Feb 28, 2014
Door Time: 7:00 PM
Presented By: 94.3 KILO

Day: Friday, February 28, 2014
Door Time: 7:00 PM
Age: All Ages
Advance Ticket Price: $12
Day Of Show Price: $14
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Saving Abel

"You know when you hear a song on the radio and you don't know who it is, but you love it and feel like you've heard it before? That's our band! The first time someone hears us, they go, 'I know that band!' Then someone explains, 'no, it's a brand-new song and band.' Saving Abel has an accessible and comfortable sound---you HAVE heard us before," states lead singer Jared Weeks. On their self-titled Virgin Records debut, songs range from the wild road tale in "New Tattoo" to the sexual innuendos of the aptly titled first single, "Addicted."

Weeks and Jason Null formed the band in their small hometown of Corinth, Mississippi in 2004. They met when Weeks, who was in a band, was playing guitar at his best friend's house, when Null, who was in a rival local group, walked in to rehearse with his band. Within days of that meeting, Null and Weeks were writing and honing the intimate writing style that now defines Saving Abel. In early 2005, the pair's songs caught the ear of noted producer Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saliva, Submersed), who took the band into his 747 Studios in Memphis. Mills notes, "It was '18 Days' that hooked me. The first time I heard it I was like, 'these guys are the real deal; they'll be doing this for a long time.' Jason and Jared have always understood that the most important part of the music business is having great songs."

Saving Abel gradually came together in the final electric lineup of guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor, and drummer Blake Dixon, and the band paid its dues both onstage and off. Weeks would toss Saving Abel demos onto the stage when bigger bands played in town, and between playing gigs, working day jobs, and Weeks and Null constantly driving from Mississippi to Memphis to record their self-titled EP with Mills, it was a busy and prolific couple years. Weeks remembers; "I used to work at a hospital. I'd have to be there at 4:30 in the morning drawing blood. I'd wake people up and stick a needle in their arm. I'd be walking around the hospital, singing 'Addicted' in my head, writing down the lyrics on patients' clipboards and doctor script pads."

Null and Weeks bring in differing songwriting approaches influences, giving Saving Abel a well-rounded sound. Null comes from a musical family, and recalls Saturday nights at the local community center as a child. "We didn't miss it, ever! It was bluegrass band after bluegrass band. We'd hoot and holler, as we used to say. My brother traded my bike for a guitar for me when I was 6, and I learned 'Johnny B. Goode' that night! I go back to Willie and Waylon, but as a kid of the '80s, I also love Metallica. Also, Angus Young is one of my main influences, as well as the guitar sound and solos of Seattle bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains." For his part, a teenage Weeks played basketball and went to state twice in tennis before music consumed his life. A big fan of the blues and Southern Rock, Weeks calls himself the more "literal" songwriter of the two, explaining, "If something is really bothering me, or how I'm feeling at that moment, I'll write about it. For me to get the most out of a song, I have to get it almost to the point I'm ready to cry if I can't get it out, and that makes people relate to it."

After shopping their indie EP for almost a year, a copy of 'Addicted' found its way to one-time Virgin A&R Consultant Scott Frazier and manager partner Rick Smith. They were so excited that they sent the song to the label's Chairman/CEO Jason Flom. Flom was impressed upon first listen and immediately sent A&R vet Kim Stephens (Collective Soul, Matchbox 20, Edwin McCain) to see the band in Jackson, Tennessee. The band was signed the next day. Says Stephens, "I was sold on the merit of the songs and instantly recognized this was a band with huge potential."

Saving Abel, the Virgin debut produced by Mills, features mostly brand-new tunes, plus a few favorites from the indie EP, including the poignant, perfectly crafted "18 Days," "Running From You," and "Drowning Face Down." Null explains that "18 Days" was lyrically inspired by sheriff Buford Pusser of 'Walking Tall' fame, while laughingly admitting that the rowdy road trip in "New Tattoo" ("The blue is for the bruise you left in my heart / and the red is for the color we're about to paint this town") is "based on a true story." Null furthers: "Our goals are always to concentrate on the song, not just one cool part to make a kid bop his head. Every person I talk to loves a different song of ours." Null was also the one who gave the band its name: "I Googled the story of Cain and Abel and found a line about 'there was no Saving Abel,' which just jumped out at me." Everyone agreed and the name stuck... much like Saving Abel's songs get instantly stuck in the minds and ears of everyone who hears them. With a radio-ready sound combining big riffs and memorable melodies, Saving Abel has created a polished combination of Southern and Alternative rock... 2008 style. Get Addicted. Get Saving Abel.


Blacklite District
Blacklite DistrictCombining the sound of vintage heavy metal with new age electronic elements, Blacklite District is a band on the rise. The groups single , "Take Me To The Grave", was a #1 hit on SiriusXM Octane and shot into the Top 100 on US Active Rock charts in early 2013. Backed by manager Jeff Hanson, the group has excelled it's musical ability, songwriting, and performance values up a lot over the last year

The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist Kyle Pfeiffer, and lead vocalist Roman James in the early 2000s, and the two immediately began writing music and playing locally in their home town of Spearfish, SD, gaining a hardcore fan base in the all over the Black Hills. In 2011, the band was discovered by Grammy Award-winning producer, Stephen Short (Queen, Paul McCartney), and headed straight into Sonic Ranch Studios in El Paso, TX. The sessions resulted in the single "I'm Still Right Here", which caught the attention of KDDX (X-Rock 101.1 - Rapid City, SD). The station began playing the new track, and the bands popularity grew even more. James and Pfeiffer, along with bassist Chauncey Kochel, relocated to Los Angeles under the direction of Short, and began touring the West Coast. 

In the Summer of 2012, the band was contacted by famed manager Jeff Hanson, who has sold over 50 million records and worked with the likes of Creed, Sevendust, Paramore, among many other acts. Hanson relocated the band to Orlando, FL to begin recording a new album with producer Brett Hestla (Dark New Day, Tantric, Framing Hanley). The result, 'WorldWide Controversy', which is still pending a release date. The 10-track electro based hard rock album spawned an advance single in "Take Me To The Grave", which was a huge success on SiriusXM Octane, and Top 100 on US Active Rock charts in early 2013. The band immediately jumped on it's first major tour as direct support for Saving Abel and Art of Dying on a 35-city run across the US. The group also did a one-off as support for Nonpoint during the tour.

Blacklite District's new single, the anthemic "With Me Now", was released to rock radio in September 2013. The group is currently gearing to launch another tour, release full length album 'World Wide Controversy', and much more. Stay tuned!


Red Tide Rising
Red Tide Rising
 In 2012 Denver upstarts Red Tide Rising slammed into the national music scene when they hit the road in direct support of In This Moment on the band's non-festival 'Blood' tour dates, which also included one date with Hatebreed. “Touring with In This Moment really showed us what it takes to have a successful run on the road,” says guitarist, Andrew Whiteman. “We learned how things work on a larger scale and ‘in the real world,’ so to speak.  It was a great learning experience for sure.”  
The band has since gone onto destroy stages alongside Nothing More, Sleepwave, Gemini Syndrome, Nonpoint, 3 Pill Morning, Hurt, Soil, Kyng and My Darkest Days.

The band struck a deal with a small independent label, Spat! Records, for a digital release of, initially, their single, "Finding Home" and then their sophomore effort, Inferno, (which was produced by a then 19 year old Andrew Whiteman).  A portion of the sales from "Finding Home" are donated to the suicide prevention organization, Out of the Darkness. According to guitarist Andrew Whiteman. "This is our way to give back to a great cause in the community and to help prevent future tragedies."

In early 2013, Red Tide Rising returned to the studio to record the full length album, The Rising, working with producers Mike McAree, (In This Moment engineer) and Jeff Kanan (Kelly Clarkson, Madonna, Randy Jackson, Staind, Rick Rubin and others). To get a feel for how the new material would be received the band decided to release three “tastemaker" singles on iTunes in advance of the album.  The three singles, "The Rising," "Cold" and "2:13" all exploded creating a huge demand for the new album. Front man, Matthew Whiteman says, “The ‘tastemaker” singles were released because we wanted to give a preview of the album that was in the works. We chose to release three songs that would showcase the different intensities of the album.”
While waiting for The Rising to drop, to quench their fans thirst for new material the quartet hit the road regionally doing a few headlining shows throughout the Southwest and the Midwest. Andrew reports, “All the shows we have been playing lately have been great! We have had great energy from the crowds and they have all seemed to take a liking to the new material we brought to the live show. It's very reassuring!”
With The Rising, the band (some of whom are still in their teens) have delivered a thirteen song masterpiece that reflect a band working on a maturity level far beyond their actual years. “2:13” was an older track from when we did the ‘Inferno’ sessions that never made it to the disc, so we wanted to include it this time,” reflects Andrew Whiteman, “The Otherside” was one of the first songs we wrote for the album that we all participated in, and one of the first using MIDI for us as well. “Cold” is one of my favorite tracks off the record. It has a nice slow boil to it that makes it such a cool track (no pun intended)! And finally, “The Rising” is our anthem. It's all about what we believe in as a band and working together to achieve greatness.”
In 2014 Red Tide Rising will continue their domination of concert stages across North America and they have their sights set on a European trek later in the year.  “To cross over into the European markets would be an amazing event for Red Tide Rising. It has been one of our goals to play in markets overseas,” says Matthew.
The Rising was released through Deathbox Records and distributed worldwide via Vanity Music Group.


The Brontide Effect
The Brontide Effect

Definition: A sound like that of distant thunder, some of which may have seismic origins.

Rising from the Wreckage,THE BRONTIDE EFFECT emerged as an acoustic anomaly piercing through the hearts and minds of their listeners. THE BRONTIDE EFFECT came to light in the Colorado Springs local scene in July, 2013 to embark on an explosive writing endeavor of heartfelt, epic proportions. A year later in the winter of 2014 they recorded and released their highly anticipated debut album "Fault Lines" at Clear Sound Studios in Colorado Springs Colorado with Producer and Tracking Extraordinaire Jarrod Headley. THE BRONTIDE EFFECT hit the ground running efficiently shaking the dust off their local music scene by commanding the stage with vibrant energy and unforgettable melodies.
Through their diversity you will engage and recognize a higher calling which begs to provoke your immediate thought and attention. THE BRONTIDE EFFECT pummels the subconscious with electrifying guitars, ferocious percussion, and haunting, truth laden vocals. THE BRONTIDE EFFECT is sure to make a true believer out of you as they strive to awaken the sleeping masses and change lives, one song at a time.

"When I heard your songs for the first time it was more than awesome guitar riffs, drums and lyrics/vocals it was as if your songs were stories of my life"-Evan Eason

"if your CD collection already has the likes of Three Doors Down and Breaking Benjamin, check out The Brontide Effect"-Kendra Beltran (Band Blurp)