7pm - John Anderson (Hot Tub Johnnie DJ-Set)
8:00pm - Russel Hornbeek (Music Saves Lives interview)
9:00pm - Todd Zero (Performing Live)
9:45pm - Rags & Ribbons (Performing Live)
10:30pm - T.U.T. The Universal Tone (Performing Live)
11:15pm - Farah Moans (Performing Live)
11:35pm - L-Boogie (Birthday Party/Performing Live)
No List, No Cover, Open to all +18!
Russel Hornbeek (w/ Music Saves Lives)
In 1987 at the age of 21 Russel Hornbeek started his own medical device company and specialized in the repair and sale of surgical instruments. Working worldwide, Hornbeek imported from Europe and the some Middle Eastern countries creating his own line of surgical instruments under his company Horn Surgical Inc. At its peak, Hornbeek negotiated large contracts with top hospitals in the US. He held exclusive product contracts with international distributors. In 1997 he was asked to be a part of the American Red Cross staff as a recovery team technician and help with special projects that included instrument design used for the tissue banking industry. He became a certified tissue-banking specialist and was trained in recovery of many human tissue components, including heart for heart valves, bone and connective tissues. In 2005 and many changes in the medical and tissue banking industry, Hornbeek saw the opportunity to work with the American Red Cross Southern California Division for Blood Services where he was an Associate Directory of donor recruitment and then consulted in the marketing of blood donations within College and High School. In 2003 sold his company of 17 years. With his love of music, skill at marketing, a motivator and having the ability to adapt to the ever-changing world, he started consulting and managing musicians in the alternative rock and indie music genre. During this time he thought it was important to continue his work with the American Red Cross forming the connection between music and the youth market he worked with. He saw a huge need to reach out to young people and explain how easy and important it was to be a part of saving lives by donating blood. In 2006 Music Saves Lives a non-profit was born out of the need to raise the summer blood supply. Hornbeek was able to bridge the gap between summer concerts and connecting students back to donating blood for their community. Over the last 25 years, Russel has managed and organized successful programs that have impacted lives around the world. Today, Hornbeek works with some of the top musicians in the industry, some of the largest concert series and many blood banks nationally and internationally. Music Saves Lives has been directly linked to over 1 million blood donations and over 14,000 marrow registrations. MSL is the largest summer program ever for the American Red Cross reaching students under 25 and has received 5 such awards. MSL is generating a new blood donor base by encouraging over 200,000 first time blood donors. Music Saves Lives has saved 11 leukemia patients, and potentially could have saved close to 850,000 lives through blood donations. He also maintains relationships with government organizations to be on call to counsel in crisis situations and has trained with Fire and FBI chaplains.
TODDZERO crafts kaleidoscopic sounds with sonic textures that are equal parts inclusive and infectious. The Los Angeles-based artist formerly known as ToddO has garnered success in the blogosphere and from the critics: Anthony Fantano, host of NPR’s The Needle Drop podcast hailed TODDZERO as “a charismatic voice” and Under the Radar called the musician “a rare gem.”
Like a lot of kids, TODDZERO became obsessed with music at a young age. The first song the Yorba Linda, California native remembers listening to and loving was ‘Like a Rhinestone Cowboy’ by Glen Campbell. “Something about the lyrics and the melody made me want to sing along,” he says. He took a few guitar lessons and played, “in a million bands which then played at a million small venues” before putting music on the back burner in order to build a successful career in business. “There was a several-year stretch there where I didn’t even touch an instrument or sing in the shower,” he says.
All that changed in 2010. The artist began collaborating with a friend who owned recording equipment. “It was fun at first, but then the bug bit me,” TODDZERO says. “What started out as merely a hobby turned into a full-blown calling.” Immersing himself in the recording process, he bought his own gear and learned how to self-engineer a record.
Building on the newly generated buzz, TODDZERO wrote, recorded, and produced the bulk of his first full-length album. Stringing together songs full of ecstatic longing for rest and home, “Kid Heart” debuted June 4, 2013 on indie label Hembot Recordings. The album was mixed by Lee Bridges (MercyMe, Newsboys, Chris Tomlin) and mastered by Hans DeKline (Snoop Dogg). Former Capitol Records A&R exec Loren Israel (Neon Trees, Plain White T’s, Jimmy Eat World), offered A&R development.
The songs on “Kid Heart” weave electronica, indie, and Gospel to create a wholly distinct, persuasive sound buoyed by narrative songsmithing. Tracks explore lost youth and innocence, as well as spiritual themes of salvation, redemption, and homecoming.
Part diary and part concept album, “The first half of ‘Kid Heart’ is a collection of deeply personal songs, while the second half is almost a concept album with songs that follow the narrative of the final week of Christ’s life from the triumphal entry all the way to the resurrection,” TODDZERO explains. “It’s a unique mix, to be sure, but I think it’s one that both believers and nonbelievers can embrace.”
Before the full-length premiered, a couple of tracks leaked out: The album’s first single “Kid Heart” gained immediate airplay on iHeartRadio’s Los Angeles station Moheak, and the anthemic feel of “We Will Win” made it a good fit as the backing track for Los Angeles television station KTLA Channel 5′s nightly sports newscast.
After its debut, “Kid Heart” appeared on Noise Trade’s top download list. Louder Than The Music calls the release “heartfelt indie, creative and inspiring music sung by a vocalist who has a voice that most people would love to have. I for one would love to be able to write and sing like this guy. Since I can’t, I’ll just keep listening to this epic album.” TODDZERO plans to tour in support of “Kid Heart” throughout 2013. –Sara Billups
Rags and Ribbons
Rags & Ribbons play melodic rock anthems driven by classically-inspired piano. Progressive and post-rock influences by way of Queen, Muse, Arcade Fire and Sigur Ros color these intricate pop songs, expressing desire, yearning, regret and joy like only pop can. This Portland, Oregon band’s debut album, “The Glass Masses” features elaborately structured songs with rich harmonies and dramatic hooks.
T.U.T. (The Universal Tones)
The Universal Tone (T.U.T.) is a rock n’ roll/blues group formed in 2012 that meshes the classic sound of ’70s rock with contemporary pop sensibilities. Front person and rhythm guitarist, Jasmin Poncelet formed the band with hometown friend and lead guitarist, Garrett Craig, with the mission to bring musicianship and songwriting back into the forefront of mainstream music. After a handful of successful performances in the L.A. circuit (Universal Studios 5 Towers Main Stage, Whisky A Go Go, The Viper Room Lounge, El Portal Theatre, etc…), and the addition of Kenneth “Biz” Mackenzie on drums, this band of gypsy’s teamed up with Grammy Award winning engineer, Bob Horn to record their first feature project. The songs recorded were a collection of musical pieces and lyrics that Poncelet had been cultivating for the past three years and the outcome of those formations would eventually earn the title of T.U.T.’s the “Nebraska EP”. “Nebraska EP” is due for public release in the first quarter of 2014, while their debut music video for the lead single “Nebraska” is slated for a fourth quarter 2013 release. The band has been enthusiastically described as a melting pot of Jimi Hendrix and The Black Keys, stirred together with the passion and ferocity of Poncelet’s female fronted vocals.
“The energy this group has as a whole has always kept me going. I think it’s because we all have 100% passion attitude no matter what we play. I really do think something big is happening and the world needs to get ready for something different. Not generic.” -Jasmin Poncelet
With little direction or experience in songwriting, Farah began writing songs in every genre. Her own musical influences were so broad, she found it very difficult to hone in her creativity into one neatly packaged style. What became apparent, however, was Farah’s uncanny gift with words and her ability to memorize her lyrics without ever having to write them down. Cognizant of her uncommon skills set, Farah decided on a whim one day to try and write a hip hop song ”Royal Flush”.This was the beginning of her musical evolution. “I was tired of hearing these uninspired, lazy-ass rap songs on the radio, and said to myself ‘I could write a better rap’, so I did. I knew there was a space to filled and I could bring something different” . Her new direction in songwriting garnered immediate attention as people could not believe that such clever flows were coming from a “skinny little white girl from Utah”. Farah began performing her rhymes as a sort of party gag around Hollywood for anyone and everyone who didn’t believe she could rap. After one such freestyle session, Farah was introduced to Donte Boss by a mutual friend who thought the two would make for an awesome collaboration. Her hunch was correct. Farah and Donte quickly got a long like peas in a pod and saw an opportunity to develop Farah Moans’ project into a completely new and unique sound. The resulting release, Farah Moans debut EP “Precious Moanments” is a harmonious mélange of styles and influences. As Farah Moans continues to push the music envelope, her fans are left wanting more of her unique brand of storytelling and sex appeal. After all, you can’t resist the Farah Moans…
L-Boogie (Bday Bash)
If you don’t know, you’re missing out. The L-Boogie B-Day Bash is a national Hunnypot Holiday. End of story.
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