Second Stage Added To 2nd Annual Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

The 2nd annual Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival has just gotten bigger.

Organizers with the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival announced Monday the addition of the “SRH 25 Year Anniversary Party” Stage.  And with an additional stage also come additional acts.  Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Dilated Peoples, Common Kings, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Madchild, Big B, and Johnny Richter are all scheduled to perform on the newly added stage.

SRH (Supporting Radical Habits) was originally established in 1991.  Since its inception, it has branched out to form a clothing line closely associated with the action sports lifestyle.  It also has put on its own music festival dubbed the SRH Fest.  The SRH Fest assembles fans from around Southern California to celebrate live music, action sports and more.  The bands featured at the SRH Fest include but are not limited to: NOFX, Pennywise, Offspring, Sublime, Slightly Stoopid, Unwritten Law, Strung Out, Dilated Peoples, and (Hed) p.e.   SRH founder Kevin Zinger shared his thoughts on the company’s partnership with the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival with the media, noting SRH’s anniversary as a big reason for the new deal.  “We are extremely excited to be doing this year’s SRH fest at Blaze ‘N’ Glory,” he said.  This is our 25th anniversary, so when the idea of combining forces came up, it made complete sense. We wanted to put together a lineup that represents our flavor of music and lifestyle and Blaze ‘N’ Glory is the perfect event. It’s an honor to have so many amazing artists get involved to perform and support. We have some special guests that will also be joining us, and this show will go down in the SRH history books for sure.”

In honor of SRH’s 25th anniversary, organizers with the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival is offering a special 4-pack ticket sale that begins Friday, May 13th at 1pm EST/10:00a.m. PST.  The special short sale ends Saturday, May 14th at 2:00pm EST/11:00a.m. PST.  The package deal allows fans to purchase four tickets for $25 each plus fees.  Camping reservations can be made for the festival now by calling the San Bernardino County Regional Parks Department at 909-387-2583.  A very limited number of spaces for RVs and campers adjacent to the venue is currently available and will likely go fast.  Campgrounds will be open from Friday, June 3rd at 3pm through Sunday, June 5th at 12pm.

More information on the Blaze ‘N’ Glory Festival is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.BlazeNGlory.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/blazengloryfest

Twitter: http://twitter.com/blazengloryfest

 

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Everybody Panic! Tapped To Join 2016 Storm Warning Tour

Courtesy: O'Donnell Media Group

Courtesy: O’Donnell Media Group

Everybody Panic! is extending its current tour schedule.

The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based band announced recently that it has been added to the 2016 Storm Warning Tour.  The tour kicks off May 6th in Sauget, IL and runs through May 31st in Pittsburgh, PA.  Also on board for the upcoming tour will be Hed (p.e.) which is currently touring alongside Everybody Panic! on its current tour, and The Veer Union.  Everybody Panic! is currently serving as a support act for Powerman 5000 on its current headlining tour.  That tour wraps Saturday, April 30th.  The current schedule for the Storm Warning Tour is noted below along with its current dates alongside Powerman 5000 and Hed (p.e.).

Tour dates:
With Powerman 5000 and Hedpe
4/28 Dubuque, IA @ The Venue
4/29 Algona, IA @ Afterlife Lounge
4/30 Des Moines, IA @ Woolys
With Hedpe and The Veer Union

5/6 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
5/7 – Toledo, OH @ Realm
5/8 – Louisville, KY @ Trixie’s Entertainment Complex
5/10 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
5/11 – Sanford, FL @ West End Trading Company
5/12 – St Petersberg, FL @ State Theater
5/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Green Room
5/15 – Fayetteville, NC @ Drunk Horse Pub
5/16 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
5/17 – Beckley, WV @ Munchies
5/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Fish Head Cantina
5/19 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
5/20 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
5/23 – Cambridge, MA @ Middel East Downstairs
5/24 – Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House
5/25 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
5/26 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
5/27 – Providence, RI @ Fete Ballroom
5/28 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
5/29 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/30 – Brockway, PA @ Camaseli Bar
5/31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
June 17/18 Laconiafest with Sevendust, Ted Nugent and more.

 

 

 

 

More information on Everybody Panic!’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EVERYBODYPANIC

Twitter: http://twitter.com/everybodypanic1

 

 

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(hed) p.e. Kicking Off 2015 With New Slate Of Live Dates

Courtesy:  Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

(hed) p.e. will spend the first part of 2015 on the road.

The members of (hed) p.e. announced Monday a new slate of tour dates. The band’s latest tour schedule kicks off Friday, January 9th in Colorado Springs, Colorado and runs winds down Friday, February 6th in Lincoln, Nebraska. The latest tour schedule is in continued support of the band’s latest full length studio release Evolution.

Powerman 5000 has been tapped to join (hed) p.e. for its upcoming twenty-four date tour. It is also touring in support of its own new full-length studio effort Builders of the Future.

More information on (hed) p.e. and its tour is available online at:

Website: http://www.hedperocks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hedpe

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/hedpe

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hedpe

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(Hed) p.e. Announces New Slate Of North American Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

(Hed) p.e. announced a new slate of tour dates this week.

The band announced that it will hit the road for a whole new slate of North American tour dates this fall and winter beginning Thursday, November 20th. The tour is in support of its latest album Evolution. The album, the band’s ninth full-length studio effort, was released July 22nd. It can be downloaded now via iTunes. Psychostick will join (Hed) p.e. for a handful of dates from Wednesday, November 26th to Wednesday, December 3rd. And Dope will also come on board for one show on Sunday, November 30th.

Beginning Thursday, December 4th, (Hed) p.e. will join Nonpoint on its headlining tour. Nonpoint is currently touring in support of its own new release The Return. The Return is the eighth full-length studio release from Nonpoint. The full schedule for (Hed) p.e.’s upcoming North American tour is listed below.

Tour DATES:

Thu 20 Nov Eau Claire, WI Hipps Pub
Fri 21 Nov Lombard, IL Brauer House
Sat 22 Nov Janesville, WI Back Bar
Sun 23 Nov Mishawka, IN Smith’s Downtown
Tue 25 Nov Chesterfield, MI Diesel Concert Lounge
Wed 26 Nov Dayton, OH Oddbody’s PSYCHOSTICK support
Fri 28 Nov New York, NY Blackthorne PSYCHOSTICK support
Sat 29 Nov Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance PSYCHOSTICK support
Sun 30 Nov Baltimore, MD Fishhead Cantina DOPE / PSYCHOSTICK=SUPPORT
Tue 02 Dec Virginia Beach, VA Shakus PSYCHOSTICK support
Wed 03 Dec Winchester, VA Blue Fox Billiards PSYCHOSTICK support
Thu 04 Dec Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom NONPOINT/ HED PE
Fri 05 Dec Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall NONPOINT/ HED PE
Sat 06 Dec Worcester, MA Paladium NONPOINT/ HED PE
Sun 07 Dec Portland, ME Asylum NONPOINT/ HED PE
Tue 09 Dec Richmond, VA Canal Club NONPOINT/ HED PE
Wed 10 Dec Morgantown, WV Schmitt’s Saloon NONPOINT/ HED PE
Fri 12 Dec Traverse City, MI Ground Zero NONPOINT/ HED PE
Sat 13 Dec Flint, MI Machine Shop NONPOINT/ HED PE
Sun 14 Dec Beckley, WV Munchez NONPOINT/ HED PE
Mon 15 Dec Atlanta, GA Masquerade NONPOINT/ HED PE
Wed 17 Dec Clarksville, TN The Warehouse NONPOINT/ HED PE
Thu 18 Dec St Louis, MO Mad Magician NONPOINT/ HED PE
Fri 19 Dec Springfield, IL Boondocks NONPOINT/ HED PE
Sat 20 Dec Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa HED PE/ NONPOINT
Sun 21 Dec Steger, IL Another Hole In The Wall

All of the latest schedule updates and news from (Hed) p.e. is available online at:

Website: http://www.hedperocks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hedpe

Twitter: http://twitter.com/hedpe

MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/hedpe

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(Hed) p.e.’s Latest LP Is One Of 2014’s Top Indie Albums

Courtesy:  Pavement Entertainment

Courtesy: Pavement Entertainment

(Hed) p.e. has spent the majority of its life flying just under the mainstream radar. From changes in the band’s lineup to changes in record labels and more, the band—Jahred Gomes (vocals), Mark Young (bass), Jackson Benge (guitar), and Jeremiah Stratton (drums)—has stuck to its guns so to speak and managed to remain a favorite among its fans while still pulling in new fans along the way. Now with its latest album, titled Evolution, due out later this month, it looks to gain even more fans. That is thanks to the album boasting a solid mix of infectious grooves and thought provoking lyrics from start to finish. One example of how that mix of music and lyrics will catch listeners’ ears is the album’s second track, ‘Lost in Babylon.’ This song comes across as a social statement of sorts about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. ‘No Tomorrow’ has its own interest, too. And for all of the high intensity that permeates most of this album, the members of (Hed) p.e. do show a softer side in the album’s closing numbers without losing any of their social consciousness. Case in point the album’s penultimate piece ‘Let It Burn.’ This one harkens back to reggae great Bob Marley. It is one more of so many pieces throughout Evolution that will have listeners agreeing that this album is some of the band’s best work to date.

The songs written for Evolution collectively make this album some of the band’s best work to date. That’s because of the mix of infectious grooves and thought provoking lyrics. The topics covered in this album vary in subject matter. One of the hardest hitting of those subjects comes in the album’s second track, ‘Lost in Babylon.’ This is just this critic’s own interpretation of the song. But it comes across lyrically as tackling the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Front man Jahred Gomes sings of a person whose life was rough to begin with but was only made worse with the introduction of drugs and alcohol. He notes in the song’s opening verse, “It’s just another day/Gotta wake up to the pain/Those demons inside/They wanna come outside and play/Those demons I hide inside/I gotta make ‘em go away/Tonight/We raise hell/We take everything in sight.” He goes on from here to sing about the consequences of covering those demons with various drugs and alcohol. Specifically, he says, “I can’t feel my face/I’m so wasted/I wanna die/I’m young/Just having fun/So why/Not/Drink and drive/You dead/From all that whiskey/And all the vodka/drinking cocaine/And sniffing marijuana.” Yes, that’s right. The whole intention of that line being written in such fashion is to illustrate just how powerful and dangerous abusing drugs and alcohol can be. It shows that it can screw up a person so badly that said person wouldn’t even know what he or she is doing. Something as minor as this, examined on a larger scale, makes for quite the powerful statement. And the manic energy exuded by the band illustrates that message even more. Gomes goes even deeper as the song progresses. And audiences in hearing the song’s depth will agree that such musical and lyrical depth makes this one of the album’s most important and best songs, too.

Another of the album’s standout moments comes only a few songs after ‘Lost in Babylon.’ The song in question is the radio ready ‘No Tomorrow.’ Right from the song’s start, audiences will note a stark difference in the overall style of the song in comparison to ‘Lost in Babylon.’ It’s more of a straight forward hard rock song. That difference in sound makes it far more apt to be one of the album’s singles than say ‘Lost in Babylon.’ The defiant lyrics and the heavy, thundering guitar line here will work just as well in a live setting as on the radio. The song’s chorus, in which is written, “When it all goes down/You know I wanna be right there/Yeah, when the walls come down/You know I wanna be right there/On the frontline/Fightin’ on the right side/Holdin’ up the frontline/Like there’s no tomorrow.” The band adds in the song’s second verse what comes across as an indictment of the powers that be. Gomes sings in that verse, “Renegade/Can’t be f&*^!^% around with my life/I’m gonna break you/Show you how real rebels we ride/Take a big hit/Open your eyes and realize/It’s not the destination/It’s about the journey we ride/Can’t stop you from turning water into wine/Like the system/Poisoning the masses from the inside out/But change is coming that you heard about/The revolution’s on the way/Go BOOM BOOM!” There is a certain social consciousness about this song, nothing the revolution coming. It would seem that the noted revolution would be in regards to those working inside the system that is poisoning the masses. If that is the intended reference, then it makes the song all the harder hitting and worth the listen. In the bigger picture, it is yet another piece of Evolution’s whole that makes this album worth the listen.

Evolution boasts more than its share of high intensity songs throughout the course of its twelve tracks. For all of the powerhouse riffs and equally deep lyrics, the members of (Hed) p.e. show that they can also craft songs that are just as powerful without the heavier riffs and pounding drums and bass line. A prime example of that ability lies in the album’s penultimate track ‘Let it Burn.’ This piece harkens back to reggae legend Bob Marley both stylistically and lyrically. Gomes sings in this song, “show me a miracle/Show me some love today/A little bit of love go a long way/Just a little bit of love go a long way.” It’s one of those pieces that exemplifies the themes of togetherness and joy in life common in works from Marley and even his song Ziggy. And after all of the fiery energy presented by the album’s previous songs, it shows that a song can still be heavy without being musically heavy. It’s one more example of what makes Evolution worth the listen and potentially one of the year’s best independent releases.

(Hed) p.e. is currently touring in support of its upcoming album. It will be in Houston, Texas today and Dallas, Texas on Sunday. The band’s tour schedule also includes a stop at the famed Hooligan’s night club in Jacksonville, NC on Wednesday, August 27th. Fans can get the band’s full tour listing online now as well as the latest news from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/hedpe, http://www.hedperocks.com, http://www.myspace.com/hedpe, and http://twitter.com/hedpe. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.