Todrick Hall American


Apr 16, 2018 – 7:30 PM

1602 East Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15203 Map

  • snarky puppy
  • Kishi Bashi
  • Cartel
  • Greg Bates

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Drusky Entertainment Presents
Todrick Hall AmericanApr 16

$25.00 - $194.00
STEVE MOAKLER: "You're sweet, like I can't deny." These are the opening lyrics of Steve Moakler's first full-length album, All The Faint Lights. The same words can be spoken about the music that this Pittsburgh native has been making for the past five years. Having previously released two EPs The Weight of Words (2007) and Like I Mean It (2008), Moakler has proved himself to be a master pop craftsman with anything but faint lights in his future. Listen to his music, and you too won't deny his gift for sweet melodies and moving narratives that stick in your head like happy memories. His songs have a maturity you wouldn't expect from a young twenty-something who is quickly emerging as one of the best of a new generation of pop-rock songwriters who call Nashville home. Be sure to keep an eye out for this banana-eating, curly-headed minstrel as he continues to blaze his trail across the map.

snarky puppy: *2010, 2009 and 2008 Dallas Observer Music Award Winner (Best Jazz Act)*

With the recent release of their live, 2-disc album/DVD "Tell Your Friends," Snarky Puppy has gone from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music.

The 3-time Dallas Observer Music Award winning group ("Best Jazz Act" 2008, 2009, 2010) has, over the last four years of touring, gained a reputation for putting on a live show unparalleled in energy, virtuosity, and musicianship. Snarky Puppy takes to the road this March and April with Grammy Award winners Robert "Sput" Searight (drums) and Shaun Martin (keyboards), as well as special guests Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, Bela Fleck) on saxophone, Bobby Sparks (Marcus Miller) on keyboards, organ prodigy Cory Henry, violinist Zach Brock (Stanley Clarke), and jazz drumming icon Ari Hoenig (Chris Potter, Joshua Redman) joining the band at various points throughout the trip.

This spring tour will feature music from "Tell Your Friends" as well as brand new, previously unperformed material that Snarky Puppy will record this fall. The band will also be filming the entire trip for a DVD to be released alongside their next album.

Cartel: Cartel sees themselves as minstrels of their day, offering songs about life and love that have always captured the human soul. Issuing a challenge to their cohorts, Will Pugh calls out "pop punk today isn't going anywhere--let's make some moves." With their new album Chroma, Cartel definitely makes some big moves in the right direction.

Having toured across the U.S. multiple times, with a widely enjoyed, self-released EP Cartel quickly garnered a devoted and noticeably growing fan base with a reputation for being one of the most fun, genuine, talented bands around. When Alternative Press compiled their 2005 list of "Bands You Need to Know," you bet your boots that Cartel was on that list. The band's Ransom EP was a hit with fans everywhere, and what the band has achieved with Chroma is the result of hard work, intuition, and great synergy between old friends. Cartel has only been a band for a few short years, but the band's members have known each other for well over a decade.

This record sounds like an inspired band who are unafraid to be inquisitive in their song craft and recording. It doesn't stray far from their true sound, but at the very same time soars much higher and drags along with it noticeable influences from the band's love for bands their parents listened to. In the song "Answer," Pugh found out where a lot of his inspiration came from and tips his hat to Brian Wilson. Chroma reflects the band's ability and desire to write timeless songs with genuine subject matter and classic nature in the modern world of the benign and cold. The band attempts to take a step into the same ballpark as the staid records of their parent's generation that inspire for generations to come.

While Chroma is not a concept album, the album was built as a cohesive piece. Honestly, "Settle Down" and "If I Fail" are specific examples among many of songs inspired by a common, fervent search for love and truth with beckoning lyrics and a pop tinge. "Settle Down" contains the darker undertones of the three, and the angst of young love with hope of lessons learned. It's not so much pop-punk anymore for the Atlanta boys, but more pop-rock, now laden with more alt-rock tinges and twists. Where bands in the '60s brought rock 'n' roll out of the drab singles format, Cartel has a new direction and vision for their music, bringing surprise and intrigue. Chroma offers plenty of surprises while remaining culturally relevant and fresh. Cartel has opened their minds to new musical possibilities that challenge their peers to achieve something more. The band brings the best of both worlds in accessibility and artistry. Chroma also reveals Pugh's deep thoughts and philosophical questioning through bright melodies that stay in your head all day long. Their compelling guitar arrangements, driving drums, and youthful energy rival more seasoned artists and naturally invoke attention.

Cartel mesh loud, bombastic guitars with pretty melodies and rock arrangements with an acute sense of pop songwriting. The band started out as a guilty pleasure for many, they who are now demanding more and more. Their album is evidence of a creative connection that transcends the band's relatively short life.

Greg Bates: If any artist can marry the right lyrics with the right melody in three minutes flat and connect with an audience, it’s Greg Bates. Full of energy and ambition, he’s always ready to write, forever in search of that perfect song.

In the most genuine sense, he is a true product of Music City, motivated not by the trappings of country-music stardom, but by the reward of a well-written lyric and melody. For Greg, it really did all start with a song.

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