Robert Francis & The Night Tide

Robert Francis & The Night Tide (10:15 PM)

Bootstraps (9:25 PM)

Vikesh Kapoor (8:40 PM)

Maxim Ludwig (8:15 PM)

Thu, July 17, 2014

8:00 pm

This event is all ages

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Robert Francis & The Night Tide - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
Robert Francis & The Night Tide
Robert Francis returns with his stunning fourth album “Heaven”, set for release on June 3rd. Recorded with his new backing band The Night Tide, the album’s 13 songs were produced by Robert, mixed by Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). The first single and video will be “Love Is A Chemical”, expected to launch in April.

Following the release of the critically lauded third album Strangers In The First Place in 2012, Robert nearly abandoned his music career after a near nervous breakdown derailed his supporting tour of the album. Immersing himself in drugs and alcohol, he shaved his head and moved to Michigan with a girl he’d met on the road, unsure of his future. That is until his passion for music came calling again, allowing to him find new inspiration in these experiences and setting the path toward a new album.

“I’d never known a life other than one consumed by music,” he says. “I had to lose myself in order to rediscover who I was in the beginning. I was able to do that in Michigan but eventually left to start over and pursue a series of songs that kept showing up in my dreams.” Reinvigorated and with a fresh outlook, Robert put together The Night Tide to back him and began laying down the album in a barn, then a beach house, eventually finishing it at his newly built home studio.

Heaven is Robert Francis’ most realized album to date. It is not his most polished. It is a record that utilizes every facet and flaw of his being. Through his kaleidoscopic lyrics and vivid musical landscapes, Francis paints the picture of a man on the fringes of himself and reality. “Heaven is an idea, place or feeling in which all of us are after yet cannot fully understand. Most of the songs on this album are concepts dealing with things that are much bigger than us.”

After giving the album a live warm up in Europe, Robert kicks off a 29-date U.S. tour in support of Heaven on June 11th.
Bootstraps - (Set time: 9:25 PM)
Bootstraps are a testament to the idea that good songs always find their audience. The Los Angeles-based band specializes in heart-on-sleeve rock grandeur; their songs unspool dramatically and determinedly, with the guitars and frontman Jordan Beckett’s world-weary vocals taking the listener on a road trip through a rocky emotional landscape. Even before the release of the band’s debut, Bootstraps’ music has been featured prominently on television and film soundtracks and has garnered them a small but loyal following.

Not bad for a guy who hadn’t even planned to play these songs for anyone else, much less release them to the public in any form. A Portland native who moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting, he turned to music during a “down season in my life,” he says. “I was watching a relationship dissolve, so I would take these long drives up the 101. I would write songs for myself in my apartment—in the bathroom, in the bedroom. It was a creative outlet for me.”

It was only by chance that anyone else heard his music. Beckett loaned out a Radiohead CD to a friend of his named Sam Jaeger, but forgot that he had included two of his own lo-fi demos at the end. An actor and filmmaker best known for his work on Parenthood and Eli Stone, Jaeger soon devised big plans for his friend’s music. When he started filming his directorial debut, Take Me Home, he urged Beckett to flesh out a few of his songs for the soundtrack.

Beckett recruited two college friends—David Quon and Nathan Warkentin, both from the group We Barbarians—as a makeshift backing band, and even before they could start thinking about labels, distribution, touring, or any other promotional outlets, “Guiltfree” found its way onto an episode of No Ordinary Family.

“What is probably the most surprising aspect of this project is that people saw exactly what I was going for,” says Beckett. “From the very beginning people just naturally understood what kind of music I was trying to make and what kind of artist I wanted to be. There’s the greatest sense of fulfillment in that.”
Vikesh Kapoor - (Set time: 8:40 PM)
Vikesh Kapoor
Following a spur-of-the-moment cross-country trip with a pair of fiery European girls, Vikesh Kapoor left school for a brief yet inspiring stint as a mason’s apprentice. The America he had previously known resided narrowly between his childhood home in rural Pennsylvania and the New England university he left home for. Alongside his parents’ own immigrant struggles, these experiences quickly witnessed Kapoor to the scope of the American dream.

A few years later, Kapoor performed at Howard Zinn’s memorial service in Boston, in front of Zinn’s family and colleagues (including Noam Chomsky). Roused by Zinn’s lifelong battle against class/race injustice, Kapoor spent the next two years in Portland, Oregon working on his full-length debut record. The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, a concept album loosely based on a newspaper article, chronicles the brutal but hopeful story of a working class man who slowly loses everything: ambitions, health, family and shelter. It’s a worker’s tale, less specific to the blue-collar life as it is about anyone struggling to make something of themselves.

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, out October 15th via Mama Bird Recording Co., was co-produced by Adam Selzer (M. Ward) and features Nate Query (Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jeff Ratner (Langhorne Slim) and Birger Olsen (Denver).
Maxim Ludwig - (Set time: 8:15 PM)
Maxim Ludwig
Maxim Ludwig is a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. He has become known over the past 10 years for his passionate live performances. Ludwig is an artist who walks the line between multiple genres. His music is just as greasy as it is slick. He calls it art-rock. It’s like if RP McMurphy was backed by Sly and the Family Stone. Or maybe if Marvin Gaye fronted the Velvet Underground, depending on the night.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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