Circa Zero (feat. Andy Summers & Rob Giles)

Circa Zero (feat. Andy Summers & Rob Giles) (9:30 PM)

Jackie Tohn (8:30 PM)

Wed, May 14, 2014

8:00 pm

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Circa Zero (feat. Andy Summers & Rob Giles) - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Circa Zero (feat. Andy Summers & Rob Giles)
THE BIRTH OF CIRCA ZERO
(according to Rob)

Coattails. Piggybacking. Standing on the shoulders of giants.

This is often the case in rock music, though it isn’t always successful. For every Hagar there seems to be two Gary Cherones. For every few great bands, there seems to be a not so great supergroup. But when people first hear about Circa Zero, the new band with Andy Summers and Rob Giles, they all seem to think the same thing: Who is the other guy riding the coattails of Greatness? One of them is a legend, true. A very well-known master in a few hipster circles in three or four neighborhoods of Los Angeles and New York, having sold hundreds and hundreds of albums, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Rescues. But give the other guy a break. He played guitar in a band called The Police.

The story goes – Andy was a fan of The Rescues, and came to see them every chance he got. When Giles finally got the chance to hang out with Andy after a show one night, they hit it off immediately. Andy called a few weeks later, saying something English and debonair like “Fancy jamming some tunes, mate” or something, to which Rob said “fuck yeah!”.

They started writing songs together at Andy’s studio in Venice. The evidence there was a “band” in the making was immediate; it was the most fun, and the most “rocking” thing either of them had done in many years. Without trying to sound like or run away from the influences of The Police etc., they simply followed their mutual muse and began to carve out a growing number of melodic songs with a walloping dynamic punch, both familiar and new, modern and classic.

What is most shocking, perhaps, is how vibrant and contemporary Andy sounds. He is old as water, but he sounds like a teenage prodigy from the Valley. And Giles, who played both bass and drums on the debut album as well as the epic and unhinged singing, is a bit of a mystery – how has he not broken through to bigger audiences yet?

They will release their first album Circus Hero soon, and will follow it up with live dates throughout 2014.



THE BIRTH OF CIRCA ZERO
(according to Andy)

One night Andy was invited to the Troubadour, in LA, by his friend to see a band called The Rescues. Andy had never heard of The Rescues but believed his friend when he said that they were the greatest band of all time.

They came on stage at the Troubadour and immediately burst into four part harmony. Andy felt his socks blow off. This was promising. He then noticed what appeared to be a bear on the drums. The bear in fact was Rob Giles who obviously having been brought up by a magician appeared able to play four instruments at once while singing. In his brief career Andy had never seen anything like it. He was impressed.

A year passed with Andy spending sleepless nights wondering about The Rescues; where were they, what were they doing ,what happened to the bear.

His friend called again. The Rescues were going to make another appearance. Andy found the place in a back alley in darkest Hollywood. It was a bit off putting but he plucked up his courage and entered the smoky hole. One again The Rescues delivered a magical performance. The bear got up and played a guitar and made funny jokes that referenced ancient psychedelic drugs and then emitted a very long high C with a sweet pure tone.

After the show Andy went outside into the alley, the high C still ringing in his ears like a clarion call to some golden place in the future. While he was standing here, Rob Giles emerged from the club and began talking to Andy about race horses with exotic names. Andy was confused by this conversation but put it down to the effects of an enervating performance. Driving home it occurred to Andy that he should get together with this Rob Giles person - that in fact the Rob Giles person had an amazing voice and boy wouldn’t it be great to play with a singer like that.

Andy thought that the two of them probably should get together.

A few days later Rob Giles turned up at Andy‘s studio. After a thirty-minute conversation in which they righted all of the world’s ills they started jamming with a couple of guitars, Andy on a red Stratocaster Rob on an early sixties Les Paul Junior. Something mystical was happening. The hand of destiny, though invisible was in the room. Before the afternoon finished they mutually agreed that they should make an album together; such were the vibes. Later that night Andy discussed the events with a Tibetan Rinpoche who said their meeting had all the signs of an auspicious event. He then chanted for them and burned incense.

Over the next few months they wrote and collaborated together to make the first Circa Zero album. A joyous process with Andy constantly being knocked out by Rob’s wide ranging and diverse talents which include Anatolian cooking and advanced card tricks. Meanwhile, sadly enough as it is with musical groups, The Rescues, Andy’s favorite band were taking an extended hiatus due to pregnancies, other careers and the like.

Circus Hero arrived on March 25…Thus Circa Zero, arrived in the world...Watch out ...
Jackie Tohn - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Jackie Tohn
Jackie Tohn is a cast member of Bravo’s Summer Show, “Platinum Hit” (2011). Bravo showcases emerging singer-songwriters on their quest to become the next big hitmaker when Platinum Hit premieres on Monday, May 30 at 10/9 c. Platinum Hit follows 12 up-and-coming musicians as they battle through a series of innovative songwriting challenges testing their creativity, patience and drive. From dance track to love ballad, every episode will feature a different theme that will require the contestants to write and perform lyrics from multiple genres; Hosted by Jewel with judges that include Kara DioGuardi and a different celebrity guest judge every week.

Jackie is a guitar and ukulele-toting-singer-songwriter, Born and raised in New York. She relocated to Los Angeles to musicate.

In the Top 24 of American Idol (season 8), Ryan Seacrest dubbed Jackie ,”Miss Personality”, and Best Week Ever said, “Some Idol Contestants are Super-Heroes. This one sang the walls off!” Jackie was given the honor of opening the entire season. Her vocals, eclectic outfits and fanny-packs left a memorable impression on America as well as the judges.

All three of Jackie’s albums (“The Golden Girl EP” (2005), “Beguiling”(2008), and “Jackie Tohn 2.YO” (2010)) have all received critical acclaim and are available on iTunes.

“ Her music is pretty pop with a twitch; a paradox of vulnerability and arrogance, honesty and exaggeration, swagger and silliness.” – LA.com

Acting professionally since she was 12, Jackie’s credits include: episodes of “The Closer”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “The Sopranos”, “Veronica Mars”, “The Nanny”, “Memphis Beat”, and “CSI: NY” to name a few.

Jackie has also kept busy doing numerous television pilots, development deals and feature films.

MUSIC FUNFACTS:
- Winner – Best Music Video (“What is Love”) at the 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
- Nominated “Best Female Performer” 2010 by Campus Activities Magazine.
- “What is Love” off “2.YO” can be heard in the Disney movie “You Again” starring Kristen Bell.
- Spinning on KCRW
- Been touring the U.S. since 2009 and playing Live in NY and LA since 2004.
- Her song “The Falling” comes pre-loaded on the Google Nexus One Phone.
- She has licensed songs to Television Shows on Networks from Lifetime to Fox.
- Showcased SXSW 2011
- Nominated – Best Song in a Movie/TV (“What is Love”) at the 2010 Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
- Music Connection Magazine listed Jackie in their Top 100 unsigned artists.
- Music Choice Television features her songs in heavy rotation.
- All 3 of Jackie’s albums (2.YO, Beguiling, and Golden Girl EP) are available on iTunes.
- Visit Pandora.com and make your own Jackie Tohn Radio Station!
- Endorsed by Daisy Rock Guitars
- Her Keytar / Ukulele SuperDuo, “Powerfox and Ponymane” is Professional.
- American Idol Season 8 Semi-Finalist.
- Cast Member of Bravo’s Platinum Hit Season 1 (2011(

Notable Quotables:

“Listening to Jackie solely on a recording would be akin to watching a Jello commercial and calling it dessert. Live is this child’s medium. And until she gets a team of NASA professionals willing to take her to outerspace in an attempt to capture the massive magic of her sound, you best be attending the up close and close version.”
- LA.com

“If you combine the songwriting skills of Laura Nyro, the gutsy earthiness of Janis Joplin, and the cool, bohemian style of Rickie Lee Jones, you’ll have some idea of Jackie Tohn. And, though some may think those references are dated, you have to go back that far to find artistry this good. Smart, insightful, and in your face, her acoustic rock material is utterly compelling. Tohn’s command of her guitar is striking, and is as expressive as her voice. From low, guttural murmurings to sweet purrs, Tohn’s vocals are some of the most enchanting you’re likely to hear. She totally captivated the crowd.
Summary: This young artist is a star in the making. Jackie Tohn has a special gift and there are not many like her.”
- ['Music Connection Magazine' Excerpt]

“This Long Island girl can belt out a catchy heartland ballad with an intensity that could knock Taylor Swift out of her pickup truck.”
- [Heeb Magazine]

“Jackie isn’t your ordinary girl with a guitar. “On Stage, Jackie Tohn Goes, and Goes…If Jackie lived on a park bench, she would put on shows for the pigeons. She can’t help it. Some people believe there is no such thing as a natural, but Tohn is wired to entertain. On stage, she’s a cross between Bette Midler (only better looking) and Lauryn Hill.”
- ['Improper Magazine']

“Jackie Tohn, on acoustic guitar, croons with remarkable vocal dexterity about low self-esteem and love.”
-LA Weekly

“I swear if this girl was a lumberjack instead of an entertainer there’d be no more trees.” – LA.com
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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