HOT FLASH HEAT WAVE & SPORTS
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
Purpose is at the cornerstone of Sports’ resonance and impressive second album Get A Good Look. Childhood friends Cale Chronister and Christian Theriot have come to realize that life can change at any second. Perspectives are reshaped, relationships rise or fall, and home is anywhere you want it to be. For Sports, it’s the intricacies of their lifelong friendship, the victories and shortcomings of growing up, and the lessons learned along the way that have influenced their worldview. Growing up on the outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma, life for Cale and Christian revolved around watching MTV and going to church. The pair first met in middle school and formed an instant connection with both seeking to break out of the conformity of their quaint small town upbringing. “We have been making and recording music under different names since we were about 13,” they share. The genesis of Sports would come almost a decade later. On choosing the name Sports, Cale and Christian show reverence to their parents. “They’re big sports fans. It’s like we’re fulfilling some childhood dream of being in the NBA.”
Musically, Sports inspires images of the youthful idyll of bygone times through dulcet melodies and sun-drenched funk synths. Their elaborate, mind-expanding arrangements are warm and enveloping, creating a world where David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and The Clash collide.
Sports first introduced themselves with their 2015 debut single “You Are The Right One,” a concentrated slow drip of funk. Their debut project, Naked All The Time (2015) and its follow-up, People Can’t Stop Chillin (2016) delivered additional critically-praised singles including: “Panama,” “Whatever You Want,” and “Someone You’d Rather Be Dating.” The band returned in 2018 with their first full-length album, Everyone’s Invited, a vibrant offering that received acclaim from Pitchfork, Pigeons & Planes, and Ones To Watch, in addition to earning plays on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic and Spotify’s New Indie Mix playlist.
To date, Sports has garnered over 125 million streams, an impressive feat for a band who’s stayed true to their independent roots and DIY ethos. After spending the last three years split between Los Angeles, California and Norman, Oklahoma, Cale and Christian find themselves back in their hometown, but with fresh perspective gained from distance and time.
It’s this perspective that’s apparent in their upcoming third studio album Get A Good Look, which they first teased in 2020 with the single “Tell You Something.” The experimental and innovative track effortlessly blurs the lines between synth-pop, indie-funk, and psychedelic rock and marked the beginning of an exciting new era for the band. Unlike their previous two albums, Get A Good Look was split in two parts. “We didn’t set out to release the album in 2 parts, but with the pandemic, we had to be creative,” Cale shares. “It gives us the chance to work on the music and the visuals at a more methodical pace.”
Nowhere is this vigilance more apparent than in their latest two singles - “Can’t Be What You Think” and “Damn I’m Tired.” In both tracks, each element is meticulously placed, creating Wall Of Sound compositions that reverberate long after the last note. While “Can’t Be What You Think” oozes confidence and self-assuredness musically the lyrics underscore its fragility in social settings., “Damn I’m Tired” is buzz-fueled angst; a twangy embodiment of how exhausting being a people pleaser can be.
Both tracks, in addition to the highly celebrated “Baby Baby,” appear on Sports’ Get A Good Look, which arrived February 11, 2022.
Sipper is the recording project of NYC musician, Joey Beerman. Since launching in 2019, the project has mostly been known for releasing music a little too frequently. In the past year, Sipper released 4 albums and continues to put out a new song bi-weekly. For live performances, the band is made of 4 members all from the same hebrew-school graduating class.
Avi Kaplan with Maddie Poppe
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
By the time Avi Kaplan launched his solo career in 2017, he'd already built an audience that stretched across the globe, racking up three GRAMMY Awards as a member of the platinum-selling vocal group Pentatonix. Avi knew he needed to return to his own artistic foundation -- to the organic acoustic driven rock and roots music that had provided the soundtrack to his upbringing in rural California.That musical evolution began with 2020's I'll Get By EP and carried through last year's single, "Song For the Thankful." Now comes Floating on a Dream, (Fantasy Records) Avi's debut full-length solo LP, which further broadens his artistry into enthralling new territory. Produced by Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, The White Buffalo), the album is rendered in long shadows and moody high relief, reflecting Avi's Californian roots and fascination with the American West. Through country, blues, soul, folk, tribal drums, and a touch of gospel, Avi explores matters of the heart, truth, morality, and the search for relevance across the album's 11 original tracks. At the core though, there is that voice. From a haunting falsetto to its deepest bass tones, his instrument is unlike anything else in modern music.
THE IRON MAIDENS
with ROBERT RODRIGUEZ
Doors 7pm / Show 830pm
Formed in 2001, The Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of southern California’s most popular tribute acts and are rapidly gaining international recognition. The band boasts beauty as well as excellent musicianship, lively stage presence, and a remarkable stage show with theatrical scenes interspersed throughout.
First and foremost on the agenda of The Iron Maidens is talent. These women are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to blues and rock. The band and its members have been the recipients of many awards including best tribute band, and best in category (guitar, bass, drums, voice) at events such as The Rock City News Awards, The LA Music Awards, and The All Access Magazine Award Show to name a few. The line-up is Kirsten “Bruce Chickinson” Rosenberg on vocals, Linda “Nikki McBURRain” McDonald on drums, Courtney “Adriana Smith” Cox and Nikki “Davina Murray” Stringfield on guitars, and Wanda “Steph Harris” Ortiz on bass.
The Iron Maidens cover Iron Maiden material from all eras of the band’s career, encompassing the band’s biggest hits as well as fan favorites. The stage show includes appearances by Maiden mascot Eddie, the grim reaper, the devil and more.
The Iron Maidens have packed houses everywhere they have played.
LONG BEACH DUB ALLSTARS
with JASON CRUZ and HOWL
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
THE RARE OCCASIONS
with HOT FREAKS
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
The Rare Occasions are an LA-based, New England-bred indie rock band known for their explosive garage rock anthems with catchy vocal harmonies.
Brian McLaughlin (singer) and Luke Imbusch (drummer) have been making music together since their early teenage years. They formed The Rare Occasions while attending college in Boston where they met Jeremy Cohen (bassist). Since then, the band have toured nationally, won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and released a vast catalog of music online.
In 2021 the band released their first album as a trio, Big Whoop, which received significant press and radio play. Around the same time, their 2016 track “Notion” went viral on TikTok and continues to make waves, topping Spotify’s viral chart in the US and several other countries, and later landing on Billboard’s alternative charts and top 100 singles charts in the UK, Ireland, and Canada.The Rare Occasions are set to release a new EP this fall. The first single “Seasick” has already garnered the attention of radio DJs across the country including SiriusXM’s Alt Nation. The band looks forward to sharing their unique blend of hard-hitting riffs, danceable grooves, and ear-catching melodies with audiences across the US and Canada during their upcoming fall 2022 tour.
ZEPPARELLA THE LEZ ZEPPELIN POWERHOUSE
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
with BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE and BITE ME BAMBI
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
For 31 years, the NYC-based and critically acclaimed Slackers have been touring the world with their blend of Ska, Reggae, and Soul.
Since 1991, the Slackers have released fifteen albums and countless singles, while their 1000s of live performances feed their fans with energetic sets of ecstatic music.
The press state that the Slackers are “the best ska band in the world” (Rude International), “the pick of the US crop” (Metal Hammer), “the sound of New York’ (New York Times), “is about as close to perfect as it gets” (Ink 19), and “one of the best bands in the United States” (axs.com).
In April 2022, The Slackers released a new album, “Dont Let The Sunlight Fool Ya” (Pirates Press) which quickly shot to the top of the US billboard charts. This is the first time that a Slackers’ album has charted! Ironically after 30 years as a band, this qualified them as a Billboard ‘new artist.’ The Washington Post noted that the Slackers “remain at the top of their game.”
The chart topping performance of “Dont Let The Sunlight Fool Ya” capped a 2 year comeback of the Slackers. When Covid stopped live shows in 2020, the Slackers pivoted to livestreams and made 5 full band concerts that were
broadcast internationally. After the shows, they stayed in the studio and recorded the tunes that became Sunlight.
Returning to live gigging in the 2nd half of 2021, the band celebrated their 30th anniversary with 30 shows across the United States and Canada.
In 2022, the Slackers have 90 shows booked in the United States, Canada, UK, and Europe. At 31 years old, the band has been renewed and is looking to grow their cult following into its 4th decade.
Official Website: www.theslackers.com
NOCHE DE VERANO SIN TI
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
Celebración de Bad Bunny!
SQUIRREL NUT ZIIPPERS: CHRISTMAS CARAVAN TOUR
with CHRISTOPHER WONDER
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
The Squirrel Nut Zippers began their musical journey in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in the mid 1990’s, as a musician’s escape from the cookie cutter world of modern rock radio at the time. Jimbo Mathus along with wife Katherine Whalen and drummer Chris Phillips formed the band as a casual musical foray playing for friends and family around town. It wasn’t long before the band (which had grown in size) developed a reputation for pioneering a quirky mix of jazz chords, folk music, and punk rock leanings and attracted a national audience.
Outside of the rollicking concerts which were rapidly growing in attendance, NPR was the first significant national media to take notice of the band followed by an appearance on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. With grunge, and alternative rock in full swing back in 1995, the Squirrel Nut Zippers debut album The Inevitable sounded like nothing happening musically at the time. After the bands sophomore release Hot became a surprise commercial success, the group went on to sell more than 3 million albums between 1995 and 2003.
Some highlights of this era include performing on Dick Clarks New years Eve broadcast; playing Carnegie Hall with Tony Bennet; appearing as musical guest on Sesame Street; performing on late night television including Letterman, Leno, Conan; having a custom animated video made by The Simpsons; performing at Bill Clintons Inaugural Presidential Ball; multiple sold out tours, and even getting the keys to the city of Cambridge, MA where the bands namesake candy hails from.
Since those days the Squirrel Nut Zippers have continued to perform to a wide variety of audiences, venues and settings, and have recently released two new studio albums.
Beasts Of Burgundy released in 2018 debuted at #4 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart to critical acclaim: “
Lost Songs of Doc Souchon released in 2020 is a combination of newly written Zippers material, along with a few songs from past times like “Animule Ball” which was originally recorded in 1938 by Jelly Roll Morton. In keeping with that time period, the band turned to their longtime friends at Fleischer Studios (home of Betty Boop) to use some of their historic animations for a video for the track. Watch here: https://youtu.be/ser63u9MmYM
The Squirrel Nut Zippers continue to confound audiences with their hybrid stew of Southern roots music, New Orleans Jazz, Vaudeville, Blues and a healthy touch irreverence. Not traditionalists – true originals.
The Purple Ones - Insatiable Tribute to Prince
Doors 8pm/ Show 9pm
Oakland California’s The Purple Ones treat the music and patented vibe of Prince’s legacy with the utmost respect. The musical dexterity of The Purple Ones – with 11 pieces on stage including a full horn section - delivers their own spin on Prince’s
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
Cut Chemist has been recording and performing for nearly 30 years. Known as a turntablist, he started his journey into djing at age 11. By the time he was 14 year old, Cut started recording with his friends (including Chali 2na of Jurassic 5) in an inclosed sun patio that his dad converted into a small make-shift recording studio. By age 21, Cut was a founding member of both the rap group Jurassic 5 and the Grammy award winning Latin funk outfit, Ozomatli. His involvement with both groups helped develop a taste for music and rhythms from around the world while keeping his passion for the hip hop tradition. His mix-tapes and remixes became critically acclaimed. His ‘Chemist’ moniker was fully realized with his instrumental, Lesson 6: The Lecture. In the years following, Cut started a series of mix cds with DJ Shadow using all 45s. Brainfreeze, Product Placement and The Hard Sell, the last of which debuted and headlined at the world famous Hollywood Bowl.
Cut’s solo album journey would begin with The Audience is Listening which was released on Warner Bros in 2006. Following his major label stint, he decided to create his own boutique label that would allow him more freedom. Sound Of The Police, Funk Off Mega Mix & his sophomore solo album, Die Cut were his most notable releases. Although these albums may sound very different from one another, they all have a single thing that ties them together - Cut Chemist pushes boundaries on all of them, testing our musical palates while introducing us to obscure musical finds.
My most viewed solo dj video
THE WOOD BROTHERS
with TAYLOR ASHTON
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
The Wood Brothers didn’t know they were making a record. Looking back, they’re grateful for that. “If we hadknown, we probably would have been too self-conscious to play what we played,” reflects bassist/vocalist Chris Wood. “At the time, we just thought we were jamming to break in our new studio, so we felt free to explore all these different ways of performing together without worrying about form or structure. It was liberating.”Recorded live to tape, those freewheeling, improvised sessions became a vast pool of source material from which The Wood Brothers would go on to draw ‘Kingdom In My Mind,’ their seventhstudio release and most spontaneous and experimental collection yet. While on past records, the band—Chris, guitarist/vocalist Oliver Wood, and drummer/keyboardist Jano Rix—would write a large batch of songs and then record them all at once, ‘Kingdom’ found them retroactively carving tunes out of sprawling instrumental jam sessions like sculptors chipping away at blocks of marble. A testament to the limitless creativity of the unharnessed mind, the record explores the power of our external surroundings to shape our internal worlds (and vice versa), reckoning with time, mortality, and human nature. The songs here find strength in accepting what lies beyond our control, thoughtfully honing in on the bittersweet beauty that underlies doubt and pain and sadness with vivid character studies and unflinching self-examination. Deep as the lyrics dig, the arrangements always manage to remain buoyant and light, though, drawing from across a broad sonic spectrum to create a transportive, effervescent blend that reflects the trio’s unique place in the modern musical landscape.“My brothercame to this band from the blues and gospel world, and my history was allover the map withjazz and R&B,” says Chris, who first rose to fame with the pioneering trio Medeski Martin& Wood. “The idea for this group has always been to marry our backgrounds, to imagine what might happen if Robert Johnson and Charles Mingus had started a band together.”‘Kingdom In My Mind’ follows The Wood Brothers’most recent studio release, 2018’s ‘One Drop Of Truth,’ which hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and garneredthe band their firstGRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album. NPRpraised the record’s “unexpected changes and kaleidoscopic array of influences,” while Uncuthailed its “virtuosic performances and subtly evocative lyrics,” and Blurtproclaimed it “a career-defining album.” Tracks from the record racked up roughly 8 million streams on Spotifyalone, and the band took the album on the road for extensive tour dates in the US andEurope, including their first-ever headline performance at Red Rocks, two nights at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore (captured on their 2019 release, ‘Live At The Fillmore’),and festival appearances everywhere from Bonnaroo to XPoNential.
The Wood Brothers have partnered with American Friends of Canadian Conservation so that $1 per ticket will support The Nature Trust of British Columbia (NTBC) in their efforts to conserve ecologically-rich wetlands and protect irreplaceable land from development. Every $1 donated will be matched by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with $2 so more endangered wetlands can be saved. If you’d like to learn more, please visit this link.
Taylor Ashton is a Canadian singer and songwriter living in Brooklyn. He spent the first half of his twenties on the road across Canada as frontman of the band Fish & Bird before moving to New York to work on a new set of songs and a new chapter of life. His music takes influence from the cosmic emotionality of Joni Mitchell, the sage vulnerability of Bill Withers, the humour and heartbreak of Randy Newman, and old-time and Celtic folk music. Alternately accompanying himself on clawhammer banjo and electric guitar, Taylor croons poignantly clever lyrical insights while effortlessly gliding between a Bill Callahan-esque baritone to a Thom Yorke-like falsetto.
His full-length debut album "The Romantic" was released in early 2020, followed by a companion EP "Romanticize" featuring remixes, reimaginings, and new songs. His songwriting appears on albums by Watkins Family Hour, the Brother Brothers, Benjamin Lazar Davis and others, and he has released singles with Aoife O'Donovan, The Fretless, and Aerialists, as well as a moody acoustic duo record in 2018 with songwriter & guitarist Courtney Hartman. Much is in store for 2022, including at least one new album and more fruitful collaborations.
with MARC SCIBILIA
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
Nashville-based, Oregon-born Mat Kearney is back with his new studio album January Flower. Written between an isolated retreat in Joshua Tree and his home studio, January Flower sees Kearney in his rawest form, distilling the songwriting process and rediscovering the joy of making music. Over his career, Kearney has released five studio LPs, claimed the #1 spot on iTunes, topped multiple Billboard charts, made four entries into the Hot 100, amassed over 2.5 BILLION global streams. Kearney, a Multi-Platinum songwriter and producer, has performed live on TODAY Show, Ellen, The Tonight Show, Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has garnered raves from USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People, Billboard, PARADE and Marie Claire. He also has an incredible touring history, sharing the road with everyone from John Mayer to NEEDTOBREATHE.
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, chart-topping singer/songwriter Marc Scibilia’s been on a steady rise ever since the 2012 release of his breakout single, “How Bad We Need Each Other.” In the last several years alone, he’s racked up more than 125 million streams across platforms; scored the most Shazamed moment of the 2015 Super Bowl with his stripped-down take on “This Land Is Your Land”; seen his music featured in a slew of film and television soundtracks, including a recent Water.org PSA narrated by Matt Damon; written for artists as diverse as superstar DJ Robin Schulz (the pair’s “Unforgettable” is a certified Gold, #1 single, currently boasting more than 75 million streams on Spotify alone), singer/songwriters Ben Rector, Kid G, Seal, Lennon Stella and rappers Jim Jones, Rick Ross, and Fabolous; garnered praise from the likes of pop star Demi Lovato and Matchbox 20’s Rob Thomas; and toured with James Bay, Zac Brown Band, Butch Walker, and Nick Jonas, among others.
Scibilia was forced to put his burgeoning career on hold for the better part of 2019, though, when he welcomed his first child into the world while simultaneously caring for his ailing father, who would tragically pass away from brain cancer shortly thereafter. He chronicles the profound, emotional journey on his riveting new album, ‘Seed Of Joy,’ which he recorded alone in his basement studio in Nashville in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. While you might expect the finished product to be a dark and somber affair, ‘Seed Of Joy’ is, true to its name, just the opposite, fueled by soulful vocals and soaring melodies and overflowing with rich, anthemic exuberance at nearly every turn.
Calling to mind everything from Paul Simon and Cat Stevens to Bleachers and Vampire Weekend, the result is a powerful slice of self-reflection that balances nostalgia and optimism in equal measure, a thoughtful, defiantly optimistic work that insists on finding silver linings, even in the face of gut-wrenching loss.
In April 2020, Samsung picked up the original 2009 demo of "How Bad We Need Each Other" for their Stay Apart, Stay Together campaign. The vitality of the initial online release led to a worldwide campaign using Marc's song.
Upon welcoming his second child in 2021 Marc began releasing new singles and music videos and is currently completing work on his third full-length album set to release later this year.
With Special Guests KBONG & Johnny Cosmic, Vana Liya
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
One woman can truly do it all and make the world a better place as she goes. Hawaiian-raised reggae pop star HIRIE (born Patricia Jetton), boldly paves the way for women across all industries: she performs musical stages around the world, all the while preaching positivity, enlisting an open ear to those in need and remaining a loving wife and mother, to boot. HIRIE is the humble superstar who, even after a landslide of accreditation, still takes the time to thank and honor her loyal supporters, whether that be a special photo opportunity at a show, an online chat or a spur-of-the-moment meet-and-greet at her merchandise table.
But, before she was HIRIE, she was a girl with a gift. Growing up the daughter of a U.N. ambassador, HIRIE moved from the Philippines to Italy to Hawaii — gaining invaluable knowledge of the world and its various cultures at a young, yet adaptable age. However, the more she moved, the more she was bullied. Little girls can be nasty to newcomers. It was at this time that her father saw a shining light glowing deep inside his little girl (albeit shrouded in darkness), encouraging HIRIE to channel the bullying into musicianship and songwriting. “He knew that would be my outlet, pushing me towards the pen and paper, and the mic,” HIRIE states. The brazen, confident woman that stands onstage today before tens of thousands wasn’t always so self-assured. HIRIE admits her self-doubt freely and openly during her live performances, often sharing her bouts of depression, anxiety and her diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder to
her diverse audiences. Instead of hiding away her faults, HIRIE embraces them. She has learned it’s better to battle the stigma of mental health than to bury it. Through these personal experiences, HIRIE represents a beacon for mental health advocacy — an area often neglected within the music industry (and, let’s be honest, everywhere else). It’s okay to not be okay and HIRIE is here to help. “I feel and I feel and I feel,” she explains. “I care so deeply about people that sometimes I forget how to just allow myself to self-love. My life’s work is just to make somebody else feel better. I love people. I know that’s so cliche?. But, with my music, if I’m able to confront my own demons and it makes someone else feel more comfortable with who they are, I have no shame.”
On top of mental health freedom-fighting, HIRIE further exudes a feministic attitude. From enlisting women stylists to women in the press to having talented women performing beside her onstage, a female-first agenda is prevalent in the world of HIRIE and heavily-executed. An epitome of this is found within the single “Woman Comes First”, featuring similar-minded Australian reggae rebel Nattali Rize. The track — off HIRIE’s 2016 Wandering Soul, an album rocketing to #1 on the Billboard Reggae Charts — hails back to the biblical days; even then, in days of “Adam and Eve”, women came first. Other empowered offerings off the pop star’s sophomore release include the songs “Queen” and “Melody Of A Broken Heart”, in between satiable fan favorites, like “Boom Fire”, “You Won’t Be Alone” and “Don’t Take My Ganja”.
Yet, before HIRIE turned into a Wandering Soul, she first had to take roots. Living in San Diego and bouncing between open mic nights, HIRIE witnessed the start of her determined hard work paying off in the serendipitous meeting of multi-instrumentalist and producer E.N Young (then of Tribal Seeds), who agreed to produce her first album. The self-titled debut has since garnered over 6.7 million streams on Spotify after escalating to #4 on the Reggae iTunes Charts. Not too shabby for a first-timer! Doubling down on her success three years later with Wandering Soul (which rendered her an esteemed San Diego Music Award for ‘Best World Album’ in 2017), HIRIE now celebrates her third full-length album Dreamer, with over 4.2 million Spotify streams since its 2019 release.
Her most daringly authentic to date, Dreamer exposes the good, the bad and the large grey void of adulthood. “This album is about raw honesty,” she discloses. “I feel like I was braver with exploring my emotional state and how that swings back and forth — allowing myself to be brutally honest.” Introspective, forthright and unapologetic, songs like “I’m Messed Up” and “Message in a Bottle” resonate with all those who hear it. Unlike other pop stars posing on an unattainable and unrealistic pedestal, HIRIE is more tangible and relatable than ever — that’s the HIRIE difference. Not HIRIE, who uses her bubble gum melodies to evoke empathy, push for change and set self limitations. She embodies a new era of pop celebrity that, we can only hope, continues through her example. Of course, album number three is more than just anthems of self-awareness, offering upbeat party songs, like the ultra-catchy “Put It Down” with Chali 2na and “I Like The Way You Roll”, featuring Slightly Stoopid. You would think the overall result is an emotional rollercoaster of an album, but really, its differing tempo and timbre just adds to HIRIE’s exceptional musical prowess. “A lot of times it was like, ‘Let’s write
something fast.’ ‘Let’s write something you can dance to.’ ‘This theme, let’s go for this.’ Everything you hear is a slice of me and my multiple personalities,” laughs HIRIE.
Shortly after Dreamer’s release, HIRIE (like the rest of the world) was ushered into quarantine. Instead of wallowing in her unexpected circumstances, HIRIE used the forced downtime as a blessing, exploring her talents for tattooing, recording new singles and even relocating her family back to her home island of Oahu. By the summer of 2020, HIRIE had followed up on her 2019 post-album single “She Go” with a sizzling new track “Bonfire”, allowing listeners cooped up indoors a long overdue breath of fresh air. In 2021, HIRIE continued to pump out new music, including throwing props back to where you came from in "Respect", a collaborative single with rising reggae artist DENM, “Feel The Sunshine” with Hawaiian heavyweight Kolohe Kai and a fresh take on Shwayze’s 2007 hit with Cisco Adler, “Corona and Lime”. HIRIE also hit the road Summer and Fall of 2021 in support of reggae rock royalty Sublime With Rome and Dirty Heads. With her trusty band of players behind her and her doggy best friend Goji at her side, HIRIE is now barrelling into 2022 with a return back to the recording studio for her fourth full-length project.
What's first on the release list? A cosmic collaboration entitled "Youniverse" with Arise Roots frontman Karim Israel, emphasizing the notion of infinite energy as humanity's master design. Next, in a series leading up to HIRIE’s highly-anticipated album reveal, is a team with Jamaica’s Spragga Benz for the sultry single “I Miss You” (out now), as well as a pairing on Matisyahu’s buzzworthy “Blacklist” — a long-awaited track out July 22nd, 2022.
Sound Cloud: www.soundcloud.com/hirie
DAVE ALVIN AND JIMME DALE GILMORE
with THE GUILTY ONES and BIG SANDY AND HIS FLY-RITE BOYS
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
Roots music legends, Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, have been friends for 30 years, but only recently realized they had never played music with each other before. So in 2017, Grammy winner Alvin and Grammy nominee Gilmore decided to hit the highway to swap songs, tell stories, and share their life experiences.
Though Texas born Gilmore was twice named Country Artist of the Year by Rolling Stone, and California native Alvin first came to fame in the hard rocking rhythm and blues band The Blasters, they discovered that their musical roots in old blues and folk music are exactly the same. In these spontaneous shows, audiences enjoyed classic original compositions from the two, and also songs from a wide spectrum of songwriters and styles - from Merle Haggard to Sam Cooke to the Young Bloods. Mutually energized and inspired by these performances, Dave and Jimmie agreed to hit the road again .....this time with a full band, an album, Downey to Lubbock and some new stories to share.
Doors 8pm / Show 9pm
Sure, life's a risk. But FIDLAR have proven that risks are worth taking. Starting out as a group of drunken punks playing gnarly house shows around Los Angeles, their fanbase exploded and congealed into "FIDIOTS." Fan's who show their dedication to both the band and their mantra of "fuck it" by etching "FIDLAR" onto their bodies by way of homemade stick-and-poke prison style tattoos.
With songs like "Cheap Beer" and "Wake Bake Skate," the light speed rocket that was 2012's eponymous album blasted them into the stratosphere where they had the room to expand the idea of the band. Being thrust into the loneliness of space, they were confronted by the void and slog of touring. They responded to that introspection with 2015's "TOO," where songs like "40oz On Repeat" "Why Generation" and "Sober" grapple with how to age gracefully as hard partying punks headed towards their 30s.
"Too" pushed the band further to the edges of their comfort zone where these four SoCal weirdos found themselves playing gigantic festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds. Propelling them to refine and expand their sound with 2019's "ALMOST FREE" where you can start to hear more than just their "punk and indie" influences. The Beastie Boys tinged "Get off My Rock." The asphalt-groovy take on L.A. hipster culture "Can't You See." And the alterna-pop, radio friendly, heartbreak duet of "Called You Twice" featuring grammy nominated artist K. Flay.
But that was in "the before times..." During the pandemic, unable to tour as a band, the guys all separately dove into their own pet projects and they all experimented with different styles of music (sometimes with the aid of psychedelics). Unintentionally, this caused them to shake off the impulse to layer "bells and whistles" (not literally, but kinda) to their songs. Like they had been doing progressively over the years. Now, after duck-diving the choppy waves that is the modern music industry, FIDLAR are ready for the next gnarly set.
Armed with 3 Chords, the truth, and some jazz cabbage, FIDLAR has a new found appreciation of not only where they came from, but where they are now. And when asked what the new sound is, the response is simply "FUCKBOI ANTHEMS."
Well then... fuck it, dawg. Let's get weird.
Ventura Music Hall and Skull & Roses presents:
MELVIN SEALS & JGB
with THE ALLIGATORS
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most reveredfor his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards inthe Jerry Garcia Band.Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helpedpioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz,Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.Melvin and JGB bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops tothe table. John Kadlecik on lead guitar and vocal duties, John-Paul McLean's savory bass,Jeremy Hoenig on the drumsand, of course, a heapin' helpin' of the wizard's magic onHammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create aspontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, oftenpsychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling(and some staring in amazement) for hours.Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonderJerry nicknamed him "Master of the Universe". Melvin continues to treat music lovers to hisunique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!MELVIN SEALS & JGB:Melvin Seals-Hammond B3 Organ, Keyboards & VocalsJohn Kadlecik-Electric Guitar & Lead VocalsJohn-Paul McLean-BassJeremy Hoenig-Drums
with YOT CLUB
Doors 6pm / Show 7pm
In the six years since their inception, Skegss (singer/guitarist Ben Reed, bassist/guitarist/vocalist Toby Cregan, and drummer Jonny Lani) emerged from their laid-back, Australian small town roots as unlikely anti-heroes of the country’s vibrant rock scene. Their riotous releases have sparked circle pits and stage dives all over—from dingy pubs and skate parks, to 20K capacity festival stages—and led the three lads on countless world tours. They’ve even topped the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) singles charts numerous times and, more recently, their debut LP My Own Mess reached number two on the album charts and earned an ARIA Award nomination for ‘Best Rock Album.’ Australia's coastal sensation never lost their underdog flair despite their achievements, and it's that same spirit that defines their second studio album, Rehearsal—a 13-track thrill ride through modern disillusioned youth.
Released late March 2021 via Loma Vista Recordings Rehearsal debuted at #1 on Australia’s ARIA Album and Vinyl sales chart with first week sales and was the triple j feature record. In addition- Rehearsal earned the trio of Toby, Ben Reed (vocals, guitar), and Jonny Lani (drums) their first cover story at NME Australia, while its singles collectively earned early praise and support from Consequence, DIY, Rolling Stone Australia ('Song You Need to Know') and had 2 tracks place in the triple j Hottest 100 voted singles of the year. ('Under the Thunder' (#27) and 'Fantasising' (#66))
Rehearsal was recorded at The Grove Studios with Grammy-award winning producer Catherine Marks (Foals, Wolf Alice), who added a veteran's finesse and expanded upon the rustic charm of demos the band tracked at The Music Farm using vintage gear from the ‘60s and ‘70s. From Reed's self-made lyrical philosophies inspired by his favorite stand-up comedians to Toby Cregan's reflections on life and his dog, Rehearsal is the most candid and electrifying snapshot we've seen of Skegss yet.
OTT with SOOHAN
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm
Ott has been messing about with sound boxes every day for as long as he canremember. Having spent the ‘90s flitting between his day-job as a freelance studioengineer and long weekends under the stars at psychedelic trance parties, theobvious next step, as the millennium turned, was to create music of his own from thejumble of sounds which filled his head.
After teaming up with Twisted Records, 2002 saw the release of the acclaimed‘Hallucinogen In Dub’ album, followed in short order by his first solo effort,‘Blumenkraft’ in 2003. 2008 saw the release of ‘Skylon’ and in 2011 the album ‘Mir’was born.
A pattern has formed: every four years or so an album coalesces from the chaos,heads out into the world and takes on a life of its own. 2015 was one of those years.
Financed by a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, Ott built a new studio, filled itwith vintage sound-creation toys and locked the door, vowing not to emerge until anew record was born. The original 6 month deadline came and went but, a year afterhe started, the thing is finished.
August 11th, 2015 saw the release of Ott’s latest studio album – ‘Fairchild’!