THE BLACK MOODS Announce Tour Dates in Support of Their Second Top 40 Single

THE BLACK MOODS summer tour 2019

THE BLACK MOODS summer tour 2019

Tempe, Arizona’s The Black Moods have announced tour dates this summer with Them Evils. The tour will kick off on July 14th in Salt Lake City, UT at Kilby Court. The band continues to support their second top 40 single, “Bad News.”

Born in the Arizona desert and reared on stages across North America, the band delivers a modern update of a timeless sound, breathing fresh life into a familiar mix of electric guitars, anthemic hooks, and percussive stomp. The Black Moods’ three members — frontman/guitarist Josh Kennedy, drummer Daniel “Chico” Diaz and bassist Jordan Hoffman — aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel. Instead, they’re piling into a vehicle that’s existed for decades, souping up the engine to suit their contemporary needs, and steering those wheels toward their own rock & roll horizon.

The Black Moods began building their audience the old-school way: by hitting the road. They toured heavily, promoting albums like their 2012 self-titled debut and 2016’s Medicine with gigs across the country. By the time Bella Donna hit the radio airwaves during the summer of 2018, The Black Moods’ fanbase had grown exponentially. The song became a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, paving the way for the band’s biggest shows to date.

Modern-day torchbearers of ageless rock & roll, The Black Moods aren’t shy about nodding to their influences. Bella Donna was partially inspired by the Doors’ slinky strut, while the climatic chorus of “Bad News” points to alt-rock mainstays like the Foo Fighters. With one boot planted in the same ground as their influences and the other pointed toward unexplored territory, The Black Moods blaze their own path while still paying tribute to those who came before them.

Both Bella Donna and “Bad News” were recorded with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny Karkazis, who flew to Phoenix and set up a makeshift studio in the band’s own rehearsal space. There, in the same practice facility once shared by hometown heroes like the Refreshments, the band funneled the spirit and swagger of their live show into their most dynamic recordings to date. That live show — which The Black Moods sharpened with cross-country tours alongside the Doors’ Robbie Krieger, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Eve 6, Cracker, and numerous other headliners — has always been one of the band’s strongest selling points. Now, thanks to singles like Bella Donna (which also lends its name to the first wine in The Black Moods’ wine series), The Black Moods’ fury and fire onstage is matched by their electricity on record.

The Black Moods Tour Dates:
6/22 Pinetop, AZ The Lions Den
6/30 Madison, WI WJJO Boob Toob
7/5 Monett, MO First On Front
7/12 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
7/14 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court w/ Them Evils
7/15 Denver, CO Steets w/ Them Evils
7/16 Sioux City, IA The Marquee w/ Them Evils
7/17 Des Moines, IA Leftys w/ Them Evils
7/18 Mankato, MN Whats Up Lounge w/ Them Evils
7/20 OshKosh, WI Rock USA
7/21 Racine, Wi Route 20 w/ Them Evils
7/23 Pekin, IL Twisted Spoke Saloon w/ Them Evils
7/25 Whitesburg, KY The Listening Room Whiteburg
7/26 Toledo, OH Frankies Inner City
7/28 Southbend, IN 103.9 Presents (The Big Growl)
7/30 Waterloo, IA Spicolis Reverb
7/31 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater w/ Gin Blossoms
8/1 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom w/ Gin Blossoms
8/2 Ft. Wayne, IN Sweetwater Pavillion w/ Gin Blossoms
8/6 Wilmington, NC Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre w/ Gin Blossoms
8/7 Chattanooga, TN The Signal w/ Gin Blossoms
8/9 Springfield, MO Mothers Brewing Company (KQRA WienerFest)
8/10 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino (KSHE Pig Roast)
8/13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre w/ Gin Blossoms & Collective Soul
8/14 San Diego, CA Voodoo Room @ HOB
8/15 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre w/ Gin Blossoms & Collective Soul
8/16 Tucson, AZ The Rock

TURBONEGRO Vocalist HANK VON HELL Announces North American Summer Tour!

HANK VON HELL 2019 tour poster

HANK VON HELL 2019 tour poster

Legendary rock frontman and longtime Turbonegro vocalist Hank Von Hell has announced his return to North America for this summer! In addition to Von Hell, the Hank Von Hell band features Jones Kelly II (lead guitar), Major Sam (rhythm guitar), Jean Genus (bass) and Dead Said Fred (drums).

Presented by MetalSucks and Tone Deaf Touring, the Hank Von Hell 2019 North American tour will rock with hellacious force, reaffirming the singer’s standing as the King of “death punk” while introducing first time fans to one of hard rock’s most voracious vocalists and biggest bad boys.

The tour will launch on August 6th in Atlanta, GA and runs through September 12th in Greenville, SC. Find a complete list of dates below. Support on the first half of the tour will come from Spiders, the second half will see support from Overdose.

Hank Von Hell comments on the tour:
“It’s been a long, long time since I’ve toured North America. But now, the wait is finally over. I’m beyond excited to once again hit the stage in front of some of the best audiences in the world, and I can guarantee that the fans wont be disappointed. This tour is maxed out to the fullest, with a setlist that’ll make your heads fuckin’ pop. I’ll bring the thunder, you’ll bring the riot. Let’s party – Hank is BACK.”

Hank Von Hell who for 17 years fronted Turbonegro, the self-styled “biggest underground rock ‘n’ roll band in the world”, is known for his raucous ringleading, over-the-top personality and gaudy stage make-up that turns every concert into a party. Touring in support of his new LP, Egomania, Von Hell is set to prove, once again, that his formidable reputation proceeds him for a reason.

His highly successful comeback album Egomania was released last year, with the title track “Bum to Bum” featuring non other than Steve-O from Jackass fame in the video, resurrecting Hank from the dead and back to rock. Watch the video HERE.

The follow-up album to “Egomania” is due to be released in a very near future throughSony Music Entertainment.

HANK VON HELL – Summer Tour (North America)
with Spiders
8/6: Atlanta GA @ The Earl
8/7: Richmond VA @ Richmond Music Hall
8/8: Brooklyn NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
8/9: Philadelphia PA @ Trocadero
8/10: Boston MA @ Middle East
8/11: Montreal QC @ Bar Le Ritz
8/12: Toronto ON @ Lees Palace
8/13: Detroit MI @ El Club
8/14: Lombard IL @ Brauerhaus
8/15: Minneapolis MN @ 7th St Entry
8/16: Kansas City MO @ Riot Room
8/17: Denver CO @ Oriental Theater
8/19: Seattle WA @ Crocodile
8/20: Vancouver BC @ Rickshaw
8/21: Portland OR @ Dante’s
8/22: San Francisco CA @ Bottom of the Hill
8/23: Los Angeles CA @ Echoplex
8/24: Phoenix AZ @ Rebel Lounge
8/25: Albuquerque NM @ Sister Bar
8/26: Dallas TX @ Gas Monkey
8/27: Austin TX @ Come and Take it Live
8/28: Houston TX @ White Oak Music Hall
8/29: New Orleans LA @ Santos Bar
8/31: Cookeville, TN @ Muddy Roots Festival #

with Overdose
9/1: Memphis, TN @ Growlers
9/2: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
9/3: Milwaukee, WI @ X-Ray Arcade
9/5: Indianapolis, IN @ Black Circle Brewing
9/6: Newport, KY @ The Southgate House Revival
9/7: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
9/8: Youngstown, OH @ Westside Bowl
9/10: Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
9/11: Louisville, KY @ Tiger Room
9/12: Greenville, SC @ Radio Room

Switchfoot & Their Fantastic Traveling Music Show Coming Fall 2019

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SWITCHFOOT; photo Erick Frost

GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band SWITCHFOOT announce their Fantastic Traveling Music Show coming this Fall 2019. The 26-city tour kicks off on October 3rd in Des Moines, IA and will hit major markets across the U.S. and Canada. With this tour, SWITCHFOOT promises a brand-new experience for their fans, with a deep dive into their catalog as well as playing hits old and new. Each night will consist of two sets back-to-back, the first a stripped-down acoustic set with never before heard stories woven throughout followed by a full-blown rock show to end the night. Full routing is below and for more information please visit www.switchfoot.com.

When asked about the fire that fuels their acclaimed live performance, bassist Tim Foreman says, “We don’t play all these different shows all over the world to JUST bring people together. We play these songs to show that all along we never were that far apart.”

This tour follows the release of SWITCHFOOT’s highly acclaimed 11th studio album Native Tongue which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Rock Albums Chart and the Native Tongue Spring 2019 tour which saw the band perform to sold-out crowds at prestigious venues nationwide including The Ryman in Nashville, TN and The Wiltern in Los Angeles, CA.

Last month, the band released the six-track, Live From The Native Tongue Tour Digital EP which includes five live songs recorded during the band’s powerful performance at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, GA along with the original album version of Native Tongue.

Watch the live video for Native Tongue that captures the quintet’s signature high-energy performance and passionate connection with their fans.

Additionally, this summer SWITCHFOOT will host their annual BRO-AM Beach Fest in their hometown of San Diego, CA on June 29th. A Southern California summer staple, the fest brings tens of thousands of people together for an empowering weekend of giving back through surf, food, fun, and live music. The band will also join legendary rock band Bon Jovi on select dates during their This House Is Not For Sale Summer 2019 tour.

SWITCHFOOT TOUR DATES:
June 29 BRO-AM – San Diego, CA
July 3 Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
July 5 Gullbrannavägen – Eldsberga, Sweden
July 6 Seaside Music Festival – Gjeving, Norway
July 8 Electric Ballroom – London, UK
July 9 Kulturkirche – Cologne, Germany
July 10 Letzigrund Stadion – Zurich, Switzerland*
July 12 National Football – Stadium Warsaw, Poland*
July 14 TW Classic – Werchter, Belgium*
July 15 Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 17 Ernst Happal Stadion – Vienna, Austria*
July 19 Worthersee Stadion – Klagenfurt, Austria*
Aug 3 The Filmore – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 3 Hoyt Sherman Place – Des Moines, IA
Oct 4 Paramount Theater – Cedar Rapids, IA
Oct 5 Honeywell Center – Wabash, IN
Oct 6 Temple Theatre – Saginaw, MI
Oct 8 The Pablo Center at The Confluence – Eau Claire, WI
Oct 10 Peoria Civic Center Theater – Peoria, IL
Oct 11 The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts – Brown Theatre – Louisville, KY
Oct 12 Goodyear Theater – Akron, OH
Oct 13 Athenaeum Theatre – Columbus, OH
Oct 15 Hershey Theatre – Hershey, PA
Oct 16 The Egg – Hart Theater – Albany, NY
Oct 17 Palace Theatre – Stamford, CT
Oct 18 Roberts Wesleyan College – Voller Athletic Center – Rochester, NY
Oct 22 Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre – Wilmington, NC
Oct 24 Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL
Oct 25 Saenger Theater – Mobile, AL
Oct 26 GRACELAND LIVE – Graceland Soundstage – Memphis, TN
Oct 27 Thalia Mara Hall – Jackson, MS
Oct 29 Robinson Center – Robinson Performance Hall – Little Rock, AR
Oct 30 The Criterion – Oklahoma City, OK
Nov 2 Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO
Nov 5 Fox Performing Arts Center – Riverside, CA
Nov 7 Fred Kavli Theatre – Thousand Oaks, CA
Nov 8 Uptown Theatre – Napa, CA
Nov 9 Bob Hope Theatre – Stockton, CA
Nov 10 Redding Civic Auditorium – Redding, CA
*with Bon Jovi

Legendary Rock Band The Who Add Third Hollywood Bowl Show

Legendary rock band The Who have added a third Hollywood Bowl date to the fall leg of their 2019 North American Moving On! Tour. Due to intense demand, the new show will take place on October 24, following the two previous Hollywood Bowl dates on October 11 and October 13. It’s the first time in the band’s celebrated history that they’ve played three dates at the historic venue during one touring cycle. The Bowl dates will also mark their first appearance at the famed amphitheatre since a two-show run performed in April and May of 2006. Tickets for the Hollywood Bowl go on sale Friday, May 17th at 12pm local time at LiveNation.com.

The Who also announced an exciting lineup of special guests opening up for the band on selected dates throughout the autumn leg of the trek: Oasis front man Liam Gallagher, iconic Boston rocker Peter Wolf, and Canadian indie/blues band Reignwolf (see dates below.)

Gallagher will open the 3rd Hollywood Bowl show on October 24. The outspoken singer known for his electrifying stage presence and unblinking perspective released his debut solo album As You Were in 2017 to worldwide acclaim. The album went platinum in the UK and top 40 in the U.S., with the singer currently working on his follow-up album and readying a much-anticipated documentary on his return to music, Liam Gallagher; As It Was, which traces his road back to the rock spotlight.

The Who just wrapped up the first week of shows on the kick-off leg of Moving On!, performing to a sold-out crowd in New York City’s rock cathedral Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

The Who have raised the bar once again on their incredible legacy with Moving On! Never ones for nostalgia, singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend pair with acclaimed local symphony orchestras each night to give Who fans a once-in-a-lifetime live experience.

The band, which includes guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button and drummer Zak Starkey, serves up The Who’s many classics with full and minimal symphony backing, as well as intimate acoustic numbers and a showstopping Pete/Roger duo performance.

The Who will also be releasing their first album of new songs in thirteen years later this year.

Every pair of tickets purchased online includes a redeemable code for a CD copy of The Who’s forthcoming album when it’s released. This offer is available to US and Canada customers only and not valid for tickets purchased via resale. In addition, $1 from each ticket sold for the Moving On! Tour will benefit Teen Cancer America

ABOUT THE WHO

The Who are one of the top three greatest rock legacies in music history. Their music provoked explosive change and spanned what many critics declare is rock’s most elastic creative spectrum, with Pete Townshend’s song writing moving between raw, prosaic, conceptual, and expressively literate. Their visionary sense of stagecraft headed by Roger Daltrey’s soaring vocal prowess is topped off by the band’s blistering rhythm section.

Emerging in the mid-1960s as a new and incendiary force in rock n’ roll, their brash style and poignant storytelling garnered them one of music’s most passionate followings, with the legendary foursome blazing a searing new template for rock, punk, and everything after.

Inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame in 1990, the band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, placing 27 top-forty singles in the United States and United Kingdom and earning 17 Top Ten albums, including the 1969 ground-breaking rock opera Tommy, 1971’s pummeling Live At Leeds, 1973’s Quadrophenia and 1978’s Who Are You.

The Who debuted in 1964 with a trio of anthems “I Can’t Explain,” “The Kids Are Alright” and “My Generation.” Since then they have delivered to the world hits such as “Baba O’Riley,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Pinball Wizard,” Who Are You,” and,” You Better You Bet.”

2019 North American Tour Dates

Sept 6 / Xcel Energy Center / St. Paul, MN SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 8 / Alpine Valley Music Theatre / Alpine Valley, WI SPECIAL GUEST: Dead Horses
Sept 10 / Blossom Music Center / Cuyahoga Falls, OH SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Wolf
Sept 13 / Fenway Park / Boston, MA SPECIAL GUEST: Peter Wolf
Sept 15 / Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater / Wantagh, NYSPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 18 / State Farm Arena / Atlanta, GA SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 20 / BB&T Center / Ft. Lauderdale, FL SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 22 / Amalie Arena / Tampa, FL SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 25 / Toyota Center / Houston, TX SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 27 / American Airlines Center / Dallas, TX SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Sept 29 / Pepsi Center / Denver, CO SPECIAL GUEST: Reignwolf
Oct 9 / Chase Center / San Francisco, CA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher
Oct 11 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST TBA
Oct 13 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST TBA
Oct 16 / Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University / San Diego, CA
SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher

Oct 19 / T-Mobile Park / Home of the Seattle Mariners / Seattle, WA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher
Oct 21 / Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena / Vancouver, BC SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher
Oct 24 / Hollywood Bowl / Los Angeles, CA SPECIAL GUEST: Liam Gallagher

Death Valley Girls Announce Summer And Fall Tour Dates With The Distillers!

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS; press photo

DEATH VALLEY GIRLS; press photo

Rock n’ roll has always served as a means to elevate the fringe of society, though it’s accentuated the plights of the outcasts and misfits in different ways throughout the years. In its infancy, rock was a playful rebuttal against segregation and Puritanism. In the ’60s, it became a vehicle for an elevated consciousness. In the years following the Summer of Love and the clampdown on Flower Power, that countercultural spirit adopted the aggravated and occasionally nihilistic edge of bands like The Stooges, Black Sabbath, MC5, and The New York Dolls.

And then as the ’80s approached, popular rock n’ roll turned into a relatively benign celebration of hedonism and decadence, but that contingent of dark mystics from the ’70s who lifted the veil and used music as a means of rallying people to altered planes had left their mark. It was an undercurrent in rock that would never die but would percolate in corners of the underground. Today we can see it manifest in LA’s Death Valley Girls.

The group feels less like a band and more like a travelling caravan. At their core, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel channel Death Valley Girls’ modern spin on Fun House‘s sonic exorcisms, early ZZ Top’s desert-blasted riffage, and Sabbath’s occult menace. Their relentless touring schedule means that the remainder of the group is rounded out by whichever like-minded compatriots can get in the van.

On their third album Darkness Rains bassist Alana Amram, drummer Laura Harris, and a rotating cast of guests like Shannon Lay, The Kid (Laura Kelsey) and members of The Make Up, The Shivas, and Moaning help elevate the band from their rogue beginnings to a communal ritualistic musical force.

On the surface level, Death Valley Girls churn out the hypercharged, in the red, scuzzy rock every generation yearns for, but there is a more subversive force percolating beneath the surface that imbues the band with an exhilarating cosmic energy.

Death Valley Girls’ sophomore album Glow In The Dark was based on the concept that many of us are trying to become more enlightened, and you can tell by the way they ‘glow in the dark.’ Darkness Rains goes a step further, attempting to shift the consciousness of those that have not yet considered how we are all connected and how that relates to the way we view life beyond death. Those that ‘glow’ can use the songs on Darkness Rains as new chants—or they can be used for pure entertainment.

“Songs come from beyond and other worlds, you just have to tune into the right radio wave signal to dial them in,” says Schemel. “Our signal happens to be in a 1970 Dodge Charger Spaceship.”

Album opener “More Dead” is a rousing wake up call, with a hypnotic pentatonic guitar riff and an intoxicating blown-out fuzz-wah solo underscoring Bloomgarden’s consciousness-rattling proclamation that you’re “more dead than alive.” The pace builds with “(One Less Thing) Before I Die”, a minute-and-a-half distillate of Detroit’s classic proto-punk sound. But at track three, Death Valley Girls hit their stride with “Disaster (Is What We’re After)”, a gritty, swaggering rager that takes the most boisterous moments off Exile On Main Street and beefs it up with Zeppelin’s devil’s-note blues. Darkness Rains retains its intoxicating convocations across ten tracks, climaxing on an astral plane with the hypnotic guitar drones and cult-like chants of “TV In Jail On Mars.”

“Learn from the stars and beyond!” Bloomgarden and Schemel respond when asked for a final thought on Death Valley Girls. “Be happy and thankful we got to live together on Earth at the same time! And death is just a shift—stay alive and awake.

“Embrace the darkness and don’t fear the Reaper.”

The Dandy Warhols 25th Anniversary Tour Comes To California This Week!

“The weirdest thing about it being ‎our 25th anniversary is it doesn’t feel like 25 years. Feels like about six. Or five,” muses frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor

Keyboardist/bassist Zia McCabe can’t help but wonder about the complications of building a set list around an entire career as opposed to an individual album.

“Oh man, how are we going to fit something from each album into our set? Don’t worry, we’ll figure it out and it will be legendary. Get ready for a massive concussion of rock and roll that’s been a quarter of a century in the making.”

Whether you dig them gritty or glittery, their recently-released new album Why You So Crazy delivers on all fronts, careening through classically off-kilter psych-pop (‘Be Alright’), high country-fried Americana (‘Motor City Steel’), and gothic piano-propelled rumbas (‘Forever’). You can expect to hear choice cuts from this album, as well as classics from their stellar back catalog of greatness!

The Dandy Warhols are:
Courtney Taylor-Taylor, Zia McCabe, Peter Holmström, Brent DeBoer

25TH ANNIVERSARY LIVE SHOWS:
May 16 Los Angeles, CA Theatre at the Ace Hotel ** ^^
May 17 San Diego, CA The Observatory at North Park ** ^^
May 18 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore ** ^^
May 24 Napa Valley, CA Bottlerock

** w/ Cosmonauts
** ^^ w/ Cosmonauts, The Vacant Lots

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats 2019 Co-Headlining Tour

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Graveyard "Peace Across the Wasteland" tour poster

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Graveyard “Peace Across the Wasteland” tour poster

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats and Graveyard are teaming up next March for the “Peace Across the Wasteland” co-headlining North American Tour. The tour kicks off Mar. 6 in Philadelphia and runs through Mar. 30 in Toronto. Twin Temple will provide support through the Mar. 16 date in San Francisco, including The Wiltern on Mar. 15.

Revered Swedish heavy rock band Graveyard is touring in support of their critically heralded 5th album,Peace (read the Concert Guide Live review), which is available now from Nuclear Blast. The band’s latest chapter in a celebrated catalog, guides the listener through an ever-changing musical landscape filled with their trademark take on classic rock. From the opening track’s blistering declaration that ‘It Ain’t Over Yet’ to the final note of heart beating bass on the epic and moody rocker ‘Low (I Wouldn’t Mind)’ the band manages to squeeze out every last creative drop of what there is to know, hear and love about the band.

“It’s time to let Peace roll out across the Wasteland. This will be the first time the two bands will tour together and we’re both bringing tons of new music. This tour is going to leave no mind unblown,” says Graveyard of the upcoming run.

The brainchild of singer and guitarist Kevin Starrs, Uncle Acid &The Deadbeats have been making extraordinary music since 2009. After the successful reissue of Vol 1 in 2017, they have now returned in support of their widely acclaimed fifth album Wasteland. The record is 47 minutes of vital, audacious and frequently bewildering heavy psychedelia, and is instantly recognizable as Starrs’ most immersive and evocative body of work yet.

“We’re looking forward to travelling across the wasteland and destroying minds with Graveyard in 2019. This will be our first North American tour in three years, so it feels long overdue. See you down the front!” says Starrs.

For More Info on Uncle Acid Visit:
https://www.uncleacidband.com
https://www.facebook.com/uncleacid/

For More Info on Graveyard Visit:
www.facebook.com/graveyardofficial
https://twitter.com/graveyard

Moroccan Lounge New L.A. Venue

moroccan loungeThe principal owners of Downtown-LA’s acclaimed music venue, the Teragram Ballroom, announce their latest addition to the LA live-music scene, The Moroccan Lounge. The new venue will open its doors in the LA Downtown Arts District in the fall of 2017.

The Moroccan Lounge is located at one of the oldest liquor-licensed sites in LA, which has housed many businesses over the years-including a well-known diner, Little Pedro’s, and according to popular rumor, a brothel. Now the storied location has been transformed into The Moroccan Lounge, an intimate live-music venue with unimpeded sight lines, exceptional acoustics and an environment that caters to both artists and audiences.

“It was important for me to open a little brother to the Teragram Ballroom – a fresh, sound-strong venue that supports bands, giving them that first step up to performing in a first rate, state-of-the-art venue,” says co-founder Michael Swier, likening this venue’s raison d’etre to that of his revered New York venue, the Mercury Lounge. “A venue the size and quality of The Moroccan Lounge develops bands with the kind of professional attention and treatment they will come to expect as their careers gain speed and they play the larger, more venerable venues.”

The Moroccan Lounge accommodates approximately 275 people, and offers a large, static stage in an acoustically conditioned music room with adjacent green room, a comfortable lounge with a large bar and a restaurant.

“I feel very fortunate to have found this gem, with its perfect bones for music, in the Arts District,” says Swier. “It’s a vibrant neighborhood, new and familiar at the same time, acreative sense of place.”

Co-founder Joe Baxley, who scouted the location, agrees. “The Downtown Arts District has become a real center of culture and entertainment, a place with a lot of activity. I can’t think of a better location for The Moroccan Lounge,” he says.
Located at 901 East 1th Street, The Moroccan Lounge is just off the 101. It is on the gold line near the Little Tokyo/Arts District Station.

“We were inspired by the building’s existing Moorish style, which kindled memories of Tangier, and the iconic Café Baba, notorious haunt of rock legends,” says project architect and co-founder, Brian Swier, who also designed the Teragram Ballroom, the Bowery Ballroom, the Mercury Lounge, among others. “While rock n’ roll was my primary design mode, visitors can expect unusual details here — some new, some vintage — like unique wall coverings, exposed masonry, and salvaged ephemera.”

Industry-veteran and LA resident, Duncan Smith, is The Moroccan Lounge’s talent buyer. Smith was most recently a talent buyer at LA’s The Resident and prior to that he worked at LA’s Spaceland Presents. Both Scott Simoneaux, talent buyer for the Teragram Ballroom, and Johnny Beach, long time talent buyer for the Bowery Ballroom and partner in the Teragram Ballroom, will assist in the launch and oversight of The Moroccan Lounge’s talent-buying department.

Acoustical Consultant: Jim Falconer
Sound System Designer: Jeff DelBello of db Sound Design
Lighting System Designer: Luciano Savedra

Royal Blood Kick Off U.S. Headlining Tour

ROYAL BLOOD

ROYAL BLOOD; press photo

British rock band Royal Blood will be touring throughout the summer in support of their recently announced and highly anticipated new album How Did We Get So Dark?, due out on June 16th on Warner Bros. Records.

After becoming the biggest breaking British rock band with their self-titled 2014 debut album, Royal Blood’s second album How Did We Get So Dark? is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer.

Royal Blood’s breakthrough was huge. Their debut album was the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years, hitting #1 in the UK, debuting in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S. and going Top 20 in 12 countries. Before they knew it, they were performing for Howard Stern, touring with Foo Fighters, holding dressing room audiences with Jimmy Page in New York, and being presented with a BRIT for Best British Band in 2015 by the very same guitar god.

Royal Blood will also appear at festivals this summer including The Governors Ball in New York City, Glastonbury, Eden Sessions, and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival.

Royal Blood U.S. Live Dates
2nd June – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
3rd June – Warsaw, New York, NY – SOLD OUT
2nd June – 4th June – Governor’s Ball, New York, NY
6th June – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – SOLD OUT
7th June – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA – SOLD OUT
9th June – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
10th June – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
11th June – Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN
29th July – Way Home Music & Arts Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON
31st July – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
1st Aug – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
3rd Aug – Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
5th Aug – Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
8th Aug – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC – SOLD OUT
9th Aug – Showbox, Seattle, WA
10th Aug – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
12th Aug – Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA
13th Aug – The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
15th Aug – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
16th Aug – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

ROYAL BLOOD

Pete Tong Brings Ibiza Classics to Hollywood Bowl

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PETE TONG plays Hollywood Bowl Nov 9

Pete Tong Brings Ibiza Classics to Hollywood Bowl, November 9.

Tong + The Heritage Orchestra with Jules Buckley take UK #1 Album and Live Performance Stateside

Pete Tong turned heads last year with his Ibiza Classics live shows, performed with the Heritage Orchestra and conducted by Jules Buckley. The union of orchestral music and iconic dance tracks was another bold, brilliant move from one of the most influential figures in dance music, and it paid dividends for Tong and the dance community – the BBC Proms performance and subsequent sold out arena shows across England, all lead to an official album release that garnered the #1 spot on the UK’s globally recognized album chart.

Now, Tong is bringing the wildly popular live show to the states, where he will command the iconic Hollywood Bowl for an evening of beloved interpolations of classic dance tracks, performed alongside the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley, as well as surprise special guest performances.

Bringing the spectacle to Los Angeles was an easy decision for Tong, as the city is widely regarded as one of the worldwide capitals of contemporary dance music. Last year, for the first time ever, Pete also brought his legendary Essential Mix show to the city as well, featuring a live recording of an Essential Mix from Richie Hawtin. Considering this, LA and the Bowl became a natural home for this forward-thinking project.

Pete Tong Ibiza Classics began a couple of years ago at the triumphant BBC late night Ibiza Prom, where Tong worked with Buckley and the innovative Heritage Orchestra and its artistic director Chris Wheeler to pioneer a show that melded the world of dance music with an orchestra. “It resonated with people in a magical way,” says Tong.

The Proms had approached Radio 1 a few times about doing something at the event, but when they asked in early 2015 just as the station was pondering how best to celebrate 20 years of Radio 1 being embedded in Ibiza’s dance culture, everything clicked into gear. The idea was simple: classic Ibiza dance tunes but performed by an orchestra. It made sense that the station’s dance music trailblazer Tong would team up with the most exciting talents in orchestral music Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra to curate and present the Ibiza Prom.