Mar 1, 2014
Door Time: 7:00 PM
Presented By: 106.7 KBPI

Day: Saturday, March 1, 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!

ResonanceResonance was founded in June of 2011 out of Denver, Colorado. As a hard rock band, it was lead singer Danny Pappas' goal to translate the powerful emotions of everyday life into lyrics, melodies, and songs that people could relate to. What started as a vision and a few posts on craigslist would quickly form the original lineup of the group.

Constantly compared to heavy-hitters such as Chevelle, Tool, 10 Years, and Staind, Resonance has a unique take on the Hard Rock genre that is catching attention around the city. With their first gig being played at Summit Music Hall, the band set their sights high on the horizon. This dedication to their music has resulted in several demos, radio airplay (106.7 FM KBPI), interviews around town, and even opening for national act Smile Empty Soul. Their current five-man lineup has the bar set high.

Scarlet Canary
Scarlet CanaryYellow Canaries are known for their ability to sing in order to warn miners of danger. A Scarlet Canary is known for her ability to scream into the dark caverns below just to get better reverb and hit a higher harmony. Forget the age old idea that a canary is a weak bird that’s only purpose is to comfort old ladies and outsmart cartoon cats. Scarlet Canary has played with national acts, such as Skillet and Smilet Empty Soul, and is led by the talented young Hannah Haze who lists In This Moment and Halestorm among her top influences. Scarlet Canary is an energetic rock act balancing heavier dropped guitars and deep driving toms that back clean hard rock inspired vocals. Just when the music has reached a climatic bridge it is not uncommon for Ms. Haze to scream into the crowd. Hannah is a bird of prey ready to show any audience why the caged bird screams.!/pages/Scarlet-Canary/158070697571900?

Averse to the End
Averse to the EndA 4-piece, true rock band hailing from Denver, CO, Averse To The End has unleashed an onslaught on the local music scene as of late. 
Semi-Finalists in the 3rd and 4th annual @ Cheers Battle of the Bands and gearing up for their first fully marketed release, "ATTE" is developing into a force to be reckoned with in Denver and the outlying areas.
Impressive vocal talent from Front Man Brandon Danforth highlight what this band is all about.  They round it out nicely with intricate licks and smooth bass from String Men Travis Owen and Trevor Saunders as well as kicking percussion from one of two rotating double bassers, Shane Lambert and Tyler Gilbertson.
Averse has rocked shows all across Colorado and is beginning to branch out regionally, recently getting their feet wet out on the road.  After signing with a 8th ElemEnt. Entertainment in 2014, work on their upcoming studio EP Release directly followed.  The first single from this project releases June 12th, 2015.