BOB SCHNEIDER

BOB SCHNEIDER (10:00 PM)

Laura Warshauer (9:00 PM)

Sat, June 9, 2012

8:00 pm

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BOB SCHNEIDER - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
BOB SCHNEIDER
With the release of his latest album Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider breaks new ground. Exploring loss, lust, love, dark desires and skeptical optimism, Schneider has crafted
lyrically and musically, his most ambitious and sophisticated album to date.

Born in Michigan and raised in Germany, Schneider was playing music and creating art from the time he was four years old. “I was left-handed, but the nuns at my Catholic school forced me to write with my right hand,” Schneider reflects. “But I still like to think of myself as left-handed. I’ve always thought of myself as a round
peg in a square hole sort of person, like I just didn't quite fit in. I was socially awkward and I think that led me to finding solace in imaginary worlds that I would create in my art and music.”

At age ten, Schneider’s father, an opera singer by trade, dressed him in a leisure suit and took him along to gigs where they’d perform jazz standards and other hits from the 1940s-70s. Schneider spent his college years as a fine arts major, but dropped out to move to Austin and pursue a music career after taking to heart the words of singer-songwriter Terry Allen. “I remember him saying ‘If you’re going to do art, drop out of school and start doing your art and living your life ‘cause your degree’s not going to make a difference.”

So Bob Schneider blazed into Austin and has been packing houses and winning over audiences ever since, firmly claiming his place as one of the most sought-after entertainers in the live music capital. Schneider sells out venues coast to coast from New York, Chicago Minneapolis and Baltimore to LA, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. His live shows are playful and raw, while on stage Schneider commands the room. He’s charismatic and friendly, bantering with his bandmates and heckling the crowd. As he launches into each song with his whole being, the audience is instantly transported, tumbling through the dark recesses of his imagination. Much like Jack White and Ryan Adams, Bob Schneider has mastered the art of keeping his audience on their toes, never knowing what will come next. Schneider dances to the tune of his own drum and the beat changes from album to album. With Burden of Proof, he has elevated his game
once again, creating a brilliant and elegant album. “Some folks might think that I'm taking a big risk musically by getting away from the more easily accessible pop songs of the earlier records,” said Schneider. “But to me it seems like a natural progression that is more subconscious than conscious really.”

Schneider’s songs and albums thrive on the element of surprise, and the tracks on Burden of Proof are no exception, sure to be a crowd favorite. “Unpromised Land”—the first
single off the album—packs all the energy of a Schneider performance into one fierce, rocking anthem. An instant stand out, “Swimming In The Sea,” captures the out-of-body, spine tingling magic of falling in love. Schneider adds, “I love love songs that go against the grain of what it means to be in love and how that's supposed to feel. It's rarely a walk in the park for me and ‘Swimming in the Sea' (which is something that I'm deathly
afraid of) sort of captures the wonder and terror of being in love and not having any control over it all.”

Other highlights include the Leonard Cohen-esque “Digging for Icicles”
highlights Schneider’s vast vocal range, his voice dropping as the song descends into mournful meditations. “The Effect,” gospel-inflected and danceable, evokes Graceland-era Paul Simon. With the deceptively simple “Tomorrow,” the album’s only cover, Schneider offers a stunning re-vision of the classic show tune, raw and unguarded. Amidst the hope-tinged despair of “Wish the Wind Would Blow Me” Schneider tosses out whatamounts to a playground insult, “I wish your mom was ugly/ And your dad was ugly too,” but then deftly twirls it into a disarmingly charming love note, “Then they couldn’t have had a girl/ To be as beautiful as you.”

Nearly every track on Burden of Proof features string arrangements composed by Schneider himself. The album also showcases Schneider’s decades-long creative relationship with the Tosca String Quartet. Schneider first paired with the quartet on “Love is Everywhere,” the hidden track off of his award-winning album I’m Good
Now. At the time, Schneider wrote a string arrangement for the beautifully devastating “Weed Out the Weak.” That fan favorite has finally found a home on Burden of Proof,
positioned amongst sensual charmers, danceable bursts of fire and bounce, and contemplative sojourns. Longtime fans will recognize Schneider’s trademark fusion of eclectic musical styles, innovative compositions, and intricate, emotion-filled lyrics. Schneider croons, drawing listeners in with the promise of romance. Then
the energy shifts, the strings swell, and the songs turn seductively tangy, twisted.
Veering away from the traditional music video model, Schneider is instead honoring the cinematic feel of Burden of Proof by engaging the talents and artistic vision of twelve
film directors. Directors include internationally renowned filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, who shot the video for Schneider’s AAA Radio hit “40 Dogs (Like Romeo and Juliet)” from his 2009 album Lovely Creatures, and award-winning photographer and director Dan Winters, whose photograph and drawings grace Burden of Proof’s cover and liner notes.

Schneider’s artistic exploration is not limited to the stage or the studio. He is also a celebrated sculptor, painter, and poet with two published books of poetry and art and another one forthcoming. With Burden of Proof, Bob Schneider delivers a much-heralded explosive addition to his already expansive artistic canon, a work of sophisticated craftsmanship and a wild ride to boot.
Laura Warshauer - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Laura Warshauer
The scene was a Grammy after-party in LA. The spot was a trendy nightclub in West Hollywood. The interaction was brief, but memorable. Jay-Z, recalling seeing Laura perform a few months earlier, looked a young Laura Warshauer squarely in the eye and said, “You are fantastically talented.” If there’s anything to inspire a budding artist to greater heights, it would be those words, uttered from a modern-day music industry icon.

With her big blue eyes, dark hair, and diminutive stature, one would be amazed at the powerhouse voice and indomitable spirit that is the essence of Laura Warshauer, both on stage and off. Her managers, Scott Ross and Paul Fishkin, will attest to this: “When we walk into a meeting, the vibe and energy immediately change and people sense they are about to experience something very special. Laura doesn’t let them down!”

Laura has that rare quality very few artists possess: she makes every person in of the audience feel as if she is singing only to them. Her performance, whether on stage or in the studio, has that magnetic quality that people naturally gravitate to, which is why in 2010 Laura was chosen by BMI and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame to be the recipient of the first ever (Buddy) Holly Prize. The prestigious award is presented to one young singer-songwriter and performer per year who exhibits “true, great, and original” qualities.

That year, Laura was also invited by BMI to perform at the Martha’s Vineyard Songwriter’s Festival alongside a select group of songwriters, including Keith Stegall, Tom Douglas, Even Stevens, and Thom Schuyler. Regarding her performance, Keith Stegall commented, “[She] can stop time!”

Laura is far from just another female singer-songwriter; Her distinctive sound and style is laced with familiar vocal flavors ranging from Stevie Nicks to Cyndi Lauper to Kate Bush. Laura gets her inspiration for live performance from the live experiences of U2 and Bruce Springsteen. She considers this to be the most important part of her life long journey as a recording artist.

On June 14, 2011, Laura Warshauer released her debut LP The Pink Chariot Mixtape. “[The album] is really about so much more than these songs and recordings. It’s about the moments that each song represents,” Warshauer states. “I felt like I chased down each and every one of those moments, from Brooklyn to New Jersey, to St. Andrews in Scotland and Las Vegas and Los Angeles.”

Several iconic musicians make appearances on The Pink Chariot Mixtape, including E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan, John Fogerty’s drummer Kenny Aronoff, and Hall and Oats guitarist Paul Pesco. Rob Whited and Bobby Lee Parker, touring percussionist/drum tech and side-stage guitar player/guitar tech for The Killers, contributed drums and guitars to the album as well.

Three of the five tracks were produced by legendary producer and record executive Thom Panunzio (Bruce Springsteen, Nelly Furtado, and U2). One of these recordings, “Tonight Tonight,” was licensed to the Style Network’s “How Do I Look.” Other song placements include “Fade Away,” which was used on USA Network’s “In Plain Sight,” and “To Will and Kate, Meet Me at Exit 109,” which was used on “E! True Hollywood Story: Kate and Pippa Middleton,” which also featured both a powerful live performance and interview with Laura.

“To Will And Kate, Meet Me at Exit 109,” garnered much success. The song received press coverage in major outlets such as People Magazine (a two-page spread), Gothamist, Daily Mail (UK), Paris Match (France), AOL Music, and on News 12 New Jersey (1.8 million viewers), where Laura also gave a stirring live performance. The song, inspired by her friendship with the royal couple during her time as a freshman at the University of St. Andrews, debuted on People.com and is currently available as a digital download on iTunes.

In July 2011, “Wishing Well,” the first single from The Pink Chariot Mixtape was serviced to Triple A Radio throughout the US. To support the single, Laura took to the road for special performance dates at Hotel Café in Hollywood, California, Lestat’s in San Diego, California, and the FMQB Triple A Radio Conference in Boulder, Colorado. “Wishing Well” climbed the MediaBase charts for twelve straight weeks.

Earlier last year, Laura began an open-ended residency at The Palms Las Vegas opening for Sony/Signature artist Frankie Moreno. Other performances in 2011 include an appearance at Palace Station as part of the Gibson Artist Showcase, a headlining performance at the Official MPressFest CMJ Showcase at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, opening performance dates with Bob Schneider at WXPN’s World Café, Ram’s Head (Annapolis, MD), and the Stanhope (New Jersey), a performance with Scars on 45 on 92ZEW The Sound of Mobile’s Free Concert Series, and a special performance at the concert celebration for the Songmasters’ “Tis The Season To Be Holly,” which premiered on PBS on December 3, 2011.

During the December 2010 holiday season, Laura Warshauer released “I Love You, Mr. Grinch.” The clever holiday tune, produced by Jason Miller (Kanye West, Keyshia Cole), premiered on Mashable.com—the top source for news, social/digital media, technology, and web culture. On December 5, 2011, Laura re-released the song and video, worldwide.

Laura recently spent time recording multiple songs in Nashville with producer Marshall Altman (Matt Nathanson, Natasha Bedingfield, Marc Broussard, etc.). Her forthcoming album, tentatively titled “Wicked Wicked,” is slated for a Spring 2012 release. There are additional tracks in the works being produced by Bleu McCauley (Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers, Hanson).

Other Notable Achievements:

After releasing an album independently, Laura was subsequently discovered by legendary record executive L.A. Reid. In 2008, she released her debut EP via Island Def Jam. She has created her own label “PINK CHARIOT,” which she released her 2011 critically acclaimed Pink Chariot Mixtape album and her 2012 forthcoming release.

Michael Lynn, producer of E! True Hollywood Story, filmed exclusive interviews and content from The Pink Chariot Mixtape recording sessions.

In 2010 Laura was asked by her hometown radio station WBJB to be involved with The Runaways / Sandy West tribute album. Laura’s cover of “Little Lost Girls” was produced by the legendary Thom Pranunzio, and features musicians who work and tour with The Killers. All proceeds from the sale of the album went to the Sandy West Cancer Foundation.

Laura is passionately involved with Women Against Abuse, the Philadelphia-based organization that houses abuse victims and their children. Laura has visited and performed at the shelter, and was twice invited to perform “My Fault” at the organization’s annual ipledge press conference at Drexel University alongside keynote speaker Mayor Michael Nutter.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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