Roshambeaux: Bringing Rock & Roll Back to the Dance Scene.
Roshambeaux have released their second CD, Illuminaughty. A radical departure from 2011’s Gaudy Monstrosity, a self admitted rushed first effort to satisfy a growing fan base with a record, Illuminaughty is a more thought out record, but still embraces Roshambeaux’ wild child musical spirit.
Roshambeaux is a duo that sounds like a full rock band. Audiences are shocked to find only two people on stage. Sound techs marvel at the complexity of the technology the duo possesses and the sheer wall of sonic sound they achieve. It’s ambitious, big, rowdy rock music- part rap, part rave, with nods to Soul Brothers Six & Muse- but with an identity wholly its own. The band believes audience interaction is essential to an unforgettable live show and make it their mission to engage and entertain on an elevated level. Illuminaughty captures a duo that expands it’s own musical universe.
Roshambeaux - http://www.roshambeauxmusic.com/
JOE LASHER JR.
W/ LEIGH GLASS : BACK STAGE
Born and bred in the Western North Carolina mountains, 17 year old Singer/Songwriter Joe Lasher Jr. is quickly becoming one of the most sought after Southern Country Rock performers. Although he's young in age, his voice and musicianship are that of a seasoned veteran. Joe's influences range from mainstream country artists to classic rock icons.
The Joe Jr Band features young artists with the same passion for performance and mastery of their craft. Zach Haney, on lead guitar and backing vocals, has performed for some time. This left handed 20 year old infuses a rock/blues edge into their progressive country rock blend. Jason Surrett, on bass guitar and backing vocals, solidifies the guitar line up and ties the front line together. Driving the tempo on drums is Indiana Native, Western NC Resident, Will "The Animal" Beverly. Will's hard hitting style yet masterful execution drives the Joe Jr. band to excellence and crowd pleasing performances.
2013 was a break out year for Joe Jr. and his band. He has been called "one to watch" and "a force to be reckoned with". If you love contemporary and classic country music, classic rock and blues, or just good music with a youthful southern flare, you won't want to miss a show by the Joe Jr.
Joe Lasher Jr. - http://www.joelasherjr.com/
Leigh Glass - http://www.reverbnation.com/leighglassband
COMEDIAN BEN KRONBERG
Ben Kronberg combines clever one-liners and witty observations with catchy songs that he performs while playing instruments like the guitar, Casio-keyboard and iPhone! Much of his material has been inspired by girlfriends, who are now incidentally ex-girlfriends. Since his breakout performance at HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival, Ben has performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "Last Call With Carson Daly" and "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show." Comedy Central recently named Ben as one of the "Comics to Watch." Ben is also the star of the popular web series: "Ted & Gracie," a story of a woman who is engaged to a serial killer, but has no idea.
$5. Advance / $8. at doors
Advance Tickets available at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/566838
Ben Kronberg - http://benkronberg.com/
THE FRIENDLY BEASTS
W/ STUART ROSS JOHNSON : BACK STAGE
The Friendly Beasts is a group of friends that love playing music together. They are based in Asheville, NC and have been playing together since late 2012. Their debut album 'Widen The Circle' is available on iTunes. (Indie, Ambient, Alternative)
The Friendly Beasts - http://www.thefriendlybeastsmusic.com/home
Stuart Ross Johnson - http://stuarttherossjohnson.bandcamp.com/
W/ THE COAL MEN : BACK STAGE
Quicksand is Reagan Boggs’ third and latest solo release. It gets its name from “Can’t Do Life,” a song that Boggs wrote nearly five years ago. It represents the constant tug-of-war that can go on in the mind between hopes and expectations and the reality of what is as “life happens.” It illustrates the difficulty of change and how easily we are drug down by acceptance.
The “quicksand” theme resonates throughout the album. The 12 songs on the project that are her own writings expose a very raw, vulnerable side of her. They cross a range of emotions from insecurity, hopelessness, loss, and revelation. With her rich voice, she strips bare stark realities, feelings, and situations that trap people in jobs, places, and relationships. The album is not all “depressing,” she says with a laugh. She does admit the overall mood may be serious, “but these are the things we struggle with, or at least I know I do.”
There is more diversity in the sound when compared to her previous releases Never Looking Behind and Right Now. She showcases her Pound, VA heritage in the light-hearted track, “Appalachia,” that has a roots feel mixed with a little JJ Cale. “Not the New Me” leans more toward a blues or Motown vibe, and the driving acoustic guitar in “Come to Me” is reminiscent of early Steve Earle. “When it Mattered,” a good-bye lullaby with a sarcastic edge, may have fit nicely on AM Country playlists in the 1960s.
The new album also features a unique rendition of Eddie Vedder’s “Better Man” delivered in first-person. “The idea was to have listeners ‘see’ through a woman’s voice,” Boggs explains. “Abuse is not always physical or visible, and leaving or being alone seems much worse than just dealing with it. It’s such a great song – with such an unnerving production.”
Reagan teams again with producer and engineer Eric Fritsch (Sheryl Crow, Scott Miller) of Eastwood Studios in Nashville, TN. The recording includes an array of talented musicians including Fritsch playing multiple parts. Dave Coleman (The Coal Men) sings and plays steel guitar on the duet “You Deserve Better.” Paul Griffith (John Prine, Chris Knight), Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), and Matt Crouse (Billy Dean, Savannah Jack) play drums on the record. Park Chisolm (Kevin Costner, Jo Dee Messina) and Bones Hillman (Midnight Oil, Elizabeth Cook) are featured on electric and upright bass. David Duffy (Elvis Perkins) plays the violin and Eric Brace (Last Train Home) also helps tell the story of “Better Man.”
FREE CD for the first 20 paid through the door for this LAB show.
Reagan Boggs - http://reaganboggs.com/blog/home/
The Coal Men - http://www.thecoalmen.com/
W/ POSH HAMMER : BACK STAGE
Hard Rocket crash-landed in the mountains of WNC last year to rock Asheville off its
foundation. Cosmonauts Colonel Lewison Clark, Sir Guido Stein and Captain Rubio
Gold armed with the essentials for Rock-n-Roll have been playing around town
winning over converts one Rock show at a time. Colonel Lewison Clark, armed with
his Les Paul Jr. aka Johnny Crunch and his SG Jr. aka Johnny Lightning, has been the
main force behind Hard Rocket’s success. Guido Stein possesses the Sonic Boom of
the universe with his Bam Bam drum kit and his Mighty Max chops. Rubio Gold digs
in his trusty Fender bass, attacking audiences with his rapid-fire 8th
to wave the Rock-n-Roll flag, the members of Hard Rocket wear their influences on
their sleeves. Aficionados of straight-up Rock-n-Roll love this band because they
rock hard, hence the name Hard Rocket.
Hard Rocket - http://reverbnation.com/hardrocket
Posh Hammer - http://www.poshhammer.com/
W/ MINDSHAPEFIST, ZOMBIE QUEEN : BACK STAGE
Sex Knuckle is a grungy, sludgy, dark and mysterious sounding rock band originating from Fargo, North Dakota (and yes, they have wood chippers so don't fuck with them). Their intense stage presence, unspoiled musicianship, and not giving a fuck attitudes make for an unforgettable live performance every single time they take the stage. The band started in 2011 when singer/songwriter Samantha Bennefeld teamed up with guitarist Chris Ellingson and drummer TR Edland to form what was the early incarnation of Sex Knuckle. It wasn't more than a year later and they recruited Christina Sabot (ex-Kamilla) on bass guitar and everything fell into place. That original heavy sound they were looking for, along with more energy than a mini bus packed full of M-80s, swung full circle...and they knew it was time.
With eerie verses contrasting with powerful vocals and crunchy guitar riffs it's a perfect combination for a strong, powerful, sweet sound that is unlike anything out there today. After earning a loyal following in North Dakota they decided to venture out with aspirations of playing and performing for fans all around the world. They are currently based out of Asheville, NC, recording their first album and booking tours for late 2013 and 2014.
Sex Knuckle - http://www.reverbnation.com/sexknuckle
MindShapeFist - www.reverbnation.com/mindshapefist
Zombie Queen - https://www.facebook.com/ZombieQueenAsheville