BourbonTheatre.com http://bourbontheatre.com Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:58:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Split Lip Rayfield http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/15/split-lip-rayfield/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/04/15/split-lip-rayfield/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:15:01 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11287 Friday, July 17th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$15: Advance
Tickets On-Sale Friday, April 17th @ 10 a.m.

Split Lil Rayfield

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

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

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

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

* Limited Reserved Seating Available

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Temptations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then came a series of acclaimed records:

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

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

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

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

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

The current lineup consists of:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Levi Bradis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get ready to ride down Kid Ink’s Lane.

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

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily Kinney

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

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

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

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

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E-40 http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/25/e-40/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/25/e-40/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11190 Thursday, May 21st
w/ Stevie Stone, Cool Nutz, Necessary
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $35: Advance || $40: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, March 27th @ 1 p.m.

E-40

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With millions of records sold, nationwide sold out shows, loved by both the streets and respected amongst his peers, without question E-40 continues to reign supreme. Empowering a familiar cliché that states, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it” the Revenue Retrievin’ series continues and the most underrated rapper returns with two brand new albums entitled “Revenue Retrievin’ Graveyard Shift” and “Revenue Retrievin” Overtime Shift.” March 29, 2011 will mark the release of the 15th and 16th albums from one of the biggest rap artist to come from the west coast. Artists T-Pain, Tech N9ne in addition to E-40’s bay area conglomerate Guce, Black C of RBL Posse, Laroo, Turf Talk, Cousin Fik, J. Stalin and The Click all grace the forth coming albums. E-40 and his son Droop-E who also raps and produces will once again share Executive Producer credits on both albums.

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Ro Hempel Band http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/24/ro-hempel-band/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/24/ro-hempel-band/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 21:43:16 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11186 Saturday, May 2nd
w/ A Ferocious Jungle Cat, We Be Lions
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Formed in 2013 and hailing from the heart of the Midwest, this Nebraska quintet will keep you moving and entertained with a solid mix of original reggae, rock, ska and funk. All players, including Ro Hempel, Jeff Johnson, Christian Bandiola, and brothers Evan and Nate Royuk come from different established local bands and musical backgrounds to make up what is now RHB. With a wide variety of influences, each member brings a different dynamic to the band and keeps the sound versatile and fun. The high energy live performances and smooth, easy listening tunes are gaining the attention of people all over the country. Ro is set to release his debut solo record entitled the ‘Two Shots ep’ produced by Miles Brown of 77 Jefferson in March ‘14. RHB will also be performing at many festivals this season, one being the highly anticipated Wakarusa Music Festival in Arkansas in June. Excited for the opportunity to spread their music to listeners of all ages and areas, and with a heavy summer schedule being put together, the excitement is high and the possibilities are endless. Make sure to be on the lookout for the new record and come catch a vibe at one of the shows in your area!

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The Boxmasters ft. Billy Bob Thornton http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/22/billy-bob-thornton-the-boxmasters/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/22/billy-bob-thornton-the-boxmasters/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 17:53:29 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11170 Thursday, April 23rd
w/ Mezcal Brothers
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $28: Advance || $35: Day of Show
$65: Meet and Greet (6:30 p.m.)

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The Boxmasters were formed long ago when W.R. ‘Bud’ Thornton went in to a fast food chicken restaurant in Bellflower, California and got in an argument with the young man working the counter over a coleslaw incident. That young man was J.D. “J.D.” Andrew. The incident turned out to be a misunderstanding and the two had a laugh about it and they became fast friends. They started hanging out together and eventually discovered that they had both come to California in search of the big time in the world of ELECTRIC HILLBILLY Music, W.R. ‘Bud’ from Hot Springs, Arkansas and J.D. from Gypsum, Kansas. They also shared a love of 60’s pop and rock music and the 60’s in general. They decided to combine those things and form a band. But, they needed at least one more member.

J.D. knew a talented, lead guitar player named Micheal Wayne Butler from Brattleboro, Vermont. They formed ‘The Boxmasters’ and rehearsed for months in J.D.’s apartment or ‘Flat’ as the British Invasion groups called it. They played small club dates around Bellflower, Long Beach, Hawthorne, Downey, Southgate and even as far as the Inland Empire as well as a couple of shows in Tecate, Mexico. And so the Boxmasters were born. What happened between now and then is somewhat hazy, but all you need to know is they finally landed a great record deal with Vanguard Records. W.R. ‘Bud’ Thornton handles the lead and background vocals and drums and tambourine. J.D. plays electric and acoustic guitar and bass and sings background vocals with Micheal Wayne on electric guitar and lap steel.

They had one problem, which was, when playing live they needed more people to make all the racket they had made on the record. So, they started recruiting. W.R. had played in bands for years, so he snagged some of the old gang. He got Bradley ‘Brad’ Davis of Fort worth, Texas for mandolin, guitar, and background vocals. He and Brad had done solo projects together along with Teddy ‘ZigZag’ Andreadis who handles harmonica, organ and accordion (he’s Greek) and Mike ‘Bubba’ Bruce who plays drums live so W.R. can sing out front with the public. Bubba is an old friend from Alabama who is actually responsible for the name Boxmasters. More on that later. After the band was good and tight they still knew one thing was missing. Even though this was to be A 60’s band, it was still Hillbilly music. They had to have a steel guitar player. They asked around and after W.R.’s conversation with his old buddy Stephen Bruton they were lucky enough to get a guy from Baltimore named Marty ‘Riff’ Rifkin who plays steel guitar like nobody’s business.

Then the original Boxmasters, W.R. ‘Bud’ Thornton, J.D. ‘J.D.’ Andrew and Micheal Wayne Butler could make their records and play whatever they wanted and have enough band fellas to play it all live. Teddy, Riff and Brad have all made contributions on the record as well. Bubba has his own combo in Atlanta that he keeps busy with when not touring with the Boxmasters. The boys include among their main influences, Michael Nesmith, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the great bands of the British Invasion, The Monkees, The Wilburn Brothers, and Dell Reeves.

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UNL Ecuador Presentation http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/22/unl-ecuador-presentation/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/22/unl-ecuador-presentation/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:55:40 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11163 Thursday, April 9th
Doors: 6 p.m. || Josh Hoyer & the Shadowboxers: 6 p.m.
Ecuador Presentation: 8 p.m.
$5: ALL AGES

Silent print auction to benefit Ecuadorians in need.

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Gregory Alan Isakov @ Knickerbockers http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/21/gregory-alan-isakov-knickerbockers/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/21/gregory-alan-isakov-knickerbockers/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 17:45:26 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11155 Thursday, April 23rd
w/ Nathaniel Rateliff
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $20: Advance

Gregory Alan Isakov

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Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and calling Colorado home, Gregory Alan Isakov has been traveling all his life. Songs that hone a masterful quality beyond his years tell a story of miles and landscapes, and the search for a sense of place.

Music has been a stabilizing and constant force. “I’ve always had this sense about music and writing that I sort of have to do it. Like I’ll implode without it. I probably wouldn’t do it if I felt any other way.”

His song-craft lends to the deepest lyrical masterpieces, with hints of his influences, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen. He has been described as “strong, subtle, a lyrical genius,” but the source of his writing often remains a mystery to him. “My songs have nothing to do with me; they have a life of their own. A lot of times I won’t know what a song is about when I’m writing it. It just has a certain feeling about it.”

Isakov has played numerous music festivals and venues across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. When he is not on the road or writing, he is usually in his garden. A degree in horticulture might seem contradictory to a life spent in motion, but Isakov finds balance in the quiet concentration of the work, creating roots that keep him connected to home.

His new album, The Weatherman, was recorded mostly in solitude outside the quiet mountain town of Nederland, Colorado over the course of a year and a half. “I wanted to make something that felt genuine. We recorded everything with analogue gear and mixed it on tape, which gives the songs a raw and vulnerable feeling.”

The title Isakov chose for the record reflects the nature of his external surroundings as much as his inner experiences. References to the weather are a reoccurring theme in Isakov’s writing, but there is a deeper meaning behind the name.

“To me, the idea of a weatherman is really powerful. There’s a guy on television or on the radio telling us the future, and nobody cares. It’s this daily mundane miracle, and I think the songs I chose are about noticing the beauty in normal, everyday life.”

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LiL Boosie Badazz http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/20/lil-boosie-bad-azz/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/20/lil-boosie-bad-azz/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 03:23:59 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11150 Wednesday, May 27th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES || $45: Advance || $50: Day of Show

Lil' Boosie

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Originally known as Lil' Boosie, Boosie Badazz's hard Southern style comes from growing up in one of Baton Rouge, Louisiana's more notorious neighborhoods, one that was known for drugs and gunplay. Not having his father in his life was another challenge, but things began moving in a positive direction when Boosie immersed himself in basketball. It looked like it could be his ticket into college, but getting involved in drugs got him kicked out of high school. He turned to rapping and eventually hooked up with C-Loc. An appearance on C-Loc's 2000 effort, It's a Gamble, became Boosie's debut. He soon released the full-length CD Youngest of da Camp on his own. His big breakthrough began when he joined Pimp C's Trill Entertainment camp. He was paired with fellow Trill artist Webbie for the 2003 release Ghetto Stories and again for 2004's Gangsta Musik, which featured the first appearance of Webbie's future hit "Give Me That." Trill then worked a deal with the Warner Bros.-associated Asylum, and both Webbie and Boosie were now on a major label. Webbie released his album in 2005; Boosie's landed in 2006. Titled Bad Azz, the release featured Yung Joc, Pimp C, and Webbie as guests. The Bad Azz DVD soon followed, featuring interview footage where Boosie explained the drug-related death of his father and revealed his own battle with diabetes. Late in the year, the Streetz Is Mine mixtape appeared in cooperation with DJ Drama. His slick album Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz landed in 2009 along with the single "Better Believe It." The next year, Boosie followed up with Incarcerated, which was issued while he served time for drug possession. After his 2014 release from prison, he changed his name to Boosie Badazz and was featured on several tracks, including ones by Jeezy ("Beez Like") and T.I. ("Jet Fuel"). He also issued Life After Deathrow, a mixtape, as a free digital download. The proper album Touchdown to Cause Hell was planned for a February 2015 release date on Atlantic. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi

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Saving Abel http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/17/saving-abel/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/17/saving-abel/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 22:16:13 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11142 Thursday, May 7th
w/ McClinton, Faded Black
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance || $18: Day of Show

 

Saving Abel

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Since 2008 Saving Abel has embodied the definition of “Southern Rock.” Even before their “Self Titled” debut LP, they were barnstorming the country making fans everywhere they went, just by being themselves. Simple, down home, charming, country-boys with immeasurable talent that was destined to take them straight to the top. The band was signed by A&R wizard Jason Flom to Capitol records and their first single, “Addicted” did just that, reaching number one on several charts and the follow-up singles “18 Days” and “Drowning” helped sell over 750,000 copies of their debut album. They toured heavily in support of this album, playing with Buckcherry and Avenged Sevenfold, and later on Nickelback, in arenas across North America. Night after night, the boys would go back to the bus with their ears ringing from 15,000 fans screaming their lyrics.

Knowing that they would need something great to follow up with, the boys set out to write their sophomore album on Capitol, “Miss America.” Topping the Active Rock and Hard Rock charts yet again with “Sex is Good” and “Stupid Girl” solidified Saving Abel’s place both on the radio and live. Setting out on their own tour this time, Saving Abel headlined theaters around the country for almost 2 years non-stop. They toured with several artists and made a lot of friends along the way, but always kept their focus on the fans, and their eyes toward the future.

Jason Flom left Capitol and the band did as well. The band signed to a new major label and the band didn’t want to fall into a rut of making the third album sound like the first two, Saving Abel returned to their Mississippi origin, adding a depth and soul that could only come from their country roots. Using banjos, mandolins, and a healthy helping of moonshine, Saving Abel went into the studio with a mission to stick with “what they know best,” and wrote an emotional, soulful record that was still rooted in rock-n-roll, but highlighted their classic country roots. Listening to “Bringing Down The Giant” was as reminiscent of Hank Williams as it was of Elvis Presley. In hindsight the album was probably a little self-indulgent and while songs like “Constantly” and “Pictures of Elvis” highlighted their softer side and amazing song writing ability, the label and band had creative differences over what to release as a first single and the label won, the result being a mildly successful rollout and the label all but abandoned the band, leaving them in the unusual predicament of not knowing what to do next.

The next steps were difficult and profound but in the end proved liberating on numerous levels. First the band parted ways with their label and publishing company, those splits were followed by a split with their management, business management and booking agent. The band then hired former Creed, Sevendust, and Paramore manager and Silent Majority Group / ADA label president Jeff Hanson. Hanson brought in new lead singer Scotty Austin and new drummer Steven Pulley, a new booking agent, fan relations manager, business manager, merch company, and radio promotion team and finally enlisted a new producer, former 12 Stones guitarist and songwriter Justin Rimer. “Bringing in new faces wasn’t done because we were unhappy with the previous team’s performance, I just felt like we should surround ourselves with people who wouldn’t be disappointed if we didn’t have a gold or platinum record. Those are benchmarks that are much more difficult to achieve than they were 5 years ago and are honestly unrealistic expectations for anyone.” Says Hanson. Hanson then helped the band form their own label in order to move forward on their own terms. The new label was named Tennessippi Whiskey Records based on the fact that the all of the members of the band are from Tennessee and Mississippi and are known for their moderate but very public Jack Daniels consumption Ditching the tour bus and getting back in a van in order to afford the recording of a new record on off days from their perpetual tour, along with a renewed focus on their live performances and spending time in person and on the internet with their fans, the band saw a resurgence in fan attendance at shows and the number of people following the band on their social media sites.

With the addition of new members Scotty Austin and Steven Pulley to the existing core of Saving Abel Jason Null, Scott Bartlett, and Eric Taylor, the result of this new lineup and independent attitude of the band has been amazing. “There is so much excitement being generated on a nightly basis by the fans based on their love of Scotty Austin, it makes it seem like it is 2008 again and we are about to blow up again, and I can’t believe this level of excitement exists all over again” says founding member and guitarist Jason Null. Null also goes on to say… “Scotty has an autistic child, and seeing the sacrifices he makes every day to make a life for his son makes it a lot easier for me to get back in a van and play smaller venues without complaining after I spent years in arenas on a bus, him being here really has changed the way all of us view what we do.” Scotty Austin… “I spent years playing cover gigs, singing 4 hours a night, this is literally a dream come true for me. Playing every night to fans that came to hear and sing along to songs that these guys and I wrote, I could never get tired of it. It also gives me a small platform to try to draw awareness to Autism, if nothing more comes of this than to make my son’s life just a tiny bit better, it will have been worth it. I can’t thank these guys enough for giving me this chance.” Steven Pulley… “Scotty and I literally quit our day jobs the day we were called about being in this band. We were blown away that a nationally recognized band like Saving Abel, who could have gotten any players in America to replace their leaving members, would actually prefer to have a couple of guys like us mainly because we were guys from a small town (Jackson, TN) with big dreams. We basically left home, went on the road, and loved every minute since. Knowing what’s coming on this record, we are definitely living a dream.”

The new songs from their forthcoming album Blood Stained Revolution mirror the new energy and attitude of the band. The songs themselves are mostly uptempo and upbeat and pay homage to all of the bands we love, Guns and Roses, Tool, and The Allman Brothers. The album is absolutely a continuation of founding member Jason Null’s mainstream southern rock hit writing abilities but with an amazing added energy similar to that of Mick Jagger or Scott Weiland being provided by Scotty Austin. The band is also eager to note that the new album is the first album on which all of the band members were able to participate in the creative process. On the first three albums the creative process was partially controlled by outside factors but on this album it seemed as though the floodgates were open because there were no limitations or interferences and everyone in the band was asked to contribute the ideas that had been percolating among the members for years that they hadn’t always been able to share. Jeff Hanson says… “ I am a huge southern rock fan and Scott Bartlett’s solo album and the Trash the Brand album, Scotty Austin and Steven Pulley’s previous band together, are two of my favorite albums, so having them contribute to the song writing on this album has made a huge difference and in my mind sets it apart from previous Saving Abel records. The fact that there were no time constraints this time and the record was basically written on the road seems to have allowed the band to write when they wanted to as opposed to writing when they had to. It’s fun not forced.”

The upcoming release will be released on November 11, the date was aptly chosen because by the band because it is Veteran’s Day. Individually and collectively Saving Abel and its members have always been incredible supporters of the amazing men and women in the US Armed Forces. “18 Days,” “Drowning", and “Miss America” were all written and dedicated to the US Military. Since 2009, Saving Abel has had the honor of being invited and traveling to play for the troops in some of the most remote and dangerous places in the world. …Iraq, Qatar, Cuba, Japan, and India just to name a few. No matter where they are or what they are doing, no matter if it’s 5 minutes to show time, the boys in Saving Abel will ALWAYS stop what they are doing to acknowledge and thank a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine. Scott Bartlett states “ It’s amazing that we now feel unencumbered by the confines of the traditional music business to the point that we can release our album on a date of our choosing, We were actually told that we were crazy to be releasing a new record in the 4th quarter, but it is actually a statement for us, to release this album on our own terms, when we want and how we want. At the end of the day all that matters is our music and our fans and what time of year it is isn’t really a part of that equation. We’re celebrating Veteran’s Day with a new record and that’s awesome!”

Saving Abel has no plans to slow down and has dates booked into 2015 and further. The band is still in the van and is starting a “Pledge Music” campaign to try to auction off some unique and special VIP experiences in order to be able to get back in a bus again. With the pre sale of the new album, the band will be offering additional add on packages that include fishing and BBQs with the band, guitar lessons, and to allowing fans to perform on their next record.” It’s all about finding that balance between enjoying your fans, family and friends and having a business that allows you to play music for a living, if we can go fishing and have meals with our fans and it helps us be able to stay on the road, we’re all for that, hopefully we can do this forever” says bassist Eric Taylor.

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Dizzy Wright’s The Growing Process Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/17/dizzy-wrights-the-growing-process-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/17/dizzy-wrights-the-growing-process-tour/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 17:37:44 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11131 Friday, June 5th
Funk Volume and Crown OG Presents:
Dizzy Wright's The Growing Process Tour
w/ Jahni Denver, Scru Face Jean
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $20: Advance || $22: Day of Show

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Not many 21-year old rappers can say that they’ve been rapping for over a decade. The Las Vegas-based rapper began rapping at just 8 years old with the group “DaFuture” with his brother and very close friend – his mother wrote his raps at the time. “My Mom was like Joe Jackson,” says Wright, “She was a concert promoter so I was exposed to the music industry early – we even did youth reporting at major awards shows like the BET Awards.”

At 17-years old with several years of experience Dizzy decided to take his rap career seriously. Formerly known as Dizzy D Flashy, Dizzy was a winner on BET’s “Wild Out Wednesdays,” winner of the Sheikh Music “Rip the Mic” Competition and released 5 mixtapes, which lead him to rack up over 1-million views on YouTube. Wright wants for people to learn something when they listen to his music by discussing situations that his fans can relate to. “The internet allowed me to see what my music did to people – I like being able to see the response. When you rap, you have a voice and this is how I balance my thoughts,” says Wright.

In November 2011, Wright signed to Funk Volume after being discovered at the Sheikh Music “Rip the Mic” Competition in 2010. Impressed by his smooth flow, confident stage presence and energy that won over the crowd, Funk Volume knew he was a special talent and would be valuable addition to the team. On the heels of his latest mixtape “Soul Searchin’ Next Level,” Wright will release “Smoke Out Conversations” on February 20th, and says the tape was inspired by Don Miguel Ruiz’s widespread book, “The Four Agreements.” “I live the four agreements …. The first agreement is be impeccable with your word. People will learn something from this mixtape.”

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Chaka Demus & Pliers http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/16/chaka-demus-pliers/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/16/chaka-demus-pliers/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:31:19 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11124 Friday, May 15th
w/ The Transcendentals, RMV
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $20: Advance || $25: Day of Show
*$2: fee for minors at door

Winners Splash Promotions presents...

Chaka Demus & Pliers

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Jamaican duo, made up of DJ John Taylor (Chaka Demus) and singer Everton Bonner (Pliers). Both members were already established musicians when they teamed up in the early 90s. They were the first Jamaican act to score three consecutive Top 5 hits on the UK Single Charts.

Jamaica’s reggae legends Chaka Demus and Pliers.
They are best known for their massive hits in the ‘90s - as well as the UK number 1 album “Tease Me” – and Chaka’s collaborations with Yellowman. The duo have been alighting dance floors now for over 20 years so this is not a night to miss!

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Falling In Reverse http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/16/falling-in-reverse/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/16/falling-in-reverse/#comments Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:58:13 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11115 Sunday, May 31st
w/ GHOST TOWN
Door: 6:30 p.m. || Show: 7:30 p.m.
ALL AGES || $22: Advance || $25: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, March 20th @ 10 a.m.

Falling In Reverse

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Fact: the most engaging, most electric artists will always generate the most visceral reaction. Loved, hated, ridiculed, admired, Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke is the rare rock n’ roll provocateur whose unpolished unpredictability and reckless honesty make him equal parts hero and villain, depending on whom you ask. Radke puts it all on the line, take it or leave it, each and every time Falling In Reverse does anything.

"Just Like You" finds Falling In Reverse’s leader with no shortage of material to sing, scream and howl about. In the roughly two years since "Fashionably Late", Radke lost a close family member (faced head-on with the tear-jerking album closing ballad, “Brother”), watched old friends succumb to old vices (look no further than the first track, “Chemical Prisoner”), and struggled with his lifelong search for meaning (“God if You Are Above…” is as real as it gets, kids) and search for personal redemption.

Just as Pinocchio became a real boy, Falling In Reverse is a real band. Emerging guitar hero Jacky Vincent throws down a vicious, Joe Satriani-inspired shred all over their songs; rhythm guitarist Derek Jones injects the band with the strength of crunch that only comes from touring as a metalcore vet. Jovial everyman drummer Ryan Seaman, whose resume reads like an Epitaph catalog, lays back in the cut like the guys in classic hard rock bands of the ‘70s yet pulls off double bass and crazy fills with equal skill.

“God, If You Are Above” rocketed to #1 on the iTunes Rock chart within hours of its release and with good reason. It’s got an energized, emotive drive reminiscent of “Situations” (the best known song from Radke’s tenure in Escape The Fate which has been viewed 44 million times on YouTube) but updated with the experience, charisma and perspective of the singer’s more well rounded modern persona; the song is naturally topped off by a reliably scorching Jacky Vincent solo. The playful innuendo is still there, in party songs like “Sexy Drug” and the album’s title track, “Just Like You,” with it’s over-the-top, hilariously brave refrain: “I am aware that I am an asshole!”

Falling In Reverse’s debut album, "The Drug in Me is You" was a vivid, self-deprecating, raw document of frontman Radke’s turbocharged life till that point, delivered with a clever wordplay acting as harbinger for the mixtape rhymes that were to come. Now, the appropriately titled "Just Like You" draws together all of the first two albums strengths.

In 2014, only Motörhead legend Lemmy edged out Radke on Kerrang!’s list of the 50 Greatest Living Rockstars in the World, a lineup that included the likes of Slash, Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne. Ronnie Radke is the world’s Greatest Living Rockstar, aside from freakin’ Lemmy, according to the UK’s biggest rock mag.

Radke’s aesthetic is so coveted he spends significant “free time” overseeing clothing design and fulfillment for HOOD$ UP, the Falling In Reverse frontman’s apparel endeavor. Self-empowerment, secret societies and a bizarre amalgamation of esotericism and West Coast gangsterism collide in HOOD$ UP, that transcends “brand” as much as the guys in Falling In Reverse have managed to agitate and captivate more than a “band.”

As unscrupulous imitators play catch-up with the look, sound and feel of Falling In Reverse, the band soldiers on, blazing new pathways and bridging the gap between brutal metal and pop rock.

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Riff Raff http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/12/riff-raff/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/12/riff-raff/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 15:45:32 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11102 Sunday, April 12th
w/ Johnny Bliss, DJ Kronen
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
ALL AGES || $30: Advance || $35: Day of Show

Riff Raff

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RiFF RAFF’s videos have garnered more than 50 million views on YouTube, he boasts a million Twitter followers and is finishing a 22 city headline tour across the US, all leading up to his rookie studio album, NEON iCON.

The Houston, Texas rapper’s seemingly incessant musical and visual output and wild social presence have brought the anticipation for NEON iCON through the roof. Executive produced by Diplo and Derek “DJA” Allen, NEON iCON boasts a top notch series of featured artists including Mac Miller, Childish Gambino, Mike Posner, Amber Coffman, and Houston’s own Paul Wall & Slim Thug. Along with the wide variety of guests, there are tracks from heavy hitting producers Diplo, Harry Fraud, DJ Mustard, DJA, Raf Riley and more.

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Private Event http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/10/private-event-7/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/10/private-event-7/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:45:55 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11097 Thursday, May 14th

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Lincoln Arts Expo 2 http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/10/lincoln-arts-expo-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/10/lincoln-arts-expo-2/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:44:08 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11093 Friday, May 1st
Doors: 7 p.m. || Music: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $5: Advance || $10: Day of Show
* $2: fee for minors at door

I'm pleased to announce the second 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!!

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

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Backpack in Black http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/10/backpack-in-black-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/10/backpack-in-black-2/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:36:22 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11090 Thursday, April 16th
Doors: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $8: Students || $12: Non-Students

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Waka Flocka Flame http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/10/waka-flocka-flame/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2015/03/10/waka-flocka-flame/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:03:37 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=11076 Monday, April 27th
w/ Shishi Sakari, Scru Face Jean, Nick TheQuick Fitch
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $25: Advance || $60: VIP

VIP Tickets Include:
- Meet & Greet prior to doors (TIME TBD)
- Only Available Online

Waka Flock Flame

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I never in my life wanted to rap. Let me quote that sh*t now.—Waka Flocka Flame on his 2009 debut mixtape, Salute Me or Shoot Me, Vol. 1

Waka Flocka Flame didn’t want to be a rapper when he grew up. He didn’t want to write hit songs, perform in front of thousands of people at packed clubs or hear his songs played on radio stations across the country. But more than a year after bursting onto the scene with his debut single, “O Let’s Do It,” the Atlanta rapper has managed to make more of an impact on the music industry than most rappers who have spent their entire lives trying to do it. And thanks to an influential cosign from fellow ATLien Gucci Mane, and a string of chart-topping singles, including the remix to “O Let’s Do It,” featuring Rick Ross and Diddy, and his latest hit, “Hard In Da Paint,” it doesn’t look like Waka Flocka is ready to quit rapping anytime soon.

“I never dreamed I would be doing what I’m doing today,” says Waka, who earned his unique nickname from a cousin when he was younger while they were watching an episode of Jim Henson’s classic puppet show, The Muppet Show (he later added the “Flocka Flame” to the end of it at the suggestion of Gucci Mane). “I never imagined I’d become a rapper, let alone a successful rapper.”

Born Juaquin Malphurs in Queens, N.Y., Waka Flocka certainly had all the connections to forge into music at a young age. He grew up around the corner from Murda Inc. recording artist Ja Rule, lived near LL Cool J’s grandmother and even had a cousin who used to hang around the popular group Lost Boyz in the mid-1990s. But when his mother Debra Mizay—now the CEO of artist management group Mizay Entertainment—relocated the family to Riverdale, Georgia when Waka was 11, he shied away from music and instead focused on his love for basketball. And after his youngest brother died in automobile accident when Waka was just 14, he moved even further away from it, instead opting to spend his time running the streets of Atlanta with his friends.

“That whole period of my life really messed with my head,” says Waka. “I ain’t even gonna lie—it killed me as a man. But it also made me stronger as a man in the future.”

At 18, Waka looked on as his mother began managing the career of Gucci Mane, who had established himself as a force to be reckoned with in Atlanta at the time by performing relentlessly throughout the South. Within two years, Waka began messing around with music himself alongside local producer Tay Beatz, who helped him shape his rambunctious personality on the microphone. “I was going through so much at the time,” says Waka. “I had so much stress and so many issues. I couldn’t release my emotions physically, so releasing them verbally was the only option I had.”

The result was Waka’s 2008 mixtape, Salute Me or Shoot Me, Vol. 1, featuring the trap anthem, “O Let’s Do It,” a song that caught on instantaneously in the A and quickly spread to other parts of the country. It allowed Waka to take his show on the road and also earned him a coveted slot in Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad clique. “Gucci and them were kind of shocked,” says Waka, “because nobody really knew I was rapping and then, all of a sudden, I had the biggest song in the South.”

But all the sudden success also took its toll on Waka. In January 2010, he was shot several times at a car wash in Atlanta during an alleged robbery attempt. The following month, legendary East Coast artist Method Man was doing an interview on satellite radio and spoke out against Waka, criticizing the lack of lyricism involved in crafting his style of music. He also endured a short rift in his relationship with Gucci Mane recently after the rapper parted ways with his mother’s management company in May. The incidents earned Waka a reputation as one of the most controversial artists in the industry—a reputation that he doesn’t feel he deserves.

“People have definitely gotten the wrong impression of me so far,” says Waka. “I don’t know why they think I’m so controversial. I guess people just don’t know the real me yet. It’s up to me to change their minds.”

He’s spent the better part of 2010 doing exactly that. Earlier this summer, he released “Hard In Da Paint,” a catchy Lex Luger-produced track that inspired a slew of freestyles by other artists. He also put the finishing touches on his debut album, Flockaveli—the first released through So Icey/Asylum/Warner Bros. Records. Featuring the rowdy intro, “Bustin’ At ’Em,” the strip club anthem, “No Hands,” featuring Roscoe Dash and Wale, and the brutally-honest closing track, “Fuck This Industry,” it promises to be one of the most energetic debut albums of the year.

By naming it Flockaveli, Waka—who calls 2Pac his favorite rapper of all-time—is also doing more than just being controversial for the sake of being controversial. “2Pac introduced me to a guy named Machiavelli,” says Waka. “His back was always to the wall and people threw sticks and stones at him and he had to keeping blocking them. When I recorded this album, that’s how I felt.”

And if anyone doesn’t like it? “I don’t care,” says Waka. “I’m just going to keep on making my music.”

For a guy who claims he never wanted to be a rapper, he’s certainly come around to the idea.

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