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ON DRUGS - On Drugs is an art rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 2016. Making songs straight out the loony bin about self-deprecation, getting high with your pets, breaking bones, IVs filled with tequila, and more. Designed to get teenagers grounded, making grandma cry, and leaves dad sweaty like a hooker in church. Catch them here before they release their much anticipated full length promised July 25th on Postmark Records.
MALT LIZARD - Melodic grunge noise makers eric and cody make warm freaky circular psych.
And special guest TBA
Not only will Thunderpussy make you question your life choices, they will teach you life lessons like, "A hard man is good to find," and "Booty is in the eye of the beholder." They may be rock n roll's new diamond in the muff, but they’re not selling sex like a Marlboro commercial-- They are literally whipping you with it, like 80’s Madonna, or dry humping you you like a tranced-out Prince. Powerful, sultry vocals tear at your chest while guitar riffs tower over you like a leather clad dominatrix... Salty tears stream down your cheeks in a pleasureful pain as the bass and drums lock in tight to move you, groove you, and wash over you in a hot sweaty bath of sweet, sweet, blues-rock soul... Give in. Get up. Welcome to Club Pussy.
PLAYBOY MANBABY is the contradictory soundtrack to the contemporary life experience. Grimly sarcastic yet youthfully nihilistic music that seems to crash into things with a semi-coherent deliberation that can only be generated by a group of frail but over-caffeinated and eternally anxious young adults. Playboy Manbaby is the theme song to the sentiment "what the fuck am I doing with my life?" Indecisive in both message and genre but never lacking in sheer intensity.
A ticket to PLAYBOY MANBABY gets the ticket holder into SINFERNO CABARET following immediately after this show.
Gifted with a gritty and genuine voice that at once feels familiar to fans of rock and country music, Idaho-born songwriter, singer, and guitarist Jeff Crosby has been writing songs, grinding out shows, and sharing his unique perspective of Americana throughout the United States and beyond for the better part of the past 10 years.
Alongside him now to form “The Refugees”, brother Andy Crosby (bass) and Will Prescott (drums) and Dave Manion (pedal steel/ guitar) have created a force of honest, provocative rock and roll that is quickly gathering both a fervent fan base and critical acclaim wherever they go.
Two songs (Oh Love, Oh Lord and This Old Town) from the first official release featuring The Refugees, 2013’s Silent Conversations, were featured on the FX hit series Sons of Anarchy, and now in 2014 the band has released their first full-length LP titled All Nighter. An 11-track album released significantly on July 4th, 2014 and recorded in both Los Angeles and Idaho, All Nighter is a powerful and cohesive record that deals with love, loss, and a new perspective of the American Dream. As renowned publication No Depression puts it, “The story is there, the musicality is there, the songs are just great.”
Crosby now adds another notch to his musical belt with Waking Days. The 10 song LP was recorded in Los Angeles at Bedrock Studios and in Nashville and was produced by John Gilbertson and engineered in Nashville by Rob Matson. Featuring his band The Refugees--brother Andy Crosby (bass), Will Prescott (drums) and Dave Manion (pedal steel/guitar), Crosby also adds some stellar guest musicians. His guest crew consisted of Brian Whelan on pedal steel (Dwight Yoakam), Marshall Vore on drums (Ryan Adams/Olin & The Moon), Fran Breem on Drums (The Waterboys/Lucinda Williams), Ben Waligoske on guitar (Springdale Quartet) and Adrian Engfer on standup bass (Grant Farm).
Waking Days blends the sounds of Americana; folk, and 70’s inspired psychedelic rock. “I’m in a much different head space musically since the last record,” said Crosby, “This record has more soundscapes and has stretched out the atmospheric tones that are floating around the songs.”
When Cody Johnson’s Cowboy Like Me debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Country Albums chart in January 2014, jaws dropped in offices all over Nashville.
“I got a lot of ‘Who is this kid?’” Johnson says with a laugh two years later. “I love that. That was a new horizon. And I’m gonna work to make sure people know exactly who I am.”
Johnson does that from the start in Gotta Be Me, a follow-up project that’s loaded with solid country instrumentation and winsome melodies. In the first minute alone, he paints himself as a cowboy, raised on outlaw country, who drinks too much, fights too much and won’t apologize for having an opinion. By the time the 14-track journey is over, he’s shared his rodeo history in “The Only One I Know (Cowboy Life),” demonstrated his woman’s influence in “With You I Am” and paid homage to his gospel heritage in “I Can’t Even Walk.”
Johnson delivers it all with an uncanny confidence. His smoky baritone and ultra-Southern enunciations give him a voice as uniquely identifiable as country kingpins Jason Aldean or Tim McGraw. And he uses it to convey a Texas-proud swagger, a real-man charm and an unwavering honesty about who he is, where he comes from and where he hopes to go.
“I’m a God-fearin’, hard-workin’, beer-drinkin’, fightin’, lovin’ cowboy from Texas,” he grins. “That’s about it.”
The hard-workin’ part is key. The other parts are easily found in his music. It’s intense, focused, sincere. And when he takes the stage, there’s a Garth-like conviction to his performances. Johnson inhabits the songs, recreates their emotions because they’re so familiar. And he’s willing to lay bare those emotions because he’s always been willing to risk. He lives in the moment behind that microphone, the same way he rode bulls in an earlier day.
The BellRays hail from Riverside, California and have been putting on the show of their lives since 1990. Punk, rock and soul have been used to try and categorize what they do but some how isn't enough. Seeing is believing and this is a band to see. You won't forget it!
Since the release of dada’s groundbreaking 1992 debut Puzzle, the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with inspired psychedelic and experimental rock impulses. Adding to the trio’s groundbreaking line of attack are the marathon-length shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind.
Two decades after the Los Angeles outfit embarked on its singular journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating dada’s 25th anniversary with plans for a national tour deemed the “dada Forever Tour” in 2017.
“dada is about digging into our roots, examining and celebrating it.” Says Calio
Puzzle was released on September 8, 1992, and it didn’t take long for the band’s sonic imprint to find an audience. The album’s first single “Dizz Knee Land” found widespread airplay on alternative and mainstream rock outlets cracking the Top 5 on the Modern Rock Single's chart and pushing the album's sales to over 1,000,000 worldwide. The band was soon touring around the globe, opening for the celebrated likes of Crowded House, Depeche Mode and Sting.
“People always ask, ‘Do you still talk to each other after all these years?’ So that’s really why I wanted to commemorate it because no matter the size of the career if you can stick together and still have a desire to play music together you have accomplished something” explains Leavitt.
Dada was founded when Gurley and Calio began writing songs and performing as an acoustic duo in the late ‘80s. But from the beginning, their approach was unique amidst the onslaught of ‘90s bands featuring lead singers and mostly generic backing bands.
“Joie and I were both lead singers. But we really found quickly that harmonies were going to be a big strength for us,” recalled Gurley, noting both he and Calio are fans of Simon & Garfunkel’s pioneering harmonies.
Gurley noted that once they recruited Leavitt, they were able to blend the thunderous power of trios such as Cream with the artful harmony-minded songcraft of Simon & Garfunkel.
The success of Puzzle was followed in 1994 by American Highway Flower, featuring the ambitious “Ask the Dust” and astounding “Feet to the Sun,” dada has gone on to create a magnificent discography featuring a half-dozen full-length albums and an EP. The trio has also issued a number of solo efforts and offshoot projects along the way exploring a range of styles including folk, blues, jazz and rock. Gurley and Leavitt were both members of Butterfly Jones while dada was on hiatus in the early ‘00s; Calio has released several solo discs and with X Levitation Cult. Mike Gurley and the Nightcaps are a popular jazz group in Southern California.
Long-time and new fans of dada all have one thing in common; they are passionate about the band and have a deep connection with its three members.
Vaude D'Gras: The Transistance kicks off its summer tour with vaudeville and circus from NOLA Vaude D'Gras: The Transistance, the show that premiered to glowing reviews calling it "marvelously entertaining" by Mary Rickard of The Gambit, hits the road from New Orleans, LA for its summer tour starting in July! Vaude D'Gras, brought to you by LadyBEAST Productions is a unique theatrical, immersive, and experimental spectacle combining modern vaudeville with circus acts. The Transistance is the fourth installment of the on-going Vaude D'Gras annual Mardi Gras show based in New Orleans, LA. The show features a post-apocalyptic plot line with a socio-political humorous twist. Acts include bawdy burlesque, specialty aerial feats, operatic sideshow stunts, bullwhip cracking, gun slinging, knife throwing, and bottle walking.
Check out a sneak peek from the premier performance: Vaude D'Gras Trailer.
Joining Vaude D'Gras: The Transistance on it's tour are performers Sarah Stardust, GoGo McGregor, Clay Mazing, Madame Daggers, Guglielmo, and LadyBEAST herself!
Tickets for this event:
$15 Standing room only
$25 Reserved seat at a shared table
$120 Reserved front row table with 4 seats
The Minneapolis dub-tronic crusaders, Jon Wayne and The Pain, have mesmerized fans for a decade with their hybrid acoustic-electronic sound, uplifting, roots-driven riddims and conscious lyricism. More recently, the Twin City quartet has carved a sizable niche for itself in the electronic and reggae-rock genres, through extensive touring and memorable performances at some of the great Summer events, such as Electric Forest, Summer Camp, Cali Roots, Shangri-la and Wakarusa, to name a few.
On February 24, 2017, Jon Wayne and the Pain released their fourth full-length album, Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe. The CD release party packed out the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis, and the release hit #7 on the iTunes Reggae Album charts and #14 in the corresponding Billboard charts. Whereas the local numbers spike into the 1000 range, their numbers are proportionally just as strong throughout the entire upper Midwest, where they have a near-cultish following of devoted fans, who care as much about the message as the music.
Jon Wayne and The Pain is:
Jon Wayne (guitar, vocals)
Chuckie Torgerson (bass)
Teeto Miller (drums)
Weston Schick (saxophone)
TICKET HOLDERS WITH A TICKET TO JC BROOKS ARE WELCOME TO STAY FOR SINFERNO CABARET THE SAME NIGHT! (10PM)
JC BROOKS makes soul-infused, genre-bending music that is energetic and kinetically charged. The grab-the-listener-at-all-costs mashup manifesto has been captured to a T on the band’s new joint,. The Neon Jungle, which is set for an April 7, 2017 release via Rock Ridge Music. Their soul mashup version of Wilco’s “I’m Trying to Break Your Heart” was a nationwide jame released by Bloodshot Records as JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, but with the new album they have dropped “the Uptown Sound” but continue as one powerful live band. Brooks himself describes The Neon Jungle as an album-length depiction of “one crazy, incredible night out.” JC Brooks has made a career out of delivering the goods, from club stages to the biggest festivals in the US and Europe. The live version of The Neon Jungle will be flowing from a stage near you.
“Enveloping stage presence and and palpable charisma.” - Rolling Stone
“JC Brooks looks and performs like a cross between Chuck Berry and H.R. of Bad Brains in their prime, but his skintight R&B and post-punk soul upend expectation of a retro act.” - The Washington Post
Guttermouth is a punk rock band formed in Huntington Beach, CA. Guttermouth has released nine full-length studio albums and two live albums and have toured extensively, including performances on the Vans Warped Tour. The band is infamous for their outrageous lyrics and behavior, which are deliberately explicit, offensive and intended to shock, though usually in a humorous and sarcastic manner. This behavior has sometimes resulted in high-profile problems for the band, such as being banned from performing in Canada for eighteen months and leaving the 2004 Warped Tour amidst controversy over their political views and attitudes towards other performers. In a time where bands take "breaks" in order to have reunion tours along with all types of marketing gimmicks, Guttermouth continues to tour much of the year with no plans on stopping and has proven to be one of the hardest working punk bands still together. In July 2016, the band released the EP "Got It Made" under Rude Records/Bird Attack Records and will have another studio release out by the end of the year.