Pepe Driz Benefit Show feat...

Pepe Driz Benefit Show feat...

Nick 13 (acoustic mini set) (10:45 PM)

Death March (10:00 PM)

Left Alone (9:15 PM)

The Howlers (8:30 PM)

The Black Rose Phantoms (7:45 PM)

Skinhead Rob (DJ set)

Fri, November 20, 2015

7:00 pm

$20.00

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Pepe Driz Benefit Show feat...
Pepe Driz Benefit Show feat...
Hello Friends and Family,

Our family is trying to raise money to help our dad, Joseph Driz, or as many of you know him, Pepe. Last year, he beat Bladder Cancer. Now, as of a month ago, cancer has come back with a vengence. Currently, he has two cancerous tumors in his brain that the doctors have been tackling with radiation. His platelet count is too low to start chemo. Our mom and dad have worked hard their whole life and continue working to this day. They are unable to work while my dad is going through this. We need to raise the money to pay for their medical and living expenses.

Our dad has worked so hard his whole life to take care of us kids. We know that if he can make it through 3 wars as an Israeli Soldier, he can make it through this.

Please help us, our family needs him here with us.
Nick 13 (acoustic mini set) - (Set time: 10:45 PM)
Nick 13 (acoustic mini set)
NICK 13 is an Americana artist who uses hillbilly music from the 1940s-60s as a jumping off point for music that looks forward to the future, while still maintaining respect for the traditions of true country music.

He’s played festivals such as Stagecoach (2010 & 2013), Austin City Limits (2011) and done multiple tours of the U.S. following the release of his self-titled debut “NICK 13” (available on CD, Vinyl and through digital outlets such as iTunes & Amazon).

NICK 13’s first video “All Alone” received airplay on GAC TV, with his second “Carry My Body Down” racking up even more airplay on CMT Pure, including multiple weeks in the CMT Pure countdown. The third video “Nighttime Sky” spent even longer on the countdown, including five weeks at #1 in a row!

Identified at one time primarily with his internationally known rock/psychobilly band TIGER ARMY, 13 has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Americana genre. Not a surprise to fans who’ve payed close attention over the years (and heard the pedal-steel laced TIGER ARMY tracks like “Outlaw Heart”), but not necessarily expected either.

13 has appeared on legendary Nashville traditional country station WSM 650 AM, both performing live on shows like “Americana Carnival” and being spun on record by DJ’s like Americana legend Jim Lauderdale. He’s done in-stores at venerated indie record stores like Amoeba (LA & SF) and Grimey’s (Nashville, TN) and packed two-night stands at venues like Doug Weston’s Troubadour and the El Rey Theatre in his home base of Los Angeles, CA.

Co-produced by Greg Leisz & James Intveld, NICK 13’s album is not to be missed, featuring performances by some of the Americana genre’s best players: Eddie Perez (Mavericks, Dwight Yoakam) Josh Grange (k.d. lang, Dwight Yoakam), Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) and Lloyd Green (Johnny Paycheck, The Byrds), as well as Leisz and Intveld.

A fourth video directed by 13 himself (for “In The Orchard”) is in postproduction now as of late spring 2014 and will be viewable soon. While several songs have been written for a second solo album, new solo material may have to wait while NICK 13 focuses on the writing and recording of a new TIGER ARMY album. Whether you’re a TIGER ARMY fan or an Americana / country music fan who’s new to his songwriting and voice, make sure you’ve heard the NICK 13 solo album and keep an eye out for new music, it will happen!
Death March - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Death March
Dbeat, Punk, HxC Band From Los Angeles, CA
Left Alone - (Set time: 9:15 PM)
Left Alone
The exuberant yet repentant punk anthem that launches Left Alone's 2006 sophomore Hellcat offering is the kind of no bullshit, honest proclamation that fans of last year's highly-praised Lonely Starts and Broken Hearts have come to expect. That lead-off number, dubbed "The Sinner", is the sort of joyous chant along that has earned the devotion of punk purists throughout the globe. But as Dead American Radio unfolds, it reveals itself to be a far more adventurous, diverse and rewarding song cycle than its predecessor.

Simply put, Left Alone has concocted a stone cold classic album that artfully takes aim at corporate radio, suck ass emo bands and everything in between while incorporating elements of ska, cowpunk, pop contagiousness and old school punk. Yet according to Left Alone's guitarist, songwriter and mouthpiece Elvis Cortez, that variety which counts the efforts of saxophonist Noe, and the inclusion of Hammond organ and pedal steel wasn't necessarily a goal for the new disc.

"We were just picking up on different kinds of music and grooving on different elements," Cortez says. "My only goal was to do a record I'd be 100% happy with. Lonely Stars was recorded in like four days or some shit. This time we had a lot of time. Plus we had been on tour forever and had a lot of songs. Everything just worked out. Much like our band, it's just a bunch of weird shit that just all kind of goes together.

From a pensive heartbreaker like "Waiting For You" to the charged punk firecracker "Drunk Again", the flow of the record is somehow seamless thanks to the musical aptitude of Cortez, Noe and their rhythmic commando Ramrod (drums). With "La Pregunta," recent tourmate Patricia Day (of HorrorPops fame) joins Elvis on the quirky ska-inspired, Spanish-sung duet, while Rancid's own Tim Armstrong joins forces with the band for the upbeat, rock & roll road tale "City To City".

"I brought some songs over for Tim to check out and he really liked "City To City," so I asked him if he wanted to sing on it," Elvis says of his hit-worthy collaboration with Hellcat's founder. And he said, Yeah. So he wrote the verse he sings and he helped me arrange the song. He's so good at that kind of stuff. The guy is amazing in so many ways. It was a trip working with him.

If "City To City" is an instant classic that deserves to be an airwave favorite, Cortez recognizes that the likelihood that it and the other winners like on Dead American Radio like the reflective, energetic "Every Night" and the terrestrial (a.k.a. testicle) radio critiquing title track will be heard by the masses is slim. People think that bands get popular out of being good, and it's just not true, Elvis proclaims. I've always known it to be pretty much a money thing. It's like the rich gets richer and radio is the worst example of that. For a band it sucks because there's so much good stuff that should be on the radio but it never gets the chance because maybe their label can't afford it or just chooses not to buy into it. I've always felt that if a song is good enough, it shouldn't matter what label it's on, but that's not the way it works.

If corporate radio still sucks, Left Alone's frustrations with the medium haven't kept the quartet from excelling on Dead American Radio. It's funny because somehow these songs wound up being some of the catchiest I've ever written, Cortez marvels. And some of the songs ended up sounding like they could be at home on the radio. But I didn't sit down with that in mind. We just jam and then put the ideas together, it's never a plotted out thing with our music.

It's amazing then, to consider that this big, bombastic sounding record was produced on a modest budget before mastering. A testament to Cortez's skills as a producer, he says the band just took our time and did what we always wanted to do. We did the drums on reel to reel analogue and dumped them into Pro Tools. I borrowed a Gretsch and a bunch of Les Pauls and different amps and cabinets. And Ramrod got a new, high end drum set and all of this equipment and we focused on the sound as much as the songs and it really worked out well.

Of taking Left Alones music to a new level, Elvis acknowledges, We could do the whole hardcore thing, and I started with it, but I'm more about melody and textures. That's everything for me. We feel really good about this record. The whole band is excited. I can finally say that from start to finish, I feel so complete with this thing. It feels like we hit it out of the park. When I listen to the record we made, I'm like, Fuck yeah!

If defying convention seems to be protocol for Left Alone, Cortez confirms this notion when he speaks of a recent House of Blues gig in L.A. with Hellcat labelmates Tiger Army. We both had pedal steel guys! the frontman laughs. It's like totally out of context for punkers with Mohawks. The soundman was like, You have a saxophonist, a pedal steel player and an organist and you're a punk band with Mohawks? What are you guys doing?

But despite the group's willingness to try new things, the men of Left Alone are still ardent punk purists a disdain for a certain popular rock subgenre. Hence the delightful, revivalist kick in the ass known as I Hate Emo.

On the 2004 Warped Tour it started for us,Elvis confesses. It was like attack of the clones. Emo bands they look the same, they play the same, they talk the same. So the song started as a punk rock song called Fuck Emo. And the chorus was like, Yeah, I said it. I said it. And then we did the Warped Tour Barbecue and all these emo bands would look at me like I was an asshole. And maybe I was.

I guess with me, I don't give a fuck what music looks like or how it's packaged,Elvis says, in spite of his band's own eye-catching Boombox-centric album cover. As long as its good and genuine, it will shine through and people will catch on. If you play your shit with balls, and truly have some balls, it will shine through.

Summing it all up, Elvis Cortez decrees, We're no Hot Topic band. That's for sure.
The Howlers - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
The Howlers
The Howlers are an American Psychobilly band that was formed in San Gabriel Valley (LA County) in early 2003 by Singer/frontman Eli Misery, Josh and Jared shortly after their punk band “Anti Affect” (1998-2002) disbanded. The original 3 piece line-up had Eli Misery on Upright Bass and Vocals, Josh on lead guitar, and Jared on Drums. The Howlers recorded a 4 song demo titled “Of Evil” in 2003 which showcased their diversity, fusing punk and metal with the Psychobilly sound. They quickly made a name for themselves, bringing a punk rock attitude to their live performances and music. Soon, the Howlers were sharing the stage with Psychobilly legends like Demented Are Go, Klingonz, and Coffin Nails. In 2006, the Howlers started working on their first 6 song EP titled “Follow The Wolf.” During the recording, the band made a line-up change, bringing in long time friend and former Dragstrip Demons bassist, Peter Panic, to take over the bass. This addition transformed the band, producing popular and live energetic shows. The band signed with Smelvis Records and released “Follow The Wolf” in 2008. The album received great reviews and was on the top of interpunk charts for weeks, and became the labels best selling debut album. Shortly after the albums release , the band brought in Vince on drums who had a background in the late 80s punk scene playing with bands “Twisted” and “SDI.” The band was now stronger than ever, with its 5 piece ensemble. In 2009, the Howlers entered the studio and started working on their first full length album “Watch The World Die”. In 2010, the band left on a US/North American Tour with the popular psychobilly band, the Nekromantix. Later that year, the Howlers were back on the road with Hellcat recording artists, Left Alone. In 2011 The Howlers played at the Psycho Carnival in Brazil, where they shared the stage with Mad Sin, Nekromantix, Sick Sick Sinners and many more. The Howlers then joined the Nekromantix on another US tour later that year. Currently, the new full length album “Watch The World Die” was completed and will soon be released. The Howlers look forward to bringing their music and live energetic shows to various venues around the world.
The Black Rose Phantoms - (Set time: 7:45 PM)
The Black Rose Phantoms
From the very beginning The Black Rose Phantom's own take on music was one that was never heard before. Taking a mixture of traditional Psychobilly music (made popular in Europe during the 1980's), along with various influences from Metal, Punk and Country/Rockabilly Genres.

Based out of Long Beach, CA The Black Rose Phantoms formed in late 2002. With only a short 8 months the band was asked to join Hell Cat Records very own Nekromantix as they ventured on a West Coast Tour. Within the months that followed, the band found themselves in the studio recording their Far From Heaven demo. Once pressed and ready for promotion the band caught yet another opportunity as they went on the there second major tour . This time in support of psychobilly legends Tiger Army. The tour helped the band branch out to new regions such as the South and Mid-West of the United States.

With the coming of 2007, The Black Rose Phantoms released their much anticipated full length album Beyond the Wall of Sleep on independent record label Smelvis Records. In support of the album the band set off on there 3rd major tour playing in such legendary venues as The House of Blues (Anaheim, Hollywood), El Corazon (Seattle), The Venue (Salt Lake City), and The Catalyst (Santa Cruz).

In recent success The Black Rose Phantoms were asked by energy drink sponsorship Roaring Lion to submit an all new track for there compilation Cd that will be distributed well through out the United States. Jumping at the chance the phantoms hit the studio with all new composed material that will be on there second full length release set for 2011. In other successes the hit song "Love You More Dead" from there 2008 EP was featured in the short film Cannibal Flesh Riot. Along with other accomplishments the band has been featured in magazines such as Skratch, Deadbeat and have also had the pleasure of doing vocals on Tiger Armys Ghost tigers rise release.

In anticipation for 2011 the band finds themselves finalizing the pre-production of their 2nd full length album. The band plans to shock their much respected audience once again with their re-invented unique sound.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change