BourbonTheatre.com http://bourbontheatre.com Fri, 27 May 2016 21:30:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jabee X Jivin Scientists: Absurd Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/26/jabee-x-jivin-scientists-absurd-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/26/jabee-x-jivin-scientists-absurd-tour/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 20:21:01 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13279 Thursday, June 23rd
Featuring: Jabee, Jivin Scientists
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $7: Advance || $10: Day of Show

*$2 fee for minors at door

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SIR w/ Hana Zara http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/26/sir-w-hana-zara/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/26/sir-w-hana-zara/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 20:09:15 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13273 Saturday, June 18th
w/ Hana Zara
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

SIR

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Denver based band of rock & soul-alt vibes and a dynamic sound that is unparalleled. Featured three years in a row during Austin's South by Southwest, they landed a headlining gig at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and released their first music video (Directed by Drai Lloyd Films) which was invited to join the "Best Music Video" category at the Starz Film Festival, in company with MGMT and Nine Inch Nails.

SIR just wrapped up recording in Los Angeles, CA with Serenity West Studios (Adele, Jason Derulo, Justin Timberlake) and are set to release their first single on June 7, 2016 before heading out on the road.

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Attic Light http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/26/attic-light/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/26/attic-light/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 19:29:02 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13266 Thursday, June 9th
w/ The Birds & The Beards
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

Attic Light

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Attic Light is known for their vigorous and eccentric live performances which have made the rock band a distinct presence in the Midwest. After the release of their self-produced debut EP, Different Shades of Black, the band spent months touring the Midwest, performing and appearing at many prominent venues, regional radio stations, television programs, and publications. Their new record, The EXILE EP, was release on April 8, 2016 and is available at all online stores.

The Kansas City based band recorded The EXILE EP, in Nashville with producer Dohse. “We could not have created something like this if we hadn’t gone to Nashville and worked with the team we did. We immersed ourselves in the process, experimented with new sounds, and I think it comes through in the songs,” says guitarist Michael Pittman.

In collaboration with AGD Entertainment, Attic Light recently finished tour dates to support their recent singles “EXILE” and “Whiskey Love” and is currently preparing a multi-media campaign and summer tour in support of The EXILE EP. So, whether it’s the stimulating fusion of rock and dance or their infectious live energy, brace yourself for the Attic Light frenzy.

Attic Light is Nathan Bowman (vocals, guitar), Michael Pittman (guitar), Patrick Rippeto (bass), and Joseph Dillman (drums).

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Warren G http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/25/warren-g/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/25/warren-g/#comments Wed, 25 May 2016 15:00:25 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13245 Saturday, July 16th
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
18 and up || $25: General Admission Advance || $30: General Admission Day of Show
$45: VIP Balcony Advance || $75: VIP Meet & Greet

VIP Balcony Advance:
- VIP Front of Line Entry
- VIP Bar in Balcony w/ Appetizers
- Tour Mixtape
- Does Not Include Seating

VIP Meet & Greet:
- Early Entry @ 8 p.m.
- Balcony Bar w/ Appetizers
- Tour Mixtape
- VIP Lanyard
- Poster
- Meet & Greet w/ Warren G
- Afterparty Access

Warren G

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Warren G grew up in Long Beach, California listening to his parents’ collection of jazz, funk, and soul, nurturing a deep love for music. In 1990, he formed the group 213, named after the Long Beach area code, with his friends Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg. (The area code in Long Beach, California was later changed to 562). While practicing with 213, and working a full-time job, the young Warren used all his free time creating his own sound and aspired to make it big.

The trio 213 dissolved when two of its members signed with Death Row Records.

Throughout his early solo career, Warren G worked with artists like MC Breed and 2Pac, but his big break came when his vocal collaboration with Mista Grimm, on “Indo Smoke”, appeared on the Poetic Justice soundtrack (1992). Warren’s outstanding rap led to a serious collaboration with his stepbrother Dr. Dre. Dedicated to hard work, that same year, Warren G made major contributions to Dr. Dre’s album The Chronic (released in December 1992), including sampling for “Nuthin’ but a G-Thang”.

Worldwide recognition as a solo artist came immediately after Warren G dropped the smash hit “Regulate”; a duet with Nate Dogg, which topped the charts in 1994. The accompanying album Regulate…G Funk Era (1994) went triple platinum with “This D.J.”, becoming Warren’s second Top 20 hit. The album sold four million copies worldwide, with three million of those sold in the US (certified 3x platinum). Had Warren G signed with Death Row, he would have been one of the label’s biggest selling acts at the time.

1994 would also see Warren G doing a track with former NBA Slam Dunk Champion and NBA All-Star Cedric Ceballos on B-Ball’s Best Kept Secret, a rap album with tracks done almost exclusively by early 1990s NBA players. He would score a #2 hit on the UK singles chart with Adina Howard with “What’s Love Got to Do With It”, from the soundtrack album to the movie Supercop (1992).

Warren G’s second album, Take a Look Over Your Shoulder (1997, Reality), features two singles: the hit “I Shot the Sheriff”(US #20, UK#2), a gold single in the US; and “Smokin’ Me Out” (US #35, UK#14). However, with the G-Funk sound declining in popularity in America by this time, the album only went gold, selling just over 500,000 copies; a far cry from the 3 million sales of his debut CD.

Together with the Norwegian superstar soprano Sissel Kyrkjebø, Warren G had a hit in several European countries with “Prince Igor” on the concept album The Rapsody Overture (1998). The album combined American rappers with European opera singers. Sissel sang an aria from Borodin’s opera Prince Igor (first performed in 1890)during the chorus, while Warren rapped the lyrics from his song “Reality” off “Take a look over your shoulder”.

Warren G had signed to the independent label Restless Records by the release of his third album I Want It All (1999). The album offered a jazz-rock fusion style and featured a host of guests including Snoop Dogg, Mack 10, Kurupt, and Eve. The first single, “I Want It All” (US #23), sampled the song “I Like It” by DeBarge and went gold. Second single “Game Don’t Wait” peaked at #58 on the US R&B Chart. The album was certified platinum in the US.

For his fourth album, Warren G returned to major label distribution; Universal Records released his The Return of the Regulator (2001). The album had one single released, “Lookin’ at You”, which peaked at #72 on the R&B singles chart. By 2004, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Nate Dogg had reunited their group 213 and released the album The Hard Way on TVT Records, which contained the single “Groupie Luv”. The song topped at #48 on the R&B chart. The album, however, peaked at #4 on the US Top 200 Albums chart, and was certified gold.

Warren G released his next new album, In the Mid-Nite Hour October 11, 2005. In December 2005, he signed with UniqueInc LTD (UK); the UK & Éire, Craze Productions of London did the digital distribution and sales on mobile and online, and Hawino Records did the same for the North America release. That year, Warren G also appeared on the reality television show Celebrity Fit Club.

In 2006, he produced the theme song for Ice Cube’s TV show, Black. White. On March 22, Warren G made a song called “Mr. President”, addressing the 2008 presidential candidate race and encouraged everyone to vote. He also appeared in Celebrity Rap Superstar as a mentor.

Three of Warren G’s albums have featured a song by 213: “Game Don’t Wait”, which appeared on his third album I Want It All. “Yo’ Sassy Ways” appeared on his fourth album The Return of the Regulator; and “PYT” appeared on his fifth album In the Mid-Nite Hour (2005).

In 2009, he released his sixth studio album titled The G Files.

After the death of Nate Dogg in March 2011, Warren G released the song “This Is Dedicated To You” to honor his childhood friend and close musical collaborator. The song received positive reviews and continues to perform well. To honor Nate Dogg’s life and work, all proceeds from the sale of this song went directly to Nate Dogg’s mother, family, and charity organization. Although deeply affected by Nate Dogg’s death Warren G has carried on as a solo artist, working on multiple projects, and he has made multiple public appearances to promote various charities and musical venues.

Overall, Warren G has sold eight to ten million records.

From June to September 2013, Warren G accompanied Baby Bash, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DJ Quik, E-40, Mack 10, Suga Free, Tha Dogg Pound, and others on the West Coast Fest tour.

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Plack Blague w/ Manslaughterer http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/24/plack-blague-w-manslaughterer/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/24/plack-blague-w-manslaughterer/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 19:42:51 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13250 Friday, June 10th
Featuring: Plack Blague
w/ Manslaughterer
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Moon Tooth http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/24/moon-tooth/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/24/moon-tooth/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 17:13:17 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13239 Saturday, July 2nd
w/ A Different Breed
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $6: Advance || $8: Day of Show

*$2 fee for minors at door

 

Moon Tooth

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A fireworks display of melody and rhythm, Chromaparagon is more than that too – its progressive, aggressive sound is brimming with soul, riddled with hairpin turns, and delivered with the grace and swing of real virtuosos. Over the course of twelve songs, Moon Tooth mashes together rock, metal, and blues, into a fusion that bursts with color. There are few limits here. Moon Tooth possesses the imagination and skill to swerve into whatever musical direction it wants. But this band wanders without getting lost; it channels its wild dreaming and black-belt chops into an album that drives forward with purpose.

Frontman John Carbone carries forth the tradition of singers with the range and the courage to go for it. Like Jeff Buckley, Into Another's Richie Birkenhead or Shudder to Think's Craig Wedren, Carbone belts it out with a soaring voice that can command quiet subtlety as well as arena-rocking operatics. In poetic, modern-mythic phrases, his lyrics address themes of, in his own words, "trials, perseverance, victory... answering the call of adventure, following what you know to be your true purpose even in the face of danger, uncertainty and fear."

"I made love to my ordeals / By light of holy fire / A lion rearing under ash / All the beasts of un-days loomed / And I saw Mars stand," Carbone sings on the song "Igneous."

Guitarist Nick Lee (also the newest member of veteran heavy metal act Riot, now known as Riot V) extracts entire worlds out of his instrument. His dexterity is matched only by his soulfulness. Backing him are bassist Vincent Romanelli and drummer Ray Marte who glide swiftly from tasty grooves and rhythmic illusions to full-on metal muscularity.

Loosely speaking, some modern-day reference points include The Mars Volta, Mastodon, and Between The Buried And Me. But Moon Tooth is its own, unique, "undeniably strange, totally kick-ass beast" as one MetalSucks editor put it.

Chromaparagon was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Moon Tooth drummer Ray Marte. The vivid cover art was created by Jon Contino. It is preceded by the band's 2013 debut EP, Freaks.

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Candlebox http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/24/candlebox/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/24/candlebox/#comments Tue, 24 May 2016 16:23:22 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13234 Wednesday, July 20th
w/ Temple Agents, Ages Apart
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $23: G.A. Advance || $26: G.A. Day of Show
$38: Reserved Seating || $200: VIP Table for 4

*$2 Fee for minors at door

Candlebox

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Candlebox, the influential, multi-platinum rock band from the powerful 90’s Seattle music movement, returns with their long-overdue sixth album Disappearing in Airports on April 22. The new album showcases the group’s introspective and poetically candid songwriting with their signature musical immediacy.

Formed in Seattle in 1991, Candlebox went quadruple platinum with their 1993 self-titled debut and released two more acclaimed and top-selling albums (1995’s Lucy and 1998’s Happy Pills) before going on a hiatus in 2000. Candlebox regrouped with a 2006 tour, then put out Into the Sun in 2008, followed by 2012’s Love Stories & Other Musings. Candlebox remains one of the most highly requested and played groups on radio, including the band’s mega hits “Far Behind” and “You.”

For Disappearing in Airports, the band worked with producers Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Everclear, Rivers of Nihl), cutting the record at Think Loud Studios in York, Pennsylvania. With Martin, Dave Krusen on drums, Adam Kury on bass and the addition of guitarists Mike Leslie and Brian Quinn, the recommitment to creating music that is ‘pissed and urgent’ as well as bringing a new energy to the live show is at this records’ core.

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The Skatalites http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/18/the-skatalites/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/18/the-skatalites/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 20:06:42 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13224 Saturday, September 17th
Doors: 7 p.m. ||Show: 8 p.m.
$18: Advance General Admission || $22: Day of Show
$35: Reserved Seating*

*$2 Fee for minors at door
* Reserved Seating = Non-Assigned Seating
* General Admission = Standing Room Only

The Skatalites

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The Skatalites began performing in Jamaica in May 1964. The group was so hot that their first rehearsal became a show. So many people had lined up outside the venue, they decided to just charge admission and let everybody in! They were the top musicians on the island at the time, having come together after playing in different bands and on various recording sessions. These records were made to be played at the many competing sound systems around the island. The band became legendary, backing all the developing artists of the day, such as Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and “The Wailing Wailers” featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. These groups were all recording on the new beat called ska, which had an infectious rhythm that was catching on like wildfire. Eventually, the beat slowed down into rocksteady, and then reggae. This wildfire spread unstoppably around the world, developing into a huge musical tree with many stylistic branches, including lovers rock, dub, dancehall/ ragga, ska-punk,, and others. Hugely popular groups, like The Police, The Clash, The Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, all have their roots firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.

Since reforming after an almost 20 year hiatus in 1983, and beginning regular touring as a unit in 1989, they have not stopped thrilling audiences in every corner of the globe. Even after more than 50 years, and various lineup changes as members leave one stage for another, the band continues to perform and record new music in the inimitable Jamaican style, like only they can. The road has been long and hard, and sadly, seen most of the original members pass on. Often asked “when will you stop?” and “how do you keep doing it after all these years?”, the answer is simple: never – It’s the love of the music and the way our fans respond that keep us going Forward!

Featuring original vocalist Doreen Shaffer, along with the current lineup of outstanding musicians they have chosen to accompany them, the band proudly presents live the music of Jamaican Ska. Forever indebted to the inspiration and talent of: Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Don Drummond, Jerome “Jah Jerry” Haynes, Lloyd Knibb, Tommy McCook, Donat “Jackie” Mittoo, John “Dizzy Johnny”Moore, and Lester Sterling, collectively known as The Skatalites.

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Beats Antique http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/18/beats-antique-3/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/18/beats-antique-3/#comments Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:55 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13212 Sunday, October 2nd
w/ Too Many Zooz, Thriftworks
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $22: Advance || $27: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Saturday, May 21st @ 10 a.m.

Beats Antique

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Celebrating its tenth anniversary with its tenth studio release, the Bay Area’s wildly innovative performance dynamo Beats Antique emerges from the studio with a brand new album and stage show to mark the milestone. With legendary sets at some of the most iconic venues and festivals around the world and collaborations with superstars from Les Claypool to Bassnectar, the next chapter in the trio’s story takes them back to a mysterious world.

When multi-instrumentalists David Satori and Tommy Cappel and choreographer Zoe Jakes dove into development of the new Beats Antique era, the concept of Shadowbox emerged. Driven by the infinite wonders of the deceptively simple design, the narrative of shadows and light, of darkness and contrast, of reality and surreality propelled the music and vision into new territory.

Capturing the heart of the Beats Antique sound means skirting that divide between the electric and the acoustic. Balkan melodies strung over crashing cymbals and marching band horn lines run smack into contemporary electronic grooves. It might be the drums and brass or the sweeping psychedelic strings that will take you for a ride down the rails of a steampunk circus. It’s chaos and cacophony on a very tight leash.

All three members shared production duties to harness the sound they first stumbled upon a decade ago: far east meets wild west. Bringing in sarod master Alam Khan (son of Ali Akbar Khan) Jakes was able to take her study of Indian classical dance from the stage to the studio. Russian singer Tatiana Kalmykova resurrected an ancient folk language to evoke a haunting fairy tale that feels at home in the shadows. Beats Antique also recruited rising stars of brass house TOO MANY ZOOZ for the horn-fueled funk and punk central to their sound.

As always, Tommy Cappel focused his efforts on the beats and bass production, while David Satori assembled an armory of stringed, plucked, and bowed instruments from far-flung lands to adorn the low-end foundation. All samples were created live in the studio—a hallmark of the lush warmth of a Beats Antique record.

The Shadowbox stage show will be teased at Red Rocks and Electric Forest before its full unveiling this fall. Taking the theme of shadow play and expanding the concept forward and backward in time, the core members dove deep, influenced by ancient practices of Indonesian shadow puppetry, falling into the world of wayang kulit, the eons long tradition of storytelling where epic tales unfold into the wee hours of the morning.

Enormous lanterns adorn the stage, casting light upon a maze of curtains where playful new characters dance and fight and rejoice and mourn. Beats Antique is breaking the boundaries of conventional wisdom. Why can’t an electronic music performance encompass a range of emotion?

This isn’t a nuclear-powered laser light show from the ever-intensifying optical arms race of the EDM industry. This is one of the earliest methods of storytelling brought from the past into the present. “The digital is there to enhance the analog,” notes Jakes. “We’re here to tell a story,” Satori adds.

Bringing an album from the shadows of the studio to the brightly lit stage is what Beats Antique does best. These are storytellers for a digital age—equipped with the newest technology and ancient traditions. This is where the Beats meet the Antique.

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The O’s http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/12/the-os/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/12/the-os/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 17:36:00 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13199 Wednesday, June 29th
Rye Room
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $7: Advance || $7: Day of Show
*$2 fee for minors at the door

The O's

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We started our group in the summer of 2008 in Dallas, Texas having known each other through all of our other groups (Polyphonic Spree, Young Heart Attack, Slick 57, Rose County Fair, Hi-Fi Drowning.) It was an easy upstart and took no time jumping in head first. We both had songs that we felt needed to be played but no band to use as an outlet. Three months later, we entered the recording studio and recorded an EP which ended up being half of our first album "We Are The O’s" (2009 Idol Records) produced by Jeff Halbert (Nick Cave, St. Vincent.)

We have since toured relentlessly all across the US, UK, Europe, and even jaunted to Hawaii, hi-fiving friends and fans alike; just trying to keep ourselves out on the road and creating new music for good people. In 2011, we recorded our second album with the Grammy award winning Stuart Sikes. Entitled “Between The Two,” we played every instrument on the album like before and had Stuart man the helm. It was liberating and exciting and brought us further than we had been before.

We hit the road again jumping back and forth across the great ponds, made music videos, bought and broke vans, bought and broke gear, ate poorly, ate well, had fun and not so much fun, met amazing people, learned a lot about life, forgot a lot of things, slept a little, bought and wore out hundreds of pairs of pants and shirts, resoled our cowboy boots countless times, played with incredible artists, performed on TV shows, talk shows, radio shows, festivals, clubs, bars, restaurants, several different countries and continents, swam in clear water, dredged through the gulf, and other countless, endless adventures to name.
We did this all as we have always, to make good music for good people.

Our third album, "Thunderdog," was released in July of 2013. We recorded the majority of the album, at the recommendation of our great producer, Chris “Frenchie” Smith, in Tornillo, TX at the legendary Sonic Ranch Studio. It’s a magical studio where we could stay on site, eat on site, and record without distractions (other than the delicious Sonic Ranch "Salsa de Roja" that lead to many debates on whether or not anything would taste good without it afterwords…) We finished up the album at The Bubble in Austin, TX and took to the road yet again.

It’s currently November 2014. We’ve just now finished our fourth album Honeycomb! We took a much different approach on this record. We called upon Frenchie to run the show again, but instead of entering a studio and cranking out the hits, we decided to rent two cabins behind the River Road Ice House in New Braunfels, Texas and set up a mobile rig to track with. Needless to say, no one has recorded there before. It was perfect! We spent all day and night recording. It was just so much fun and we hope that it shows with each listen. We kept it simple: basically just a U47, an ELA 251, a couple of BAE 1073’s, and the Radar system. It’s easily the best set of tunes we’ve ever done.

A slight difference was that we had some guests on this record. Frenchie played some shredding guitar on “Shooting Star,” and we had the legendary crooner Justin Currie sing on “Woken Up.” We did a huge tour with Del Amitri last year and became excellent friends with Justin. It was extremely sweet of him to join us for this. Also, the Ice House is a live music venue so we’d also like to thank everyone who played during those two weeks – if you listen close enough you can slightly hear them in the background! A nice jump in production value, huh?

Always looking forward to meeting y’all down the line. We’ll see you folks soon.

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Micro Wrestling Federation http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/12/micro-wrestling-federation-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/12/micro-wrestling-federation-2/#comments Thu, 12 May 2016 17:01:11 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13188 Friday, June 24th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $12: General Admission || $20: General Reserved Seating
$25: Ring Side Reserved Seating

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Micro Wrestling Federation was the first touring midget wrestling group in America, was founded in the year 2000 and has been on tour for 14 years straight.

The group brings a highly energetic and electrifying show that has been seen in all 48 of the continental United States. The micro wrestlers currently do approximately 250 shows a year and have successfully produced and performed at over 3,000 shows nationwide.

Since our inception, Micro Wrestling Federation has been featured several times on national television, including Fox Television’s “Bones”, Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss”, TruTv’s “Full Throttle” and Country Music Television’s “Strangest Ways To Make A Buck”. We are currently in the development stage of our own reality TV series.

We showcase a very unique brand of sports entertainment that continues to showcase the athletic skills of our little people. Our group of midget wrestlers are world-class athletes that are able to perform at the highest (and lowest) levels.

The events we perform at range from bars, nightclubs, arena’s, outdoor events, festivals, corporate events, colleges, high schools, private functions, music venues and many more.

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Zakk Wylde http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/10/zakk-wylde/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/10/zakk-wylde/#comments Tue, 10 May 2016 14:00:11 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13179 Thursday, August 11th
w/ Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Jared James Nichols
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $29: Advance || $33: Day of Show

Zakk Wylde

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Don’t ask what Zakk Wylde has been up to in the two decades that passed between the release of the singer and guitar legend’s debut solo album, Book of Shadows, and its newly-minted, equally moving and introspective sequel, Book of Shadows II. In all truthfulness, a better question would be, “What hasn’t Zakk Wylde gotten into?”

He kicked booze before it killed him and now squeezes endless joy from life with both fists. He’s possessed of boundless energy, relentless enthusiasm, and insurmountable charm. His limitless strength of will allows him to lord over a mini-empire that includes Wylde Audio, The Black Vatican recording studio, hot sauces, and Wylde’s very appropriately named Valhalla Java Odinforce Blend coffee. Sure, artists like St. Vincent and Arcade Fire have gotten into the caffeinated beverage game, but none draw the same inhuman power from the magic beans as Wylde.

The fearlessly introspective melancholy and melody of Book of Shadows helped to make its follow-up one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. As fierce and diverse as his work in BLS and as large as his accomplishments as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne have been, Book of Shadows II offers an even richer look into the spirit and psyche of one of the most beloved pillars of the hard rock community. Brand new tracks like “Sleeping Dogs,” “Tears of December,” “Darkest Hour,” “Harbors of Pity,” and “The King” are bold proclamations of intense feeling and powerful catharsis.

As frontman for Black Label Society, the New Jersey born West Coast transplant has led the band across nine studio albums, two live records, an EP, and countless international tours. Black Label Society songs like “Stillborn,” “My Dying Time,” “Bleed for Me,” and “In This River” (his tribute to his fallen friend, the late Dimebag Darrell of Pantera) are all certifiable hard rock anthems, inexorably linked to Wylde’s larger-than-life persona. He’s the ultimate embodiment of rowdy rock n’ roll warrior. He’s also father to four children, fiercely devoted to his wife, Barbaranne, and a deeply trusted loyal brother in the heavy metal community.

Zakk Wylde has been immortalized by the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame, countless rock music publications, and Guitar World’s 2012 Rock N’ Roll Roast, where William Shatner, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Scott Ian from Anthrax, and Guns N’ Roses legend Duff McKagan were among the friends and peers who assembled to good naturedly mock Father Zakk’s beard, muscles, and rowdy demeanor. Sharon Osbourne served as roast master, which made perfect sense – after all, it was her husband who plucked Wylde from obscurity on the strength of a demo tape, helping ensure the “bullseye” guitar design would reach iconic status.

One of the modern generation’s few true guitar giants, Wylde served as spiritual successor to the late Randy Rhoads as axeman for Ozzy Osbourne, collaborating and co-writing on Ozzy classics like “Mama I’m Coming Home” and “No More Tears.” His tenure with The Ozzman includes co-writing and recording several studio albums, three live albums, a Grammy for “I Don’t Want to Change the World” and countless world tours and television appearances. Wylde co-wrote Ozzy’s biggest selling album, No More Tears, as well as the bulk of the double platinum Ozzmosis.

Zakk Wylde’s powerful pipes, mayhem-inducing charisma, mischievous humor, and instantly recognizable pinch-harmonic driven blues based histrionic guitar shredding have made him the world’s most beloved American Guitar Hero.

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Hakim http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/04/hakim/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/04/hakim/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 20:39:11 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13170 Friday, May 27th
w/ Indigenous AK, Cameron Golden Lion, Dey-Jean, Chris.Topher
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $5: 21 and up || $7: Under 21

Hakim

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Quality Time with Jordan Kleine http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/04/quality-time/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/04/quality-time/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 20:24:39 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13167 Friday, May 20th
Hosted by Jordan Kleine
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

8 Comedians. 3 Rounds. Single Elimination.
YOU decide who moves on!

1st round: Best 5
2nd round: Character Set
3rd round: Best 8-10

This month's featuring comedians...
TBA

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Young Dubliners http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/04/young-dubliners/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/04/young-dubliners/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 20:17:55 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13162 Sunday, August 21st
w/ The Killigans
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $15: General Admission || $25: GA Reserved Seating*

*GA Reserved Seating: Non-Assigned Seating
**$2 fee for minors at door

Young Dubliners

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The hardest working band in Celtic Rock are back at it! After a winter tour that started in Alaska, cruised to the Bahamas then finished in Dublin, Ireland, the band are ready to get back to working their home from home.

As usual with the summer festival season looming, they find themselves in high demand around the US, playing dates all over the country.

"We are very appreciative of how the bands fans have continued to support the live shows. Makes for a crazy, enjoyable summer despite the hectic travel schedule" says lead singer Keith Roberts.

In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called 'Celtic Rock', that label, as labels can often be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it's not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. "That was always the idea", Keith explains. "The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn't Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. Everyone writes now so you never know what you'll end up with when we write"

"Drawing from all nine albums makes for an interesting set list every night and keeps us on our toes" says Roberts. "Playing new cities and venues each year gives us another type of boost. The US is such a huge market full of little hidden treasures in the form of festivals and clubs, there is never a dull moment".

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Trashbag Ponchos Springtime Spooktacular http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/04/trashbag-ponchos-springtime-spooktacular/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/04/trashbag-ponchos-springtime-spooktacular/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 18:59:08 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13157 Friday, May 13th
w/ Trashback Ponchos, Not Ben Shin, La Musa Confusa
Rye Room
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || FREE: 21 and up || $5: Under 21

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Stephen “Ragga” Marley: The Fruit of Life Summer Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/03/stephen-ragga-marley/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/05/03/stephen-ragga-marley/#comments Tue, 03 May 2016 17:08:42 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13140 Tuesday, June 21st
w/ Jo Mersa Marley, Erika Newell, Ranoy Gordon, Rochelle Bradshaw, Nicholas Laraque
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $23: Advance || $26: Day of Show

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Stephen "Ragga" Marley is the second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He was raised in Kingston, Jamaica and started singing professionally at seven-years old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella as The Melody Makers. The singer/songwriter/musician/producer has consecutively landed #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart for all of his solo albums and has earned a total of eight Grammys for Best Reggae Album. He won this accolade as a solo artist for Mind Control, Mind Control Acoustic and  Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, as producer for Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley’s Half Way Tree and Welcome To Jamrock and as a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers for Conscious Party, One Bright Day and Fallen Is Babylon. His forthcoming album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, will be released this summer through InGrooves on Ghetto Youths International, his label co-owned with his brothers Damian and Julian. The album is the second installment in a two part series, following Revelation Part I: The Root of Life (2012).  Whereas The Root of Life is a celebration and preservation of roots reggae filled with powerful messages, enriching spirit and live instrumentation, The Fruit of Life will utilize a diversified sonic palette to express the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres, especially hip hop. The new album features a variety of guest collaborations with Rick Ross, Pitbull ,Dead Prez, Hip Hop legend Rakim, DJ Khaled, Wacka Flocka Flame , Busta Rhymes, Iggy Azalea , Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought (of The Roots), Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Capleton, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Ky-mani Marley, Jo Mersa and more . In 2015, Stephen toured the United States throughout the summer and fall to gear up for the release of the upcoming album.

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Radio Birds w/ Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/20/radio-birds-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/20/radio-birds-2/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:22:05 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13124 Monday, June 27th
w/ Evan Bartels & The Stoney Lonesomes
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $7: Advance

Radio Birds

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To see and hear them now, you might never believe that a few short years ago Radio Birds had a completely different lineup, look, and sound. In early 2013, rising united from their earlier musical experiences, these four young men decided to take a risk and start completely over with a new name and sound. They quickly worked up a batch of new songs, and by that summer they had recorded a successful EP and had begun playing extensively, even winning the 2013 Masquerade Musicians Showcase in Atlanta, GA. Within a year of their rechristening, they were booked for The Rock Boat 2014 (and 15!), were featured in a major motion picture (Jason Momoa's Road to Paloma), played SXSW, and attracted the services of indie Atlanta label Brash Music. Things have moved quickly for a reason, and everyone involved points back to two causes: Radio Bird's irresistible character and undeniably unique sound.

That sound is simple: Plain-Old Rock and Roll Music with a distinctly hairy touch. Meaning, it is not clean, it is not easy, (or too difficult), and it is not The Next Logical Revival of a Previously Popular Genre From the Seventies. It is what you get when four guys all write music with the basic beliefs that it must be played live, and it must be played everywhere. Each of their songs is different from the others and is balanced by the web of harmonies that entangles the whole group. Everybody sings, and sometimes, you just can't help but sing along.

Radio Birds has taken their sound out to the world, and their dedicated touring and writing schedule proves one thing: Radio Birds wants you to hear them now more than ever. They are proud to announce an exciting new album, recorded at the world-famous Southern Tracks studio, featuring an impressively diverse set of songs and even additional instrumentation by Will Turpin (Collective Soul) and Mark O'Connor. Equipped with new songs, longer hair, and scruffier beards, they look forward to spending the next several months bringing this music to everyone who will listen.

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Wheeler Walker Jr. http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/20/wheeler-walker-jr/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/20/wheeler-walker-jr/#comments Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:58:23 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13112 Wednesday, June 1st
w/ Birdcloud
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $15: Advance || $18: Day of Show

Wheeler Walker Jr.

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If, as Kinky Friedman once said, “an artist is a man who’s ahead of his time and behind on his rent,” then consider Wheeler Walker, Jr. the Michelangelo of country music. Now, of course I’m biased, being a dear friend of the man’s for going on damn near thirty years now. But keep in mind: I’m an official Colonel of the Great State of Kentucky. They don’t hand that shit out to just anybody.

You can’t begin to talk about Wheeler without first talking about the Bluegrass State. We ain’t talkin’ ‘bout the Ashley Judd, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Ray Cyrus version of Kentucky. Wheeler comes from that special Kentucky dirt, the dirt that brought us Hunter S. Thompson, Loretta Lynn, the Everly Brothers & Johnny Depp (Just his good movies of course. Not that lame Pirates dogshit.)

I still remember the first time I laid eyes on young “Wheels” (as he was known back then). A local talent contest in nineteen-eighty something. The kid had a gift. Singin’ those Hank Jr. and George Strait songs better than the originals. He didn’t win that day, on account o’ him changing the lyrics of “All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight” to “All My Rowdy Friends Will Blow Each Other Tonight”. But a friendship was sealed, and in some ways, the Wheeler I met that day hasn’t changed a lick: Pissin’ people off, can’t win for losin’… but making sure nobody who saw him would ever forget the name Wheeler Walker, Jr.

So it came as no surprise to me (or his lovely, supportive parents) that when I went off to the University of Kentucky, Wheeler decided to skip the whole college thing and instead boarded a bus to Nashville. (I graduated with an English degree. Most Colonels do. Diction is the forte of all Kentucky Colonels, and an integral part of what makes us who we are.)

Wheeler got his first breaks early. Famed country A&R man Ronnie Phillips heard him playing at the Bluebird Café and signed him to Capitol Nashville. He was partying with the new “young bloods” in town: Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban. I remember envying his life in those days: Stayin’ up late, drinkin’ beer, smokin’ grass, knee deep in that sweet Tennessee muff. Wheeler had it all.

Unfortunately Wheeler could never quite get along with “the man”. Wheeler doesn’t like being told what to do. Never has. That’s what his heroes Waylon, Willie, Johnny and Hank taught him.

After refusing to censor his songs, Capitol dropped him. (Wheeler being Wheeler, he broke into the studio to steal back his master tapes – but those studios are dark at night, and he ended up stealing some shitty Lee Greenwood album instead. I’ve still got a framed portrait of the both of us pissing on it while it burned.)

It was the same scenario with RCA, Giant, Arista… and so on and so forth. The stories became the stuff of Nashville legend: Wheeler signs record deal, Wheeler raises all kinds o’ hell, Wheeler threatens to murder the CEO, Wheeler fucks the CEO’s wife… and the cycle repeats itself. Country music’s most talented artist, and not even a damn single to show for it.

And listen, even I’ll admit it’s a hell of a story. But it took the focus away from the music. And that’s a damn shame. Because for all the folklore that surrounded him, everyone knew Wheeler was the best singer-songwriter in Music City. It’s just that the rest of the world didn’t. Because there was no way for them to hear him.

Until now.

Yes, I know that Wheeler’s debut album is already being called “the filthiest country album in history”. But to merely label it as that would be a crime. It’s one of the finest country albums ever put to wax (or files, or whatever). Eleven songs of the most ass-kicking, moving and heartfelt real country you’ll ever hear.

Produced by the great Dave Cobb (who’s produced Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson & Wheeler’s old pal Sturgill Simpson) and backed up by a crack band of Nashville’s finest players, this is what country music is supposed to be.

Or why not just take it from Wheeler himself, on account of the fact that he’s sitting across from me, yelling at me to get this shit done so we can hit the town and raise some hell: “Booker, this ain’t a fuckin’ joke. This is real music. Real songs. It’s about something. Sure, I talk about clits and farts and shit, but it’s only because I can finally say what the fuck I want, without some old fuckin’ shithead tellin’ me I gotta tone it down. This album just gushed outta me… like a jerk you’ve been holdin’ in for five days.”

So, what happens if the album doesn’t sell? Wheeler paid for it himself (distributing it through the fine folks at Thirty Tigers). And even he’ll admit, it’s all the money he’s got left.

“If the album don’t work, fuck ‘em. Not a big deal. I’ll just move back to my parents’ old place in Kentucky. Be one of those drunk Kentucky shut-ins. You know what they say about playin’ guitars and orgasms: you can do ‘em both by yourself.”

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Tab Benoit http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/19/tab-benoit-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/19/tab-benoit-2/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:00:48 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13099 Wednesday, July 13th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $22: Advance || $26: Day of Show || $36: Reserved Seating

Tab Benoit

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Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who’s definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends.

The nightly impromptu gigs were enough to inspire Benoit to assemble his own band – a stripped down bass-and-drums unit propelled by his solid guitar skills and leathery, Cajun-spiced vocal attack. He took his show on the road in the early ‘90s and hasn’t stopped since.

Benoit landed a recording contract with the tiny, Texas-based Justice Records and released a series of well-received recordings, beginning in 1992 with Nice and Warm, an album that prompted comparisons to blues guitar heavyweights like Albert King, Albert Collins and even Jimi Hendrix. Despite the hype, Benoit has done his best over the years to maintain a commitment to his Cajun roots – a goal that often eluded him when past producers and promoters tried to turn him and his recordings in a rock direction, often against his better instincts. These Blues Are All Mine, released on Vanguard in 1999 after Justice folded, marked a return to the rootsy sound that he’d been steered away from for several years.

That same year, he appeared on Homesick for the Road, a collaborative album on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, with fellow guitarists Kenny Neal and Debbie Davies. Homesick not only served as a showcase for three relatively young but clearly rising stars in the blues constellation, but also launched Benoit’s relationship with Telarc that came to fruition in 2002 with the release of Wetlands – arguably the most authentically Cajun installment in his entire ten-year discography.

Later in 2002, Benoit released Whiskey Store, a collaborative recording with fellow axemaster and Telarc labelmate Jimmy Thackery. Also along for the ride on Whiskey Store are harpist Charlie Musselwhite and Double Trouble – the two-man rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton that backed Stevie Ray Vaughn on his brief but luminous blues career.

After a prolific first year with Telarc, Benoit continued to explore the bayou backbeat in 2003 with the June release of Sea Saint Sessions, a collection of gritty, Cajun-flavored tracks recorded at Big Easy Recording Studio (better known among musicians in the region as Sea Saint Studio) in New Orleans. In addition to Benoit and his regular crew – bassist Carl Dufrene and drummer Darryl White – Sea Saint Sessions includes numerous guest appearances by Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Cyril Neville, Brian Stoltz and George Porter.

That same year, Benoit and Thackery took their dueling guitar show on the road and recorded a performance at the Unity Centre for Performing Arts in Unity, Maine. The result is Whiskey Store Live, a high-energy guitar fest released in February 2004.

Benoit returned in 2005 with Fever for the Bayou, a straight up Louisiana blues recording that seamlessly merges his own songcraft with that of Elmore James, Buddy Guy and other masters. Fever for the Bayou also includes guest appearances by Cyril Neville (vocals and percussion) and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (vocals).

Benoit dug further into his roots in 2006 with the release of Brother to the Blues, a recording that encompasses not only his trademark Cajun blues but also traditional country and vintage R&B. Joining him on the project are members of the cult blues/R&B/rock combo Louisiaina LeRoux, veteran country songwriter Billy Joe Shaver, Americana pioneer Jim Lauderdale and Cajun fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux. Brother to the Blues received a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album.

Benoit’s Power of the Pontchartrain, released in June 2007, is in many ways a musical tribute to the natural beauty of his homeland and the dedication and perseverance of those who still live there.

An environmental activist as well as a stellar blues musician, Benoit has made the preservation of the endangered delta wetlands his personal crusade. He serves as president of Voice of the Wetlands, an environmental organization he co-founded in 2003, and he appeared prominently in Hurricane on the Bayou, a 2006 documentary by filmmaker McGillivray Freeman that chronicles life in Louisiana after Katrina. Hurricane on the Bayou played in iMax theaters in the U.S., Canada and Europe throughout 2007.

In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) in Memphis.

Benoit’s 2008 release, Night Train to Nashville, was recorded at The Place On Second Street in Nashville in May 2007. The set captures the magic and intensity of Benoit in a live setting, joined by his faithful backup unit and New Orleans mainstay, Louisiana’s LeRoux, and a series of guests representing some of the most talented voices on the current blues, Cajun and country scenes: harpist/vocalist Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), guitarist/vocalist Jim Lauderdale, harpist/accordionist Johnny Sansone, fiddler/washboard player Waylon Thibodeaux and harpist/vocalist and Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson.

In 2010, Benoit received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year for 2009 from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.

Medicine, Benoit’s latest release on Telarc, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. Set for April 2011, the 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne. Engineered by David Z, Medicine spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville, drummer Brady Blade and bassist Corey Duplechin. Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks.

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Buckwheat Zydeco http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/19/buckwheat-zydeco/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/19/buckwheat-zydeco/#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:00:36 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13104 Friday, June 3rd
w/ Lil' Slim
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $22: General Admission || $36: Reserved Balcony Seating

Buckwheat Zydeco

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If you’ve gotten into Zydeco music, or felt its influence, or watched the world celebrate this great aspect of Louisiana culture over the past 30 years it’s likely been because of Buckwheat Zydeco. The band can claim the three largest selling Zydeco albums of all time. No other Zydeco artist has come close to selling as many records or exposing the music to more people around the world. Bringing the unique sound of Zydeco into the musical mainstream, Buckwheat Zydeco released the first-ever major label Zydeco album in 1987: Island Records’ “On A Night Like This.” Last month Jimmy Fallon asked Buckwheat Zydeco to play that title tune with him and the Roots to kick off his final Late Night show before taking over the Tonight Show.

Over the course of Buckwheat Zydeco’s career, Buck has gigged with everyone from Eric Clapton (with whom Buckwheat also recorded) and U2 to The Boston Pops. The band performed at the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics to a worldwide audience of three billion people. Buckwheat Zydeco even performed at both of President Clinton’s Inaugurals. More national television appearances include PBS’s tribute to Paul Simon, where Buck performed with Lyle Lovett; sitting in with Paul Shaffer on The Late Show With David Letterman (and playing “Hot Tamale Baby” for Martha Stewart); and feting Ozzie Ozbourne among other’s on VH-1’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Buck was recently profiled in a ten minute feature by Scott Simon, on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition Saturday. The band has appeared six times on Letterman, and on CNN, The Today Show, MTV, NBC News, CBS Morning News and many others.

Buckwheat Zydeco tours constantly all over the world.

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ZIGGY MARLEY http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/18/ziggy-marley/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/18/ziggy-marley/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:11:24 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13083 Saturday, June 11th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $36: General Admission* || $75: Reserved Balcony Seating
Tickets On-Sale Friday, April 22nd @ Noon

*General Admission = Standing Room Only

ZIGGY MARLEY

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A six-time Grammy winner, Emmy Winner, humanitarian, singer, songwriter and producer, Ziggy Marley has released twelve albums t much critical acclaim. His early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father, Bob Marley. As front man to Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers, the group released eight best-selling albums that garnered three Grammys, with such chart-topping hits as "Look Who’s Dancing," "Tomorrow People" and "Tumbling Down." Ziggy's first solo album, Dragonfly (RCA Records), was released in 2003. His second solo release, Love is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide), won a Grammy in 2006 for “Best Reggae Album.” His third solo album, Family Time (Tuff Gong Worldwide), scored him a 5th Grammy award for “Best Children’s Album.” In 2011, Ziggy released his critically acclaimed 4th studio album Wild And Free, which earned him a Grammy nomination, as well as his first ever comic book entitled MARIJUANAMAN. Ziggy Marley Organics, a GMO-free product line including flavored coconut oils and hemp seed snacks, was started in 2012. The products are distributed throughout the US and are available in over 1000 stores nationwide. His 2012 live album “Ziggy Marley In Concert,” recently earned him his 6th Grammy award for “Best Reggae Album.” To coincide with the release of his latest album “Fly Rasta,” Ziggy is putting out his debut children’s book “I Love You Too,” a coproduction of Akashic Books and Tuff Gong Worldwide on April 15th, 2014. The multicultural picture book is based on one of Ziggy’s most beloved songs of the same title from his Grammy Award-winning album “Family Time,” which explores a child’s relationship with parents, nature and the unstoppable force of love.

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Reverend Horton Heat w/ Unknown Hinson http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/13/reverend-horton-heat-4/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/13/reverend-horton-heat-4/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:37:29 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13073 Sunday, June 26th
w/ Unknown Hinson, Koffin Kats, Lincoln Durham
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $25: Advance || $35: Reserved Seating

Reverend Horton Heat

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The Reverend Horton Heat is perhaps the most popular psychobilly artist of all time, his recognition only rivaled by the esteem generated by the genre's founders, the Cramps. The Reverend (as both the three-man band and its guitar-playing frontman were known) built a strong cult following during the '90s through constant touring, manic showmanship, and a twisted sense of humor. The latter was nothing new in the world of psychobilly, of course, and Heat's music certainly kept the trashy aesthetic of his spiritual forebears. The Reverend's true innovation was updating the psychobilly sound for the alternative rock era. In his hands, it was something more than retro-obsessed kitsch -- it had roaring distorted guitars, it rocked as hard as any punk band, and it didn't look exclusively to pop culture of the past for its style or subject matter. Most of the Reverend's lyrics were gonzo celebrations of sex, drugs, booze, and cars, and true to his name, his concerts often featured mock sermons in the style of a rural revivalist preacher. The band's initial recordings were released by that bastion of indie credibility, Sub Pop, at the height of the grunge craze; after a spell on the major label Interscope, the Reverend Horton Heat returned to the independent world, still a highly profitable draw on the concert circuit.

Reverend Horton Heat -- the man, not the band -- was born James C. Heath in Corpus Christi, Texas. Growing up, he played in local rock cover bands around the area but was more influenced by Sun Records' rockabilly, electric Chicago blues, and country mavericks like Junior Brown, Willie Nelson, and Merle Travis. According to legend, he spent several years in a juvenile correction facility, and at 17 was supporting himself as a street musician and pool shark (according to the Reverend, however, the story was fabricated by Sub Pop to add color to his greaser image). Heath eventually moved to Dallas, where he found work at a club in Deep Ellum. There, he gave his first performance in 1985 as Reverend Horton Heat, christened as such by the club's owner. Heat played the city's blues-club circuit for a while, performing mostly for polite crowds and swing dancing enthusiasts. Craving the excitement of a rock & roll show, and seeking a more financially rewarding avenue to help with his child support payments, Heat revamped his sound and moved into rock and punk venues. In 1989, he added bassist Jimbo Wallace to his band, and drummer Patrick "Taz" Bentley soon completed the lineup.

Smoke 'Em If You Got 'EmReverend Horton Heat were a big hit around the area, and soon began touring extensively all around the country. They ultimately landed a deal with the prominent Seattle-based indie label Sub Pop, and in 1991 issued their debut album, Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em, which featured fan favorites like "Eat Steak," "Marijuana," "Bad Reputation," and "Love Whip." The band kept building its audience through steady touring, and received considerable media attention for 1993's sophomore effort The Full Custom Gospel Sounds of the Reverend Horton Heat. Produced by the Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes, it spawned a minor MTV hit in "Wiggle Stick," and also included Heat staples "400 Bucks" and "Bales of Cocaine."

Liquor in the Front Having amassed a significant underground following, Horton Heat signed a major-label deal with Interscope in 1994, and debuted that year with a joint release between Interscope and Sub Pop, Liquor in the Front (subtitled "Poker in the Rear" for anyone who missed the first double-entendre). This time around, Heat had an even more unlikely producer in Ministry's Al Jourgensen; he also had major-label bucks, which contributed to a ratcheting up of the hell-raising lifestyle he often sang about, and eventually the temporary worsening of a drinking problem. In the meantime, drummer Bentley left the band later in 1994 to join Tenderloin; he was replaced by Scott "Chernobyl" Churilla.

It's Martini TimeHorton Heat returned in 1996 with It's Martini Time, which featured several nods to the swing and lounge revival scenes emerging around that time; as a result, the title track became a minor hit, and the album became their first to chart in the Top 200. That year, Heat made his small-screen acting debut thanks to his on-stage preacher schtick, which earned him a guest spot on the acclaimed drama Homicide: Life on the Street. The following year, he appeared on The Drew Carey Show. The band's final major-label album, Space Heater, arrived in 1998; after its release, the gigantic label mergers of that year resulted in the band being dropped from Interscope. In the wake of their exit, Sub Pop released a 24-song best-of compilation, Holy Roller, in 1999, covering their entire output up to that point.

Spend a Night in the Box Undaunted, they continued to tour, and in 2000 recorded the more straightforward rockabilly album Spend a Night in the Box for the Time Bomb label. This time, Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary manned the production booth. The Reverend next surfaced on Artemis Records with 2002's Lucky 7, his hardest-edged album in quite some time. Its single, "Like a Rocket," was selected as the theme song for that year's Daytona 500 race. Buoyed by the publicity, Heat signed a new deal with Yep Roc in 2003. His first album for the label, Revival, appeared the following year, as did a live DVD. In 2005, he gave the world its first psychobilly holiday album, We Three Kings. Three years later, the frontman unveiled his side project Reverend Organdrum, which explored a wider range of retro sounds with Hi-Fi Stereo. Laughin' & Cryin' with Reverend Horton Heat appeared from Yep Roc in 2009, followed by 2012's 25 to Life, a live documentary/greatest-hits CD/DVD box set released to coincide with the group's 25th anniversary.

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Possessed by Paul James http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/12/possessed-by-paul-james/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/12/possessed-by-paul-james/#comments Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:37:33 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13067 Wednesday, May 4th
w/ Kevin Chasek of Laughing Falcon
Rye Room
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance || $12: Day of Show

*$2 fee for minors at door

Possessed by Paul James

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Possessed by Paul James is originally from Florida, and was born into a Mennonite family. He gives credit to his parents for instilling the value of service to others that is evidenced in his teaching of students with special needs and when Konrad Wert morphs into the performer Possessed by Paul James, the medium may change, but the desire to make a difference in people’s lives doesn’t. When Possessed by Paul James performs, his passion equals the passion he brings to his class Monday through Friday, with many witnesses to the Possessed By Paul James show referring to it as more of a life-altering experience than a simple one-man music show.

"If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert/Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top." - No Depression

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Sole & DJ Pain 1 ‘Nihilismo Tour’ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/06/sole-dj-pain-1-nihilismo-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/04/06/sole-dj-pain-1-nihilismo-tour/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 19:03:16 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13058 Saturday, May 28th
w/ Sleep Sinatra, Pariah Princess, Megaherbs
Rye Room
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $8: Advance || $12: Day of Show

Sole

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In 1998 he founded Anticon Records, the first collectively owned indie Hip-Hop label in the United States. Since then, Sole has played over a thousand shows throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Japan. His music has been featured in major media outlets such as Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, MTV, Huffington Post, Spin, Alternet, and many more. Sole has released eight full length studio albums and over a dozen mixtapes. In 2009, together with award winning visual artist, Ravi Zupa, he published The Pyre, an illustrated epic poem exploring empire, radical philosophy, anti-capitalism, and collapse. Throughout his career sole has been known as one to push the limits in terms of genre and content and is widely heralded as a pioneer of avant garde & experimental rap music. His latest albums present a thorough examination and celebration of resistance happening around the world. Sole’s activism reaches beyond the studio and stage into his everyday life where he is deeply involved material and logistical support to many projects that engage directly in the class struggle.

Sole know runs his own label, Blackbox Tapes, and has released albums on Fake Four with the Skyrider Band in recent years along with self releasing Death Drive with Dj Pain 1 and their sophomore release, scheduled for release this spring.

DJ Pain 1

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Known for his 2008 break-out beat on "Don't do it," for Young Jeezy's platinum-selling album "The Recession," producer DJ Pain 1 stays busy. From touring as a DJ to producing full albums as well as creating original and free content for the producer community, this Hip-Hop musician takes no breaks.

A Wisconsin-native and lifelong Hip-Hop fan, DJ Pain 1 began exploring production in the late 90's. From 2002 until 2007, while still making music, he immersed himself in education and youth services. Just one year after earning his BA in English Education, Pain 1 landed his first major beat placement with Young Jeezy.

Pain 1 continued his education, pursuing a Masters of English while holding down multiple jobs, performing and amassing a catalog of recorded material. In that time, he produced records from artists including 50 Cent, Shyne, Gucci Mane, MC Lyte, Public Enemy, Vado and an additional track for Young Jeezy entitled "CTE or nothing."

Frustrations with the lack of exposure he was receiving for his production efforts led Pain 1 to begin releasing his own projects. He started with a 2010 album "The Waiting Game," which predominantly featured regular collaborators such as I-20, Rain, Money B, Tek and J-Stills. He then decided to interface his DJ'ing with his production and premiered his ongoing mixtape series, "Painkillerz," free digital downloads produced exclusively by him. His mixtapes included hosts MC Lyte, Black Rob, Big Sean and LEP Bogus Boys and were followed by his popular series of instrumental albums, "Undressed Instrumentals."

Currently Pain 1 balances occasional touring with studio work, content creation and rare moments of relaxation.

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