He is We

Event Cancelled: Please seek refund at point of purchase.

He is We (8:55 PM)

Deas Vail (8:00 PM)

South Jordan (7:15 PM)

Windsor Drive (6:30 PM)

Sun, June 3, 2012

6:00 pm

adv tix $12.00 / day of show tix $14.00


This event is all ages

Unfortunately, due to a last minute conflict that is unavoidable He Is We has to cancel the Troubadour show on 6/3/12. We regret to cancel this show but please check them out at Chain Reaction on 6/2/12. Limited tickets are still available by visiting http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/99441. For those who have purchased VIP packages please contact Ground Control directly and we will try to accommodate as many of you as possible for Anaheim.

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He is We - (Set time: 8:55 PM)
He is We
Rachel Taylor and Trevor Kelly both worked at Ted Brown Music together in Tacoma, Washington. Aside from the Tacoma aroma (local joke!), there was something else in the air. Trevor thinks it was destiny… Rachel still thinks it was the aroma.

After countless days of passing each other at work, they eventually started to jam together in the back room. While Rachel influenced her past years growing up and Trevor continued to listen to hardcore music, something interesting, creative and original came out. This was the start of He Is We; the idea that someone who you pass by everyday can influence the rest of your life… and you would never know. It’s the thought and power one person can have over their surroundings.

You are listening to Rachel’s words and Trevor’s music. He Is We wants to go on a date with you; the signs are just too obvious.
Deas Vail - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Deas Vail
“I don’t know what love is . .”
Despite the humble admission that opens the self-titled new release from Deas Vail, the album sizes up the emotion with some beautifully poetic and eloquent metaphors. Over the course of twelve songs, love takes the shape of a fiery dragon, a closed doorway, a distant tower and an unpredictable ghost.
While these kind of open-hearted imaginings have long been the lifeblood of poets and artists, for lead singer and songwriter Wes Blaylock it was a foray into uncharted territory. “It’s definitely new for me, because I haven’t written a lot about love in a straight-ahead way, at least not consciously,” he says. “My writing has been more conceptual and visual. But a lot of these songs are inspired by interactions I see between people I know.
“On a more personal level, I’ve been married for four years, and I love it,” he continues. “It’s the greatest. So I didn’t want to ignore that right now in my life. I think those feelings give the record a lightheartedness. In the past, I’ve had a tendency to be a little dark, so it felt really good letting go a bit on this album.”
There is indeed a positive uplift in the sweeping contours of the openers “Desire,” “Sixteen” and “Summer Forgets Me,” with Blaylock pushing his sky-scraping wonder of a voice up, over and around jangly guitars and head-bobbing grooves. This tender buoyancy is the sonic thread that runs throughout the record. Even when the mood downshifts, from the spaghetti western-flavored “Towers” through the pensive “Common Sense” to the stunning closer, “Meeting In Doorways,” a sense of optimism beats beneath the surface. Or as the singer describes it, “a cautious optimism.”
“There’s always the fear that you’re going to be cheesy when you’re writing love songs,” Blaylock admits with a laugh. “So I try to temper my lyrics by looking at all sides of relationships. But really, on this album, I tried not to think about that too much. I just tried to run with the songs and let them come effortlessly. I didn’t want to overwork them. My strategy was to stick with the ones that came naturally, without all the sweat and effort.”
That organic approach is in keeping with the band’s evolution. When Deas Vail formed in 2003, Blaylock says the goal was to back his own acoustic singer-songwriter project, with no bigger picture in mind than friends having fun. “We didn’t think we’d be doing it professionally yearslater,” he says. But three albums, two EPs and a few member changes later, the band has matured into a formidably tight unit. “The rapport and chemistry has gotten deeper,” he says. “We’ve gotten braver, and we felt like on this album, we weren’t in any boxes and we could just do whatever we wanted. Be experimental and try different ideas, move forward and do new things. We’re still growing, still writing better songs.”
Deas Vail write their songs together, and Blaylock is quick to praise his band mates for what they bring to the table. “Our drummer Wes Saunders is the newest member of the group. He’s totally solid and really creative. Justin our bass player definitely brings more of a rock element. It gives us a little more energy, and helps me from being overly dark. My wife Laura plays keyboards and helps a lot with melodies. Both she and our guitarist Andy are the best at being constructively critical. They always have a broader perspective on the songs. There’s just a beautiful amount of grace and patience among the members of our band. We all help each other.”
And helping the band on this album is first-time producer, Relient K guitarist Matt Hoopes, who captures a live spirit and immediacy throughout. Blaylock says, “All of our records sound very studio, so we kind of wanted to do something that sounded a little grittier and more stripped down. What you’re going to hear is what you’ll hear on stage. As for Matt, he’s a longtime friend, and he was working with us in pre-production, and at a certain point, we said, ‘You know what, Matt? You get this music more than anybody else. You understand exactly what we want to do and you have some pretty amazing tools to get it done. We really took our time and had a blast making this record.”
As Deas Vail look ahead to a fall release and getting back on the road, Blaylock says that he hopes the new record might “encourage and inspire” listeners in their own lives.
“I love music because it speaks to people in such different ways,” Blaylock says. “You have words, melody, dynamics, volume. There’s so many changes. Where people may look at a painting and not really understand what they’re looking at without having to dive in and learn about it, with music, it’s more natural to grab hold of something and not even know why. So I hope that the record reaches people in all different ways. I feel like that’s a whole lot to ask but then we’ve gotten feedback from fans over the years, and they say, ‘I was going through a rough time in my life, and your song really helped me get through.’ I can’t even describe what an amazing feeling that is - that this little band from Arkansas can put these songs out there and then somebody can be encouraged or feel like it’s little easier to get through life because of this music.”
South Jordan - (Set time: 7:15 PM)
South Jordan
Talk about coincidence… that’s exactly how the members of South Jordan met. Thanks to a song writing competition at Indiana University, where a tune written by Michael David Hall attracted the
attention of upcoming producers Mike Chan and Bobby Campbell. Chan and Campbell, who then were writing music themselves and in need of a vocalist, invited Hall for a jam session, and in March 2008, South Jordan was formed.

The demo’s by South Jordan attracted the attention of Farm Fresh Studio owner Jacob Belser, who invited them to his studio to record their ‘Only Halfway’ EP. (Coming out late July on iTunes and Amazon Music)

Mike hails from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Bobby from Hagerstown, Indiana and Hall from Chicago, Illinois. Given their various backgrounds and influences, each member brings something of their own to the group. This is demonstrated in their 6 track EP, where songs deviate from upbeat to epic.

South Jordan has a rigorous performing schedule ahead of them in the Fall. They will perform both acoustic and full-band shows within the MidWest region and fulfill their dream of bringing their brand of music to the masses.
Windsor Drive - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Windsor Drive
While named after a street in the band's hometown of Weston, Wisconsin, Windsor Drive are resonating with music fans far beyond their home state. Formed only three years ago, the alternative quartet shows no signs of slowing down. With an average age of 23, the band has completed an astonishing 13 national tours, in which they headlined as well as provided support for various major label & indie acts.

Windsor Drive's foundation lies in the strength of its songs. Memorable melodies will transport you to that "other" place, where everyone longs for that connection to something or someone. Kipp Wilde's distinctive vocals are delivered with a melodic sincerity, and his thoughtful lyrics emanate themes of hope, love, and longing. Fortified by a landscape of driving guitars, delicately intense keyboards, and a rhythm section that steadily steers the entire sonic ship, the band's songs will do more than just not disappoint. They will inspire. "Growing up in a small Midwest town where everyone pretty much knows everyone, we were able to stay true to our roots and musical influences and shield ourselves from short trends in the industry that exist in major metropolitan areas. This has helped us create timeless music," says singer Kipp Wilde.

Windsor Drive's music is anthemic without pretense. Their songs have a broad appeal, and yet somehow resonate in an uniquely personal way with the listener. "Do what you do best" is the recurring lyric in the song "Fall" from the 2009 Bridges EP. With a new album's worth of material and a solid touring schedule booked, Windsor drive continue to do what they do best, which is writing some of the strongest songs around and performing them live with their very own unique mix of fiery passion and spirited grace.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

All lineups and times subject to change