Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:54:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Chris Janson Mon, 27 Jun 2016 15:54:44 +0000 aaron Wednesday, August 17th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$28: Advance || $30: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 1st @ 10 a.m.

Chris Janson

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Chris Janson has never doubted who he is. He's a devoted husband, a passionate father, a hit songwriter, a wildly entertaining performer and, now, a Number One country artist. All those elements influence Buy Me a Boat, his debut solo album for Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville.

"Everything I'm about is in this record," says Janson. "It's very much a biopic album."

It's also a story of perseverance — a journey that began when Janson first wrote the song "Buy Me a Boat" early in 2015. Back then, he wasn't being played on country radio, he didn't have a record label and he certainly wasn't a known star. He was simply doing what he knew how to do: writing songs and relentlessly touring the country's clubs, fairs and festivals, all with the sole purpose of providing for his family. Life changed at lightning speed, however, when radio jumped on the aspirational "Boat," Janson landed a tour with Toby Keith and Warner Music Nashville signed him to a record deal. Now, "Buy Me a Boat" is a Number One single, having topped the country chart in September.

Still, the down-to-earth Janson — who upon moving to Nashville ten years ago would play for tips in honky-tonks all day and sleep in his car at night — remains unchanged. "I know who I am as a man, as an artist and as a songwriter," he says. "Sometimes ego gets in the way in life, along with baggage and pride. I don't have that stuff in my life — and that's what makes this music so beautiful and easy to make."

Indeed, Buy Me a Boat unfolds effortlessly. Over 11 tracks, Janson exudes a confidence that veteran artists spend their entire careers trying to attain. Part of that comes from his years of leaving it all on the stage, which he commands with stellar showmanship and charisma. The rest is derived from Janson's insistence on writing his own songs. He's a songwriter first and foremost, penning hits for other artists, most notably Tim McGraw's Top 10 "Truck Yeah."

"I'm the kind of guy who has to live and breathe my songs," says Janson, reinforcing the autobiographical nature of Buy Me a Boat.

On the greasy "White Trash," the blue-collar hero recalls his hardscrabble Missouri upbringing, of playing as a kid in a dirt front yard, surrounded by trailers and cars on blocks. In the breezy "Under the Sun," the avid outdoorsman decries our gadget- obsessed culture, delivering one of the best vocal performances in country music this year. And in the true-to-life "Back in My Drinkin' Days," Janson documents his run-ins with the law, when, fueled by booze and a rebel spirit, he'd "get buck-ass wild" — these days, he prefers the sugar high of Mountain Dew.

But his teetotaler ways don't negate his ability to carry on country's storied tradition of drinking songs. Buy Me a Boat's second single, "Power of Positive Drinkin'," is ready-made for the bar or backyard party. Written with his "Buy Me a Boat" partner Chris DuBois and also Mark Irwin, the song features a soaring, clever chorus and staccato verses from Janson.

Buy Me a Boat — which Janson produced with Chris DuBois, Brent Anderson and Byron Gallimore — also contains two of the most personal songs the singer has ever written: "Holdin' Her" and "Where You Come In." "Holdin' Her" nets a surefire standing ovation when he performs at the Grand Ole Opry (he's played the esteemed institution more than 100 times), while "Where You Come In" stands as his favorite song on the album. Both ballads are about Janson's wife, Kelly.

"I don't know why people are scared of cutting ballads, because there is a place for meaty songs like those that talk about relationships," Janson says. "My wife inspires me and ties up every loose end I ever had."

It was Kelly in fact who inspired and co-wrote Buy Me a Boat's centerpiece, "Messin' With Jesus," a show-stopping duet with Tim McGraw. A warning to avoid life's temptations, the gritty lyrics acknowledge that, try as we might, we're all sinners, with Janson and McGraw trading lines about smoking, speeding and fighting until the song explodes in a "hallelujah" chorus.

"It's a full-blown duet and it gives me chills," says Janson.

Country purists should have a similar reaction to the album as a whole, thanks to a heavy dose of steel guitar and Janson's own fiery harmonica playing, a hallmark of his live show. The country weeper "Yeah It Is" — which echoes George Strait's "Give It Away" with its sing-speak delivery and multi-layered payoff line — and "Back in My Drinkin' Days" highlight each instrument. And every song on the LP has its own sense of authenticity, whether it's born of country, rock or even hip-hop — "Some call me honky-tonk, a little bit of hip-hop, a little bit of rock & roll," he sings in the exhilarating "Right in the Middle."

By the time Buy Me a Boat fades out, Janson has succeeded in his chief goal: making an album of songs that are not only radio hits, but songs that he could take on the road. After all, that's how he supports his beloved wife and kids.

"Some people might say playing a song live and having a hit on the radio are two different things, but you have to want to go sing it live. I love singing my songs," he says. "Because I am so damn proud of them."

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Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:32:42 +0000 aaron Tuesday, July 19th
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance
*$2 minor fee at the door


Grateful Dead Experience: The Schwag

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

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Comedy Night featuring Abby Rosenquist & Jason Webb Wed, 22 Jun 2016 21:36:37 +0000 aaron Friday, July 8th
Featuring: Abby Rosenquist & Jason Webb
w/ Grant Parsons & Jordan Kleine
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

Abby Rosenquist

Abby Rosenquist started performing stand up while pursuing a degree in construction engineering at the University of Nebraska. Since graduation her dark, fast paced comedy has gotten her invited to perform at various festivals and venues all over including the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, Laughing Skull Festival, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Abby will be making her television debut on Fuse's Uproarious this summer.

Jason Webb


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First Friday: BLAC’s B-Day Bash Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:10:23 +0000 aaron Friday, July 1st
Doors: 7 p.m.
FREE: 21 and up || $2: 18 and up

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Coheed and Cambria Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:00:16 +0000 aaron Friday, September 23rd
w/ Saves the Day, Polyphia
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $30: Advance General Admission

VIP Gold
-Early Entry @ 5:30pm
-VIP Gold Laminate
-1 Song Exclusive Performance
VIP Platinum
-Early Entry @ 5pm
-VIP Platinum Laminate
-Meet & Greet w/Photo Op
-Cassette Copy of Demos of "The Color Before the Sun"
-Lapel Collector Pin

Coheed and Cambria

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Although originally formed as a rock trio in 1995, New York's Coheed and Cambria officially took root in 2001, shedding their former name of Shabutie and embracing a fusion of progressive rock, emocore, and highly conceptual album themes. Vocalist/guitarist Claudio Sanchez, guitarist Travis Stever, bassist Michael Todd, and drummer Joshua Eppard issued their group's full-length debut, 2002's The Second Stage Turbine Blade, on the Albany-based Equal Vision Records. The band toured extensively for more than a year in support of the album, which was created as the second installment (although the band's first release) of a five-part fictional saga about the doomed marriage of two characters, Coheed and Cambria, whose children may or may not be infected with a serum whose power can destroy the universe. The Amory Wars, a detailed graphic novel series written by Sanchez himself, further explains the band's science fiction narratives.

In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth In fall 2003, Coheed and Cambria issued In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. The vibrant sophomore effort (part three of the five-part saga) resulted in moderate success on the Billboard charts, with the singles "A Favor House Atlantic" and "Blood Red Summer" faring well on such media outlets as MTV. Coheed and Cambria subsequently toured North America with Thursday, Thrice, AFI, and Rainer Maria. They also joined the tenth annual Warped Tour in summer 2004 and embarked on their first headlining European tour, whose dates coincided with the success of the "Favor House Atlantic" single. The invigorated band then returned with Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness in September 2005; the album (part four) was also the first installment of a two-part conclusion to the band's running sci-fi story line. Released by Columbia, it hit number seven on Billboard's Top 200, partially due to the success of "The Suffering" and "Welcome Home."

My Brother's Blood Machine All was not well within the group, however, and both bassist Michael Todd and drummer Josh Eppard departed in 2006. While the band paused to sort out its future, Equal Vision released the debut from Sanchez's indie electronic solo project, the Prize Fighter Inferno, that October. Entitled My Brother's Blood Machine, the album continued in the tradition of Sanchez's primary group, spinning a tale of three families in a story that pre-dates the Coheed/Cambria saga and is narrated by "Inferno" (aka Jesse, Coheed's brother). Meanwhile, Sanchez and Stever decided to carry on and, bolstered by the return of Todd and the temporary enlistment of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, began recording their fourth album, Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 2: No World for Tomorrow. The group's lineup was soon cemented with the addition of ex-Dillinger Escape Plan drummer Chris Pennie, and the album -- part two of the saga's two-tiered conclusion -- was released in October 2007, followed by the live recording Neverender: Children of the Fence in 2009. In 2010 the band returned with Year of the Black Rainbow, which served as a prequel to the Amory Wars story line. In the fall of 2012, Coheed and Cambria released the first of a two-part album, Afterman: Ascension. Its sequel, Afterman: Decension, appeared in February of 2013.

The Color Before the Sun Uncharacteristically, the band's next album was a left turn. The Color Before the Sun marked a first in that it was recorded live in a Nashville studio with producer Jay Joyce and included minimal overdubs. But perhaps its greatest surprise was that it was a first: a stand-alone album free of concepts explored on their seven previous full-lengths. That said, its bright, pop-punk first single "You Got Spirit, Kid," was introduced via a video whose first frame humorously showcased a school billboard adorned with the words, "Rad Times at Amory High." According to Sanchez, these new songs were meant to expose his "raw feelings." It was released in October 2015.

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Aaron Lewis Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:37:21 +0000 aaron Thursday, July 21st
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$30: Advance GA || $35: Day of Show GA
*$2 minor fee at door
Tickets On-Sale Friday, June 17th @ 10 a.m.

Aaron Lewis

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Grammy nominated and multi-platinum artist, Aaron Lewis is set to release his sophomore solo album later this year on Big Machine Label Group’s DOT Records.

The former Staind front man first made his country debut in 2011 with certified gold single “Country Boy” followed by the release of his first full length solo album, The Road. “Country Boy” featured Charlie Daniels on fiddle and a booming verse from George Jones as well as Chris Young striking a balance between classic and modern country.

Lewis’ introspective, personal and relatable lyrics are proof that country music is about lifestyle and values, not necessarily where you were raised. And as Country Weekly exclaims “…make no mistake, he is a truck-drivin’, gun-totin’ country boy.” Lewis attributes country as something that has always inspired him. Growing up in rural Vermont the singer/songwriter spent summers with his WWII veteran grandfather hunting and fishing. During that time, he developed a love for the land, the woods, and the simple life, which still permeates everything he does.

And there was one specific soundtrack to those times. “I was raised on Country music," Lewis says. "My grandfather listened to Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Hank Jr., and all of the greats."

And those influences are evident on stage in his new songs and in Staind hits he often performs such as "Outside," "It's Been Awhile," and "So Far Away."

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Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal with Burroughs (Early Show) Wed, 08 Jun 2016 20:33:18 +0000 aaron Thursday, June 23rd
Doors: 6 p.m. || Show: 7 p.m.
All Ages || $8: Day of Show

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Since humble beginnings in the summer of 2013, The Burroughs have been playing and dancing their way into the hearts of dedicated fans throughout Northern Colorado and beyond. The band's trademark “sweaty soul music” features a polished four-piece horn section, a powerhouse rhythm section, and charismatic and multi-talented front-man Johnny Burroughs. Together the band's nine members create a sound that invokes the spirit of soul heroes such as Otis Redding, Ray Charles, and Etta James. Though The Burroughs got their start covering classic music from some of their favorite artists, the band truly shines on their collection of catchy and dance-able originals. Their first full-length album titled Sweaty Greeley Soul was recorded live at the Moxi Theater in Greeley, CO in May of 2015 and released in July of 2015. In April of 2016, they released two new studio singles- "You Are My Joy" and "1968"- recorded at Mighty Fine studios in Denver with engineer Colin Bricker and produced by drummer and mentor Jim White.

The Burroughs are known for high-energy, crowd-friendly live shows that are guaranteed to get audience members moving. The band has performed at FoCoMX, New West Fest, Tour de Fat, FORToberfest, and has headlined the Greeley Block Party. They have opened for national touring acts including the Steve Miller Band and have performed in historic Front Range venues including The Aggie in Fort Collins, the Boulder Theater, and The High Dive in Denver. All members of the group proudly call Greeley, Colorado home.

The Burroughs include Sean Hagemeister on guitar, Tom Amend on keyboard and organ, Brian Claxton on bass, Mary Claxton on drums, Alec Bell on trumpet, Briana Harris and Hayden Farr on saxophones, Jeremy Fallis on trombone, and Johnny Burroughs on lead vocals. The band is available for venue shows, private events, weddings, and dance parties for all ages.

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Quality Time with Jordan Kleine Wed, 08 Jun 2016 19:21:13 +0000 aaron Friday, June 17th
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...

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Chuck Inglish Wed, 08 Jun 2016 17:41:47 +0000 aaron Wednesday, July 6th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $12: Advance || $15: Day of Show

*$2 minor fee at door

Chuck Inglish

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Raised in Detroit and molded in Chicago, producer, emcee, and co-founder of The Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish, continues to mix the melting pot of hip-hop as he collaborates with a wide variety of artists across the industry. After teaming up with Sir Michael Rocks in 2007 to found the game-changing alternative hip hop duo, The Cool Kids, Inglish went on to tour the globe over, and crafted a pioneering sound that shook the foundations of hip-hop and rap.

Between 2007 and 2012, Inglish produced two studio albums and four self-released mixtapes with Rocks as The Cool Kids. The duo’s blend of retro rap and their fresh sense of style are reminiscent of Golden Age hip-hop, an era celebrated for its innovation and influence. As The Cool Kids, Inglish and Rocks have helped to shape the current digital music landscape and continue to inspire an entire generation of young, indie-alternative artists.

In 2013, Inglish released two instrumental beat tapes and his debut solo mixtape, Droptops. In April 2014, Inglish co-produced and released his first studio album, Convertibles. The 13-track project featured collaborations with artists such as Cool Kids member, Sir Michael Rocks, as well as Chance the Rapper, Chromeo, Action Bronson, BJ the Chicago Kid, Ab-Soul, and Mac Miller. The album received as much street cred and underground success as it did critical acclaim around the world; UK's Q Magazine called the album compelling, with its "buttery rhymes and an ability to zero in on your rhythmic G-spots."

Today, Inglish is seen as an independent and unapologetic force in hip-hop, and an elder statesman for the forthcoming internet rap generation. Being a leader of the New School, he continues to work with young and aspiring artists, helping them to develop their own industry flavor.

In 2015, Inglish put the final touches on his record label, Sounds Like Fun Records. He also produced new material in anticipation of his second studio album, the aptly named Everybody’s Big Brother, which was released in September 2015. “I wanted to name my album something that meant something—what do I represent? Who am I to the world? What have I always been?” Inglish explained in an interview with Fader, earlier this year. “And through this phase of years that I’ve taken to redevelop and redefine what I am, I realized that’s what I’ve been.”

Since his Cool Kids days in the mid 2000s, Inglish’s solo work has risen far above the digital landscape, crossing over into pop, funk and electronica. Meanwhile his label, Sounds Like Fun Records, also continues to soar and diversify as Inglish develops his roster further. As a producer, Inglish has expanded to work with diverse artists such as Maroon 5, Big Sean, Rick Ross, Syd The Kid, Casey Veggies, Chance The Rapper, QUIN and Yasmin, among many others.

Inglish currently lives, raps, produces, DJs and hosts jam-packed parties out of Los Angeles. His weekly jam, Age Sex Location, consistently rocks Downtown LA every Wednesday, featuring a variety of regular guests (including J*Davey, Asher Roth, Budgie and Orange Calderon) and Inglish himself on the 1s and 2s. Most recently, Inglish won the Global Spin Awards’ "2015 Regional Open Format Club DJ of the Year (Midwest)".

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Ghastly Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:01:49 +0000 aaron Saturday, August 20th
Doors & Show: 8 p.m.
16 and up || $15: Limited Advance || $20: General Advance


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Growing up on a goat farm in the desert of Arizona might not be considered the typical American upbringing for the next big DJ and producer, but then again Ghastly isn’t your typical American artist. Many have described the genre bending musician as a partially insane young man with a dark sense of humor. Politely abominable and casually destructive, he wields the catch phrase “born to die” as a mantra to his chaotic lifestyle. His sets have been heralded as “Energetic and eclectic live performances which are sometimes followed by odd speeches about the abnormalities of life, regretful sexual encounters, and well cooked food.” With such a diverse personality and rapport for his fans, it’s clear that Ghastly has one thing on his mind, and that's to change the world.

After entering the music scene and practicing his talents with touring metal bands such as The Irish Front, David Lee Crow finally found his calling with dance music, and it inspired him to pack up and head to Venice Beach, California to live out of his van and pursue a new career in bass-heavy music. It didn’t take long for him to find his place in the scene, as Ghastly quickly claimed himself a position as Bassrush Resident DJ at Exchange LA, and has also secured a number of releases on chart-topping labels such as OWSLA, Buygore, and Dim Mak to name a few.

Ghastly's approachable yet hard-hitting style ushers a forward-thinking dynamic that is not often seen in today’s saturated scene, and his solo productions and collaborations present an unequivocal level of determination and finesse that fuses multiple styles together. Uniquely creating hybrid blends of house, trap, and dubstep into a pot-pourri of bass, the young producer definitively pushes the boundaries of the entire EDM scene today, and a handful of the industry’s finest have recognized his potential including Skrillex, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Tchami, DJ Snake, Datsik, Borgore, Zomboy, and Zeds Dead. With slew of mentally-stimulating originals and physically-altering collaborations under his belt, such as his original “Miami Connection” with Jauz and single “Crank It” with Mija & Lil Jon, it’s safe to say that Ghastly is on a mission to redefine dance music for all.

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Mac Sabbath Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:05:48 +0000 aaron Sunday, August 28th
w/ Clownvis Presley
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance

Mac Sabbath

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It was the Year of Our Lord 2013, and I was devouring a cheeseburger in a Chatsworth, California, franchise of a certain multinational fast food conglomerate which shall remain nameless. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a crazed looking clown walking in my direction. Wearing a costume of bright yellow and red, and giant shiny shoes, he seemingly fit into the surroundings, but it didn’t take long to see that something wasn’t quite right. His costume was trailed by long, tattered, hippie fringe that was dirty from scraping the floor (and most likely the alley behind the restaurant), and more alarmingly his face was caked in ghostly make up that looked like it had been smeared on with a putty knife. My first thought was that he looked like Skeletor as a member of Uriah Heap. Taking a seat in my booth, he informed me that his name was Ronald Osborne, and he that he was familiar with my oddity rock band Rosemary’s Billygoat. He was a fan of the band, and said he had a concept I might appreciate, something he termed “drive-thru metal.” Some of the delinquent kids who worked for the franchise had been allowing him and a cast of characters named Slayer Mac Cheeze, Grimalice, and the Cat Burglar, to perform secret rock shows in the bunker-like basements of the local restaurants. But the time had come, he said, to bring drive-thru metal up from the “underground,” and he asked if I would consider becoming the manager of his band. I asked him what the act was called, and proclaimed with pride, “MAC SABBATH!” I barely had time to gather up what was left of my faux food before the restaurant’s manager, apparently annoyed both by the disheveled clown and the content of our conversation, came over and forcefully assisted us out onto the street. As we hit the sidewalk, I looked over at Ronald, watched him brush the dust of cold fries, sodium chloride and GMO remnants of my UN happy meal from his grease-smeared clown suit, and couldn’t help but think there was something special, perhaps even great, about the man. He invited me to one of these secret shows, and two nights later I was sitting in the basement of a fast food restaurant in the San Fernando Valley, my eyes and taste buds tingling to a new sensation. Drive-thru metal was real, and talk about a feast for the senses! Black Sabbath’s music, hilarious fast food lyrics, smoldering clown heads with laser eyes, a giant purple gumdrop bass player, and Tony Iommi with a giant cheeseburger head. I was confused, amazed, and dare I say it, can’t ever remember feeling so………happy! I told Ronald that yes, I would love to manage his band. It wasn’t going to be easy—nothing ever is with a disturbed clown and a band of Monsanto mutants who refuse to reveal their identities because they think they came here from a wormhole in space time direct from 1970. But whoever they are and however they got here, they’re here now and they’re ready, so pull up to the window and check your order, because I am proud to present the world’s newest concept in entertainment, the culinary disgrace that is MAC SABBATH!

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Like A Storm Tue, 31 May 2016 20:12:03 +0000 aaron Friday, July 15th
w/ Righteous Vendetta, Cover Your Tracks
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $12: Advance || $15: Day of Show

*$2 minor fee at door

Like A Storm

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Known as one of the hardest working bands out there, Like A Storm fought hard to be heard. The New Zealand brothers came to the United States knowing no one, and built a diehard and devoted fan-base by tirelessly touring to promote their debut album, The End of The Beginning with top acts such as Alter Bridge, Shinedown & Creed. In the midst of that whirlwind, the road served as the foundation for their forthcoming sophomore set, and first album for Another Century Records, Awaken The Fire.

While supporting Creed on a summer 2012 run, the band— Chris Brooks [lead vocals, guitar, didgeridoo, keys/programming], Matt Brooks [vocals, lead guitar, keys/programming], and Kent Brooks [bass, vocals, keys/programming]—would immediately retreat to either their dressing room or hotel after each show and begin recording new music until daybreak. This intense work ethic fostered a fertile creative spell for the boys.

"We were growing as a band and getting inspired by life on the road," Chris explains. "We never stopped writing as we were touring. Our fans were hungry for new music, and we were hungry to put something out. We didn't want to sit around and wait to see which label came knocking at our door. So, we decided to make the album ourselves, produce it, tour it, and preserve this awesome connection we’re lucky to have with our fans. We made a mobile studio rig and brought it everywhere."

Cut on the road, their new hit single "Love The Way You Hate Me" began to make waves on its own. Midwest radio station "The Banana" in Flint, MI started spinning it, and it eventually spent four consecutive weeks at #1, owning the station’s “cage match". Organically, other stations picked up the track, such as KIBZ in Lincoln, adding it to regular rotation. Soon, Sirius XM’s rock station, Octane caught wind of it as well, and it seized #1 on their nationwide Big 'Uns countdown for five weeks. The single eventually went Top 30 on the US active rock charts, a major achievement for a completely independent band, and making them the first New Zealand group to ever do so.

It's no surprise though. "Love The Way You Hate Me" slides from a gnashing guitar and entrancing electronic flourishes into a genuinely unshakable refrain. As the musical madness subsides, it breaks into a warped and wild didgeridoo breakdown, heralding the band's proper arrival.

"The lyrics are important," Chris goes on. "It's funny when we walk through a truck stop or pull over at a diner for some food because everybody turns their heads and looks at us. We were in some tiny town, and someone muttered, 'Freaks', as we were walking past them. It really stuck with us. It's such a great thing to be different and have the freedom to live the life you want to live, rather than conforming to everyone's idea of who you should be. The song's about being true to yourself."

As "Love The Way You Hate Me" exploded at airwaves, Century Media reached out and signed the group in 2014. They immediately jumped back into recording, converting a remote lake house in Michigan into a recording studio and self-producing Awaken The Fire. As a result of this approach, Like A Storm fully realized their sound.

"We're making the music we want to make," the singer exclaims. "There are no rules when we're writing except the three of us have to love whatever we're doing. We push it creatively. We love to see how far we can take things. That's the sound of Like A Storm."

Songs like "Six Feet Under" deliver the requisite hard-hitting hooks and kinetic rhythms. Chris adds, "That's about the ups and downs of life in the music industry. We had come up against wall after wall. But we never gave up. It doesn't matter what's in our way. We'll break through it."

At the same time, they experimented with "Gangster's Paradise". Like A Storm added a torrent of rock 'n' roll bombast to the Coolio classic, updating it for a new generation.

"We heard the intro to the song somewhere," recalls Chris. "We all agreed it's one of the coolest intros ever. There's just this dark vibe. We joked like, 'A band could do a really awesome cover of that song!' Then, I said, 'Well, you know we do play in a band. Let's give it a crack'. The result was awesome. Lyrically, it's about as far away from our lifestyle as you could possibly get, but it was really fulfilling and freeing creatively. We saw our own musical identity by reinterpreting this song."

Like A Storm also continue to deliver on the road. They've toured with everybody from Alter Bridge and Shinedown to Puddle of Mudd and Drowning Pool, and played high-profile festivals alongside Korn and Five Finger Death Punch. However, they begin their biggest and boldest chapter now.

"Musically, we want to inspire and empower people," Chris leaves off. "We write songs about the things we feel strongly about, things that really matter to us. It's amazing that we've made an impact. We came from the other side of the world, and we're living our dream. If that inspires someone, that's incredible."

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Jabee X Jivin Scientists: Absurd Tour (Late Show) Thu, 26 May 2016 20:21:01 +0000 aaron Thursday, June 23rd
Featuring: Jabee, Jivin Scientists
Doors & Show: 10 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 & Taking The Hourglass Thu, 26 May 2016 20:09:15 +0000 aaron Saturday, June 18th
w/ Hana Zara, Taking The Hourglass
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up


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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 Thu, 26 May 2016 19:29:02 +0000 aaron 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 Wed, 25 May 2016 15:00:25 +0000 aaron 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 & Bogusman Tue, 24 May 2016 19:42:51 +0000 aaron Friday, June 10th
Featuring: Plack Blague
w/ Manslaughterer, Bogusman
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Moon Tooth Tue, 24 May 2016 17:13:17 +0000 aaron 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 Tue, 24 May 2016 16:23:22 +0000 aaron Wednesday, July 20th
w/ Temple Agents
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $23: G.A. Advance || $26: G.A. Day of Show
$38: Reserved Seating

*$2 Fee for minors at door


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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 Wed, 18 May 2016 20:06:42 +0000 aaron 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 Wed, 18 May 2016 17:00:55 +0000 aaron 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 w/ Jack Hotel Thu, 12 May 2016 17:36:00 +0000 aaron Wednesday, June 29th
w/ Jack Hotel
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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CANCELLED: Micro Wrestling Federation Thu, 12 May 2016 17:01:11 +0000 aaron 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 Tue, 10 May 2016 14:00:11 +0000 aaron 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 Wed, 04 May 2016 20:39:11 +0000 aaron 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


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