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Thu, October 17, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
The Band CAMINO with Valley
The Band Camino- North American Tour 2019

Nashville-based band, The Band CAMINO, write lovelorn songs about perseverance and personal growth. Comprised of members Jeffery Jordan, Graham Rowell, Spencer Stewart, and Garrison Burgess, The Band CAMINO have released two EP’s (2017’s Heaven and 2016’s My Thoughts On You), and an array of anthemic and gleaming singles that have collectively amassed over 70 Million streams in the U.S. alone. With their Elektra Records debut on the horizon, The Band CAMINO’s mutual trust and eclectic songwriting attests to the worth of putting an honest effort in.

$20.00

Upcoming Shows

Fri, October 18, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
Foy Vance with Ryan McMullan
Foy Vance: The Tour

Foy Vance is a singer and songwriter hailing from the land of Bangor, Northern Ireland. Deeply rooted in the rich musical history and aesthetic of the Southern United States, Foy independently released his debut album Hope in 2007, quickly garnering acclaim from fans and fellow musicians alike. Foy released his second full-length album, Joy of Nothing, in 2013 on Glassnote Records which led to further critical praise and star-studded invites on tours worldwide from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Bonnie Raitt, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol and Sir Elton John. Foy was only the second artist signing to Gingerbread Man Records, Ed Sheeran’s label division within Atlantic Records. Foy’s debut recording on Gingerbread Man Records, The Wild Swan, was Executive Produced by Sir Elton John and released in 2016. His music video for the lead single “She Burns” featured “Pretty Little Liars” and People’s Choice Award winner Lucy Hale. His music video for “Coco” featured the inspiration for the song title, Coco Arquette, the daughter of Courteney Cox and David Arquette, and was directed by Cox as well. Foy’s recent collaborations include “Moonshine” with Kacey Musgraves, the end credits track from Ben Affleck’s film “Live By Night,” four tracks including “Galway Girl” on Ed Sheeran’s latest album ÷, as well as cuts on releases by Miranda Lambert, Plan B and Rudimental. Foy has headlined globally to sell-out crowds and resides in the hills of Aberfeldy, Scotland with his family.

$25.00 - $37.00
Fri, October 18, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
Foy Vance
Foy Vance

Northern Irish Singer-Songwriter. Born in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland, now living in London. He spent his early years with his family in Oklahoma, becoming acquainted with and influenced by the music of the South. Following his family's return to Ireland, Vance played in a soulfunk band all over Ireland and Scotland before going solo. Success came in the form of diverse opening dates for the likes of KT Tunstall, Tegan and Sara, Pete Townshend & Joss Stone.

$25-$27
Sat, October 19, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
Oliver Tree with NVDES
Oliver Tree - Goodbye Farewell Tour

Genre-defying singer-songwriter-producer-professional scooter rider Oliver Tree has been making waves with his unique high-energy sound and eccentric persona. Tree’s latest hit single, “Hurt,” is slated to be his biggest yet, currently reaching the Top 10 at Alternative radio while simultaneously ascending Billboard’s “Rock Airplay” and “Alternative Songs” charts. The single is accompanied by an equally gripping companion video, which sees Tree crucify himself on his signature Razor scooter while cruising around Ukraine. The video – shot in Ukraine by Tree and co-director Brendan Vaughan – premiered exclusively via HighSnobiety, which raved, “There’s no mistaking Oliver Tree for anyone else because the Los Angeles-based artist is truly one-of-a-kind.” Watch “Hurt” at Oliver’s official YouTube channel here. Oliver recently made his late-night television debut with a groundbreaking performance of “Hurt” on The Late Late Show With James Corden, where he performed atop a set of stilts and commanded the stage with his signature high-energy flair and unique hard-hitting sound. Following the release of his 2018 debut EP ALIEN BOY, Tree has gone on to receive impressive critical acclaim. VICE applauds Tree stating, “Everything is so seamlessly interconnected to his brand, his image. You can't have one thing without the other. It's not a one-off, or a string of one-offs. He's a developing polymath…” Huffington Post has applauded his work as “an enigma of genre. While (Tree is) primarily a pianist, guitarist and producer, his real-instruments-based-production incorporates rap, male and female vocal harmonies, poetic lyrics, strings and a hearty dose of synth…as much philosopher as musician, and a big dreamer at that, (Tree’s) goal is to push the art form forward, and beyond the electronic scene, he aims to have his work reach the world and in doing so, better his listeners’ lives,” while NYLON encourages everybody to “get weird to the sweet, sweet sounds of Oliver Tree.” Hailed by Billboard as “alt-pop’s merry prankster,” in a recent “Chartbreaker” feature, Oliver is currently readying his massively anticipated full-length debut album, UGLY IS BEAUTIFUL, due later this year.

$24.00 - $27.00
Wed, October 23, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
Mt. Joy with Susto
Mt. Joy

"These dreams are more than paper things," sings Matt Quinn on Mt. Joy's infectious folk-rocker "Astrovan," a warm, yearning bit of road-trip philosophy that posits the existence of a Deadhead Jesus cruising the dusty highways of the countryside, nursing a roach on his way to only He knows where. It's an auspicious line from a band predicated on the revival of teenage dreams. Mt. Joy started off as a rekindling of shared musical ambitions between Philadelphia high school friends Matt Quinn (vocals, guitar) and Sam Cooper (guitar). Reunited in Los Angeles thanks to the ebbs and flows of adult life, the pair met multi-instrumentalist Michael Byrnes through a Craigslist ad. They named themselves Mt. Joy as an ode to a mountain in Valley Forge National Park near Sam's childhood home, and together, with Byrnes' roommate Caleb Nelson producing, they recorded three songs and sent them out into the world, hoping for the best. "I knew I still wanted to write songs, but the realities of life made that dream seem pretty impossible," Quinn says. Much to the band's amazement, "Astrovan" accomplished the impossible. Without initial promotion or fanfare, the song took off on Spotify, racking up 5 million streams to date. "The irony of 'Astrovan' was that song was really about being stuck in a life and wanting to have the opportunity to pursue a dream, and in an instant it gave us that opportunity. " Quinn says. Mt. Joy quickly transitioned from a part-time calling into a full-fledged band rounded out by Byrnes on bass, Sotiris Eliopoulos on drums and Jackie Miclau on keyboard. Come 2017, Mt. Joy hit the road, and hit it hard: They played tour dates alongside the likes of The Shins, The Head and The Heart, The Lone Bellow, and Whitney, and popped up at some of the summer's biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival, Lollapalooza and Made In America. "We were put on some big shows very quickly," Quinn says. "The growth for us has been exponential - we've really just become a family that's constantly pushing each other and the live show to be great." They eventually caught the attention of Dualtone Records and began work on their debut album. Steeped in folk-rock tradition and powered by the intuitive creative connection between Quinn and Cooper, the songs on 'Mt. Joy' depict Quinn wrestling with his own conscience, where the mundane and the fantastic collide as he processes tragedy, society, and love. Opener "I'm Your Wreck" describes "monsters in (the) closet, using up the wi-fi" as it cycles from its desperate, spiraling verses to its swinging, stubbornly optimistic coda, while the loping, plaintive chords of "Younger Days" meditate on a frayed psyche and the fear of choosing the wrong path. "Sheep," with its collapsing, hoarse-voiced cry of "freedom was paid in blood," is a post-Trump salvo on the responsibilities of the fortunate to overcome political and social despondency. And on "Silver Lining," perhaps the album's brightest moment, Quinn surveys the damage of hard drugs and the vicious cycle of addiction, as the song's melancholic sentiment kicks into its fervid, defiant chorus, all shout-along vocals and trilling guitars. Taken together, the self titled 'Mt. Joy' LP is a startlingly open document, wracked with the anxieties and fears that come just as life seems to start working out. It's a natural reaction from a wary band like Mt. Joy - the result of a sort of professional vertigo, as they've gone from virtual unknowns to hot young commodity in little over a year. But there's a sense of hope underlying everything, girded by the fact that the Mt. Joy LP is an impressive, honest portrayal of a young band facing that moment where dreams become reality, and finding beauty in the exhilarating uncertainty of it all.

$24.00 - $74.00
Thu, October 24, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
The Cadillac Three
The Cadillac Three

Bold and electric, THE CADILLAC THREE has proven to be a force with high-energy shows and gritty sonic instincts. Musical co-conspirators Jaren Johnston (Guitar & Lead Vocals), Kelby Ray (Bass Steel Guitar, Dobro, Acoustic & Vocals) and Neil Mason (Drums, Percussion & Vocals) have a sound all of their own that hovers between radio-ready Country anthems, hard-and-heavy Rock ballads and traditional Southern folk. Their highly-anticipated new album BURY ME IN MY BOOTS (Big Machine Records) is out now and features 14 tracks with writing credits attributed to Neil for “Graffiti,” a collaboration with Jaren on “Soundtrack To A Six Pack” and “Drunk Like You.” With a raw sound like no other, the buzz-worthy band organically builds around Neil’s thundering, melodic percussion and the sinewy intertwining of Jaren’s gruff vocals and guitar with Kelby’s lap steel, all ready to explode at a moment’s notice. In addition to their own catalogue, the guys have cuts for Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Miranda Lambert. Jaren most recently co-wrote and co-produced the title track with Steven Tyler for first Country solo album. The Grammy-nominated frontman picked up a CMA Triple Play Award for three chart-topping singles in a 12-month period: “Beachin’” (Jake Owen), “Sunshine & Whiskey” (Frankie Ballard) and “Raise ‘Em Up” (Keith Urban featuring Eric Church), which also earned Jaren an ACM Award nomination for Song of the Year. The Nashville natives, who met in high school, have grown a rabid fanbase across the globe with slots on Superstar tours and sold-out headline stops across Europe. TC3’s nonstop rollercoaster has resulted in capacity crowds at famous venues – O2 Academy Islington, Dingwalls and The Garage. Throughout November, they are returning for sold-out dates on their DON’T FORGET THE WHISKEY TOUR. The 2014 UK Classic Rock Roll of Honour: Best New Band became the most played new band on Planet Rock in 2015 and were invited to record a live session at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios. "Like Kings of Leon before them, they're poised for their first big break in the U.K. — where they've sold out every headlining show for nearly two years — before conquering their U.S. home turf,” heralded Rolling Stone. The raucous trio most recently spent time on the road with Florida Georgia Line’s DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR in the US bringing their “unrefined live show you won't want to miss" (PASTE). For tour dates and more, visit TheCadillacThree.com.

$20.00 - $25.00
Fri, October 25, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
Matt Maeson
Matt Maeson- The Day You Departed Tour

Growing up in Virginia, Matt Maeson got his start performing for inmates at maximum-security prisons across America at age 17. “I’d get up and do these acoustic songs on my guitar, and they’re still the best shows I’ve ever done,” says the Austin-based singer/songwriter. “You’re playing for all these people who are treated like they’re monsters, and it feels like spreading some light into a really dark place.” On his debut album Bank on the Funeral, Maeson uses his deeply incisive songwriting to explore the tension between light and dark in his own life. The album redefines the limits of the classic singer/songwriter’s sensibility and shapes a sound that’s richly textured and gracefully experimental. And with his soulful vocal presence, Maeson again reveals the raw-nerve vulnerability that prompted TIME to praise him as “never afraid to investigate his past and his demons, resulting in songs that are clear-eyed in their honesty and raw around the edges.” Centered on Maeson’s candid storytelling and gritty poetry, Bank on the Funeral takes its title from its closing track: a quietly hypnotic number written for a beloved uncle, who was murdered when Maeson was six-years-old. “He was a criminal when he was younger, but once he got himself together he’d go out and minister to the people he used to hang around with -- the people the church would never try to reach -- and then one of those guys ended up going crazy and killing him,” says Maeson. “What inspires me about him is how he’d go to the places no one else would go and talk about the things no one else would talk about.” Throughout Bank on the Funeral, Maeson brings a similar courage to his songwriting, imbuing every track with an often-brutal self-awareness. On the album-opening “I Just Don’t Care That Much,” he fires off a litany of confessions (“Maybe life was just a bet/That I lost to drugs and cigarettes”), brilliantly offsetting all that heavy-hearted deliberation with his bright melodies and upbeat rhythms. Later, on the fast-paced and horn-laced “Legacy,” Maeson’s spirited and sometimes-howled vocals relay some borrowed wisdom about self-salvation. “That song’s about a night in Virginia Beach when I was drunk on the street with my friends, and an old man came up to us and started talking about life,” Maeson explains. “The lyrics are basically me writing out everything I remember him saying.” But for songs like “The Mask,” the album shifts into moodier and more darkly ethereal terrain, a potent backdrop to his gently urgent vocal performance. “‘The Mask’ is about how everybody has a mask they wear and how that always roots back to something -- some point in your life where you started pretending, and then eventually started believing that’s who you really are,” Maeson says. One of the most arresting tracks on Bank on the Funeral, “Beggar’s Song” begins in hushed guitar tones and softly pleading vocals, then unfolds into a stubbornly hopeful epic with gospel-like intensity. “I wrote ‘Beggar’s Song’ when I was broke and hungover at SXSW, and everybody was partying and I was just over it,” Maeson remembers. “It’s about spending the last two years on the road and what that’s felt like -- that line ‘I’m a beat-down, washed-up son of a bitch’ has definitely been true on multiple occasions.” In the making of Bank on the Funeral, Maeson drew equally from his instinct-driven songwriting process and from the natural musicality he’s honed since he was a little kid. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, he was born into a music-loving family, including parents who played in heavy metal bands throughout his early childhood. The same uncle who inspired “Bank on the Funeral” gave Maeson a drum set when he was a toddler, then left his nephew his own drums after he died. At 15, Maeson learned a few guitar chords from his father and soon began writing songs, playing his first live gig at a Chick-fil-A open-mic night and then moving on to the penitentiaries. “My dad was a criminal growing up, but he ended up turning his life around and becoming a youth pastor,” Maeson says. “Later on my parents started a prison ministry, and I went along with them to play my songs in the prisons.” As he built up his body of work, Maeson increasingly relied on songwriting as an emotional outlet. “I started getting into a lot of trouble, doing a lot of drugs, getting arrested,” he says. “Music became a way of getting things off my chest, and I started writing with more honesty.” In addition to working construction 12 hours a day and doing community service on his time off, he began traveling the country with a notebook and a guitar, often going back to play in the prisons where he got his start. In 2015 he began posting his songs online and quickly drew attention for “Grave Digger,” a starkly powerful track about “trying to figure out how to navigate life after realizing that everything you were told growing up isn’t necessarily true,” according to Maeson. He soon signed a joint deal with Neon Gold/Atlantic Records, then made his debut with Who Killed Matt Maeson -- a 2017 EP featuring his breakthrough single “Cringe,” which hit #12 on Spotify’s US Viral 50. With his sophomore EP The Hearse arriving in spring 2018, Maeson next headed out on tour with Bishop Briggs and took the stage at major summer festivals like Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. In bringing Bank on the Funeral to life, Maeson continued to tap into the cathartic power of making music. “Songwriting’s always been very therapeutic for me,” he says. “Wherever I’ve lived, there’s always been a secluded closet or bathroom where I could sing really loud and not bother anybody.” And though he regards his songs as “conversations with myself,” Maeson’s underlying mission is to include others in that catharsis. “What I try to do is help people know that, even if their problems feel so specific to their lives, everyone’s going through something that feels just as specific,” he says. “If I can write about what’s upset me or what I’ve learned from, and somehow help other people feel recognized and understood, that’s always the ultimate goal.”

$17.00 - $20.00
Sat, October 26, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm EDT )
ATL Collective
ATL Collective Relives Earth, Wind and Fire's That's the Way of the World

On SAT 10/26, ATL Collective is busting out Earth, Wind & Fire's chart-topping 1975 release, That's the Way of the World. They will also sprinkle in some other EWF favorites to sweeten the already soulfully sweet pot. Thrilled to have Khari Cabral Simmons curating this one with very special musical guests TBA! We dare you to even try not to dance! ABOUT ATL COLLECTIVE: ATL Collective is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching Atlanta's music community by connecting artists to professional development, financial support, and exposure to audiences. They hand pick the finest musicians in town to collectively recreate the greatest albums ever recorded. You'll discover your next favorite musicians while singing your old favorite songs.

$25 - $30
Sun, October 27, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
Melvin Seals and JGB feat. John Kadlecik with Jennifer Hartswick
Melvin Seals and JGB ft. John Kadlecik w/ special guest Jennifer Hartswick

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 revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, he serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. Melvin Seals and JGB bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. John Kadlecik (Furthur, DSO, Golden Gate Wingmen) will be on lead guitar and vocal duties with John-Paul McLean's savory bass, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin' helpin' of the wizard's magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with Lady Chi and Mary-eL on backup vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenge genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours. Adding Melvin’s rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him "Master of the Universe". He continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself! MELVIN SEALS & JGB: Melvin Seals - Hammond B3 Organ, Keyboards & Vocals John Kadlecik - Electric Guitar & Lead Vocals (Fall 2019 Tour) John-Paul McLean - Bass Pete Lavezzoli - Drums Lady Chi & Mary-eL - Backup Vocals

$25.00 - $47.00
Mon, October 28, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm EDT )
Zack Fox
Zack Fox

At the intersection of visual art, comedy, and hip-hop, Zack Fox is right at home in the middle of it all, sipping a lukewarm Colt 45. Fox is an Atlanta-raised comedy firebrand with an ever-expanding following and footprint on the culture. Making a name for himself in his hometown’s underground, rap-centric creative scene, Fox’s biting, hilarious commentary has vaulted records to the top of the charts, sparked both absurdist riffs and serious debate on social issues, and helped establish himself as a burgeoning rapper. His mental health awareness anthem “Jesus Is The One (I Got Depression)” alongside Kenny Beats jumped to the top of Spotify’s US Viral Charts this July and hit #2 globally after his Genius Verified episode trended nationally on Twitter, just Fox’s second track after last fall’s viral “Square Up.” As a comedian, Fox has performed stand-up across the country and shared the stage with some of the most exciting emerging comics out there, from Jak Knight to Quinta Brunson to Jaboukie Young-White. In GQ’s June 2019 issue, Zack was hailed as one of the “7 Funny People Reshaping Comedy Right Now”. It’s not all talking wild shit on stage or online: Fox has written for The Eric Andre Show, and co-wrote and acted in Flying Lotus’ notorious horror-comedy “Kuso,” which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Fox hosted the long-running Red Bull Radio show “‘Bruh’ with Awful Records,” with guests ranging from SahBabii to Rico Nasty to Thundercat, and was a host for VICELAND’s nightly cable show, VICE LIVE. He has hosted FADER Fort at SXSW and Adult Swim’s On The Green Tour.

$25 GA / $50 VIP
Wed, October 30, 2019 (8:00pm - 10:00pm EDT )
Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara

This fall Tegan and Sara are releasing HEY, I’M JUST LIKE YOU, their ninth studio album, along with their first memoir, HIGH SCHOOL. HIGH SCHOOL chronicles Tegan and Sara Quin’s teenage years during the height of grunge and rave culture in the 1990s in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Before they were celebrated recording artists and LGBTQ+ icons, they were twin sisters growing up down the hall from one another, struggling to figure out their identities, their sexuality, and their futures. Bringing together the fashion and music of the late 90s to create a colorful backdrop to their (mis)adventures, Tegan and Sara pack HIGH SCHOOL with the discordant, difficult and dizzying experiences that informed the people they would become. The memoir is a bravely honest account of the drugs, alcohol, music and relationships they each explored in their formative years, telling for the first time the origin story of these two extraordinary sisters. While writing HIGH SCHOOL, Tegan and Sara discovered two cassette tapes with dozens of the first songs they ever wrote between the ages of 15 and 17 – tapes that had been unheard for twenty years. Defiant and melodramatic, the melodies and lyrics on these rough tapes captured the exultation and grief of first loves, first losses, ecstatic kiss-offs, and psychedelic tributes to friendship. HEY, I’M JUST LIKE YOU is made up entirely of new studio recordings of those early songs, recasting Tegan and Sara’s remarkable innate songwriting talents as teenagers, and allowing these previously unreleased songs to benefit from the studio expertise they have gained in the past two decades as professional musicians. “This is a record we never could have made as teenagers, full of songs we never could have written as adults,” says Tegan. Adds Sara, “With only minor tweaks to lyrics and structure, we tried to remain true to the original essence of each song.” Recorded in Vancouver, BC in April and May 2019, HEY, I’M JUST LIKE YOU is the first Tegan and Sara album produced, performed, engineered, mixed, and mastered by a team of all women. It also stands as the most collaborative album ever between them – in some cases Sara sings songs that Tegan wrote, while on others Tegan gives voice to Sara’s melodies and lyrics. HIGH SCHOOL and HEY, I’M JUST LIKE YOU stand alone, but together they bring depth and dimension to the other, forming a fascinating new chapter in Tegan and Sara’s singular career – a career that has seen them sell well over one million records and perform on some of the world’s biggest stages, from Coachella to the Academy Awards. They have received three Juno Awards, a GRAMMY nomination, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (Canada’s highest national honor in the arts). In 2016 they created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ+ girls and women.

$38.50 - $58.50
Thu, October 31, 2019 (7:45pm - 11:00pm EDT )
Clairo with beabadoobee, Hello Yello
Clairo - Immunity Tour $26.00 - $100.00