Fingers got cut by guitar strings, voices got lost by flue. The waiting is endless, the nerves go sky high and worst of all, sometimes they are even out of beer!

Busses, people and instruments might break, but the show must go on. On stage Korpiklaani has an endless energy; being on stage and playing is sheer fun for these guys. The teamwork is excellent: if someone gets in trouble, it is fluently taken over by another band member.
These Finns not only do love to play, they also love their audience; one of the greatest things a band can have is a cheering and happy crowd, loyal fans that show up whenever they can, and heartwarming feedback.
The huge support boosts the gigs, and makes fully up for all exhaustion during touring.

These Korpiklaani guys play because they really like to, they write songs because they cannot resist it, and they enter the studio because it would be waste not to do anything with the endless stream of songs. Therefore they released two albums under the name of Shaman, and as Korpiklaani already seven full length albums. There seems no end to Korpiklaani's victory march yet. Despite the amount of countries visited, many fans are still waiting for Korpiklaani to visit their country, Korpiklaani loves to play everywhere, as long as their very tight schedule allows it.

....But this story is partly in the past now, because Korpiklaani had a recent line-up change. Hittavainen left because of health issues. He was a great band member and still is a great violin player who composed among others Pellonpekko, one of the liveliest and famous songs the band plays on stage.

So, a new violin player had to be found. On a chilly morning the band of Korpiklaani left their wooden cabins with the rising sun to hunt. They traded the smoky scent of last night´s fire for the dense and dark forest, looking for game. They were just tracking down young doe, when suddenly an unearthly sound broke through the silence of the early morning. The Band members froze to the ground. It was only after a minute they heard Jonne utter: ´Darn me if that ain´t a violin!´. Juho chuckled and waved the others to follow him as they made their way towards the gentle melody. They soon arrived at a sunstrewn clearing where in front of an old shack an angelic young man sat with a violin on his shoulder playing, as they only just recognized it, ‘Spirit of the forest’. The enchanting music stopped abruptly as the young man’ s eyes widened with surprise when these five men approached him.

Korpiklaani greeted the young man and asked who he was and why he was playing here in the forest, where none could hear him elict these heavenly tones from such a simple instrument. Hours of talking went by, they learned his name was Teemu and that he had lived alone in the forest as long as he could remember. When he was a boy he visited the local markets every now and then to play with other boys his age, and to sneak fruit from the stalls. In one of these adventures he encountered an old grey lady, who in a creaky voice spoke to him: ‘This instrument is for you, it will be your future’. Teemu never forgot the old lady and he mastered violin quicker than a bird learns to fly. The violin however never brought him the great fortune he had hoped for. His dream to become one of the great violinists of his time was forfeit and though he enjoyed playing, he did no more than playing at local pubs from time to time to have some coin to spare.

When Teemu finished speaking, the band members shared a long glance. Jonne scraped his throat: ’How would you like to come with us? We have a band but lack a violin player, we would be honored if you’d join us…’. Teemu stared in the distance, he did not know what to say. Would his dream to become famous come true? After a long moment he grinned and answered: ‘Hell yeah! I’d love to!’

And so, unfortunately that is not exactly what happened. Jonne found Teemu through the internet. But all the same Korpiklaani is very happy to have him on board!

In 2011 their seventh album “Ukon Wacka” was released. KORPIKLAANI took things even further: seven-string guitars, mandoline, mandola and jouhikko are just a few of the instruments that were used on “Ukon Wacka”. The album title refers to “a pagan sacrificial feast from ancient times, on which a special made beer richly flowed. As can be expected from the title, this album has an ancient and very folky feel and is totally in Finnish“, frontman Jonne explains. One title doesn`t seem very Finnish though: the drinking anthem „Tequila“ which is dedicated to all South American fans of the band. "Ukon Wacka" also features a guest appearance by famous Finnish singer Tuomari Nurmio! All in all a joyous affair in the traditional and beloved KORPIKLAANI vein, „Ukon Wacka“ boasts ten party tracks that make you wanna raise that drinking horn up high! Also make sure to grab a limited edition copy of "Ukon Wacka" to check out the brilliant MOTÖRHEAD cover version bonus track „Iron Fist“! Believe Jonne when he says: "A big folky feast for all!"

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Cornmeal Fri, 13 Feb 2015 20:01:43 +0000 aaron Thursday, March 12th
w/ Dirty River Ramblers
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $12: Advance || $15: Day of Show


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Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, they are proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energetic sound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album after almost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.

With the release of their debut album “In The Kitchen” (2001 Livin’ Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country. In May of 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, “Feet First” features a strong confidence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.

In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their first live album, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I” (2010 Livin’ Live Records), an album that pays tribute to the fans. Towards the end of 2011, Cornmeal released the follow up, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. II” (2011 Livin’ Live Records). During this time the band went into the studio set to record their first album in over 5 years. Self produced by bassist Chris Gangi and tracked in Chicago at the prestigious Rax Trax recording studios, the process was cut short due to lineup changes and the album was shelved. After almost a year of auditions, rehearsals and wood shedding new material the band is poised to return to the same recording space to finish the album polishing the old material and setting forward with a new sound, new songs and a fresh perspective on the future.

While playing a blend of high prole venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands nationally, Cornmeal has been a main stage act at some of the most renowned festivals in the country. These festivals include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 10K Lakes, and many others. They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivaled live performance that continues to shape itself into an energetic one of a kind experience. “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I & II” prove that Cornmeal continues to be a band to watch out for. Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans begging for more.

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J.Cole (SOLD OUT) Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:44:49 +0000 aaron Friday, March 13th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES || $39.50: Advance


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And they say you can’t go home again. Following 2011’s Cole World: The Sideline Story and 2013’s Born Sinner, Jermaine Lamarr Cole, aka Roc Nation rapper J. Cole, has returned to his childhood home in Fayetteville, North Carolina on his new, third album: 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

Released December 9, 2014 Forest Hills Drive is a concept record about how a boy discovered his purpose, written from the perspective of a superstar rapper questioning the facets of fame. It is a meditation on the value of love relative to worldly success. And it is an extraordinary work from an artist who continues to grow and create. The narrative is a tale of Cole’s and also serves as a series of metaphors that complete a story of passion, growth and ultimately reflection. It’s an album to ingest as a whole with the sum of its parts creating the full tale.

Known for his reflective lyricism, J. Cole attributes his musical identity to the house where, crucially, he had his first ‘own bedroom’. “Having my own room allowed me turn into who I am. I enjoy privacy, I enjoy being by myself. That came from having my own room. Having my own room allowed me to shape myself.”

For J. Cole the young teenager, having his own bedroom was a sign of progress. When it comes to signifiers of success as an adult, Cole’s are impressive. He signed to Roc Nation before turning 25. His sophomore album Born Sinner outsold Kanye West’s Yeezus. This year his acclaimed peer Kendrick Lamar professed deep admiration for J. Cole’s lyricism. Then Jay-Z draped Cole with his chain in during a Master Square Garden concert on Cole’s 29th birthday.

J. Cole debuted in 2007 with his mixtape The Come Up. He followed this with a second mixtape The Warm Up (2009), and shined on “A Star Is Born” from Jay-Z’s album The Blueprint 3. A fervent fan base – of boys and girls, men and women – were with him. It’s for them that Cole has since 2013 conducted an annual tour called “Dollar And A Dream” where fans willing paying one buck are treated to tracks from his early work. That’s payback.

Born to an African-American father in the military and a white mother, Cole’s nuanced notions of race – and his fearlessness when speaking out on the topic – imbue 2014 Forest Hills Drive. It was while finishing the album that the situation in Ferguson reached a boiling point. J. Cole wrote and recorded and released the “Be Free”, a soul cry wherein the rapper sang his heart out: “Ain’t no gun they make that can kill my soul.”

"Be Free" is a powerful reaction to a fucked-up situation. The song is not on Cole’s new album. The album has no built-up single, no pre-release teaser. 2014 Forest Hills Drive will, inevitably, be analyzed to every last verb and snare. But the music speaks for itself.

2014 Forest Hills Drive does more than immortalizes an address in Fayetteville, North Carolina. It speaks to a progression in a young life emotionally and also from a socio-economic vantage point. From an all black trailer park in cramped quarters to a two-story house on a tree lined street with a carport and bedrooms for each family member. As the years and jobs of his mother improved so did the living situations and therefore the openness to get creative. With the new private bedroom coupled with a growing interest in rap music fueled by one summer-long visit by a cousin from down south who ushered in No Limit style hip hop the seeds of the future rapper were there.

The songs create a narrative and the mood varies from song to song. He wants success (“Fire Squad”), he sees growth (“A Tale Of 2 Citiez”), gets deep on storytelling (“‘03 Adolescence”, “Wet Dreamz”), hits bumps (““G.O.M.D.,” “No Role Modelz”) and comes full circle to what it all means to him and the notion of love (“Apparently,” “Love Yourz”).

The act of writing rhymes transformed Cole’s perceptions of the potential of words. By 1998 he heard Canibus and Eminem, and fell in thrall to the MCs slant-rhymes, enjambment, and multi-layered metaphors. “It was interesting to me because I knew you had to be smart to rap like that, to put together words like that. Then I got into Pun and Big L, lyricists, these guys with punch lines and flows. Then I’d hear Nas differently, like oh this is why this is amazing! It opened my whole world. I was never the same.”

A subsequent article in the school newspaper about a local hip-hop group called Bomb Shelter inspired Cole to go check them out at a skating rink. That night, when the invitation to come on stage was extended to anyone in the crowd who wanted to rhyme, Cole got in line. “I was so nervous, had to face my fear. All these other dudes 20-plus years old were up there rapping. When it came my turn I spit one of the best verses I had. I could see the expression in everyone’s face like, damn this kid is crazy!" After invitation to visit Bomb Shelter in their studio, Cole peeped producer Nervous Wreck’s set-up – and realized it was possible to make his own beats himself.

"I used to ask my mom every day to take me by McFadden Music," says Cole, grinning like a kid in a candy store. "She’d let me be in there for 20 or 30 minutes. They had drum machines. There was one red machine, the Roland ASR X-Pro. It was mad expensive, like $1600, $1700, so she put it on a layaway plan. After that everything changed. Everyday I spent on that beat machine. I became immersed. Made my first song with that beat machine when I was 15. All this stuff took place in the house at 2014 Forest Hills Drive."

For J. Cole, success has brought the chance to address and redress the past. This year, he bought his childhood home at 2014 Forest Hills Drive in Fayetteville. He invited fans to the crib to debut the album of the same name. But the experience of “going home” went deeper than he was prepared for. “My mom doesn’t want or need the house now,” explains Cole, adding that when they returned to the house together, “she was crying. There were tough memories for her there. Here’s a house that represents a dream that she tried to make work, having a husband and a family and a house to grow old together in. I had to sit back and think about the way she must have been feeling.”

Empathetic lyricism and true soul music remains the molten core of Cole’s work. (His new label Dreamville – its first two artists are Bas and Cozz – exemplifies that aesthetic. Get ready, 2015!) In the moment though, it’s Cole’s ability to reflect upon a situation, to not be afraid to look back in order to progress, that takes the form of one striking couplet on the new album: “The good news is, nigga, you came a long way / The bad news is, nigga, you went the wrong way.” Yet for J. Cole and his fans, resolution lies just around the corner.

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Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers Fri, 13 Feb 2015 19:15:50 +0000 aaron Sunday, March 29th
w/ Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts, Gabe Nelson w/ PANTS
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES || $18: Advance || $22: Day of Show

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

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Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are musical beacons of the Southwest. Over the last fifteen years, the Arizona-based quartet has delivered vivid lyrics, addictive guitar riffs, and a full-bodied rhythm section on more than a dozen studio and live albums. The Independent marks the group’s newest release and seventh studio effort, which raises a metaphorical glass to the road less traveled and champions the courageous.

After landing in the top ten of Billboard’s Internet Sales Chart for six consecutive albums—all on independent labels and twice at number one—RCPM is poised to lead the charge for a Spanish-infused, roots rock revolution. The band’s annual music festival in Rocky Point, Mexico, known as Circus Mexicus, is a testament to their growing fan base. What began as a rooftop show thrown together with extension cords and wooden pallets has blossomed into a pilgrimage that draws thousands of “Peacemakers” to the beach town every June. “There’s something about our music that celebrates what’s uniting versus what’s dividing,” says Clyne.

Irony played an integral role in the creation of The Independent, whose first track emerged from a stifling case of writers block. Armed with his guitar and battling creative blockades, Clyne unleashed the phrase “I ain’t got the words for this” and as a result the first lyrics for the album were realized. “Ain’t Got The Words” leads The Independent, exposing hearty vocal grit and liberating honesty.

The album features guitarist Jim Dalton, bassist Nick Scropos, drummer P.H. Naffah, and Clyne on vocals and rhythm guitar. While Clyne pens the bulk of the Peacemaker’s tunes, a long stretch of Northern California highway set the stage for Dalton’s lyrical debut. Traveling along the Causeway between Sacramento and San Francisco, RCPM’s tour bus came to a screeching halt. “The bus driver screamed back at us and said, ‘Guys I got nothing!’” recalls Dalton. “I grabbed my guitar and started strumming. The words ‘Just another California breakdown’ came tumbling out.”

The inspiration behind Dalton’s guitar-laden, hard luck tune “California Breakdown” remains one of the band’s favorite memories to date. After alerting fans via Facebook to their sidelined 40 ft tour bus, The Peacemakers received more offers for a ride than they could accept. Devout fans piled RCPM’s gear onto a landscape trailer, loaded the musicians into their cars, and headed into the sunset for the San Francisco show.

The title track off The Independent is a representation of the group’s Southwest influences, delivering an instrumental collaboration that evokes desperado imagery and draws inspiration from old west greats like Sons of The Pioneers. Inversely, the track “Geronimo” is a radio-ready anthem that begins with dark undertones and mariachi roots before building into an uplifting call to arms that chides, “Time to sing a new battle cry, get up out of limbo, step into the blue sky, geronimo!”

The reoccurring themes of independence and chance arguably stem from RCPM’s decision to record the album in Naffah’s Somos Studios, which also found the drummer in the role of producer. Clyne is no stranger to Naffah’s talents, as the pair originally began playing together in the celebrated 90’s alt-rock act The Refreshments. Clyne credits Naffah for being a solid component in his 100+ song repertoire.

Riding into the music industry on their own terms has been a longstanding philosophy for the band, and in this case created a sense of freedom that allowed Clyne & company to make an unapologetic album that’s pleasingly rough around the edges. Rich with commanding vocals, melodic bass lines, tambourine, and a hint of keys, The Independent embodies the spirit of RCPM.

“The Independent is a double entendre,” says Clyne. “It represents the solo sojourner, but it also frames the idea of moving forward as a collective group in the name of independence.”

Traveling off the beaten path works to the advantage of Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers. Clyne has successfully spearheaded the production of his own ultra-premium sipping tequila called Mexican Moonshine Tequila, orchestrated an out of country music festival, and guided a band whose fan base has grown exponentially over the last decade. Clyne notes that the lyrics off the track “Right Where We Want ‘Em” sums up the sentiment of The Independent. The song speaks of encouragement and unlikely victory, stating, “Out numbered, out flanked, out muscled, out ranked and out gunned.” Clyne sings, “Take another long trip off a short plank, at a dead run. We got ‘em.”

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers “got ‘em right where we want ‘em now.”

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Alton Brown @ The Lied Center Wed, 11 Feb 2015 18:25:31 +0000 aaron Wednesday, April 1st
The Edible Inevitable Tour
7:30 p.m. || Lied Center

Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour

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My name is Alton Brown

I used to direct TV commercials. But back in the early 90s I got a crazy idea to make a food show. It took a few years, but after culinary school and a few stops and starts, I finally made Good Eats and kept on making it for Food Network for 13 years. During those years I also hosted some other series including Iron Chef America, and Next Iron Chef. I've done a few seasons on Food Network Star and now host a game show called Cutthroat Kitchen, also on Food Network.

I’ve written 7 books, including a 3 volume companion set to the Good Eats series. I illustrated them as well, which was fun. All three made it onto some big list named after a newspaper in New York City.

My favorite cookbook is the 1962 edition of the Joy Of Cooking. (I like the lovingly illustrated instructions for skinning a squirrel).

I delivered pizzas in college.

I learned to cook to get dates. I wasn’t very successful

My specialty is meat. My daughter calls me “the meat whisperer”.

When I get tired of cooking, I cook eggs.

I’m a pretty decent baker.

I have a weakness for American cast iron pots and pans.

I cannot tolerate a uni-tasker, unless it’s a fire extinguisher.

I never run out of hummus.

Motto: That’s another show.

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The Talbott Brothers Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:11:54 +0000 aaron Wednesday, March 18th
w/ Josh Stephens
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $5: 21 and up || $7: under 21

The Talbott Brothers

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Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to check out our music. We’ve spent a lot of time on it, so it means a lot that you’d take a break from Facebook to be here. I’ve checked Facebook twice since I started writing this bio.

My name’s Tyler and I sing and co-write the songs for the Talbott Brothers. I have the great pleasure of speaking for the band at the microphone while we perform. But, at a show, I don’t always have the time to give you our story. Gather ‘round the campfire. It goes like this:

Nick (my brother, our lead guitarist, and co-songwriter) and I officially started the band 3 years ago. At that time, we got to share our music in coffee shops, retirement home luncheons and with our friends around contained fires in well-hydrated climates.

Since then, we’ve had a few more people take an interest in this music we’ve been making. The crazy thing about a job, not only in music, is that as you find your voice and your strengths, others get to be a part of that growth, too. We hope to keep both sides of that going.

Nick and I toured as an acoustic duo to the East coast in the dead of winter- something we don’t exactly advise, but we think we’re in a better place because of it; not only with our music but also with our hearts. After that acoustic tour we made an acoustic record with Tone Tree Audio, LLC- songs that we had written in that month on the road and in the aftermath of losing a backing band. The tone of the acoustic record is a little more solemn, but still, we had a joy we die to sing about. We hope that comes through if you get a chance to listen to it.

In the Spring of 2014 we self-recorded the “Coming Home EP.” It signifies our returning to our rock and roll roots with a full-band sound; 4 songs from The Road that we revamped and released on our website as a free download.

Nick and I are currently writing our new record, to be released some time in 2015. This is the slowest and most diligently we have worked on a record- holding ourselves to a standard that we set some time ago. When the record is finished, we hope you take some time to listen to it and let us share it with you. We’re grateful for the friends and listeners we have surrounding us in our journey so far. Here’s to new relationships, old ones, and a continuation of music that we hope we can sing together, dance to, and feel in our souls.

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David Cook Wed, 04 Feb 2015 10:13:47 +0000 aaron Saturday, March 7th
w/ Jessika Nickel & Evan Bartels, Dan Tedesco
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $22: Advance || $25: Day of Show || $60: Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet:
- General Admission Ticket
- Early Entry
- Post Soundcheck Meet & Greet

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Over the last few years, David Cook’s life has been punctuated by extraordinary highs and devastating lows. In short order, the 28-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician won the seventh season of America’s most popular television show, American Idol, rewrote chart history with a record-breaking 14 debuts on Billboard’s Digital Songs chart, released his self-titled major-label debut album in November 2008, watched it debut at No. 3 on the Billboard album chart, spawn two Top 20 singles (the platinum “Light On” and “Come Back To Me”), and sell more than a million copies, reaching platinum status. He immediately hit the road for his year-long “Declaration Tour” to support it. In May of that year, Cook’s older brother, Adam, who had been fighting a battle with brain cancer, died of the disease. In December 2009, one day after the tour ended, Cook traveled to New York City to begin writing the songs that would become his second album, This Loud Morning.

“I got off the road and all the things that happened that I hadn’t been dealing with while I was on the road reared their head,” Cook says. “So as I began writing these songs that would eventually make up This Loud Morning, the act of using these songs as therapeutic outlets became a major release for me, and I think the end result is a bit of up, a bit of down, and a lot of honesty.”

The result is a batch of deeply honest, emotional songs that “allow whomever’s listening to look through a window at the past two years of my life,” the Texas-born, Missouri-raised Cook says. “It’s probably the most therapeutic album I’ve ever written.” As Cook was writing the songs, a theme began to emerge. “There were mornings where I woke up and all I wanted to do was pull the blanket back over my head and try again tomorrow,” Cook says. That feeling inspired the album’s opening track, “Circadian,” as well as its closing track, “Rapid Eye Movement,” which includes a line from which the album’s title is taken: “Give me one more quiet night before this loud morning gets it right and does me in.” “I think everyone’s been at that point where they just feel, ‘Man, the world is loud,’ Cook says. “The only reprieve you get is when you’re asleep. I wanted to blend that feeling with the romantic idea that you can live your entire life during the hours you’re asleep — that there’s this pause button you can use to make sense of the world around you.”

To that end, the album kicks off with the sleep-as-reprieve-themed “Circadian” before telling a story of a relationship from start to finish, launching into several songs about strong relationship bonds, like “Right Here With You,” “Fade Into Me,” and “Take Me As I Am,” before things begin to deteriorate on “Goodbye To The Girl” and first single “The Last Goodbye,” which Cook co-wrote with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder and which is the most musically upbeat song on the album. “I’ve always loved songs that melodically put a smile on your face, but when you tune in to the lyrics, it’s like, ‘What the hell?’” Cook says. “Like ‘Every Breath You Take’ by The Police; that song is so catchy, but the lyrics kinda give off this dark vibe. I like the idea of taking something that throws people off and writing about it in a way that makes them want to embrace it.”

Which is to say that just because This Loud Morning deals with some heavy themes doesn’t mean the album is a downer. “It’s actually more musically up-tempo than any of my previous albums,” Cook says. “I felt like we created a decent base with the last record (2008's David Cook) about where my heart was at musically. I've always enjoyed big sweeping choruses, stuff that kind of kicks you in the chest and knocks the wind out of you a bit. So with this album, I wanted to take that ideal and expand upon it — make the bigs a bit bigger and the smalls a bit smaller. I wanted it to be more intimate, but also more grandiose, and really stretch the boundaries of those two ideals.”

A showcase for Cook’s rich, unfettered rock belt and passionately intense performances, This Loud Morning was produced by Matt Serletic, who has worked with Aerosmith, Rob Thomas, and Willie Nelson, among others. “Matt pulled things out of me that I certainly wouldn’t have gone for on my own,” Cook says. “He is all about the right sounds at the right time for the right reasons, and I think what I learned from him is that it’s not always an easy road to get the right thing. His ability to expand upon the ideas that I brought to the table really made this record what it is.”

Cook’s growth as a singer, songwriter, and musician can be heard in every facet of This Loud Morning. “I feel that we were able to find the perfect landscape for these songs,” Cook says. “Each one is its own living, breathing thing. I've always approached making records the same way I've approached putting a band together: I'm not concerned with the best songs or the best musicians. I'm concerned with the right songs and the right musicians. My focus is to make great records and having something real and truthful to write about really helped. I feel like the growth in this record is musical, it’s lyrical, it's emotional, and that what I've hit on is something that a lot of people can relate to.”

Having been a musician and performer since he was a teenager, Cook (who first picked up a guitar at age 12 and formed his first band at 15) is eager to hit the road to support This Loud Morning. “The last record took four and a half months from first day of writing to finished product,” Cook says. “So to go from that to taking a year and a half? I'm ready to play this record for people. I can’t wait to get on a stage, look people in the eye, and see their reaction, whatever it may be. Hopefully it’ll be hands in the air and singing all the words.”

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Vaski Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:05:49 +0000 aaron Saturday, March 28th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance


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American sensation Vaski has spent the better part of two years touring, shaking the globe with his electro-derived dubstep. With releases from the prestigious Rottun Recordings and Play Me Records, Vaski is no stranger to the top of the dubstep kingdom. Starting with his first release, Resonate EP, each of Vaski’s successive relases have enjoyed top-ten status.

When asked about his breakout success, Vaski said, “It isn’t anything I feel directly responsible for. I make music and people like it. I work hard to try to meet expectations of my fans, that’s all I can do.”

The last few months have seen Vaski plant his music live across three continents and nearly a dozen countries. Known for his theatrical stage presence and entertaining antics, seeing Vaski live is more than just a show, it’s an experience.

2011 will be an iconic one for the young producer/performer. With a number of releases hitting the beatport charts soon, the sky’s the limit for the midwestern sensation. With his sights set on continued touring through North America, keep an eye on his website,, for tour dates and other news from the evolving world of Vaski.

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Bol’d Crow // Sherman County Stringband // Bones Jugs N Harmony Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:52:20 +0000 aaron Saturday, March 21st
w/ Bol'd Crow, Sherman County Stringband, Bones Jugs N Harmony
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Barstool Open Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:20:27 +0000 aaron Saturday, February 21st

The Barstool Open is a benefit for United Cerebral Palsy of Nebraska (UCP). Teams of four compete in a round of miniature golf at local bars/restaurants! It's an event based on years of tradition and boasts teams that return year after year to support a great cause and join in the fun!

EAST COURSE INCLUDES: Duffy's Tavern Lazzari's Pizza Downtown Bar: The Ultimate House Party The Bar - Lincoln, NE The Fat Toad Pub Mix-barcade Iguana's Lincoln Bodega's Alley Brass Rail Spigot Wahoo's Tacos and More, Lincoln aka (Wahoo's Fish Taco) Fuzzy's Taco Shop - Lincoln, NE, The Bourbon, and South Campus All benefits the UCP of Nebraska Barstool Open
SIGN UP here --->

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GRiZ Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:50:08 +0000 aaron Monday, April 20th
Annual 4/20 Holidaze Event
w/ Exmag, Muzzy Bearr
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show

Rad Kadillac Productions & The Bourbon Theatre present...


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24 years old. Detroit, MI. Vinyl lover, people hugger.

Show Love, Spread Love

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Yellowcard Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:02:40 +0000 aaron Wednesday, April 8th
w/ Finch, One Ok Rock
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $22: Advance || $25: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, January 30th @ 10 a.m.

The Bourbon Theatre & 1% Productions present...


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For their seventh studio album, Lift a Sail, Yellowcard had a simple but ambitious goal: to outdo everything they’d ever done before. The guitars and drums had to hit harder; the songwriting had to cut deeper; the choruses had to reach heights only hinted at on their previous outings. Frontman Ryan Key believes he and his bandmates—guitarist Ryan Mendez, violinist Sean Mackin, bassist Josh Portman and guest drummer Nate Young (Anberlin)—succeeded on all those fronts. “We really feel like we got where we wanted to be, and made a proper rock ‘n’ roll record,” Key says proudly.

Recorded with longtime producer Neal Avron at The Casita, his studio in Los Angeles, Lift a Sail is Yellowcard’s first album for Razor & Tie and by far their most dynamic, full of massive rock anthems and haunting ballads shot through with Mackin’s evocative violin and string arrangements. Young, who recorded his drum tracks at East West Studios, gives songs like “Transmission Home” an extra hard rock kick, over which Ryan Mendez’ guitars have never churned with more intensity.

After two of the most eventful years of his life, it’s the kind of emotionally cathartic record Key needed his band to make. In 2012, while on tour in Europe, Key met the woman who would become his wife, Alyona Alekhina, a professional snowboarder from Russia. By the end of the year they were engaged—but just a few months later, while training in California, Alekhina suffered a spinal cord injury, causing paralysis below the waist.

In the end, the tragic turn of events brought Key and Alekhina even closer together. Key was at her side for months in intensive care and through the beginnings of physical therapy. They were married in the ICU. “It's been an unimaginable challenge for us both,” Key admits, but his wife’s will and determination through it all has been an inspiration. “She’s incredible. She is by far the strongest human being I’ve ever known, and I know she will walk again."

Key’s whirlwind journey with Alekhina inevitably influenced the lyrics on Lift a Sail, as on the ballad “Madrid,” named after the city in which they met, and album standout “One Bedroom,” which Key wrote about the apartment the couple shared in Denver during the first part of her rehabilitation. Over acoustic guitars that gradually give way to an anthemic power ballad, Key sings, “You’re the one for the rest of time.”

“It was just the two of us most of the time and that apartment seemed to be the only safe place on Earth for us both,” Key remembers. “We went through so much, we shared so much there. So the song is sort of a love letter…letting her know what she means to me.”

“Obviously that was a massive life event,” he adds, “and as a songwriter, it’s hard not to put that down on paper. A lot of the record is about she and I and what we’ve been through.”

Another of Key’s favorite songs on the record, “My Mountain,” is about another important person in his life: his grandfather, a poet who passed away earlier this year and who Yellowcard fans will know as the voice on “Dear Bobbie” from 2007’s Paper Walls. His dying wish was to have his ashes scattered on a family property in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, next to one of his daughters, Key’s aunt, who passed away two years earlier. “As my grandfather was passing, in hospice, he kept asking my mom if he was on the mountain yet. And my mom kept saying, ‘You’ll be there soon.’” Key’s lyrics to “My Mountain” imagine his grandfather looking out from his final resting place: “I have found my mountain/I can be with her/When I finally came across/I recovered all I lost.”

To match the most profound lyrics of Key’s career, Yellowcard had to step up with some of their most risk-taking music. “MSK,” in particular, stands out with a sparse arrangement that sets Key’s emotive vocals against a backdrop of Mackin’s swirling violin and atmospheric keys and electronics, the latter programmed by Nate Young. It’s one of the few Yellowcard tracks ever to feature no guitars or drums at all. “It’s a bold leap for us,” Key declares.

Elsewhere on Lift a Sail, Yellowcard returned their early ‘90s alt-rock roots, finding inspiration in the dense guitars of bands they grew up listening to like Nirvana, Filter, Foo Fighters, and Smashing Pumpkins. Ryan Mendez’ raging guitar parts on hard-charging anthems like “Crash the Gates” and “Illuminate” channel those ‘90s influences into songs that push Yellowcard’s sound well beyond their pop-punk origins—especially when Sean Mackin’s increasingly sophisticated strings come swooping in to take the songs to another level.

“We really changed lanes, I think,” Key explains. “It’s still a massive rock record, but there were a lot of choices made while we were writing the songs that were new for us. We continued to challenge ourselves throughout the writing and recording process.”

The song that perhaps best sums up that attitude is the anthemic title track, whose resilient lyrics (“If a storm blows in on me/I am ready now”) reflect both the inspiring determination of Key’s wife and Yellowcard’s increasingly fearless approach to making music. “It’s the one song that really encompasses this whole experience,” Key declares, looking back on everything he, his family and his bandmates have been through over the past year. “It’s saying, we’re ready for anything now.”

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Author Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:36:35 +0000 aaron Sunday, February 8th
w/ Evan Bartels, Fake Plants, Jordan Maly
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $7: 21 and up || $9: under 21



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Author is an Indie Rock four piece from Minneapolis MN. Their most recent release an EP entitled "People Are Alike All Over" , dropped May of 2012. Author is currently in the process of writing a full length which is set to be recorded in March 2014 and can be expected later that fall.

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INTER ARMA Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:46:45 +0000 aaron Tuesday, May 12th
w/ Yautja
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance


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Formed in 2006, Inter Arma is one of the most talked about heavy bands to come out of Richmond, VA. The group (consisting of T.J. Childers - Drums, Steven Russell - Guitars, Trey Dalton - Guitars, Mike Paparo - Vocals, Joe Kerkes - Bass) formed in 2006 and released their crushing debut full-length Sundown via Forcefield Records in 2010 to much critical acclaim. Combining a punk rock ethos with an esoteric blend of psychedelia, black metal, and doom/sludge, the quintet quickly developed a name for themselves in the underground through relentless touring and mesmerizing live performances. After Sundown's release, Inter Arma began a rigorous DIY touring schedule, playing shows with bands like Cough, Krallice, Mutant Supremacy, Castevet, Royal Thunder, Ken Mode, The Body, Hull, Batillus, Black Breath and many more.

In 2012, the band released a 12" EP entitled Destroyer via Toxic Assets Records. Based on the strength of this EP they immediately signed to Relapse Records and embarked on a self-booked month long tour. The band excitedly commented, "It's pretty crazy to think that we'll be tacitly associated with bands like Neurosis, Amorphis, Human Remains, diSEMBOWELMENT, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Incantation, Mastodon, et al. That's a pretty high standard to hold yourself to, but we'll give it our damndest." Expect Inter Arma to deliver on their promise.

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Lincoln Arts Expo Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:25:17 +0000 aaron Saturday, February 21st
Doors: 7 p.m.
$6: 21 and up || $8: 18 and up

Saturday, Feb 21st I'm pleased to announce the first Lincoln Arts Expo! Hosted by the Bourbon Theatre, the art expo will feature MANY different art vendors and artists themselves selling their work and performing live! The night will also feature live performance art as well as musical acts throughout the night.

There is a lot of work going into this night, please save the date and check back to this event page for more info!!

Confirmed vending artists:

Wanderlust Hoop Co.

High Vibrations Gems and Minerals

Fizzy Lorrest - Glass Artist

Squiggles Frizzles - Hat Pins

Miranda Knutson - Fine Artist

Kismet Colours - Tyedyes & Clothing

Lincoln Hot Glass Studios - Marc Kornbluh and various glass artists

Stephanie Prine - Fine Artist

Spirit Custom Creations - Clothing

Amber Gash- Fine Artist

Roshi - Fine Artist

Scotty Nash - Fine Artist

HighLucyNation - Promotions & Grassroots California

Graydon Loth - Glass Artist

Ryan Mccollum - Glass Artist

Matthew Losee - Glass Artist


Aerial Performances by Surreal De Sade, Celena Renae Malmkar, Sara Benck & Laurel Feller


Music by...

Music Acts being announced Sunday, February 1st!


If you're an artist and would like to get involved, please message me asap as we do have a limited amount of space still available! LAST CALL FOR ADDITIONAL ARTISTS JAN 31ST. Please have anyone get at me as I'd love to involve as many artists as I can! ♥ - Travis Blac


Thanks everyone for the support and love, let's make this one of the biggest nights of 2015!! ONE LOVE!! Nebraska artists!!

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Sons of Bill Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:35:49 +0000 aaron Friday, March 27th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance || $12: Day of Show

The London Souls

Sons of Bill

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“This is a record that takes me back to some of the creative heights we achieved in Wilco,” says producer Ken Coomer about Sons of Bill’s latest LP Love and Logic, due out on Thirty Tigers September 30, 2014. “I’m only interested in making records that are still going to be relevant ten years from now, and this is one of them. It’s unmistakably the real thing.”

This is an ambitious album for the three brothers Sam, Abe, and James Wilson, who share equal duty singing and writing throughout Love and Logic. The Virginia roots obviously run deep, with dreamy pedal steel, banjo, and three part harmonies that could have only been learned at church. But the record moves into enough layered pop productions and rock and roll bravado throughout to keep you guessing as to just who these boys are, and what they’ve been listening to.

It’s easy to say that Sons of Bill can sound more like Townes Van Zandt or early R.E.M. depending on the track, even moving into their own brand of down-home psychedelia that American Songwriter described as a “countrified Pink Floyd.” But the real achievement of Love and Logic is the songwriting, the Wilson brothers’ ability to craft literate and deeply introspective lyrics while still managing to deliver it all as a rock and roll band. It’s a soul-searcher’s soundtrack for an over-stimulated age. A roots rock album that stands out in 2014.

Sons of Bill became more than Charlottesville’s best kept secret with the release of the Sirens LP, a brash rock and roll record, which debuted on the Billboard top 200 and #12 on the Heatseekers chart in 2012. The band toured extensively on both sides of the Atlantic for a year and a half and gained some notoriety for their fiery live performances and road dog work ethic. But Love and Logic certainly marks a turning point for the band– a more sober, reflective, version of themselves– the sound of a band coming into its own.

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Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:36:55 +0000 aaron Friday, March 6th
w/ The Midland Band, Bud Heavy & The High Lifes
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers

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JOSH HOYER and The Shadowboxers is a project formed in late 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. For the last 15 years, Hoyer has been very in demand as a performer in his previous bands, as a solo artist behind the piano and as a session musician and arranger. Spending much of his time booking and promoting in Lincoln at the legendary Zoo Bar and beyond, Hoyer is an influential part of the funk, soul and blues youth movement.

His current 9-piece Soul band includes some of the areas most revered and accomplished musicians, many of whom have toured nationally and internationally, teach music and are asked to back up bands live and in the studio. The band’s sound and passion come from their deep respect, knowledge of and passion for blues, Americana, soul, funk, and many other styles of music.

2013 was a highly successful first year for the band in which they played dozens of festivals, cultivated a large following in a 3-state area, represented NE in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis and were named 2013’s Best Soul/R&B at the Omaha Entertainment Awards.

In January 2014, they released their self-titled debut album to a raucous crowd of 700 at the Bourbon Theatre. Borrowing from Stax, Motown, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the album blends the classic sounds of Soul and R&B, yet has a vibe and sound that is fresh and unique. Each of the 8 songs has a great groove, exceptional lyrical, vocal and instrumental performance, artful arrangement and challenges to be stacked up to many of the best songs in any Soul catalog.

“Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers are coming out firing on all cylinders, smashing styles together to come up with their own groove. Funky soul packed with power, it’s Dr. John meets Al Green backed by Booker T and the MGs. You know, the good stuff.”-Charlie Johnson, Producer/Engineer Fuse Recording

“Joshua Hoyer is one of the Lincoln-Omaha scene’s finest songwriters. His new project gives equal weight to his great songs, his rich, soulful, distinctive vocals and his ability to put together funky, driving and passionate collaborations with his fellow musicians. This band’s sound soars and fills up the dance floor with funky joy.” –B.J.Huchtemann, senior contributing writer, The Reader, Omaha, NE

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Counterpunch (Late Show) Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:02:52 +0000 aaron Saturday, February 14th
Doors: Following Freakworks
18 and up || $8: Advance


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Skate / 90's melodic punk rock band from Chicago, IL. Half Blackhawks / half Red Wings fans. We like beer, kebabs & good tunes. Featuring members of We Are the Union (Paper + Plastick Records) & Break the Silence (Hopeless Records). New full length "Bruises" available August, 5th 2014 from Cyber Tracks (Jen & El Hefe [NOFX])! Check out our pages & follow us on Twitter! Merch available online at BigCartel. Cheers!

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All Young Girls Are Machine Guns & Life Is Cool Wed, 14 Jan 2015 19:03:32 +0000 aaron Friday, February 27th w/ Miniature Horses, XionDoors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m. $6: 21 and up || $8: 18 and up

All Young Girls Are Machine Guns

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All Young Girls Are Machine Guns is sometimes a single singer-songwriter on her ukulele, and sometimes a six piece Doo-Wop and Soul band from Omaha, Nebraska. Formed back in 2009, AYGAMG has taken the last five years to develop their sound from a mish-mash of pop, jazz, country, and blues and fine tuned it into a consistent soulful sound that The Readers' music editor Chris Aponick says "should appeal to Billie Holiday fans and She & Him fans alike."

Life Is Cool


Live debut October 2012. Life Is Cool delivers serious pop music, under the influence of artists, such as Kate Bush, Bryan Ferry, Talking Heads and B-52's.

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Starlito Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:43:28 +0000 aaron Thursday, March 5th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show
*$2 fee for minors at door


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Originally known as All Star Cashville Prince, rapper Jermaine Eric Shute changed his moniker to Starlito after leaving Birdman's Cash Money label. Based out of Nashville, Shute made his official debut in 2005 with his independent album Prince of the Ville. He signed with Cash Money that same year and released the successful single "Grey Goose" with guest stars Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti. The single "Crazy" was released in 2007 with label mate Lil Wayne as guest, and by 2009 he was known as just All Star with a planned album, Cash Money Laundering. The album never appeared and All Star was off the label in 2010, the same year he changed his name officially with the mixtape Starlito's Way 3. His Ultimate Warrior mixtape followed in 2011, while 2012 saw the release of the official album Mental WARfare on the Grind Hard label. The next year the label released Cold Turkey, an album that would place in Top 10 of the hip-hop charts at both iTunes and Google Play.

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Oketo Tour Jumpoff Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:32:55 +0000 aaron Friday, February 20th
w/ Both
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
ALL AGES || $5: Advance || $6: Day of Show
*$2: fee for minors at door

So we've been booking about a weeks worth of dates around the Midwest at the end of February which will be our first "tour" ever. In order to tour we need to do a lot of things, like raise money, to buy a van, and to put gas in that van. As well as other costs! So we are having a kick off show to help us prepare! Please come out and dance and have a good time with us!

We can't wait to see you all again :3

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