Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Rock Band Coming to Greensboro (WGHP)

Rock band 311 will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex's Special Events Center.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and the Greensboro Coliseum box office.

The price is $37.50 and $42.50. The group is promoting their new album "Universal Pulse" and will be joined by DJ Soulman.

311's music is described as a hybrid of rock, reggae, hip-hop. They were formed in 1990 and are known for songs including "Down", "Love Song" and "Don't Tread On Me."


Thursday, September 22, 2011

311: Universal Pulse (Pop Matters)

If there is one word to describe rap/funk metal fusionists 311, it is consistency. The Nebraska alt rockers have had the same lineup since 1992, continue to sell out arenas around the U.S. despite only moderate mainstream success, and even rapper/turntablist S.A.’s Martinez’s on-stage dance moves haven’t changed. Musically, depending on whom you ask, 311 puts out a consistently infectious melding of rock, reggae and rap; or they continue to put out a formulaic, white middle-America hijacking of said genres.

So maybe polarizing is another word to describe 311. Their 10th studio release, Universal Pulse, does little to bridge the divide. For fans, this material represents a return to form—the tightest, most focused album in years. Clocking in at less than 30 minutes and with only eight songs, there is little room for dub inspired filler (see Transistor) or forays into indie rock influences ( Uplifter). Detractors, on the other hand, will point to the same old frat dude reggae rock and lame lyrics of pseudo-philosophy and self-adulation. Rolling Stone, a publication that has never given the band a three star rating or higher, described the album as “blunt, dimwitted, (and) completely formulaic”.

Album opener “Time Bomb” kicks off the retro 311 love fest with upbeat guitars, Nick Hexum and S.A. sing/rap interplay, and a chorus of “Let me introduce you to the excitable crew/This is just how we do/Ticking like a Time Bomb, watch me go off”. “Wild Night” continues the party with drug fueled nostalgia. “Where would be/Without the Wild nights/Barely getting by/The days of getting high”. The raging alt rock is bolstered by S.A.’s hip-hop interludes and a funk solo from lead guitarist Tim Mahoney. Hexum explores the lessons he learned from his drug days over a Caribbean/ska groove on “Trouble”, only to come to the conclusion that the problem was the six inches between his ears, “The bullshit, the trouble was coming from me, honestly”.

Lead single “Sunset in July” is the perfect radio friendly summer anthem: solid production, a catchy hook, innocuous upbeat lyrics, floating vocals and some scat thrown in for good measure. “Sunset in July/Rockers by my side/And time is flying by/Ba da dop dop da dee-yah”. The song’s twin cousin “Count Me In” combines a crafty mix of ska, power chords and wa-wa pedals with some less crafty lyrics, “We’re not living the Dream/We’re living the Life”.

311 saves the best for last with the last quarter of the album. “Weightless”, an airy but energized track, is one of the catchiest songs in the band’s catalog. The repetitive chorus “So weightless, weightless/All weightless, weightless/We’re all weightless, weightless/ Everyone of us is weightless”, in the context of the music, actually drives home the theme of the song without sounding redundant. Veteran producer Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica) does a flawless production job on the album closer, “And a Ways to Go”. The track shifts back and forth between ethereal and crunchy guitars better than any song since Evolver’s “Beyond the Gray Sky”. About three minutes in, the song somewhat abruptly shifts gears with an excellent P-nut bass solo that sounds straight out of the YES repertoire. Despite the slightly awkward song structure, it is the strongest track of the album.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

It's punk, it's pop, it's loud, it's quiet, it's chaos and it's art. Nirvana's "Nevermind" sucked us all in when "Smells Like Teen Spirit" slammed into us with its intro of twisted power chords and popping drums. "Nevermind" so defined a generation that some can recall exactly where they were when they first heard it. And, when asked how they got into rock 'n' roll, some musicians simply say "Nirvana."

But what if we're not talking about your generation? No matter. You should pay mind to "Nevermind," and Kurt Cobain, the genius behind it, say music journalists and historians, pop-culture watchers and academics alike.

It has influenced nearly every piece of popular music released in the last two decades. Along with countless other bands, The Flaming Lips and The Black Keys — both with recent top 10 albums — say they wouldn't exist without Nirvana. Even Miley Cyrus (who was not yet born when the album debuted) has covered "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in concert.

"Kurt Cobain's guitar sound on Nirvana's 'Nevermind' set the tone for '90s rock music," read a 2001 retrospective in Guitar World.

That's not an overstatement. When Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden burst onto the national scene, hair bands and pop were out.

"I think what 'Nevermind' did was brilliant and that Cobain was brilliant . It was a melding of what Neil Young had done and what punk had done," said Scott Anderson, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor who teaches rock history. "I read an interesting interview with (Talking Heads frontman) David Byrne who said ('Nevermind') is finally where punk got its due," long after it began in the late '70s and early '80s.

The best evidence? "Nevermind" unseated Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, from the top spot on the Billboard albums chart.

From the Jan. 11, 1992, issue of Billboard: The Seattle-area alternative band's 'Nevermind' surges from No. 6 to No. 1; Jackson's 'Dangerous' drops from No. 1 to No. 5."

We asked local and national musicians, readers and others one question: How did "Nevermind" affect you? Read on for their impressions.

"The first time I heard Nirvana rip into the opening chords of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' I felt like it was an explosion in my frontal lobe. Everything changed. A few years later, 311 recorded a lot of our 'From Chaos' album at Sound City, which is the same place 'Nevermind' was recorded. That was really cool for us."

— Nick Hexum, 311

" 'Bleach' was the coolest album ever when it came out. So, we (me and my super-cool friends) all bought 'Nevermind' soon after its release. The huge sonic step forward wasn't a detraction from the raw band we all loved. Their success was no surprise; they bled honesty, pain, and sacrifice through their words and instruments. Brilliance is the word, I do believe."

— P-Nut, 311

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

311 Day 2012: Live in Las Vegas (The Pier)

This time around, renowned reggae-rockers 311 will not have a 311 day, but don’t be disappointed. The twist for this year’s 311 day comes with an entire weekend of music, not just one performance. The setting for this year’s annual festival will take place in the “city that never sleeps,” Las Vegas, Nevada.

Most partisans of a good time head to the Vegas strip for excitement. 311 fans worldwide will flock to “Sin City” to catch their favorite band in their own element. With three dates set for March 9-11 at two separate venues, fans will have a better opportunity to capture 311’s sound up close and personal.

311 will perform two shows during the three-day weekend at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the Las Vegas strip. The opening night of entertainment kicks off with a fan party at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel.

Past 311 day concerts have historically sold out in a matter of minutes. With the Las Vegas nightlife as another enticing lure with the constant party-vibe, tickets are expected to go just as quickly as previous shows hosted by 311 on their very special day.

Since March 11, 2000, 311 has hosted their very own “311 Day” in various cities across the country, with their first concert held in New Orleans. During 311’s set on that memorable day, the band performed 47 songs, their longest setlist ever at that time.

After each year, 311’s setlist grew to upwards of 60 songs. In 2004, 311 Day: Live in New Orleans was released on DVD containing 60 of the 64 songs performed that night.

Constantly referred to as “The ultimate 311 experience,” the band has performed for well over 5 hours, playing fan favorites, rarities, classic covers, entire albums, while also keeping the crowd’s senses entertained from all surroundings including circus performers, aerial acrobats, fire twirlers, and much more. With the three-day-event taking place in Las Vegas, this year’s festival will be the largest to date.

Clearly, the intimate setting of a cruise ship from last year’s extravaganza was not enough for the devoted fans of 311. It was only right to bring 311 day to back to Las Vegas, the site of the 2010 311 Day, to reach the thousands of loyal fans from across the globe.

Once again, this will be an experience unlike any other featuring your favorite band. Tickets for the event are on sale to the public today (9/17/11) and are selling at rapid fire pace. One ticket will allow you access to both shows. However, group sales and VIP packages are available for the 2012 rendition.

For the latest on tickets and up-to-date news about 311 Day visit: 311 Day 2012

311 Day 2012 Fan Party at the Joint (Vegas News)

In honor of 311 Day 2012, The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hosts the ultimate fan party and official kickoff of 311 Day weekend on Friday, March 9 at 9 p.m.

311 Day is an annual celebration by alternative rock group 311. 311 fans from around the world will gather in Las Vegas to meet each other and to celebrate the band and their music during this special three-day event. The 311 Fan Party kicks it all off with drink specials, exclusive entertainment and a DJ spinning 311 tunes all night.

311 will not be performing at this event.

With their fusion of rock, reggae and hip-hop, 311 formed in Omaha, Neb. in 1990. The band has released 10 studio albums, one live album and three DVDs…selling more than 8.5 million units in the U.S. The band’s most recent album is 2011’s Universal Pulse featuring the hit single “Sunset in July.”

Tickets, starting at $24.00 (plus applicable service fees), will be available Saturday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Hard Rock Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at Ticketmaster.com or charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.


Friday, September 16, 2011

311 still has a 'Pulse' (San Francisco Examiner)

Who knew?

Virtually under the noses of the mainstream media, that quiet, jam-leaning rock band from Omaha, 311, has been creating an entire alternate world for itself, starting with its recent album “Universal Pulse” — its eighth consecutive record to debut in Billboard’s lofty Top Ten.

The group also just headlined its ninth annual Unity Tour, playing to 10,000-plus fans each night, and even orchestrated a 311 Cruise this summer, as well as a brand-new 311 Pow Wow Festival in Live Oak, Fla., where they performed alongside The Deftones, Ozomatli and Sublime With Rome.

But wait — there’s still more.

This Saturday at 10 a.m. PST, tickets go on sale through www.ticketmaster.com for next year’s 311 Day, a biannual fanfest/holiday held in Las Vegas, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Traditionally, 311 plays extended sets for the event, containing hits, covers and catalog rarities, which can last as long as five hours. Past shows have also included aerial acrobats, circus performers, fire twirlers, even drumlines and full marching bands. (Again: Who knew?)

The three-day fest begins with a fan party on Friday, March 9 at the Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint, followed by two consecutive MGM concerts on March 10 and 11.

Don’t believe us? Visit www.311.com for even more details.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Three Days of 311 (Pollstar)

Next year’s edition of 311 Day will be three times as fun because the band’s bi-annual celebration is expanding to a three-day event.

The 2012 event is scheduled for March 9-11 in Las Vegas because of course the festival had to include that special day that only comes once a year: 3/11.

The weekend kicks off March 9 with a fan party at The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel/Casino followed by two unique shows March 10-11 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fans can expect their favorite band to play an extended setlist of hits, rarities, covers and classics complete with a state-of-the-art light and special effects show.

311 will be sure to show off tunes from the band’s latest album, Universal Pulse. The group’s tenth studio album was released in July on 311 Records/ATO Records.

Billed as “the ultimate 311 concert experience,” past shows have included setlists that last up to five hours and appearances by circus performers, aerial acrobats, fire twirlers, stilt walkers, drumlines and marching bands.

Pre-sale tickets went on sale to 311 Hive members earlier this week. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday at 10 a.m. PST through Ticketmaster.com. No single-day tickets will be sold.

For more information, click here for 311’s website.


311 Announced Details for 311 Day 2012 (Concert Confessions)

311 have announced the initial details of 311 Day 2012. The event will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada on the weekend of March 11th, 2012 (get it?). Known for marathon gigs often lasting over five hours, for 2012 the band will use an entire weekend to celebrate the day that Bobby McFerrin was born.

On Friday March 9th, 311 will throw a fan party at the Joint (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino). On March 10th and 11th the band will take over the MGM Grand Arena for two unique concert experiences. The best part of the deal is that one concert ticket will get you into both shows at the MGM Grand Arena.

Pre-sale for 311 Day 2012 is already underway. Click here for ticket information/travel packages and all the dirt on this highest of holidays for fans of 311.


News: 311 Day 2012 Announced (RocBloc)

311 have announced their plan for next year’s 311 Day. The event will be held in Las Vegas, NV and will included two concerts at the MGM Grand, a private fan party, and more! Click here for the full details and check out the schedule below.

3/9 – Fan Party @ The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel)
3/10 – 311 Show 1 @ MGM Grand Arena
3/11 – 311 Show 2 @ MGM Grand Arena

311 will be promoting their latest album Universal Pulse, released back in July of this year.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

311 Announces Next Year's 311 DAY (Dying Scene)

311 have just released some details about their annual celebration – 311 Day 2012 in Las Vegas. For many fans, 311 Day (March 11th, get it?) is a joyous occasion, creating the opportunity to meet tons of other fans and enjoy a weekend filled with great music. The first celebration of 311 Day happened back in 2000 in New Orleans. As for next year, the band will play three nights and you can check out the dates here.

The band’s latest full-length, Universal Pulse, came out last July on ATO Records.

March 9, 2012 – Fan Party at The Joint (Hard Rock Hotel)
March 10, 2012 – 311 Show 1 at MGM Grand Arena
March 11, 2012 – 311 Show 2 at MGM Grand Arena


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Surviving 311 Pow Wow (Festival Survival Guide)

Well, the 311 nation did it again! 311 Pow Wow, 311′s very first multi-day music festival, went off with great success in Live Oak Florida at the Spirit of Suwanee Music Park. The music was unbelievable and the good vibes flowed heartily all weekend long. I’m not sure I can adequately describe in words the level of fun to be had at 311 Pow Wow but after all these years I am still convinced that 311 fans are the best people on Earth.

A great time was had by all but as with every festival there are some unique challenges to be ready for, so here’s a little rundown.

This festival was held in one of the most beautiful venues in the Southeast. The Spirit of Suwanee Music Park hosts many festivals all year long which never disappoint, and the Pow Wow was no exception. The music park is spread over many Oak tree covered acres with winding dirt roads and lots of fun amenities. All the nature is great but nature can be a bitch sometimes! Example A: FIRE ANTS! Anyone who was in attendence this year can attest that the godforsaken fire ants were more than just tiny meneces but rather a huge problem. One could not stand in the same place for more than a few seconds without looking down to make sure their feet were not covered in the little bastards. They are mean and they bite! Some areas were worse than others but I do know that our campsite was more than overrun with them. Within a few minutes of setting up camp they helped themselves to the groceries I had just purchased. I had unpacked them out of the hot car into the tent. When I looked at the food crates they had become moving, crawling blobs. I half expected to see a bag of chips being carried off into the field. Needless to say, my snacks were ruined. My advice to you when going to the Pow Wow is to prepare for the ants. You can do this in a few ways like wearing “real” shoes. The flops and sandals are nice for the heat but tennis shoes will give you that extra barrier from the little monsters. You can also try and keep your food in sealed tupperware or other boxes to make it impenetrable to the ants. If you can keep it off the ground a little bit (like on top of a crate) that will help a little but your best bet is to just make sure everything is sealed off completely. Those of you who are not from the South may not have battled these beasts before so for your information they can climb anything and can find their way into any unsealed bag. You should also get strapped with a can of Raid fire ant killer. They only thing that kept them out of my tent was spraying a perimeter all around the tent in a thick layer. Putting bug spray on our feet also helped a little in detering the ants but only for an hour or so. You should also make sure your trash bags are tied to a tree or otherwise kept out of the way of your chill zone. Bringing a few extra trash bags can help you out also because at some point you will have to take the trash to the dumpster, so if you cover it with a second bag and tie it tight you can avoid having your hands and arms covered with ants.

Besides the damn fire ants, the only other big challenge was the heat. I have been convinced on several occasions in my life that I could not physically be any hotter. The first was in Acopolco, Mexico, on the beach in the summertime. The second was Wakarusa this summer, which if you attended you experienced the windless, cloudless, still hot sun for yourself. Yet none of these could hold a melting candle to the humid, unrelenting heat of Live Oak in August. Again, if you are not familiar with how things work in the South, let me just tell you, we have our own brand of heat which is unreal if you have never experienced it. The humidity is at like 90% so it is a muggy,heavy sort of heat. A nice breeze blew through often which was pleasant and refreshing, but the biggest life saver in the heat was the river. The Suwanee river has natural springs and while it was almost like bath water, it was still a refuge to sit and chill in. The river was also just straight up fun as hell! The sandy beach made you feel like you were in a great vacation spot and the rope swing was a constant form of entertainment. One could chill in the river for hours and watch the amazing belly flops, the float jumpers, and the streakers go off the super high rope swing. It was a true blast and brought the water logged 311 Nation together even more. Live music as well as blaring stereos could be found by the river as well keeping the good vibes flowing, and the Canoe Outpost station was staffed with great people to help you out if you want to do some river exploration. Vessel!

To beat the heat it is also advised to scope out the campgrounds thuroughly before picking a location. The Spirit of Suwanee Music Park has lots of shady areas to pick from so take a minute when you enter to find a good spot to set up. There is not assigned camping with the exception of RV hookups and a few other spots so you pretty much have your pick of locations. You should also bring some shade with you, whether in the form of pop up tents or even just hanging tarps, blankets, or tapestries.

Free showers are also available for use throughout the grounds so it is possible to get cleaned up if you want, however I suggest going during “off peak” times because the line can get a little long. Not outrageous, just about 10-15 minutes, but since you will likely just get sweaty and gross within minutes of the shower anyway you may as well wait til later in the afternoon to save some time. Also, the showers use sulfur water so don’t be alarmed by the rotten egg smell. It’s good for you, just hold your nose and power through.

Drink water! I repeat, DRINK WATER! The heat and humidity causes one to sweat intensely so hydration is very important. Take water with you everywhere and refill it often (water refill stations are available everywhere inside the venue and out). Don’t wait until you are thirsty, just drink water constantly throughtout the day. If you are drinking booze this is especially imortant. Don’t let your fun by ruined by heat exhaustion and dehydration, there’s too many good times to be had!

As far as entering the grounds and security goes, I’m sure you have questions so I will try to let you in on what I saw. Entrance times are pretty lax. This is not a setup like All Good or Wakarusa for example where you need to get there by a certain time to wait in a long line to get in. This park is a camping and outdoors resort when there is not a festival so people are welcome to come in whenever. My friends for example got to the grounds the Monday before the festival and spent the week conoeing, playing disk golf,camping, and hanging out with their dog (please note that pets are not allowed during the festival, but there is a nice kennel near by so if you do bring them pre-fest you can drop the doggies off there). If you choose to come early you will have to pay for the days you are camped there which is about $20 per night for regular days and $30 the night before the festival. I arrived on Thursday afternoon around 3:00. I stopped at a gas station right off the interstate to stock up on ice and gas before entering (which I recommend). There was no wait for gas and the place was fully stocked with reasonably priced ice bags. I then headed right into the festival grounds. There are plenty of signs and people to guide you every few feet, and there was no line. My car was not checked by security whatsoever. Once into the grounds I just found my friends in the spot we had picked out and set up shop. Easy as pie.

Once inside the grounds you are able to leave and come back if you choose. This allows folks to leave and go to the nearby gas stations or Wal-Mart if you want to grab any supplies you need. If you are like me and choose to stay “unable to drive” all weekend, you can also go to the general store on the premisis for beer, food, batteries, etc. They do not jack up the prices too much or anything so this is a good option for anyone who does not want to drive. If you want to drive down to the river rather than walk this is allowed too, but parking is limited and PLEASE do not drive if you are intoxicated. There are lots of pedestrians and trees to hit so please just use your judgement well!

When you enter the music venue the security was also pretty lax. You are not allowed to bring outside beers into the venue so finish those up before you get to the gates. It depended on what security people were there as to how heavy the search was. For example most days my backpack was not even looked at, opened, or anything. My friend’s fold up chairs were opened and checked however, so I’m not sure what the method of searches was but either way it was not intense.

This festival was one of the most amazing times I have had all year and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in good vibes and great people! I think i speak for the whole 311 Nation when I say that this first year was spectacular and we all hope this is a continuing tradition for years to come. So let everyone gather, the more, the better!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Sixthman Plans 311 Cruise (Go Carribean)

Ska band 311 will lead the party during the 311 Caribbean Cruise, slated for May 10-14, 2011. The Sixthman cruise will depart Miami and sail to Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. Pre-sale begins in October. Other 2012 music-themed cruises from Sixthman include a TCM Classic Cruise, Kiss Cruise, Elvis Cruise, Weezer Cruise, and Rock Boat XII. Check out the full list on the Sixthman website.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

CD Review: 311 "Universal Pulse" (ThisIsModern)

311 continue to put out solid albums and their latest is no exception. The difference here is that the album only consists of eight tracks and leave true fans wanting more. Regardless, it features a couple of killer tracks that should translate well to 311's amazing live show. The song "Sunset In July" is an instant classic with singable lyrics and their signature hard-rock-meets-reggae vibe. The album doesn't feature any real slow or mellow tunes (like "Amber" or "Love Song") but rather shows of a throwback to their earlier independent days and the mid-nineties alternative rock feel of their debut self titled album. Rock bands come and go but 311 have proven that not only do they have staying power but they continue to write, record, release, and perform at the top of their game. The new music is a welcome addition to an incredibly expansive and influential catalogue.


Monday, September 5, 2011

311 Unity Tour at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (OC Reloaded)

Arguably not as good a lineup as last year, 311’s Unity tour came into town Saturday with Sublime with Rome. Regardless, even with no Offspring and Pepper to get things started – the Irvine stop was still all that.

Once the gates opened at around 6PM people were already lined up. Many also were in line to buy tickets to the special event and those that came just for 311 were still partying in their cars waiting a couple of hours before heading in. The parting at a 311 show is a bit of a different scene then at what you would typically see at a normal concert. Lots of interaction between people who just met. It’s interesting to see music bring people together and quite possibly create new friends between folks that would normally not socialize with each other.

While walking in around 7ish between the time I got from the gate to the stage, the “3 mile walk” at Verizon Wireless amphitheater no less than 4 groups of people chatted with me. We would discuss things like music, the venue, other concerts, and the weather. Mind you, personally I am more reserved and less outgoing then the majority of concert goers, but just being in the venue, in the atmosphere that 311 fans create, seems to bring out the social part of me I didn’t realize I had.

When Sublime with Rome took the stage you could hear a few people complain about Rome’s voice. What they forget is it’s really not the same band. Don’t get me wrong, there were some DIE-HARD fans out there who were nonstop dancing in their seats from the first note out Rome’s mouth but still it seemed a small percentage of sublime fans were disconnected watching the set. I’ll be the first one to admit, when I first heard Sublime with Rome, they sounded more like a cover band. I’m talking about their first show at the palladium (though, technically Smokeout Festival in 2009). Back then Rome refused to interact or even say a word to the crowd.

Now however things are a bit different. Rome is filling out nicely and coming around. With one record behind the new group and at least one hit song, “Panic”, Rome is becoming more of the front man he should be. Even in the earlier shows it was rare to hear Rome say anything in-between songs. It was just song after song with a few random “thank you’s”. This time around however Rome expressed how grateful he was throughout the set. In-between the weed jokes (or were they jokes?), explaining how “fucking happy” he was to be here in southern California and playing for the Irvine crowd.

Sublime with Rome’s setlist included just two songs I could identify as new, “Panic” and “PCH”. It was mainly made up of older songs and older hits. They mixed up the setlist with hit songs to lesser known songs. Highlights? “Smoke two joints”, “Wrong way”, “Santeria” and “Date Rape”. Did I forget “Panic”? I heard it from the bathroom so I can’t judge it by the crowd reaction – however I can assume it was crazy.

When 311 went on stage most people were scrambling to get back to their seats from getting more drinks and grabbing a bite to eat. Everybody that was walking down to lower parts of the venue could be seen running for their life to get back to their seats. Who could blame them? 311 started off with “Beautiful Disaster”. The perfect start to what would end up being a great set.

The 24 or so song set list wasn’t just song after song. Easily two of the highlights of the night were “P-nut’s” bass solo and Chad Sext’s drum solo. For Chad’s drum solo, in the end, everybody grabbed a drum and joined in as well. It was great to see the entire band up there banging away. The crowd, not surprisingly, was going crazy as well. It was electrifying to watch. But we already knew the group had talent didn’t we? This is nothing new! What is new is getting the entire crowd very excited to a bass and drum solo though. Music as exciting as a complete song with lyrics. P-Nut after the show said on his twitter, “I cannot stress the greatness of being able to speak without words on my bass.”. Well, I cannot stress the greatness it was hearing him on his bass.

SA Martinez’s and Nick Hexum’s chemistry on stage is epic. Both guys, with such incredible chemistry switch back and forth seamlessly between versus. During the show I had a chance to speak with concert goers who came just because their friends made them come but were very public about now becoming 311 fans, a group they previously didn’t know much about it.


Summertime in Santa Barbara (Musicial Apparal)

Well, I know it’s late, but I had to comment on the Sublime and 311 show at the Santa Barbara Bowl back on August 21st. The Bowl is set in a foothill neighborhood in Santa Barbara. Depending on your seat, there is an ocean view, beautiful place for live music. First off, let me say, I have seen both of these bands, several times since their inceptions. 311 is still rockin’ a heavy sound, mixed with hip hop, rap and driving back beat, and they are getting better. They sounded so tight and clear. Their maturity as musicians is evident in their tempo changes and aerial arena sounding songs that never leave you standing still. These guys are able to bring EVERYONE to their feet to move and groove. As usual with 311 shows, the scent of northern californian indica permeated the air with a welcoming additive to the whole experience.

Sublime... What can I say except, take me back to the sound I’ve been missing since Bradley left us hanging onto a little of what was gonna be coming... Like Stevie Ray Vaughan opened the door to what modern blues could sound like, so did Sublime with ska and reggae music. Pure roots music that is so over looked. Well they did not disappoint, infact they left us wanting more and more. Next year hopefully they will be a headliner and that will be a show to see. If you missed Sublime this year, shame on you... Get a Musical T and then you’ll be ready to rock!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Top 20 Concerts (CNBC)

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.


1. (1) U2; $6,655,685; $93.84.
2. (2) Taylor Swift; $2,035,634; $73.47.
3. (3) Kenny Chesney; $1,974,059; $74.40.
4. (5) "Glee Live! In Concert!"; $1,427,019; $82.25.
5. (New) Sade; $1,351,955; $101.99.
6. (6) Phish; $1,035,786; $52.23.
7. (7) New Kids On The Block / Backstreet Boys; $842,387; $73.53.
8. (8) Usher; $822,778; $68.82.
9. (New) Rush; $688,049; $72.51.
10. (10) Rascal Flatts; $662,125; $35.20.
11. (11) Michael Buble; $553,844; $75.28.
12. (12) Motley Crue; $506,027; $55.89.
13. (14) "American Idols Live"; $480,206; $53.73.
14. (13) Katy Perry; $478,826; $41.61.
15. (16) Josh Groban; $433,929; $79.05.
16. (15) Keith Urban; $432,768; $53.03.
17. (17) Sugarland; $394,774; $47.90.
18. (New) Luis Miguel; $393,595; $90.54.
19. (19) 311 / Sublime With Rome; $289,658; $29.09.
20. (New) Chelsea Handler; $278,411; $72.09.

For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com