Manic Presents / Premier Concerts Guest Post:
We have some great shows this week! Tickets to our shows with JD McPherson, Beach House, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band & Beth Hart Band are going fast, so better secure them while you can! Fresh off their tour with The Foo Fighters, The Struts are headlining College Street Music Hall tomorrow night! Check out the rest of the blog post for giveaways and full show details.
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*JD McPherson w/ Elison Jackson
July 20th @ Space Ballroom (Hamden)
INFO: As a visual artist, Broken Arrow, Okla., native JD McPherson is well versed in the process of working within clearly defined formal parameters, and he employs a similarly rigorous discipline with his music. On Signs & Signifiers (Rounder, April 17), McPherson’s seductively kickass debut album, produced by JD’s musical partner, Jimmy Sutton, this renaissance man/hepcat seamlessly meshes the old and the new, the primal and the sophisticated, on a work that will satisfy traditional American rock ’n’ roll and R&B purists while also exhibiting McPherson’s rarefied gift for mixing and matching disparate stylistic shapes and textures.
TICKETS GOING FAST: https://ticketf.ly/2HoE8K7
*The Struts w/ Badflower
July 20th @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)
INFO: Before even releasing their first album, U.K.-bred four-piece The Struts opened for The Rolling Stones in front of a crowd of 80,000 in Paris, got hand-picked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their four last-ever performances, and toured the U.S. on a string of sold-out shows that demanded the band move up to bigger venues to accommodate their fast-growing fanbase. Now with their full-length debut Everybody Wants, lead vocalist Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott, and drummer Gethin Davies reveal the supreme mix of massive riffs and powerfully catchy melodies that’s already slain so many adoring audiences around the globe.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: https://ticketf.ly/2IBt6Vv
*Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads w/ Jen Durkin and the Business
July 21st @ Space Ballroom (Hamden)
INFO: Since debuting his musically revolutionary Talking Dreads project live at the High Times Music Festival on the beach in Negril in late 2015, the charismatic Jamaican-born singer and performer has electrified audiences at over 100 shows across North America – spinning the heads of initially skeptical Talking Heads fans, and getting everyone else grooving along to the infectious, joyous rhythms and jubilant spirit of his native island. Considering the success of these events, it was only a matter of time before Bowie – who has lived in the Northeastern U.S. for many years – headed back to his cherished homeland and set up shop at the famed Barry O’Hare Studios in Ocho Rios. He gathered old friends he had played music with since childhood, along with younger musicians, legendary Jamaican artists and other surprise guests to capture all the magic of his live performances on the epic, 13 track recording Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads.
TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: https://ticketf.ly/2LHUGNY
July 22nd @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)
INFO: Gillian Welch’s rich and remarkable career spans over twenty years, and is a pillar of the modern acoustic music world. After moving to Nashville in the early 1990s, Welch was launched into the public consciousness when Emmylou Harris recorded a cover of Welch’s “Orphan Girl.” Her career continued to flourish as her 1996 debut Revival, produced by T Bone Burnett, was released to critical acclaim. Firmly on the roots music map following the release, Welch followed up that GRAMMY nominated album release with 1998’s Hell Among The Yearlings, a stark duet record with partner David Rawlings, further solidifying the duo as a force in the folk music scene. When Welch served as executive producer as well as a performer on the eight times platinum O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, she was awarded the Album of the Year GRAMMY Award win, and was simultaneously nominated for her own Time (The Revelator) which Rolling Stone called one of the best albums of the 2000s and is widely considered by critics to be one of the best albums of all time.
GREAT SEATS STILL AVAILABLE: https://ticketf.ly/2GHmb7w
*Peter Oren w/ American Elm, daniprobably
July 23nd @ Cafe Nine (New Haven) (Manic Mondays)
INFO: Indiana-born, everywhere-based singer-songwriter Peter Oren possesses a remarkable singing voice, low and deep and richly textured: as solid as a glacier, as big as a mountain. Similar in its baritone gravel to Bill Callahan, a hero of his, it rumbles in your conscience, a righteous sound that marks him as an artist for our tumultuous times, when sanity seems absent from popular discussions. His voice is ideally suited to confront a topic as large and as ominous as the Anthropocene Age.
RSVP HERE: https://ticketf.ly/2KID8BV
*Beach House w/ Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
July 24th @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)
INFO: 7 is our 7th full-length record. At its release, we will have been a band for over 13 years. We have now written and released a total of 77 songs together. Last year, we released an album of b-sides and rarities. It felt like a good step for us. It helped us clean the creative closet, put the past to bed, and start anew.
TICKETS GOING FAST : https://ticketf.ly/2IRGnJT
*Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band & Beth Hart Band
July 25th @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)
INFO: Embarking on a co-headlining tour this summer, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Beth Hart Band will be performing at College Street Music Hall this Wednesday.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band:
There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played in service to an entire genre. Utter the phrase “young blues rock guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.
In a 20+ year recording career that began when he was just 16, Shepherd has established himself as an immensely popular recording artist, a consistently in-demand live act and an influential force in a worldwide resurgence of interest in the blues.
Beth Hart Band:
Beth Hart is on fire. Right now, the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter is riding a creative tidal wave, firing out acclaimed albums, hooking up with the biggest names in music and rocking the house each night with that celebrated burnt–‐honey voice. In 2016, the headline news is Beth’s latest album, Fire On The Floor (out 14 October 2016 (Europe / Australia / New Zealand) and 3 February 2017 (US / Canada) on Provogue/Mascot Label Group): a release that even this fiercely self–‐critical artist describes as “pretty frickin’ good”. But let’s not forget the backstory that brought her here…
TICKETS GOING FAST: http://ticketf.ly/2GOLvZV
*Anthony Jeselnik (COMEDY)
September 21st @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)
INFO: Jeselnik is a comedy industry veteran wowing audiences for over 15 years. 2017 was a banner year for Anthony as he toured with Chris Rock’s Total Blackout tour and perfected his new hour, workshopping in clubs across North America. He started his comedy career by starring in and creating Comedy Central’s THE JESELNIK OFFENSIVE, which ran for two seasons. He went on to write and appear for several Comedy Central Roasts, most notable: THE ROAST OF DONALD TRUMP and THE ROAST OF CHARLIE SHEEN. Anthony was the first ever stand-up comic to appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He also wrote for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well as received an Emmy Nomination for his work on A NIGHT OF TOO MANY STARS: AN OVERBOOKED CONCERT FOR AUTISTIC EDUCATION. In 2008 Jeselnik was named as one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch, and in 2009 was named Comedy Central’s Hot Comics. In 2010, Anthony released his debut comedy album SHAKESPEARE through Comedy Central Records. In 2013, he released CALIGULA, his first hour long special, to critical acclaim. Jeselnik hosted season nine of NBC’s LAST COMIC STANDING alongside judges Norm Macdonald, Roseanne Barr and Keenan Ivory Wayans. His last official tour was in 2014 and ended in early 2015 when he shot his critically acclaimed Netflix special THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY AT 10AM: https://ticketf.ly/2zIPUPb
*Ray LaMontagne: Just Passing Through
October 8th @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)
INFO: Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne returns to the stage on his Just Passing Through acoustic tour, highlighting songs from his vast and varying body of work. Joining Ray on the tour will be John Stirratt from Wilco on bass. The two will be playing songs spanning across Ray’s albums including Trouble, Till The Sun Turns Black, Gossip in the Grain, God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, Supernova, Ouroboros, and Part Of The Light.
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY AT 10AM: https://ticketf.ly/2uu1zMR
*The Early November & The Dangerous Summer w/ Jetty Bones & Save Face
October 14th @ Space Ballroom (Hamden)
INFO: This fall, The Early November and The Dangerous Summer will be coming together to co-headline at Space Ballroom.
The Early November:
The members of The Early November were young enough to have grown up with the Drive-Thru Records sound, a formula that incorporated sensitive emo, pop, and punk revivalist amalgams with a bit of post-hardcore grit. The band first emerged in 2000, fighting to secure shows in their busy South Jersey scene.
The Dangerous Summer:
In fact, the legend of the Ellicott City, Maryland-based band—signed by Hopeless Records during their senior year of high school in 2007—only grew larger in their absence. Fans inked vocalist/bassist AJ Perdomo’s words on their skin. Bands cribbed their names from Dangerous Summer song titles. They never broke in the mainstream, but to a rabid underground audience, The Dangerous Summer were a phenomenon.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW: https://ticketf.ly/2yNTEOT
*Dirty Heads, Jukebox the Ghost & Just Loud
October 19th @ College Street Music Hall (New Haven)
INFO: Come join us for a night of diverse music with reggae/alternative/hip-hop band Dirty Heads, plus indie rock bands Jukebox the Ghost, and Just Loud!
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY AT 10AM: https://ticketf.ly/2zWNLiO
*Aqueous w/ Mungion
October 24th @ Space Ballroom (Hamden, CT)
INFO: After forming in Buffalo in 2006, Aqueous (pronounced “ay-kwee-us”) has earned a reputation as one of the most promising improvisational rock acts in the country. Best known for their “groove rock” stylings, guitarist Mike Gantzer, guitarist/keyboardist David Loss, bassist Evan McPhaden, and drummer Rob Houk have developed a unique sound characterized by meticulous compositions and rich exploratory jams that easily transition from laidback, in-the-pocket grooves to furious, high-intensity peaks. Composed of longtime friends, over the years, Aqueous’ members have developed near-psychic abilities with one another, enabling them to stretch each song while maintaining a staggering degree of precision. In a live setting, the group’s undeniable technical prowess truly shines, making for dynamic performances that bring fans back night after night.
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY AT 10AM: https://ticketf.ly/2tzzbbL
**Tickets are available for all these shows in the shop (cash only for ticket sales) without the online fees. **