BourbonTheatre.com http://bourbontheatre.com Fri, 29 Jul 2016 22:04:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gorilla Zoe: Red Cup Single Release Party http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/29/gorilla-zoe-red-cup-single-release-party/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/29/gorilla-zoe-red-cup-single-release-party/#comments Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:57:15 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13641 Sunday, August 14th
w/ UB Star, EZ, Huey & Heath Cake
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $20: GA Advance || $25: GA Day of Show
$25: Balcony VIP Advance || $30: Balcony VIP Day of Show
$50: VIP Meet & Greet Advance || $50: VIP Meet & Greet Day of Show

Gorilla Zoe

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Gorilla Zoe is an Atlanta rapper in the mold of Young Jeezy, whom he replaced in the Bad Boy group Boyz n da Hood. Both Atlantans have raspy voices, slow flows, simple rhymes, and a shameless obsession with the illegal drug trade, in particular, cocaine. Gorilla Zoe's first taste of commercial success came with "Coffee Shop," a 2007 hit by Bad Boy labelmate Yung Joc. His debut single as a solo artist, "Hood Nigga," followed shortly thereafter, along with the accompanying debut album Welcome to the Zoo. Gorilla Zoe's first album as Jeezy's replacement in Boyz n da Hood, Back Up n da Chevy, was released next, also in 2007. The album spawned a series of singles, including "Everybody Know Me" and "We Ready." A collaborative single with Lil Wayne called "Lost" landed in late 2008, while the full-length Don't Feed da Animals followed in March 2009, debuting atop the rap charts and cracking the Top Ten of the Billboard 200. In 2010, he released 28 different mixtapes, one per day for all of February, along with the single "Just Like My Chevy." His club-oriented effort King Kong was released in 2011. Mixtapes such as Recovery and Raised in the Jungle followed in 2015.

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Johnny Bliss CD Release Show http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/27/johnny-bliss-cd-release-show/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/27/johnny-bliss-cd-release-show/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:50:44 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13627 Friday, July 29th
w/ Oshea
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Universe Contest http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/27/universe-contest/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/27/universe-contest/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:58:49 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13617 Friday, August 26th
w/ Mad Dog and the 20/20s, Bogusman, Better Friend
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
FREE SHOW || 18 and up

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We started after the demise of another band or two back in the fall of 2010 or 2011. Can't remember. We've always kind of had a revolving door policy of people in the band but the last two years saw a pretty steady line up until recently. Now with a new cast of some more of our best friends, we are excited to be having fun playing music and recording again. see ya soon.
-Timothy Perry Carr

Press Reviews:

"Lincoln’s Universe Contest is a spastic indie rock band that has been threatening to break out into a full-scale indie music phenomenon for the last year. The question is more when will it happen rather than if it will. The band perfects theatricality in their live sets, while still delivering melodic precision. Modest Mouse is the usual comparison thrown Universe Contest’s way but there’s elements of the last decade’s best, messy indie pop acts in here. If you’re already inclined to liking acts like Tapes N Tapes or the Dismemberment Plan, you’ll find lots to like in Universe Contest." - Tim McMahan, Omaha Reader

" The search for the 'next big thing' is a frustrating exercise as old as rock music itself. Who will 'break through' to the 'next level' and make a 'big splash' on the national scene? Molded in a prog rock sound reminiscent of early Modest Mouse- and driven by a rabid fan base emanating from the Star City- Universe Contest is poised to be the next big thing. Let's leave it at that." - www.hearnebraska.org

"The best new find of the night was at The Bourbon Theater Rye Room where Universe Contest was playing. The band (which I am told are former members of Gooses) were exciting, interesting and explosive sonically. They were appealing and catchy though they did not color within any lines or play nicely with the formula for current indie music that has been thoroughly mapped out. This was one of those moments where people were crawling over each other to see the band play with a ferocious energy only to drop down to more somber moments at the stop of a drumstick. I had to climb up some stairs (also full of people) and hold on to a bar with one hand just to catch glimpses of the group. I have listened to their album online three times today (winners.bandcamp.com/) and this is one of the most interesting and exciting bands I have heard out of the area in a long time. I would travel to Lincoln again just to see them, though I hope we will be seeing many more Omaha appearances in the future." - Marq Manner, Shout! Magazine

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The Chicago Breakfast Exchange http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/27/the-chicago-breakfast-exchange/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/27/the-chicago-breakfast-exchange/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:32:09 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13614 Saturday, August 6th
Rye Room
w/ Chack
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

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Jana Kramer http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/27/jana-kramer/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/27/jana-kramer/#comments Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:46:07 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13607 Sunday, October 23rd
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
All Ages || $25: Advance || $29: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 29th @ 10 a.m.

Jana Kramer

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Just ask Jana Kramer and she'll tell you she’s: “Just getting started.”

And it’s that drive and love for music that has been the driving force behind her career. After all, in just a little over three years, she has become one of country music's brightest new stars. Her platinum debut single, "Why Ya Wanna," rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2012 making her the most played new artist of that year. Her self-titled debut album hit No. 5. In 2013, the Academy of Country Music honored her with its Top New Female Artist Award, and this year she’s up for her first Female Vocalist of the Year award. That's a lot to have accomplished in just a little time. And Kramer is grateful for the success that has come her way. ”I still have a lot to prove,” she insists. "I'm better at what I'm doing than I ever was before. And I'm not going anywhere."

Kramer, you see, was already a star when she broke into country music, with a massive fan base she had built as an actress in numerous films and TV shows.

What few knew was that long before reciting her first scripted line, Kramer was a passionate lover of country music. In fact, she ended her high-profile, two-year run on The CW's "One Tree Hill" to focus on her singing, songwriting and onstage performance.

Her bona fides were confirmed on Jana Kramer. "But that first album was an introduction," she explains. "This new one, is my baby album. Not that I don't love the first one, but the second album really represents who I am and where I've been throughout all of my life."

That's clear from top to bottom, from the pulsing beat and affirmative message of the opener, "Boomerang," to the aptly titled "Last Song," a wistful but resolute farewell to a lost love.

Strength, sass and sensitivity, romance, regret and maybe a bit of revenge -- a rainbow of emotions illuminates thirty one. Whether she's playfully laying out her boundaries to a prospective boyfriend on "Don't Touch My Radio" or savoring the innocence of romance on "Love," it's tempting to ascribe Kramer's insightful way with a lyric to her history of inhabiting roles as an actress. But once again, she is quick to point out, it's the music that came first and continues to define who she is. In October of 2015, thirty one debuted with career-best sales numbers, landing in the Top 10 of the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart and at No. 3 on the Country Albums chart.

"The only way that acting helps me with music is in my videos," she says. "Because these songs are so real to me, that's why I feel them so deeply. Acting is as real as it can be, but music is so personal. It's my life."

That's especially true on thirty one, where Kramer shows she can craft a narrative and a compelling melody as well as anyone in her genre. "When I first got to Nashville, I was so shy and timid, knowing that I was writing songs with people who had written a million Number Ones," she admits. "But then I realized I have stories to tell too. So I came into the new album knowing exactly what I wanted to write -- and it had to be 100 percent about my life."

If anything, Kramer admits, this means being even more country than much of what defines that genre these days. "I didn't want to follow what other people are doing," she says. "Of course, I love a lot of what I hear on country radio. But I definitely feel that Scott and I did a great job of bringing in elements of today's sound while keeping that country element I identify with too."

Producer Scott Hendricks and Kramer had worked together on her first album. Each harbors respect for the other; both also have clear ideas of what they feel works best in the studio. That meant that as they regrouped for thirty one a bit of constructive head-butting would be inevitable.

I wanted to make sure there were banjos and steel on the album because that's the stuff I grew up on. So we argued a little bit on a few songs. I really fought him on certain songs. I wanted us to challenge each other, because I know that Scott is such an amazing producer. And in the end, it was magic."

The results testify to Kramer's authenticity as a singer with sturdy country roots and a rare gift for communicating through song. On “Bullet” she asserts her personality and drives the song home, delivering the title with an innovative stuttering enunciation and attitude-drenched drawl. ("It's a very empowering song for women, a way of saying 'I dodged a bullet' without calling the guy a jerk," she reveals, with a deep-throated laugh.)

And, yes, thirty one is a monument to her determination not to back down when it comes to being true to herself -- and to her growing legion of true believers.

"I've been through a lot in my life, and I feel like country music saved me in a lot of ways," she states. "I think about Martina McBride's 'A Broken Wing,' which helped me get through a rough time. And I grew up listening to old-school country music. My grandma's favorite was Patsy Cline; she still has the same cassette tape and cassette player in her kitchen, where we liked to make cookies together.

"Do you want to know why I do this?" she sums up. "I'm giving back. That's what I love most about being on this platform that I have. I want to give that back to people. This was never just a hobby for me. I've always wanted to share my story and help change people's lives. That's how much this music means to me."

Although by her own account she may be “just getting started”, Jana Kramer’s new album is proof she’s here to stay.

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Alter Bridge http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/26/alter-bridge/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/26/alter-bridge/#comments Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:00:31 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13600 Thursday, September 29th
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $33: Advance || $38.50: Day Of Show
$165: Meet & Greet Package - Sold Through VIP Nation (Does not include Ticket)
*$2 minor fee at the door

Special offer! A digital download of Alter Bridge’s forthcoming album, The Last Hero, is included with every ticket you order for this show. To take advantage of this offer, please email help@MusicRedemptions.com

Meet & Greet Includes:
-VIP early entry into the venue
-Exclusive pre-show meet & greet with Alter Bridge
-Personal photograph with Alter Bridge
-Specially designed tour shirt (exclusive to VIP packages only)
-Autographed tour poster (limited print, numbered)
-Collectible Alter Bridge guitar pick set (with custom case)
-Exclusive Alter Bridge VIP merchandise item
-Official meet & greet laminate
-Crowd-free merchandise shopping
-On-site VIP host

Alter Bridge

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Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips formed Alter Bridge in 2004 after a cooling of their relationship with the Creed singer (Creed has since reconciled and reunited). The new band hooked up with then ex-Creed bassist Brian Marshall and former Mayfield Four front man Myles Kennedy (who recently performed and co-wrote 2 songs on Slash’s solo record and fronts his touring band).

In 2004, the band recorded their debut album, One Day Remains. It went gold in the United States and spawned three singles as well as the track “Metalingus,” which was adopted by the WWE’s Superstar Edge as his theme song later that year. In 2007 the band released the critically acclaimed second album, Blackbird, which included the hit singles “Rise Today” and “Watch Over You.” The latter became a top 10 video as well as the featured song on VH-1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. The band took to the road to promote their sophomore release, gaining more fans across the globe with their intense and powerful live show.

Lyrically, the first two albums are based on themes immersed in hope and perseverance in the face of adversity. On AB III, however, the theme has shifted. Kennedy states, “This record is definitely a departure from the last two albums in terms of its subject matter. It touches on the thoughts and emotions of someone who has come to question everything that was once regarded as an absolute truth. It’s the realization that everything you once believed in might not exist.”

This journey is set into motion by the album’s opening track, “Slip to the Void.” The song’s sparse and moody intro sets up the narrative as Kennedy’s vocal and lyrics emerge. Tremonti adds, “’Slip To The Void,’ has one of my favorite vocal performances ever by Myles, the song is really creepy and lets the listener know the vibe of the record. It’s pretty dark, the intro really sucks you in.”

The album then shifts gears into the metallic first single, “Isolation,” showcasing Alter Bridge’s ability to play and write aggressively while maintaining their signature melodic component. Tremonti states, “Melody is still the most important thing for us. There’s no point in being heavy just for the sake of being heavy.”

From the bombastic riffs of “Still Remains” to the brooding band favorite “Show Me A Sign,” the album plays like a concept record whose main character is someone desperately struggling to find their place in a world steeped in doubt and emptiness. The track, “Words Darker Than Their Wings,” is the final chapter of this tale. Kennedy says, “The lyric was inspired by a conversation I had with a good friend a while ago. It was the catalyst for the idea of having both Mark and I trade off on the lead vocal. I thought it would be a good way of making the differing points of view in the ‘conversation’ more effective. More importantly, I thought Mark sounded great singing it!”

While AB III is a record with a consistent theme, there are songs both musically and thematically that break away and touch on different human emotions. One of those moments is found in “Wonderful Life,” a song that Kennedy claims was “An extremely emotional song to put together, it took a long time.” He then adds, “The lyric was inspired by the idea that there will come a day when we all must say goodbye to the ones we love and hold dear in our hearts. Basically, I asked myself what would I want to say in that final moment, that last goodbye?”

The band enlisted Producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Iggy Pop, Incubus), to capture the vision the band had for AB III. Baskette, described by Tremonti as “like a fifth band-member,” was also at the helm for the recording of Blackbird. Kennedy says,” Over the years we have definitely established a bond with Elvis. We trust his instincts, he knows how to bring out the best in us sonically and creatively.”

AB III is an incredibly intense and dynamic album proving Alter Bridge continues to grow and evolve with each recording. “We went into the process of putting the record together with a lot of confidence,” Tremonti reveals, “but we didn’t go into it looking to be commercial, or to have radio singles. We just wanted this to be an album that pleased us artistically, through and through.”

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TroyBoi http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/25/troyboi/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/25/troyboi/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:07:40 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13592 Sunday, September 11th
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
18 and up || $15: Advance
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 29th @ 10 a.m.

TroyBoi

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One of South East London's most closely guarded secrets has recently emerged from the shadows and is set to take the music industry by storm. Known only as TroyBoi, this multi-talented musician specialises in extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical tracks that fuses various textures from multiple genres and brands it as 'My Style'. TroyBoi is without a doubt one of the top up-and-coming producers in the game right now and it's quite clear from his composition that his influences are vast indeed. He has already produced tracks with some very high profile artists and his collaboration with Flosstradamus 'Soundclash' is arguably one of the biggest anthems in the scene today. His style is undeniably his own, infectious to the ears and beyond stimulating to the mind. He is also one half of the Producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz with one of his best friends, icekream and together they craft the most creative and daring audio paintings you'll ever listen to. Buckle up and get ready to be taken into the world of TroyBoi because once you are in, you will NEVER want to get out.

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FIGURE + Protohype http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/23/figure-protohype/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/23/figure-protohype/#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:39:35 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13586 Saturday, October 22nd
Doors & Show: 8 p.m.
16 and up || $15: Early Bird || $20: Advance

The Outta This World Tour

FIGURE

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Josh Gard has had a long history in music. Just a few short years ago he donned the name Figure and began making electro house, but has since become a regular name in all realms of electronic and dance. Scoring positions among the charts may have gotten him recognition, but a hefty amount of praise has been raining down on him lately as some of the leading artists in electronic music have valued his live performance skills as some of the best in the business.

In 2011, his Monsters of Drumstep series married his love of horror with his immense production skills to become the soundtrack for the Halloween season. Figure created his own imprint, DOOM Music to house the Monsters series which has now become an annual release. In 2013 FIGURE's monsters series became the official soundtrack to Universal Studio's Hollywood Horror Nights theme park.

Figure recently signed with OWSLA to release "Horns of the Apocalypse". Horns of the Apocalypse showcases FIGURE'S evolving sound and take on 4/4 dance music with his lead single Eagle. War Call & Beast Mode will remind fans of FIGURE'S signature sound. The EP features DEL The Funky Homosapien (Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Hieroglyphics) Mr Lif (Definitive Jux) & Nick Thayer (Owsla).

"The direction and influence for the production came from being on tour all of last year and a good chunk of of 2013 so far. The entire EP was written on the road but mastered at my home studio in Indiana using my Neve Racks and Abelton. I'm really looking forward to seeing my fans on tour this fall and hope they all love this release as much as I do." - FIGURE

October 2013 saw the return of FIGURE's highly acclaimed Monster's series, with the release of Monsters Volume 4. Monster's vol. 4 quickly shot up the iTunes/Beatport worldwide charts with key tracks like Are You Afraid Of The Dark ft. Lexi Norton, Living Dead & The Center of Hell ft/ Helicopter Showdown. All in all the album takes listeners on a 13 song trip through the dark world of FIGURE's monsters, and showcases another side of Josh Gard's sound design that ties the LP together with dark interludes like Symphony of the Damned & Death's Gospel.

When he's not recording in his hometown studios in rural Indiana, Gard is touring worldwide, with packed tents at festivals like EDC, SnowGlobe, Starscape, The Bounce, Creamfields Australia, Tomorrow World, Global Dance, and Belgium's Dour. This Fall he will be on tour again across the US for the "All Black Everything Tour", a co-headline tour with his good friend Crizzly which will span 30+ dates and go from coast to coast.

Protohype

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Casey Donahew http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/22/casey-donahew/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/22/casey-donahew/#comments Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:00:54 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13581 Thursday, September 8th
Doors: 7 p.m. || 8 p.m.
All Ages || $22: Advance || $25: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door
Tickets On-Sale Saturday, July 23rd @ 10 a.m.

Casey Donahew

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In just over 10 years, Casey Donahew has risen from being a favorite on the local Texas music scene to a nationally popular touring act who consistently sells out venues across the country. From Red Rocks to his regular stomping ground, Billy Bob’s Texas, Donahew burns up stages of all sizes, serving up his own sizzling brand of country to his devoted eager fans. Donahew has topped the Texas charts time and again with each single, racking up TWELVE No. 1 singles throughout the course of his impressive, self-made career. With the help of wife Melinda, he has painstakingly carved out a niche for himself on the country scene and built his career from the ground up, one show at a time. His efforts have pushed him to heights he never could have imagined when he first plugged in on stage at the Thirsty Armadillo bar back in Fort Worth’s Stockyards in the Fall of 2002, and began constructing his own field of musical dreams. The Lone Star favorite now routinely packs venues across the country selling out rooms on a regular basis. Powering those shows are his successful albums, which consistently land at the top of the iTunes sales charts as well as songs on the Texas radio charts. Donahew has released four independent albums to critical and commercial acclaim. His 2011 release, DOUBLE WIDE DREAM, debuted at No. 2 on the ITunes Country Chart and No. 10 on the Billboard Country Chart and spawned three No. 1 singles: the title track, “Double Wide Dream,” “Let’s Not Say Goodbye Again,” and “One Star Flag.” Casey’s latest CD, STANDOFF, quickly topped the iTunes Country Chart at No. 1, upon its release, and also hit the Overall iTunes Chart in the No. 8 position. STANDOFF has also yielded five No. 1 radio singles “Whiskey Baby,” “Small Town Love,” “Lovin’ Out of Control,” which is Donahew’s fastest rising single to date, “Not Ready To Say Goodnight” and the most recent No. 1, “Loser.” Donahew is currently recording his next studio album with acclaimed producer Josh Leo (Love & Theft, Timothy B. Schmit and Alabama, among others). This marks the first time Donahew has engaged a producer. Producer Josh Leo has performed on over 150 records, produced 21 singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, written six singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, and won 6 BMI Millionaire awards.

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Blackberry Smoke: “Like An Arrow” Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/21/blackberry-smoke-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/21/blackberry-smoke-2/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:56:39 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13575 Wednesday, November 2nd
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $30: Advance || $35: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 29th @ 10 a.m.

Blackberry Smoke

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"I think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we're about," Blackberry Smoke singer-guitarist-songwriter Charlie Starr says of Holding All the Roses, the band's fourth studio album and its first Rounder release.

Indeed, Holding All the Roses compellingly captures the energy, attitude and honesty that have already helped to make Blackberry Smoke one of America's hottest live rock 'n' roll outfits, as well as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base that reflects the band's tireless touring regimen and staunch blue-collar work ethic.

The 12-song set—produced by Brendan O'Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—showcases the Atlanta-based quintet's emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Starr's raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson's snarling guitars, Brandon Still's hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner. The songs' musical and emotional appeal is further elevated by the band's three-part vocal harmonies and expanded arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion.

The five musicians' instinctive musical rapport manifests itself equally strongly on such surging rockers as "Let Me Help You (Find the Door)," "Living in the Song" and "Wish In One Hand," and on such intimate, introspective tunes as "Woman in the Moon," "Too High" and the stirring, acoustic-textured "No Way Back to Eden." The album's musical and emotional depth demonstrates how Blackberry Smoke continues to extend and expand the Southern rock tradition.

The musical maturity that's on display throughout Holding All the Roses underlines Blackberry Smoke's steady evolution from rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock 'n' roll juggernaut. Since its formation in 2000, the band has never shied away from hard work, playing more than 250 shows a year and building an ever-expanding audience on the strength of its live shows, and with a noticeable lack of mainstream hype.

"We've built our audience one fan at a time," states drummer Brit Turner. "Sometimes it feels like we know every one of them personally, and we're constantly amazed and moved by their loyalty and passion."

Along the way, Blackberry Smoke has found time to record a handful of independent releases, including the albums Bad Luck Ain't No Crime, Little Piece of Dixie, and The Whippoorwill (the latter on country megastar Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label), plus a pair of EPs, the concert DVD Live at the Georgia Theatre, and the live CD/DVD set Leave A Scar. Although those releases found favor with fans and were received warmly by critics, the band members feel that Holding All the Roses marks the first time that Blackberry Smoke has had the time and resources to make an album that properly captures their musical essence.

"In the past, we never really had the resources to make the kind of records we wanted to make," says Charlie, adding, "But this time around, everything lined up, and we were able to create an album that covers a lot of musical ground and works as a listening experience from beginning to end."

It certainly helped that the band found a kindred musical spirit in producer O'Brien, whose affinity for solid songcraft and knack for capturing transcendent moments of musical inspiration made him the ideal man to capture Blackberry Smoke's restless spirit in the studio.

"The whole experience was refreshing and spontaneous," Charlie says of the album's birth cycle. "We got it done pretty quickly, but it didn't feel like we were in a hurry. We chose the songs to represent the different things that we do, and we took the time to work out the running order and figure out how the album should flow. There are a bunch of three-minute songs on there, and a couple that are under three minutes, plus a couple that open up a little bit more and get a little bit jammy, and Brendan was very open about approaching each song to give it what it needed."

"It was a way more comfortable record to make than anything we'd done before," adds Brit. "We were excited to work with Brendan for so many reasons, one being that he gets us and we don't have to explain where we're coming from, which hasn't always been the case in the past. We were all on the same page about the music, so we could just get down to business."

Getting down to business is something that Blackberry Smoke has always been good at. In addition to winning fans and friends throughout the United States, they've toured Europe three times, had their songs featured in movie and video-game soundtracks, and performed for country legend George Jones (who guested on the band's second album) on his 80th birthday.

Jones isn't the only notable artist who's come out as a Blackberry Smoke fan. Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Grace Potter and the Zac Brown Band have all gone on record as admirers, while ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons admiringly advised, "The band is tight enough. Quit practicing!," and no less an authority than Gregg Allman stated "That band is gonna put Southern Rock back on the map."

The critics agree. The Washington Post proclaimed them “a band that can reclaim Southern Rock for the South,” and the Atlanta Journal Constitution declared, “The Atlanta quintet is the real deal.” Billboard praised their “epic-sounding ballads,” and The New Orleans Times-Picayune called them "an airtight band that is far smarter and more sophisticated than casual observers may realize... Blackberry Smoke's amalgamation of hearty Southern rock, alt-country and deep soul is equally suited for roadhouses or arenas."

The acclaim extends to the other side of the Atlantic. The London Times noted, "Unpretentious and as musically tight as you would expect a band who plays night after night would be, Blackberry Smoke brought a little bit of Georgia sunshine to a rainy night in London." The English hard-rock journal Kerrang! proclaimed, "Blackberry Smoke are now a Big Deal... They've achieved it simply because they're awesome."

Much of that awesomeness lies in the potent musical and personal rapport that's at the core of Blackberry Smoke's music. "It's evolved over the years, but that chemistry has been there from day one," says Charlie. "It's always been about the five of us listening to each other and creating something that belongs to all of us. When we started, we were young and impatient, playing everything too fast and with everything always turned up to 10. But eventually you calm down and settle into the music, and you learn to play with patience and soul."

"Everything with us has been a natural progression, but it's always felt like it's been about the five of us and about the chemistry," Brit asserts. "Me and my brother and Charlie had played together a lot in other bands, so that was a really strong foundation. And all five of us grew up loving songs that were really well-crafted, whether they were by the Beatles or the Stones or Aerosmith or Skynyrd. That's a big part of our common ground, and I think that we're always trying to come up with songs and records that are as good as the ones that we grew up with."

While the five bandmates are excited that their move to Rounder offers the potential of reaching new listeners, they're not planning on altering their approach for mass consumption.

"The plan for this record," Charlie says, "is to go out and play as much as we can, and just take it to the people. There's so much that's out of your hands when you release a record, but that's the part that we can control. That, and making an effort to make a better record every time."

"We've always been really hands-on and deeply involved, and that's not going to change," concludes Brit, who adds, "The thing is, we really do care about this stuff, and we don't have it in us to phone it in. We really care about what we do, and we care about every person who comes to see us play, even the jackass who's screaming for the song that we just played. So we're ready to pick up the ball and run with it."

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Getter ‘Wat The Frick Tour’ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/21/getter-wat-the-frick-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/21/getter-wat-the-frick-tour/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:47:37 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13569 Wednesday, October 12th
Getter: 'Wat The Frick Tour'
Special Guest: Aryay
Hosted by: Nick Colletti
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $18: Advance || $22: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 22nd @ 10 a.m.

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CHERUB http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/20/cherub-5/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/20/cherub-5/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:19:35 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13561 Tuesday, October 25th & Wednesday, October 26th
w/ FRENSHIP
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $21: Advance || $23: Day of Show || $36: 2 Day Pass

TUESDAY TICKETS:

WEDNESDAY TICKETS:

2 DAY PASS:

Cherub

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Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber take their fun very, very seriously. The pair behind the ambitious and emphatic Nashville duo Cherub craft hooky electro-pop that lyrically captures the risqué, pleasure-seeking impulses of their youth, while their studio expertise results in alluring grooves.

The duo met while pursuing music business degrees at Middle Tennessee State, a large public university just outside of Nashville. Prior to meeting up at a dorm party, the two were figuring out how to become their own local legends. Huber was fronting a psychedelic folk-rock band, whereas Kelley was something of a mainstay in the Nashville hip-hop scene. Well, sort of. "I was making beats for this hip-hop duo and we got to open for GZA, but I didn't know how to DJ my own stuff." After meeting Huber, "I just asked 'can you turn my beats into a live show?" Soon thereafter, Kelley sent Huber his self-composed Man of the Hour EP and the two realized the potential in their partnership. Cherub began in earnest, with Huber's live production embellishing Kelley's clever songcraft.

Fast forward a few years later, and Cherub's popularity is soaring. The pair landed a major-label deal with Columbia Records -- which released their smooth, palpitating album, 'Year of the Caprese,' in May 2014 -- based in part on the runaway success of break-out single "Doses and Mimosas." A FTW anthem that pits dripping falsettos against echo-chamber synths, it jettisoned to the top of The Hype Machine charts, while landing concurrently on Billboard's Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs charts. Meanwhile, its DIY fever-dream video had attracted roughly 5 million sets of eyeballs on YouTube. And that was merely one of Cherub's songs.

"Some people question how authentic or serious we are about music," Jordan says. "All of it is from the heart. Me and Jason try hard not to create some sort of cool-guy environment -- we want people to feel comfortable." And sometimes that means pulling listeners out of their comfort zones. Says Jason, "We're serious about what we do, but we're also here to remind them to take themselves less serious once in a while."

After spending time in Nashville perfecting their follow up to 'Caprese,' Cherub is excited to announce their highly anticipated new album 'Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence' coming Fall 2016.

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CHERUB http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/20/cherub-4/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/20/cherub-4/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:17:55 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13555 Tuesday, October 25th & Wednesday, October 26th
w/ FRENSHIP
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
18 and up || $21: Advance || $23: Day of Show || $36: 2 Day Pass

TUESDAY TICKET:

WEDNESDAY TICKET:

2 DAY PASS:

Cherub

Website | Facebook | Video

Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber take their fun very, very seriously. The pair behind the ambitious and emphatic Nashville duo Cherub craft hooky electro-pop that lyrically captures the risqué, pleasure-seeking impulses of their youth, while their studio expertise results in alluring grooves.

The duo met while pursuing music business degrees at Middle Tennessee State, a large public university just outside of Nashville. Prior to meeting up at a dorm party, the two were figuring out how to become their own local legends. Huber was fronting a psychedelic folk-rock band, whereas Kelley was something of a mainstay in the Nashville hip-hop scene. Well, sort of. "I was making beats for this hip-hop duo and we got to open for GZA, but I didn't know how to DJ my own stuff." After meeting Huber, "I just asked 'can you turn my beats into a live show?" Soon thereafter, Kelley sent Huber his self-composed Man of the Hour EP and the two realized the potential in their partnership. Cherub began in earnest, with Huber's live production embellishing Kelley's clever songcraft.

Fast forward a few years later, and Cherub's popularity is soaring. The pair landed a major-label deal with Columbia Records -- which released their smooth, palpitating album, 'Year of the Caprese,' in May 2014 -- based in part on the runaway success of break-out single "Doses and Mimosas." A FTW anthem that pits dripping falsettos against echo-chamber synths, it jettisoned to the top of The Hype Machine charts, while landing concurrently on Billboard's Rock Airplay and Alternative Songs charts. Meanwhile, its DIY fever-dream video had attracted roughly 5 million sets of eyeballs on YouTube. And that was merely one of Cherub's songs.

"Some people question how authentic or serious we are about music," Jordan says. "All of it is from the heart. Me and Jason try hard not to create some sort of cool-guy environment -- we want people to feel comfortable." And sometimes that means pulling listeners out of their comfort zones. Says Jason, "We're serious about what we do, but we're also here to remind them to take themselves less serious once in a while."

After spending time in Nashville perfecting their follow up to 'Caprese,' Cherub is excited to announce their highly anticipated new album 'Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence' coming Fall 2016.

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HIDE w/ Plack Blague http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/19/hide-w-plack-blague/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/19/hide-w-plack-blague/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 22:02:26 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13550 Friday, August 12th
HIDE w/ Plack Blague, BIB, CBN
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
$7: 21 and up || $9: 18 and up

Chicago duo HIDE is the artistic collaboration between visual artist Heather Gabel and musician Seth Sher. HIDE creates aggressive and sparse haunting music that empowers as it punishes. HIDE's name and visual aesthetic also reflects their ideology of personal autonomy as performers/humans in a world of moral judgement and surveillance. Showcasing top-notch production values and a seamless visual aesthetic, their immersive sound draws the listener into a trance state with dense, throbbing dirges. Their themes and presentation confront power dynamics and their relation to personal ideas about gender identity/fluidity.

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Danny Brown The Exhibition 2016 Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/19/danny-brown-the-exhibition-2016-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/19/danny-brown-the-exhibition-2016-tour/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:27:26 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13541 Wednesday, September 28th
w/ Maxo Kream, ZelooperZ
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $25: Advance || $60: VIP || $99: Meet & Greet

Each Meet & Greet package includes:
- 1 GA Ticket with Early Entry to Venue
- Meet & Greet and Photo with Danny Brown
- Exclusive Beanie
- Limited Edition, Signed Danny Brown Tour Poster
- Commemorative VIP Laminate

Each VIP package includes:
- 1 GA Ticket with Early Entry to Venue
- Limited Edition Danny Brown Tour Poster
- Commemorative VIP Laminate

Danny Brown

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Reckless Kelly http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/19/reckless-kelly/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/19/reckless-kelly/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:30:51 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13524 Friday, September 2nd
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $17: Advance || $20: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door

Reckless Kelly

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Austin’s own Reckless Kelly return with their 8th studio album, Long Night Moon on September 3, 2013. The album is the follow-up to 2011’s Grammy Nominated Good Luck & True Love, which took home four Lone Star Music Awards, and sent three singles to #1 on Texas Radio. Produced by band members Willy & Cody Braun, along with Lead Guitarist David Abeyta, Long Night Moon was mixed by Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris), and features additional instrumentation from legendary steel guitar player Lloyd Maines, as well as Bukka Allen (piano, organ) and Jeff Plankenhorn (dobro).

When Willy Braun, frontman and principal songwriter for the band began writing songs for Long Night Moon, he quickly found a theme emerging. “About halfway through writing this record, I noticed that almost all of the songs I was writing, whether they were songs about the road, life, or love, had something to do with traveling. It started as an accident and I decided to just go with it. Before we knew it, there was a definite theme.” It’s honest, original and constantly evolving. The group is known for their explosive live shows and a passion for making albums of substance. Long Night Moon is no exception to this rule.

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TORY LANEZ: I Told You Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/19/tory-lanez-i-told-you-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/19/tory-lanez-i-told-you-tour/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:00:49 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13518 Thursday, October 20th
with special guest VeeCee
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m
All Ages || $26: GA || $33: Album Bundle
$49: VIP || $99: Meet & Greet
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 22nd @ 10 a.m.

Tory Lanez

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With his breakout single “Luv” climbing charts nationwide and following the release of his debut single “Say It”—peaking at #1 on Rhythmic and Urban Radio as well as #23 on the Hot 100—rising singer, songwriter, rapper and producer Tory Lanez is poised to release his debut album I Told You, later this year on Benny Blanco’s Interscope Records.

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DJ Abilities http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/13/dj-abilities/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/13/dj-abilities/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:30:55 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13501 Thursday, August 4th
w/ DJ Shoba, Conny Franko, Kethro, Sleep Sinatra
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 9:30 p.m.
18 and up || $10: Advance || $12: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door

DJ Abilities

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Billy Freekin Dee. In the beginning… there were turntables on a hardwood floor. DJ'ing for the first six months was done on the ground with a case of beer. Eventually he got a table a mpc and better. With this betterness he was able to release 2 mixtapes, produce 4 full length albums, win 2 DMC's and play hundreds of shows. He is now combining all of these experiences together to create one performance that you can dance to or sit back and enjoy. or hate. Dj Abilities for 2011.

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The Ambulanters http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/13/the-ambulanters/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/13/the-ambulanters/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:15:45 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13491 Friday, August 5th
w/ Powerful Science, Walk By Sea
Rye Room
Doors: 8 p.m. || Show: 9 p.m.
$5: 21 and up || $7: 18 and up

The Ambulanters

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"Of those who are born on the road, perhaps the least known are the children of the ambulanters. The name is a tramp invention, and not popular among the ambulanters themselves. They prefer to be called gipsies, and try at times, especially when compelled by law to give some account of themselves, to trace their origin to Egypt; but the most of them, I fear, are degenerated Americans." - Tramping with Tramps Studies and Sketches of Vagabond Life, by Josiah Flynt

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An Intimate Night with Allen Stone: My Favorite Songs, Favorite Stories http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/13/allen-stone-acoustic/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/13/allen-stone-acoustic/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:28:25 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13482 Wednesday, October 5th
w/ King Charles (Acoustic)
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $25: General Admission || $30: GA Reserved
$36: Second Row || $42: Front Row || $185: VIP Table
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 15th @ 10 a.m.

Allen Stone

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On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention.

Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane.

Now including seven exciting bonus tracks, Radius Deluxe will be available March 25th. Among them will be the previously unreleased songs “Voodoo” and “Faithful” as well as a new version of Stone’s energetic single “Freedom”.

The New York Times said the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s lyrics on Radius “promise honest sentiments, grooves built with physical instruments and a gospel-rooted determination to uplift ... glimmers of Al Green, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, George Clinton, Prince and a bit of Sting."

Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years - including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater – Allen Stone is determined to make 2016 yet another impactful year of writing and performance.

“I absolutely believe that if you’re going to stand at a microphone and say something, you need to recognize that as a privilege,” Stone said. “You’ve got to be incredibly careful about it, and really put all your heart into the message that you’re sending out into the world.”

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Greensky Bluegrass http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/12/greensky-bluegrass-3/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/12/greensky-bluegrass-3/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 14:00:42 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13476 Friday, September 9th
Doors: 6:30 p.m. || Show: 7:30 p.m.
All Ages || $18: Advance || $20: Day of Show
Tickets On-Sale Friday, July 15th @ 10 a.m.

Greensky Bluegrass

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Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin).

“There’s this great duality to our band,” reflects Greensky Bluegrass mandolinist, vocalist, and songwriter Paul Hoffman. “We’re existing in a few different places at once: we’re a bluegrass band and a rock band, we’re song-driven and interested in extended improvisation.”

“We play acoustic instruments,” adds dobro player Anders Beck, “but we put on a rock’n’roll show. We play in bigger clubs and theaters, there’s a killer light show, and we’re as loud as your favorite rock band. It’s not easy to make five acoustic instruments sound like this – it’s something we’ve spent years working on.”

From these seemingly irreconcilable elements, the five members of Greensky Bluegrass have forged a defiant, powerful sound that, while rooted in classic stringband Americana, extends outwards with a fearless, exploratory zeal. The tension and release between these components – tradition and innovation, prearranged songs and improvisation, acoustic tones and electric volume – is what makes them so thrillingly dynamic, in concert and on record. “In theory,” Hoffman explains, “greensky is the complete opposite of bluegrass. So, by definition, we are contrasting everything that isn’t bluegrass with everything that is.”

That their sound is so seamless, so organic, is testament to Greensky’s enduring vision and tireless dedication. Since their first rumblings at the start of the millennium, they have emerged as relentless road warriors, creating a captivating live show while at the same time developing a knack for evocative, disarming songcraft.

Their fifth studio album, If Sorrows Swim – available September 9, 2014 and distributed by Thirty Tigers – is their most riveting yet, balancing gripping songs (by Hoffman and guitarist Dave Bruzza) and remarkably thoughtful, tight arrangements with an instrumental fluidity born of countless hours playing together – on stage and off.

From their unlikely base of Kalamazoo, Michigan (home of the original Gibson Mandolin-Guitar factory), Greensky – which also includes banjoist Michael Arlen Bont and bassist Michael Devol – arrived at their unique take on the bluegrass tradition by working from the outside inward. “I found bluegrass through the back door,” Beck says, “through the Jerry Garcia route. That’s how I got to listening to Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs. It’s really interesting how many people in our generation got into acoustic music through that channel.”

Approaching their instruments from an open-ended, rock perspective gave them the freedom to create their own rules. “We were always coming at bluegrass backwards,” Hoffman says. “We were better musicians than we were bluegrass musicians. I mean, I didn’t buy a mandolin until I was 18. Dave didn’t start playing acoustic guitar until he was 18. Bont got a banjo when he was 20. We discovered that, when it came to learning these instruments, we preferred to do so by improvising and writing our own songs, instead playing standard material and fiddle tunes.”

The roots of Greensky Bluegrass lay in the friendship of Bruzza and Bont. While nurturing a nascent interest in acoustic music, they were joined by Hoffman. The trio shedded intently, playing informally in living rooms and at open mics for years before setting out as a band. Devol, a classically trained cellist, was added in the fall of 2004, and in 2006 Greensky Bluegrass won the coveted band contest at Colorado’s forward-thinking Telluride Bluegrass Festival. At that point, the members dedicated themselves to Greensky full-time and began widening their touring radius.

In 2007, dobroist Beck came aboard. From the sidelines, he was quick to pinpoint the band’s appeal. “It was all about the songs,” he says. “You can be the best pickers in the world or the most educated musicians, but, all in all, the things that connect with people are songs, lyrics, and melodies. That was the real kicker.”

By playing up to 175 shows a year, mostly in rock clubs and more open-minded festivals like Telluride, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Greensky Bluegrass became a word-of-mouth underground sensation, cultivating a devoted legion of fans entranced both by the band’s improvisational acumen and the quality of their songwriting. Then and now, despite their wide-ranging musical interests, Greensky continues to work within the structure of a classic five-man stringband. “The cool thing about a bluegrass band or, really, any drummerless band,” Hoffman explains, “is that it’s like acoustic chamber music — challenging, exciting, and fun to play.”

“While there are potential limitations because of our instrumentation,” Beck adds, “a really big part of what is Greensky Bluegrass is about is to essentially ignore those limitations.”

The depth and sophistication of the band’s interplay is showcased throughout If Sorrows Swim, across a program of stirring, resonant original songs. Recorded over ten days, the album was tracked to two-inch tape. “The decision to use tape over digital recording is basically the decision to use less,” Hoffman explains. “It’s not about everything being perfect, it’s about capturing a moment in time."

the album mixes previously unrecorded, road-tested concert staples with new material carefully honed with the sort of razor’s edge focus that the recording studio inspires.

If Sorrows Swim opens with “Windshield,” a haunting rumination that slowly builds in emotional and musical intensity around an an insistent pulse from the bass. The desperation in Hoffman’s increasingly anguished vocal is slowly surrounded by churning rhythm guitar and incessant banjo before the tension is dispersed by a plaintive dobro solo. A brooding cello line deep in the mix adds an ominous undercurrent, and underpins the group’s swirling counterpoint as the track fades.

The album’s title derives from “Burn Them,” a minor key reflection set to a more straight-ahead, driving bluegrass rhythm. “There was something on This American Life,” Hoffman recalls. “Someone was talking about just how upset and sad they were. They were drinking a lot, but they just couldn’t drink that pain away. When I heard that, I thought to myself, ‘What if sorrows swim?’ I couldn’t get that thought out of my mind.” Tightly orchestrated, the performance is marked by ingenious touches. The transitions between the guitar and mandolin solos are delineated by a quick unison passage played by both instruments, and Bont contributes an especially nimble, melodic break.

Having two distinct songwriting voices further enriches If Sorrows Swim, with Bruzza contributing a quartet of varied, insightful songs featuring his burnished, soulful vocals. “Worried About the Weather” moves between a swinging half-time feel and a breezier, bluegrass tempo – reinforcing the contrast between relief and uncertainty embodied in the lyric. Bruzza’s brisk “Kerosene” features some of the album’s more daring improvisational passages, and highlights the band’s gift for electrically processing their acoustic instruments to emphasize the emotion behind their playing. Hoffman’s mandolin solo is colored by subtle delay, while Bruzza’s spacious, inquisitive break finds him employing a slightly distorted tone to further escalate the song’s intensity.

“What makes this album different from the last,” Hoffman explains, referring to 2011’s accomplished Handguns, “is that we paid so much more attention to what the song needs. At every juncture, we would ask, ‘Does it serve the song?’ We ask that a lot.” Throughout If Sorrows Swim, Greensky’s playing and arrangements are impressively intricate – and showcased in a rich, spacious sound that lets each note and accent sing and decay as if in slow motion.

The taxing yet rewarding process of recording now behind them, Greensky Bluegrass is anxious to unveil If Sorrows Swim’s unheard material in concert. “The live experience is this springboard,” Beck muses. “You just see what happens. When you’re improvising every night and taking risks, it becomes a very circular thing with the audience — the audience feeds off the energy of the band and the band feeds off the energy of the audience and it becomes a much bigger thing.”

With the release of their first nationally distributed album and a busy touring season ahead of them, Greensky Bluegrass are facing a new level of exposure. It’s a challenge they are up to, that they embrace. As their music and their audience has grown, so have they, and their sites are set ever-higher.

“When we were doing our first shows and making those early records,” Hoffman concludes, “it was stressful because we wanted to hit the right notes. We just wanted it to be good enough. But now, we want it to be great.”

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Watsky x Infinity Tour http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/12/watsky-x-infinity-tour/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/12/watsky-x-infinity-tour/#comments Tue, 12 Jul 2016 05:03:40 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13471 Sunday, November 6th
w/ Witt Lowry, Daye Jack, & Chukwudi Hodge
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $17: Advance || $20: Day of Show || $55: VIP

For Watsky VIP packages visit georgewatsky.com/tour

Witt Lowry VIP Includes:
1 GA Ticket, VIP Early Entry, After Show M&G & Photo w/ Witt Lowry, Specially designed Tee, Collectible tour poster autographed by Witt Lowry, & M&G Laminate.

Watsky

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San Francisco native George Watsky began his unconventional career as a Grand Slam Poetry champion whose clever, introspective rhymes were showcased on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam on HBO. His quirky persona, coupled with his uncanny ability to spit tongue-twisting lyrics at light-speed, earned him millions of YouTube hits and an invitation to perform on the Ellen show. After Watsky independently produced a self-titled album in 2009, both his 2013 album Cardboard Castles and his recent 2014 offering All You Can Do reached #1 on the iTunes hip hop charts, with the former peaking at #6 overall and the latter reaching #5. Watsky, performing with his live band Creme Fraiche, puts on a dynamic live performance that has earned him festival slots at San Francisco’s Outside Lands, Bumbershoot in Seattle, Rock the Bells, the Wireless Festival in London, and the 2014 Van’s Warped Tour, among many other stops in a young career that has already tallied nearly a thousand shows.

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KZUM Annual Benefit: Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/11/kzum-annual-benefit-jerry-garcia-birthday-bash/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/11/kzum-annual-benefit-jerry-garcia-birthday-bash/#comments Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:27:41 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13466 Saturday, July 30th
Featuring: Jerry Pranksters
w/ Ragged Company
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
$5: 18 and up || $7: 21 and up

KZUM’s summer fundraising tradition is back! Join us July 30 at The Bourbon Theatre as we celebrate the music and legacy of Jerry Garcia and the 10th anniversary of Lincoln’s preeminent Grateful Dead tribute, The Jerry Pranksters.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the music begins at 8 p.m. with an opening set by very special guests, from Omaha, Neb., Ragged Company. By the time the Pranksters take the stage, the night will be in full swing. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win anything from Grateful Dead CDs to gift cards to local restaurants in a raffle all evening.

Your cover of just $5 ($7 for ages 18-20) benefits KZUM.

This year’s Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash is generously sponsored by:

Butherus, Maser, & Love
Rivers Metal Products
Please join us to support local radio, honor the music for Jerry Garcia and celebrate 10 years of The Jerry Prankster — one night only, on July 30, 2016.

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Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas @ The Zoo Bar http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/06/jessica-hernandez-the-deltas-the-zoo-bar-2/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/06/jessica-hernandez-the-deltas-the-zoo-bar-2/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 18:18:50 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13457 Thursday, October 13th
@ The Zoo Bar
Doors: 9 p.m. || Show: 10 p.m.
18 and up || $12: Advance || $15: Day of Show
*$2 minor fee at the door

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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Scott H. Biram http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/06/scott-h-biram-3/ http://bourbontheatre.com/2016/07/06/scott-h-biram-3/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 16:58:46 +0000 aaron http://bourbontheatre.com/?p=13451 Monday, August 8th
Rye Room
w/ Laughing Falcon
Doors: 7 p.m. || Show: 8 p.m.
All Ages || $12: Advance || $15: Day of Show

Scott H. Biram

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The self proclaimed ‘Dirty Old One Man Band’ successfully, and sometimes violently, lashes together blues, hillbilly and country precariously into raucous punk and godless metal. Years of non-stop touring have honed his assault to a fine edge; his wide-eyed throw downs in the First Church of Ultimate Fanaticism routinely lead giddy followers to a fiery baptism.

Biram ain’t no candy-ass singer/songwriter either, sweetly strumming songs about girls with big eyes and dusty highways. HELL NO!!! His singing, yodeling, growling, leering and brash preachin’ and hollerin’ is accompanied by sloppy riffs and licks from his 1959 Gibson guitar and pounding backbeat brought forth by his amplified left foot. The remainder of this one-man band consists of an unwieldy combination of beat-up amplifiers and old microphones strung together by a tangled mess of guitar cables.

Scott H. Biram won’t die. On May 11th, 2003, one month after being hit head-on by an 18-wheeler at 75 MPH, he took the stage at The Continental Club in Austin, TX in a wheel chair – I.V. still dangling from his arm. With 2 broken legs, a broken foot, a broken arm and 1 foot less of his lower intestine, Biram unleashed his trademark musical wrath.

When Scott H. Biram took the stage at his 2004 SXSW festival showcase right after Kris Kristofferson he was quoted as growling “They said that was a hard act to follow….I’m a hard act to follow motherfuckers!!” The stunned crowd looked on.

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