In 1995, Zoso was formed to create the most mesmerizing and accurate portrayal of "the biggest band of the 1970s" - Led Zeppelin (Rolling Stone). Each member was selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones. Zoso almost immediately developed an outstanding regional reputation and were awarded "Best Tribute Act in California" by Rock City News.
In 1999, Zoso began touring nationally, playing a remarkable 2,400 live performances, honing their show to become one of the most musically and visually rewarding acts in North America. Their passion, musical ability, showmanship and precise attention to detail earned them critical acclaim, name recognition and a large loyal following. The Los Angeles Times hailed the group as being "head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes," and the Chicago Sun-Times declared Zoso to be "the closest to the original of any tribute."
Every year since its conception, Zoso continues to play 150 - 180 high profile concerts at performance arts centers, civic centers, theaters, festivals, and universities. Since 2004, the band has been working on numerous shows with Live Nation including a rotation of 9 House of Blues venues. The four permanent members' mastery of authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot-on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, with astounding visual imagery recreates the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. Each of the timeless hit songs performed in their sets are known and loved by generations of fans.
Zoso, comprised of Matt Jernigan (Robert Plant), John McDaniel (Jimmy Page), Adam Sandling (John Paul Jones) and Greg Thompson (John Bonham), actively self-promote each engagement. Their Web site, www.zosoontour.com, registers more than 125,000 visits annually and their national email fan base exceeds 15,000 addresses. A publicist supports the group's tours and individual performances.
If you missed Led Zeppelin live in the '70s or are looking for a great chance to relive the "Hammer of the Gods" phenomenon, you must experience what the St. Petersburg Times calls "the most exacting of the Zeppelin tribute bands in existence."
Listening to any effort from Eleven Hundred Springs, including latest Midway, is like having your cool uncle pull out his favorite albums. Matt Hillyer and crew have that old-school country sound down. When the band started up way back in 1998, some folks thought it was just guys imitating the sounds of Merle Haggard, George Jones and Hank Williams, but over the course of nine albums, Eleven Hundred Springs have evolved into a tight unit of true believers. Songs like ???I???m a S.O.B. (When I???m S-O-B-E-R)??? and ???Hard Work Just Ain???t Working Anymore??? are not imitative of the band???s influences. They are authoritative narratives of rural America.
Eleven Hundred Springs shows a commitment to the true soul of country music ??? what Steve Earle calls real music. While they may not look like your conventional country (Disney Channel / reality show, etc) act, the tradition and spirit that make up true Americana is easy to see. It???s all about honesty and lack of pretense.
(Taken from a review written by Darryl Smyers for The Dallas Observer)
So far, I've independently recorded & released a trilogy of EPs, a split-EP with Scottish artist Sithu Aye, and numerous singles, all of which you can hear on Bandcamp, YouTube, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon and even, if you like, using the ancient technology of a Compact Disc Player.
Though essentially a solo project, I've been fortunate enough to work with a number of very talented people, including Marco Minnemann, Chris Letchford, Troy Wright, Rick Graham and many others. I have also appeared as a guest soloist on recordings by a number of amazing artists, including Skyharbor, Intervals, Modern Day Babylon, David Maxim Micic, Jakub Zytecki, Novelists, Sithu Aye, and The Helix Nebula.
Linkin Park: "One More Light" World TourOne of the most dominant voices in rock music today, Linkin Park has earned a certified diamond album (10 million sales), three billion YouTube plays and the biggest Facebook fan base for a band in the world. On the Grammy-winning group's latest album, "One More Light", the band delivers the same intense energy and passion it's known for while telling human stories of six voices coming clean about their lives and struggles. Rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who joined Linkin Park in 2014 for a rendition of "Bleed It Out" at the Vans Warped Tour, once again shares the stage with the band for their "One More Light" World Tour. The powerhouse performers add another light to the darkness at Starplex Pavilion in Dallas.
Hailing from the most remote capital city on the planet, Perth sextet Make Them Suffer have been honing their razor sharp blend of frostbitten black metal, fiery hardcore and gothic misery since 2008. Partnering with global heavy metal powerhouse Roadrunner Records for 2012's critically acclaimed debut, Neverbloom, the band hit the road with the likes of Northlane, Bleeding Through, Job For A Cowboy and Thy Art Is Murder to spread the nightmare throughout Australia, Europe and the UK.
Now in 2015, it is time to draw back the curtains on Make Them Suffer's brand new album Old Souls. Created in the shadows over the last year and tended to by a who's who of heavy music producers, with Jason Suecoff (The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium), Joey Sturgis (Emmure, Asking Alexandria), Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Dead Letter Circus) and Roland Lim (Make Them Suffer - Neverbloom, I Am Zero) all getting involved, Old Souls sees Make Them Suffer expanding their sonic universe and exploring new territory without sacrificing the vicious metallic attack that first drew fans across the world to them. Whether it's the furious blasting of Threads, the mournful cinematic dirge of Timeless or manic piano signature piercing the thunderous breakdowns of Scraping The Barrel, Old Souls is the evolution heavy music has been waiting for.
Big mike has been performing with bands and as a solo artist in the North Texas area for over 20 years. Starting off in garages with friends like John Main, Joshua Booth, Rob Tate, Bennie Holcomb, John Breedlove and Kevin Sims, then moving on to gigging bands in high school with Brian Spradlin, and also Catch 22.
Mike played after high school with the King South band then moved to Austin, TX for 3 years for college, eventually studying pharmacy for a year before heading back to Fort Worth, TX in 1997. Since moving to Fort Worth, Mike has played with:
The Underground Railroad (original prog rock band)
4 way street (CSNY tribute band)
The Partycrashers (classic soul/rock/dance band)
Dazey Chain (classic soul/rnb/funk cover band)
Big Mike???s Box of ROCK (60s-90s classic rock covers)
Protect & Swerve (police/sting cover band)
Mike currently does regular solo acoustic shows, and performs occasionally with a few different cover bands
"Shiloh Rules": A Civil War Re-enactment ComedySet during a contemporary re-enactment of the 1862 Battle of Shiloh, this sharply observed comedy written by Doris Baizley aims its sights at two women -- one a Union nurse, the other a Confederate refugee -- who are battling for the esteemed title of Best Female Re-enactor of the Year. As the competition (intensified by their young trainees and the goading of a concessionaire) increases, it leads to real conflict with an African-American female park ranger with no interest in being in 1862. Amidst all the laughs, "Shiloh Rules", playing at ONSTAGE in Bedford, also shines a light on some thoughtful themes, suggesting that perhaps not all of the conflicts of the Civil War were buried after the battles ended.
Eric James Tessmer, actually named after guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, is an extraordinary guitarist, musician, singer and songwriter hailing from Austin, TX. He is widely considered one of the most vibrant guitarists to follow in the footsteps of blues-rock legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and his namesake predecessors. His live shows have captured audiences' attention across the United States as power-packed sessions of wickedly fast and precise licks that can light the house on fire without the need for lighter fluid.
Born and raised outside of the small town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Tessmer began playing at a young age, inspired by his father and grandmother. In 2000, he moved to Austin at the age of 19 to play gigs with numerous musicians and bands, earning local credibility as he honed his craft of riffing with speed, power and control. He later formed his own power trio, the Eric Tessmer Band, in 2003. Through a battered '59 Fender Stratocaster producing vintage-correct tones, Eric kickstarts the engine left idling by guitar players of the past.
Known as one of the hardest working musicians in the area, Tessmer continues to travel the U.S., Canada and Europe. Creating his own brand of 'blues-rock soul-chedelic' sound, he has electrified festivals such as Montreal Jazz Fest, Summerfest, and MusikFest with dialed-in precision and delivered polished performances at clubs, pubs and venues across the land. Sharing the stage with notable musicians such as Dick Dale, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Monte Montgomery, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Duarte; Tessmer has created a buzz among the blues-rock community that is quickly swarming with devoted disciples.
"This guitar prodigy plays like a man possessed." ??? Boston Globe
"Tessmer holds a nightly clinic, a sermon if you will, in Strat manipulation." ??? Rank & Revue
"Tessmer is the real deal.' ??? Austinist
???speaking of air and darkness, Born on a Gangster Star came into the world in a big damn hurry, like nightfall on an island. You can see it happening, but then again it???s so gradual that the next thing you know???it???s dark.
Imbued with the energy and ideas from all the creative embers floating in the atmosphere like fireflies, Shabazz Palaces recorded this entire album over the course of two weeks with Blood in Seattle. New gear and new equipment disintegrated comfort zones into dust and a new path appeared in the ashes.
Herein the Palaceer continues the tale of Quazars, a sentient being from somewhere else, an observer sent here to Amurderca to chronicle and explore as a musical emissary. What he finds in our world is a cutthroat place, a landscape where someone like him could never quite feel comfortable amidst all the brutality and alternative facts and death masquerading as connectivity.
Inspired by days on end spent in the waves???water and light, both???of Southern California, the work came to the Palaceer in a flash, like being picked up by something and carried. Always dribbling with his head up, he can see what???s going on around him and react to it, rather than starting in a certain direction and hoping to achieve something upon arrival.
What???s good????the kids ask. What does it even mean, and what does it even matter? Who is behind these choices? We are all of us sitting under a waterfall of all. this. shit. but it???s the excess that is casting us into ruts.
The Palaceer stays away from the fleeting and the superficial nonessential. Stay away from your device???your phantom limb???and stay away from your image???your phantom self; that is his decree. Considering the motions behind the things you like to consume artistically, rather than just the way something looks or sounds, and thinking in layers, and trying to be more considerate and not so self-oriented???this is his medicine for combat.
Born on a Gangster Star flirts with a pop sensibility, but through the prism of Shabazz Palaces???s fire and fury. For the Palaceer, that sense is all about how the groove is moving, and the supernatural telepathy that occurs amongst his cohort. Appearing here, in body or in spirit, are Julian Casablancas, Thundercat, Darrius Willrich, Gamble and Huff, Loud Eyes Lou, Thaddillac, Ahmir, Jon Kirby, Sunny Levine, and Blood. The story belongs to Quazarz, but the air and darkness belong to us.
And so we shine a light on the fake.
Early approval from Timbaland and Drake boosted the career of Bryson Tiller, a contemporary R&B songwriter and singer -- a self-termed "trap soul" artist who also raps -- from Louisville, Kentucky. Tiller made waves with SoundCloud uploads like "Don't," "Break Bread," "Let 'Em Know," and "Sorry Not Sorry." "Don't," a sparse ballad, was given an official release in May 2015. Around the same time, Tiller was featured on Kam Wil's "I Want You" and Tyrant's "Lime Light." While social media activities fueled speculation regarding Tiller's affiliation with Drake's OVO Sound label, the artist opted to sign with major-label RCA, home to Tinashe and Miguel. T R A P S O U L, his debut album, was released in October 2015.