Sowflo’s “New” LP Is Just As Good As A New Pair Of Shoes

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Reggae act Sowflo released its sophomore album New Shoes last Friday.  The record, released through Space Duck Records, is a positive new effort from the Florida-based band. The 10-song record will appeal to fans of similar acts, such as Dirty Heads, 311 and Sublime. ‘Morning Thunder,’ is one of the record’s most notable entries.  It will be addressed shortly.  ‘Armagideon,’ which immediately follows ‘Morning Thunder,’ is another work that serves to support the statements noted here.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘I Don’t Think (Change The World)’ is yet another example of what makes New Shoes an overall success for Sowflo.  When they are considered alongside other songs featured in the album, such as ‘Hitchiker,’ ‘Amalia’ and ‘Farmer in Suburbia,’ the end result is a record that will appeal to any reggae fan.

Sowflo’s newly released sophomore album New Shoes is a positive new offering from the Florida-based band that is certain to be a favorite among reggae purists.  That is proven in part through one of the album’s late entries, ‘Morning Thunder.’  This song stands out because it is one of the songs featured in the record that is anything but another un-of-the-mill reggae composition.  Rather, it actually boasts a rather poppy arrangement that still incorporates those familiar roots reggae influences for a whole that is a very radio-friendly work.  The song’s arrangement is just one part of what makes it stand out.  The commentary that is clearly featured in the song’s lyrical content adds to its interest.

Front man Jacob Dorris sings in the song’s lead verse, “I believe that people are waking up/Sleeping long enough/the spell we are under/I woke up to the morning thunder/Finally awake from my slumber/To the spell we are under/I woke up to the morning thunder.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I pulled these shades up off my eyes/And find out what they’ve been selling us/Is not as they advertise/If like me/You feel like we’ve been dreaming most our lives/It’s time to rise and shine/I’ve seen the lightning strike/I’ve heard the thunder in the hills/Don’t try and tell me/It’s not raining still/When I’ve seen the lightning strike/And heard the thunder in the hills/Don’t try and tell me/It’s not raining still/I believe the people are waking up/Sleeping long enough/The spell we are under/I woke up to the morning thunder/Finally awake from my slumber/To the spell we are under.”  The song’s final verse follows in similar fashion as he sings about people realizing the reality of the violence around us, noting “the blood in the street.”  There is little doubt about the commentary here.  Dorris is addressing the reality of the world.  He is saying that he sees people are becoming more aware of what is going on and actually doing something about it.  The positive vibes of the song’s musical arrangement creates a feeling of pleasure from Dorris; a sense that he is happy people are finally taking off those proverbial blinders and trying to make a change.  It is a protest song, of sorts, yet is also so much more laid back than the typical protest song.  It is just one of the most notable of the album’s songs.  ‘Armagideon,’ which immediately follows, is another of the record’s most notable works.

‘Armagideon’ stands out in part because instead of reaching for the standard reggae sound, opts instead for a more pop punk type of arrangement.  That is not to say the reggae roots are not there.  The horns are there, as in each of the album’s other entries.  But this work is decidedly a move in a very different direction for Sowflo in this record, and a welcome change of pace, too.  One could almost argue that the use of the horns and the more pop punk vibe of the arrangement creates a comparison to the likes of Reel Big Fish.  That fun, upbeat musical air gives plenty in itself to appreciate in this case.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content offers its own interest for listeners.

Dorris sings in the song’s lead verse, “I feel that/I just felt the earth move/Precursor to what could only be/Armagedion/That’s what they’re calling it on the street/Headline sales up a hundred fold/Since the information leaked/And that was the day.”  He goes on in the song’s second verse to sing, “The broadcast interrupted for a word from your president/he says citizens, it seems our time here has come to an end/Let us not look back at things left undone but could have been/But take with us a sweet memory as we return to the stars again/Mothers, kiss your daughter/Fathers, hug your sons…”  Clearly he isn’t actually singing about the end of the world here.  Rather, this would seem to be more metaphorical speak being used to address the matter of accepting what life brings us.  This is inferred throughout with each comment.  He notes the president in the story is telling the nation to look forward, not back.  Dorris then goes on to tell parents to love their children.  This is a rare way for someone to present a rather familiar message about embracing the future rather than regretting the past.  That positive message is made even stronger as it is coupled with the song’s upbeat musical arrangement.  The two elements together make the song not only a sign of the direction in which the band might be moving (since it comes near the album’s end), but also another example of the album’s overall strength.  When it is considered along with the whole of ‘Morning Thunder,’ the two songs together give that much more reason for listeners to give this album a chance.  They are not the album’s only strong points, of course.  The album’s finale, ‘I Don’t Think (Change The World)’ is one more of the album’s best moments.

‘I Don’t Think (Change The World)’ stands out just as much as the previously discussed songs thanks in large part to its own musical arrangement.  Unlike the rest of the album’s arrangements, this opus is a gentle, flowing semi-acoustic work that serves very well to illustrate the song’s optimistic yet contemplative lyrical theme.  The arrangement is a gentle piano-driven work that uses keyboards and a guitar to round out its whole.

Dorris’ statement in the song’s chorus that, “I don’t think this world might change for us/But in the process we may better ourselves/Let’s change the world” makes clear the song’s lyrical theme.  He builds on that statement in the verses by singing in the lead verse, “I slipped from my skin/It sits heavy on my bones/Spread the love with music/And the music with love/And I’ve got stupid love/You can’t keep my lips off my guitar/And I’ve seen a lot of tragedy/This is the worst by far/And I don’t think this world might change for us/But in the process/We may better ourselves/Let’s change the world.”  He goes on in the song’s second verse to sing, “Back down on Earth/We’ve still got kids with their feet/Alone in the street/Where shadows creep/Who believe in something/Or become something more/’Cause the concrete isn’t so forgiving at melting point temperatures…It’s even hotter in hell.”  Simply put, Dorris is making a statement about the current state of the world, adding that it is up to us to change the world.  He is stressing the world is not going to change for us.  It is on us to make the change happen.  This is another important message that while quite familiar throughout music’s modern history, is still welcome here.  What’s more, the way in which the message is sent in this song makes message just as relevant and fresh as ever.  Again, when it is considered alongside the song’s contemplative but positive musical arrangement, the two come together to make ‘I Don’t Think (Change The World)’ clearly another strong point in the whole of New Shoes.  When it is considered along with the songs previously discussed here and other songs featured in the record, such as ‘Hitchiker,’ ‘Amalia’ and ‘Farmer in Suburbia,’ those songs – and the others not directly noted here – join together to make the record in whole a work that is a strong second effort from Sowflo.  They make the record another offering from the band that all reggae fans will appreciate.

Sowflo’s second album New Shoes is a strong new offering from the Florida-based band that reggae fans across the board will enjoy.  That is because while it clearly boasts plenty of similarities to songs from the likes of Sublime, Dirty Heads and 311, it also presents a sound late in its run that creates an identity unique in and of itself for the band.  Those songs are the record’s strongest points, and show potential for growth from the band.  When they are considered with the rest of the record, the whole proves to be a work that will appeal to a wide range of reggae fans.  New Shoes is available now on Space Duck Records.  The band launched a tour in support of New Shoes on Friday.  The tour features a handful of dates in March, April and May.  The dates are noted below.

 

Upcoming shows:

MAR 22 Stans- Goodland, FL

MAR 27- The Ranch- Fort Myers, FL (w/ COLLIE BUDDZ & ROOTS ALMIGHTY)

MAR 30- Dixie Roadhouse- Cape Coral, FL (Record Release Show!)

APR 12- Stottlemeyr’s Smokehouse- Sarasota, FL

MAY 11- Orlando Amphitheater- Orlando, FL (Dirty Heads Orlando Vacation)

 

More information on Sowflo’s upcoming live dates is available with more information on New Shoes and the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://sowflo.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/sowflo

 

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Reel Big Fish Is Going On A Special “Beer Run” This Summer

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Reel Big Fish is hitting the road this summer for a new string of live dates.

The band announced this week it will embark on what it has dubbed “The Beer Run” beginning June 9 in Destin, Fla.  The roughly month-and-a-half-long tour will take the band across the country for performances in the Midwest, northeast, southeast, southwest and northeast.  It includes performances in North Carolina, Colorado, California, and many other states.

The tour’s title comes from the fact that many of the band’s upcoming live dates will be at festivals that focus on local breweries, lectures and the craft beer industry in general.  The Expendables, The Queers and Tunnel Vision will serve as support on various dates throughout the tour.  Tickets for the shows can be purchased now.

The full schedule for “The Beer Run Tour” is noted below.

‘The Beer Run’ Tour Dates:

6/9/17 – Destin, FL – Club L.A.
6/10/17 – Cape Canaveral, FL – The Port – Exploration Tower (Outdoors) 
6/11/17 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution

6/12/17 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre (Outdoors) 
6/14/17 – Knoxville, TN – The International
6/15/17 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s
6/16/17 – Wilmington, NC – The Throne Theater
6/17/17 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring

6/18/17 – Ocean City, MD – Seacrets Nite Club
6/20/17 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore Philadelphia 
6/21/17 – Westerly, RI – Paddy’s Beach Club (Outdoors)

6/22/17 – Hampton Beach, NH – Bernie’s Beach Bar (Outdoors) 
6/24/17 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater

6/25/17 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
6/27/17 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount 
6/29/17 – Portland, ME – Aura

6/30/17 – Buffalo, NY – Woods at Bear Creek (Outdoors) 
7/1/17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
7/3/17 – Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheater (Outdoors)

7/6/17 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre
7/7/17 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live! 
7/8/17 – Corpus Christi, TX – The Pavilion @ Concrete Street (Outdoors)

7/9/17 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall 
7/11/17 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

7/12/17 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater 
7/13/17 – Billings, MT – Zoo Montana (Outdoors)

7/14/17 – Helena, MT – Lewis and Clark Brewery Annex (Outdoors) 
7/15/17 – Garden City, ID – Revolution Concert House

7/16/17 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
7/18/17 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst 
7/19/17 – Fresno, CA – Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheater (Outdoors)

7/21/17 – Anaheim, CA – Out of the Park – Ska-Mic Con (Outdoors)
**Some markets will be participating in an experiential beer festival, with local breweries, tastings, lectures and more!

More information on “The Beer Run Tour” is available online now along with all of Reel Big Fish’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.reel-big-fish.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ReelBigFish

 

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It’s Not Dead Festival Comes To Life This Fall

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Courtesy: Earshot Media

Punk rock is alive and well!

That is the message being sent by “It’s Not Dead Festival” co-founders Kevin Lyman, Jon Reese and Live Nation’s Rich Best. Thanks to the trio’s combined efforts, the aptly-titled festival will become reality, proving the spirit of punk and the music itself is alive and well. The “It’s Not Dead Festival” will be held Saturday, October 10th at the San Manuel Amphitheater Festival Grounds in San Bernadino, CA. The festival will feature performances from a total of thirty-five bands across three stages representing the past, present, and future of punk and ska. Those bands include: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX, The Vandals, 7 Seconds, The Vandals, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and many more. The festival’s complete lineup is listed below.

The Lineup: Bad Religion, Pennywise, Descendents, NOFX,The Vandals,7 Seconds, Bouncing Souls, Anti-Flag, Strung Out, Fishbone, H20, Lagwagon, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake

Second Stage: The Adolescents, Agent Orange, CJ Ramone, Devils Brigade, Duane Peters Gunfight, Manic Hispanic, Pulley, Riverboat Gamblers, Sham 69, Swingin’ Utters, The Dickies, TSOL

Third Stage: DI, Left Alone, Otherized, Rhythmic Asylum, The Briggs, The Interrupters, The Untouchables, Total Chaos

Tickets for the “It’s Not Dead Festival” will be available beginning this afternoon at 1pm ET on the festival’s official website at http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com/. Early bird tickets start at $25 and go up in price from there. Regular on-sale price for tickets is $42.50. Service fees and parking are not included in ticket prices. Kids 10 and under get in free. On-site overnight parking will be available for those that get there early in anticipation of the big day.

While the bands tapped to play this year’s festival are the main attraction, they are just part of what audiences can look forward to this year. There will also be an old-school skate/BMX jam presented by Vans featuring appearances from skateboarding legends such as: Mike Frazier, Steve Caballero, Christian Hosoi, Omar Hassan, and Neal Hendrix along with pros Lizzie Armanto, Alex Perelson, and Josh Bordon. BMX rider Dennis McCoy will also be on hand for the event.

For those looking for something calmer, there will also be an art exhibition titled “Art’s Not Dead” and a book-signing area. The art exhibition will feature works from artists and photographers such as Mark deSalvo, Dave Naz, Natalia Fabia, Lisa Johnson, B.J. Papas, Greg Attonito, Chris Shary, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Jeff Alulis, Jason Cardwell and many others.  Their works will both be on exhibition and for sale. The book-signing area will feature books from well-known authors such as Jeff Alulis, Danny Bland, Cecil Castellucci, Jack Grisham, Shawna Kenney, Jim Lindberg, David Nazworthy, Christian Picciolini, John Roecker with Dylan Melody, Daniel Weizmann and Shanti Wintergate & Greg Attonito.

The “It’s Not Dead Festival” is sponsored by Vans, Rockstar Energy Drink, FYE, Coldcock Whiskey, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Epitaph Records, and Pure Noise Records. More information on the “It’s Not Dead Festival” is available online now including ticketing information at:

Website: http://www.itsnotdeadfestival.com

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

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Reel Big Fish Announce New Summer Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Rock Ridge Music

Courtesy: Rock Ridge Music

Veteran ska band Reel Big Fish has announced that it will hit the road this summer.

Reel Big Fish will tour this summer in support of its latest release Candy Coated Fury. The band—Aaron Barrett (vocals/guitar), Billy Kottage (trombone), John Christianson (trumpet), Ryland Steen (drums), Derek Gibbs (bass), Matt Appleton (saxophone/vocals)– will kick off its tour Thursday, June 5th in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. Also along for the ride on the band’s tour will be the New Jersey-based band Survay Says!

Along with its primary tour dates, Reel Big Fish has been announced as one of the bands to perform at this year’s Amnesia Rockfest in Quebec. Also on the bill for the festival are: Blink 182, Weezer, Alice in Chains and more. The band’s latest schedule of tour dates is listed below. More dates will be announced at later dates.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Summer Tour with Survay Says! More Dates WILL be added SOON!

6/5/14: Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown Music Hall

6/9/14: Sioux Falls, SD – The District

6/10/14: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

6/11/14: Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose

6/12/14: Kalamazoo, MI – District Square

6/13/14: Lansing, MI – The Loft

6/14/14: Toronto, ON – Opera House

6/15/14: London, ON – London Music Hall

6/21/14: Montebello, QC – Montebello Marina: Amnesia Rockfest

http://www.amnesiarockfest.com/

6/22/14: Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

6/23/14: Northampton, MA – Pearl Street

6/26/14: Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s

6/27/14; Dallas, TX – Trees

6/29/14: Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston

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July 6th – Sonisphere – Knebworth Park Stevenage, UK

July 9th – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth, UK

July 10th – Guildhall – Gloucester, UK

July 11th – Boileroom – Guildford, UK

July 12th – Princess Pavilion – Falmouth, UK

July 13th – Nass Festival – Shepton Mallet – Somerset, UK

July 14th – Komedia – Bath, UK

July 19th – Overdrive Encore – Kapfenberg, Austria

July 26th – Greenville Festival – Berlin, Germany

July 31st – Brooklyn Bowl – London, UK

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August 1st – Y-Not Festival – Matlock, Derbyshire, UK

August 2nd – Academy – Liverpool, UK

August 3rd – Kendal Calling – Lowther Deer Park, Lake District, UK

August 7th – Punk Rock Holiday Festival – Tolmin Slovenia

August 8th – Open Flair Festival – Seebuhne, Germany

August 10th – Boardmasters Festival – Newquay, Cornwall, UK

August 13th – Nass Festival – Shepton Mallet – Somerset,UK

August 15th – Open Air Gampel – Gampel, Switzerland

August 16th – Hevy Fest – Port Lympne, Kent, UK

August 17th – Merthyr Rock 2014 – Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, UK

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Details Announced For Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare

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Courtesy: Ahston-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media

Shock rocker Rob Zombie will close out this year’s “Great American Nightmare” festival.  The month long horror and music festival will be held at the Fearplex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles.  It will be held every Thursday through Sunday during the month of October.  This year’s festival will include music performances, screenings of classic horror films, a haunted house, and lots of food and a variety of beverages.  The haunted house is run by Steve Kopelman, one of the nation’s preeminent haunted house producers.  Kopelman’s haunted house will have three attractions, all of which will be based on Zombie’s own films.

The music side of the “Great American Nightmare” will be just as entertaining as the haunted house and movies.  Each Thursday during the month of October will feature alternative bands.  Fridays will see electronica/dance acts.  And most Saturdays will feature hard rock and metal, while Sundays will feature music from Latin acts.  Among some of the music festival’s most notable acts are:  3OH!3, 45 Grave, Beware Of Darkness, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Butcher Babies, Duane Peters, Eagles Of Death Metal, Ghost Town, Mod Sun, Motionless In White, Powerman 5000, TSOL, The Dickies, The Vandals, and Wallpaper.

Tickets to the “Great American Nightmare” are available now starting at thirty dollars.  They can be purchased online at http://GreatAmericanNightmare.com.  VIP packages are also available at the Great American Nightmare website.  Tickets include:  Access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and Bloody Boulevard activities.  Tickets can also be bought on-site at the Los Angeles County Fair at Pomona Fairplex from August 30th to September 29th.  The full lineup for the “Great American Nightmare” Music Festival is listed below.

Thursday, October 10: 3OH!3, Wallpaper

 

Friday, October 11: Blood On The Dance Floor, HeavyGrinder

 

Saturday, October 12: Kottonmouth Kings, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie

 

Sunday, October 13: Ozomatli, with special guest

 

Thursday, October 17: The Used, William Control

 

Friday, October 18: DJ Bl3nd, DirtyLoud, One More Time (Daft Punk Tribute)

 

Saturday, October 19: The Vandals, TSOL, The Dickies, Duane Peters

 

Sunday, October 20: pro-wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA, Metalachi

 

Thursday, October 24: Emilie Autumn with special guest

 

Friday, October 25: Doctor P, Zomboy, Terravita, Evol Intent

 

Saturday, October 26: Motionless In White, Butcher Babies, Ghost Town

 

Sunday, October 27: Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, with special guest

 

Thursday, October 31: Andrew W.K., Mod Sun, Beware Of Darkness

 

Friday, November 1: MAJOR EDM HEADLINER to be announced on September 25, Dirtyphonics, Fei-Fei

 

Saturday, November 2: Rob Zombie, Eagles Of Death Metal, Powerman 5000, 45 Grave

 

The “Great American Nightmare” from 6:30pm – 11pm each Thursday, and Sundays, and from 6:30pm – 1am each Saturday.  It is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink and Ernie Ball.

More information on the “Great American Nightmare” is available online at http://www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com, https://www.facebook.com/RobZombiesGreatAmericanNightmare, and http://twitter.com/RobZombiesGAN.

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Reel Big Fish’s New LP Is Real Big Fun

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Reel Big Fish has rolled a lucky seven on its new LP, “Candy Coated Fury.”  This new album is…well…real big fun.  Rather than take an angry tone, the band takes serious concepts, and approaches them in a much more light hearted manner.  That could be the reason for the album’s title.

 “Candy Coated Fury” opens with a song whose title cannot be repeated due to certain language used in the title.  That aside, it’s a good re-introduction for this Orange County, California based ska band.  Front man Aaron Barrett sings on the album’s opener of how selfish people are, and how he tries to not be like everyone else.  But because of how everyone else is, it makes it tough to not be like them.  That song is followed up with a great punk style song in ‘Punisher.’  When the band breaks into the chorus, singing, “You’re a punisher”, there’s even a touch of The Ramones in the way the band sings.

The band keeps that light hearted tone on the album’s third track, ‘She’s Not The End of The World.’  While the title does seem to be from the male standpoint, women could use it too and make it into a female POV about a guy.  Instead of being another standard oh-woe-is-me style song, Barrett takes the listener like an old college buddy, and sings about a breakup, “She’s not the end of the world.”  The up-tempo musical backing really adds to the positive vibe of the song.  It’s one of those songs that as simple as it is, is really uplifting. 

Speaking of an uplifting song, any of the songs on this album could be defined in that sense.  And everyone will have their own favorite.  One that every audience should definitely hear is the song, ‘Hiding in My headphones.’  This is a straight up feel good song about the joy that music brings.  Barrett sings on ‘Hiding in My Headphones’, “I’m hotter than my headphones/Gonna turn them up so loud/Gonna drown this whole world out/and everyone can see/that they won’t bother me.”  This is another great message for listeners.  It’s something to which any listener can relate.  Who doesn’t love to just turn on some good music and tune out the world and its problems once in a while.  Suffice to say this is one of the best tracks on “Candy Coated Fury.”

Reel Big Fish has been making music for a very long time.  And now on its seventh album, the band has proven that it’s as strong as ever, making music that walks that fine line of ska, punk and pop punk, as noted in the songs presented.  Even if it doesn’t finally give the band the mainstream acclaim that it so rightly deserves, it’s one work that will make its long time fans happy and will even potentially garner the band even more fans, given the right coverage.  “Candy Coated Fury is available now both in stores and online.  It can be ordered directly through the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/ReelBigFish.  Fans can also get all the latest news and more through the band’s Facebook page and its official website, http://www.reel-big-fish.com

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Reel Big Fish Donates Concert Proceeds To CO Victims Advocacy Group

As everybody knows, this past Friday, twelve people were killed when twenty-four year old James Holmes went into a theater in Aurora, Colorado and opened fire at the midnight premiere of the new Batman Movie, The Dark Knight Rises.  While the shooting was a tragedy, it has brought out the best in people across the country.  That includes musicians, too.  Reel Big Fish has announced that it is doing its part to help in the situation.  The band has announced that it will donate the proceeds from its show at the Belly Up in Denver, Colorado this past Friday to help the victims and families of victims of the shooting.  That money will go to the Colorado Organization For Victim Assistance.  In accordance with this, the band’s booking agency, The Agency Group, will donate, too.

The band has released an official statement offering its condolences to the victims and their families.  It also goes into more detail regarding the donations to the Colorado Organization For Victim Assistance.  That statement can be read here:

A Message From Reel Big Fish:

 

Last Thursday night, Reel Big Fish played to an amazing Denver crowd. The night was buzzing with positive energy as the last notes of the horns blared and the audience poured into the dark to head home. Little did we all know; right down the street, a tragedy of unspeakable horror was unfolding, in Aurora. Because of the love that Denver always shows us, we would like to do what we can for the friends and families of the victims. Proceeds from our show at the Belly-up in Aspen, CO last Friday July 20 will go to The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance. Our booking agency, The Agency Group will also be making a donation. If you wish to donate or learn more about the organization visit www.coloradocrimevictims.org.  All our love goes out to the people of Denver in this time of sorrow. Music and dancing is good medicine. Be with friends and boogie!

 

Much love,  

Reel Big Fish

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