TGIF! Here’s what’s going down this weekend.
Jackopierce w/ Special Guest Emily Hearn @ Eddie’s Attic
In 1988, Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce, the “Jack O” and “Pierce” who make up the seminal acoustic duo, Jackopierce, were playing cover songs in a dingy club with a crummy PA in their hometown of Dallas, Texas. In a moment of young-musician desperation, they whipped up a tune on the spot called “Three of Us In A Boat” to elongate their set. That became a signature track for a decade-long career wherein the two-piece sold 500,000 records over six albums (two for major label A&M) and toured three continents, nine countries, and 44 states. After a five-year breakup, in 2002 the duo reconvened as Jackopierce. Today Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce have a renewed creative vigor, mutual respect, and deep gratitude for their Jackopierce heritage. These good vibes shine through on JP’s euphoric new album, Everywhere All The Time, out August 28.
Show starts at 7:30 pm.
DJ Shadow w/ Cut Chemist @ The Loft
DJ Shadow (born Josh Davis) is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo’ Wax label. Inspired by hip-hop’s early years, he then grew to absorb the heyday of crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs, and Public Enemy; groups which prominently featured DJs in their ranks. Josh “Shadow” Davis had already been experimenting with making beats and breaks on a four-track recorder while he was in high school in the Nor-Cal college town of Davis, but it was during university that he co-founded his own Solesides label as an outlet for his original tracks. Hooking up with Davis’ few b-boys (including eventual Solesides artists Blackalicious and Lyrics Born) through the college radio station, Shadow began releasing the Hip-Hop Reconstruction mix tapes in 1991, eventually catching the attention of The Source magazine and Dave Funkenklein. Shadow was featured in the magazine’s “Unsigned Hype” column in 1991, and Klein signed him to a production deal with Hollywood BASIC records. Concurrently, Shadow provided beats and scratches for Bay Area rapper Paris and was featured on his second album. In 1993, Shadow pressed his 17-minute beat-head symphony “Entropy.” His tracks spread widely through the DJ-strong hip-hop underground, eventually reaching James Lavelle of Mo’ Wax.
Show starts at 9pm.
ISLANDS w/ Special Guests @ The Earl
On the first track from Islands’ new album—the winsome, tropicalia-inflected “Wave Forms”—front man Nick Thorburn opens the record by singing, “I won’t ride another wave and I won’t write another word after today.” In light of the rest of the album, the statement is both an admonition and a kind of warning. Ski Mask, the band’s fifth album, is equal parts beauty and venom—an album that percolates with the kind of polymorphous pop and hooky, left-of-center rock songs that have long been the band’s stock and trade. This time around, however, the artful indie-pop comes with a decidedly melancholy punch.
Doors open at 9 pm.
Marshall Chapman @ Eddie’s Attic
Marshall Chapman is an American singer-songwriter-author who was born and raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. To date she has released thirteen critically acclaimed albums, highlighted by this year’s Blaze of Glory, which is being hailed a masterpiece. Her songs have been recorded by everyone from Emmylou Harris and Joe Cocker to Irma Thomas and Jimmy Buffett.
Show starts at 7 pm.
The Rat Pack @ The Fred
Relive the days of the Rat Pack with Las Vegas’ most famous Entertainers and their live big band as they appeared live in the Sands Hotel Copa Room. The only Vegas based show with national touring companies and an award from the “Congress of the United States”. Now in its fourteenth smash year with over 5000 performances in over 40 states, 3 foreign countries and over one and a half million tickets sold.
Concert starts at 8 pm.
Byrne & Kelly @ Hard Rock Cafe’s Velvet Underground
What started out as Celtic Thunder’s Ryan Kelly and Neil Byrne performing a live show together called “Acoustic by Candlelight” has now developed into the recording of their Billboard World Album Chart #1 “Acoustically Irish” and three years of touring North America and upcoming tours of Australia and Canada. The Irish Music Association of America awarded Ryan and Neil with “Best Duo” in a Concert, Pub, Festival and “Best New Album” in 2013 for “Acoustically Irish”. In addition to the Billboard Chart #1 position, “Acoustically Irish” was an iTunes US, Canada and Australia World Album Chart #1, Amazon US World Album #1 and Celtic Album #1 and a CD Baby Global Chart #1.
Show starts at 8 pm.
Two Man Gentleman Band w/ Hothouse Peaches @ The EARL
Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, and consummate. showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has developed a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots and retro music circuits. Since hitting the road full time in 2007, The Gents have wowed audiences at clubs, theaters, and festivals across the US and Europe, inspiring cultish dedication among their ever-expanding fan base. A hot swing duo in the tradition of the great Slim & Slam, The Gents have obvious affection for the sounds and styles of the 20s and 30s. But, they’re no period piece. The decidedly contemporary feel of their lyrics and the breakneck pace at which they attack many of their tunes creates a thoroughly modern ruckus. “Virtuosic playing” (The Herald – Glasgow, UK), “keen vocal harmonies” (The New Yorker), and “hysterical” (Boulder Weekly) improvised banter combine to make a Two Man Gentlemen Band performance much more than a concert. It is a show in the truest sense of the word. And The Gents aren’t stopping ’til everyone’s seen it for themselves!
Doors open at 9 pm.
Hunter Callahan CD Release @ Eddie’s Attic
If you asked the 20-year-old singer-songwriter what kind of genre he plays, he’d reply with the simple response, “I just play music.” And, quite frankly, that’s the truth. At the age of 14, Hunter Callahan first picked up the guitar because he wanted to sound like Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC. “I wanted to be Slash. Probably just about every high school kid with a guitar wants to be in a rock band at some time or another,” states the singer. Two years later, Hunter joined a Southern rock and country band with his older brother. While a member of this band, he played venues such as The Frederick Brown Amphitheatre in Peachtree City, Ga. Playing with this group changed the direction of his music, so around the age of 17, Hunter found his niche as a guitarist in a genre of music that was all but dead and gone: The Blues. “The great thing about Blues music is that it’s so wide open. As a musician, you can say so much while keeping it so incredibly simple.” Drawing influence from artists like B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hunter worked towards being a master of the guitar. And then, his musical direction changed again.
Doors open at 6 pm.
MC Frontalot @ Vinyl
MC Frontalot is the godfather of Nerdcore Hip-Hop and still its final boss. He tours nationally and internationally with his live band since 2006, and is the star of the 2008 documentary Nerdcore Rising. Question Bedtime, his sixth studio album, is available on August 26th. Dr. Awkward is a Next Gen Hip Hop artist hailing from San Diego California. He has a signature “Awkward” Flow and brings the nerd pain. He is currently working on releasing his 7th Album. Doc Awk loves to make music, and he loves those who love to listen to his music. Awk is a self proclaimed Nerd who is focused on bringing Next Gen to the masses.
Show starts at 8 pm.