RedGorilla Music Fest

RedGorilla @ MIDEM

RedGorilla is at MIDEM in Cannes France this week looking for international talent for the festival.  We are also expanding our reach and launching multiple festivals in foreign territories in the coming year.  Our event in Paris was a great success recently and we plan to launch Toronto this summer.

RedGorilla is at MIDEM in Cannes France this week looking for international talent for the festival.  We are also expanding our reach and launching multiple festivals in foreign territories in the coming year.  Our event in Paris was a great success recently and we plan to launch Toronto this summer.

Dewey Beach Music Fest

The Road to RedGorilla (R2RG) will be passing through Dewey Beach, DE next weekend!  October 1-3.  We are featuring three up and coming acts at DBMF this year including: Vertigo, The States, and Born Empty.  If you are in the area, it’s worth your while to come out to this event.  Who doesn’t love a […]

The Road to RedGorilla (R2RG) will be passing through Dewey Beach, DE next weekend!  October 1-3.  We are featuring three up and coming acts at DBMF this year including: Vertigo, The States, and Born Empty.  If you are in the area, it’s worth your while to come out to this event.  Who doesn’t love a weekend of partying at the beach with a bunch of bands and industry panelists?

RedGorilla coming to KC

We finalized details today for RedGorilla’s Road to RedGorilla (R2RG) series to hit the Kansas City market for a second year.  We will be showcasing some of the hottest regional artists on November 29 and 30 at both Jerry’s Bait Shop locations.  More details coming soon…

We finalized details today for RedGorilla’s Road to RedGorilla (R2RG) series to hit the Kansas City market for a second year.  We will be showcasing some of the hottest regional artists on November 29 and 30 at both Jerry’s Bait Shop locations.  More details coming soon…

RedGorilla @ PLAY:stl Fest

RedGorilla will be headed to St. Louis, MO for the PLAY:stl Fest again this year.  We are really excited to be showcasing some very talented regional bands at several events this year around the globe.  The first Road to RedGorilla event of the year will take place Sept. 17-19 in conjunction with the PLAY:stl Fest […]

RedGorilla will be headed to St. Louis, MO for the PLAY:stl Fest again this year.  We are really excited to be showcasing some very talented regional bands at several events this year around the globe.  The first Road to RedGorilla event of the year will take place Sept. 17-19 in conjunction with the PLAY:stl Fest who will showcase 3 of our favorite regional acts:  Fundamental Elements, Luna Halo, and Strix Vega.

Kelly Fenton (our marketing guru) and Brian Waymire (Festival Director)  will also be on hand checking out new talent for RedGorilla 2010.  They will both be on panels at Cicero’s Saturday the 19th as a part of the music conference.  Come say hi! 

Pictures Of Then video

Pictures of then came out with their new video for the song Wicked Sea and we absolutely LOVE it!  They have been playing RedGorilla for a couple years now and if you haven’t checked them out now is your chance.  We will be featuring their video on our homepage this week.  We are going to […]

Pictures of then came out with their new video for the song Wicked Sea and we absolutely LOVE it!  They have been playing RedGorilla for a couple years now and if you haven’t checked them out now is your chance.  We will be featuring their video on our homepage this week.  We are going to try and feature a new video each week on the home page, so please make sure you are sending us your cool vid’s…  they don’t have to be filmed live at RedGorilla.  We love to feature cool videos like this one from artists who have either played in years past or will be playing in the future.

Check it out HERE

Goodbye Old, Hello New

OK…  In the interest of saving myself a little time and since there is now a nice rolling blog on the site, the old blog will be going away.  It’s been fun, old blog, but now it’s time for you to go home.  Keep up with all things RedGorilla right here on the front page […]

OK…  In the interest of saving myself a little time and since there is now a nice rolling blog on the site, the old blog will be going away.  It’s been fun, old blog, but now it’s time for you to go home.  Keep up with all things RedGorilla right here on the front page now.

Selena Garcia At Paradise

Paradise hosted sultry songstress Selena Garcia this afternoon at 4:00 pm.  It’s a shame there weren’t more people packed into the venue because this girl is amazing!  As pop princesses go she may be the most down to earth, real girl—she even shared a story about how she got in a bar fight (it wasn’t […]

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Selena Garcia Performing At Paradise

Paradise hosted sultry songstress Selena Garcia this afternoon at 4:00 pm.  It’s a shame there weren’t more people packed into the venue because this girl is amazing!  As pop princesses go she may be the most down to earth, real girl—she even shared a story about how she got in a bar fight (it wasn’t her doing) the night before.  This girl has one of the most original, radio ready voices I’ve heard in a long time.  She favors Sara Bareilles, with an Amy Winehouse flare that really hooks you in and keeps you wanting more.  Her tunes are sweet, but not too sugary and she seems completely organic and comfortable on stage.  This must be the day for female singer/songwriters (see our Jessica Campbell post from earlier) because Selena kept things going even when the bar was empty.  About three songs in, people started to flow into the venue, inquiring about her set and watching intently.  Highlights of her set include the performance of “Don’t Worry It’s Not Love,” the title track off her new EP, which just hit streets in December.  It reminds me of Sara Bareilles’ “Come Round Soon” with heavy moody keys and a bass line that will have you tapping your toes right away.  She finished her set with an song titled “Highway,” laced with bluesy inflections and driven by delicate keys.

There’s absolutely nothing negative I can say about Selena.  Her voice is magnificent, and her set brought a much-needed energy to Paradise.  If you missed Selena’s set Thursday check out her MySpace for a preview of tunes, a full list of upcoming shows and complete contact information.

Cage Virgin Seeks Reason to Dance and Finds Just What She's Looking For…

One sunny afternoon just north of Nashville, TN, the grit of southern rock fell in love with the energy of funk and the very essence of rock n’ roll.  Their love grew and multiplied and a short time later, out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was born Cage The Elephant. Brothers Matt and Brad Schultz joined […]

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Guitarist Brad Schultz Greeted The Crowd With A Fiery Intensity

One sunny afternoon just north of Nashville, TN, the grit of southern rock fell in love with the energy of funk and the very essence of rock n’ roll.  Their love grew and multiplied and a short time later, out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was born Cage The Elephant.

Brothers Matt and Brad Schultz joined up with a high school friend Jared Champion, and family friend Danielle Tichenor.  A few months later Lincoln Parish, an eager young musician, e-mailed the group several times asking to join.  Subsequent jam sessions proved successful and Parish joined the group at the ripe old age of fifteen.  Cage The Elephant began to conquer the local tour circuit, and after word spread of their high-energy, high-chaos live shows, they signed with Relentless Records.  Since then, they’ve been working hard to release their debut album “Cage The Elephant” which dropped in the US June 23, 2008

Since 2007 Cage The Elephant has been touring and living in the UK where their first single, “In One Ear” debuted at number 26 on the Top 40 charts, and their intense live shows have earned them opening spots on tour with Kings of Leon and Queens of The Stone Age.  Cage’s organic melodies channel the likes of The Chili Peppers and their outspoken lyrics mock their critics with a raw poignancy reminiscent of Dylan himself.  On the opening track of their record the band claims, “They say that we ain’t got the style/we ain’t got the class/we ain’t got the tunes that’s gonna’ put us on the map” but subsequent tracks like “Back Stabbin’ Betty” and their second single “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked” speak volumes to the band’s talent and creativity which few artists today possess.

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Matt Schultz Gets Down And Dirty At RedGorilla

Having lived in Nashville for four years, I’ve heard a great deal about this little band from Bowling Green.  However, I have yet to have the pleasure of experiencing a live Cage The Elephant show, so this week’s performance at RedGorilla seemed like the perfect opportunity to get my feet wet.
I got to The Thirsty Nickel about twenty minutes before their set, and the venue was already packed.  There were people pouring out the doors, up the stairs and around the bar waiting for Cage to take the stage.  Once everything was set, Cage turned up the energy with their opener, “Lotus” and then proceeded to blow everyone’s mind with their unique sound and intense energy.

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Matt Schultz Jumps From Balcony At Thirsty Nickel

Front man, Matt Schultz is an amazing performer.  At one point he even jumped down off the stage, rolled around on the ground, and then ran up the stairs and catapulted off the balcony back into the crowd.  It was quite a sight to see, and the fact that their music is amazing didn’t hurt the performance one bit.

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Cage The Elephant Showed The Crowd What It Means To Rock

The set list was packed with new tunes, and a few from their UK release like the hit single, “In One Ear.”  This was probably one of my favorite performances of the entire festival!  It was high-energy, great music, at a great venue…what more could you ask for?!

Special thanks to Cage The Elephant for heading down to Austin for RedGorilla.  You guys rock!

Wednesday At The Blind Pig…

Alright, so we had some technical difficulties that prevented me from posting live today.  (Don’t worry it’ll all be worked out tomorrow)  If you got a chance to stop by the Blind Pig tonight you heard the smooth musical styling’s of The Rocketboys, and the pure classic rock that is The Effects.        […]

Alright, so we had some technical difficulties that prevented me from posting live today.  (Don’t worry it’ll all be worked out tomorrow)  If you got a chance to stop by the Blind Pig tonight you heard the smooth musical styling’s of The Rocketboys, and the pure classic rock that is The Effects. 

 

 

The Effects At The Blind Pig

The Effects At The Blind Pig

 

I got the chance to catch the tail end of The Rocketboys’ set, which was pure indie-rock with a shiny pop-edged blade and a propensity towards intricate lyrics.  The last few songs were really great, and everyone in the audience was totally vibin’ on it.

 

 

Jeff Shreds During Aerosmith Solo

Jeff Shreds During Aerosmith Solo

 

 

Forty minutes later when The Effects took the stage, the atmosphere of the entire venue switched gears, and everyone rocked out HARD.  If you’re not already familiar with The Effects, or if you’ve heard any of their recordings on MySpace the only thing I can tell you is to check out a live show of theirs.  Unfortunately, the music they have up on the Web right now does not do them justice at all.  The Effects know how to bring classic rock back to the present, and the do it so effortlessly, I found myself wishing I could jump up on stage and rock out with them.  Without a doubt, the rest of the audience would completely back me up on this.  There were at least 20 people standing up front dancing like the drunken fools I’m sure they were, and the energy these boys projected was being quickly absorbed and then re-emitted by everyone in the house tonight. 

 

 

Aaron Holds It Down On Drums

Aaron Holds It Down On Drums

 

Being that this is my first RedGorilla experience, I really don’t have anything to compare it to, but let me just say that this was one of the best days of music I’ve experienced in a long time.  Thank you RedGorilla for introducing me to Austin the right way!

 

Don't Miss These Artists at RedGorilla Music Fest Saturday, March 21!

It might be the last full day of bands, but Saturday at RedGorilla Music Fest boasts an amazing lineup. We’ve got everything from punk to ska to blues and country/pop so if you’re looking for a good time that won’t cost you a month’s rent, you better be at RedGorilla Saturday, March 21. Because there […]

It might be the last full day of bands, but Saturday at RedGorilla Music Fest boasts an amazing lineup. We’ve got everything from punk to ska to blues and country/pop so if you’re looking for a good time that won’t cost you a month’s rent, you better be at RedGorilla Saturday, March 21.

Because there are so many amazing bands playing this year’s festival we’re making it a little easier on you and hand-picking some of the day’s favorites. Just like before, this is by no means the full schedule so check out redgorillamusic.com for a full list of artists.

Here come Saturday’s highlights:

12:00 pm @ The Chuggin’ Monkey. Lindsay Ell looks like Charlotte church with a guitar, but sounds like Carrie Underwood’s little sister. This Canadian pop artist sings country and blues-inspired tunes that will leave you wondering why major labels aren’t banging down her door. Get a taste of Lindsay’s music on www.myspace.com/lindsayell and check out her RedGorilla set Saturday night at The Chuggin’ Monkey.

1:00 pm @ Nuno’s Upstairs. This little band from Salt Lake City knows how to have fun. This is fun, indie-rock with an alternative flare. Kid Theodore’s Unique sound will make you want to dance up and down 6th street all afternoon.

1:00 pm @ Dizzy Rooster. Damon Dotson has opened for acts such as B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Matt Nathanson, The Gin Blossoms, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Tristan Prettyman, and Stephan Kellogg and the Sixers. Always striving for something bigger and better, Damon is relentless when it comes to his music career. He is truly a unique artist that blends extreme talent with hard work and dedication. Come on down to Dizzy Rooster Saturday night to catch Damon Dotson in all his musical glory.

2:00 pm @ The Chuggin’ Monkey. Mike’s Pawn Shop’s “ghetto-tech” sound is incredibly unique and super fun. They’re a young band from Franklin Tennessee, but their sound is already so refined, it’s a wonder they aren’t all over the club scene already. Fueled by techno beats, with a Beasties Boys twist, Mike’s Pawn Shop is one to watch on this year’s festival.

3:30 pm @ The Chuggin’ Monkey. Tori Sparks calls Nashville home, but spends most of her time on the road in the U.S. and Europe. Called “a knockout” by the Village Voice, her dynamic live show is equal parts eye-popping soul-singing, and zany stand-up-style humor. This will be a great live show people, so don’t miss it.

4:00 pm @ Nuno’s Upstairs. Born in Country music and raised on Rock & Roll, the Street Corner Champs bring an abrasively unapologetic lyrical style paired with aggressive melodies. The Street Corner Champs were made to rock, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do Saturday afternoon!

5:00 pm ∆ @The Blind Pig. The Hollywood Kills have been pounding away at the Nashville rock scene for several years, playing their melodically driven, guitar-heavy pop/rock for anyone who will listen. Now, for the third year in a row, The Hollywood Kills have brought their infectious harmonies and killer licks to Austin just for you. Don’t miss this force to be reckoned with and they bring down the house Saturday evening.

5:00 pm @ Nuno’s Downstairs. Part homage to the twinkling pop vistas of The Beach Boys and the sixties, part incisive take on the hopes that push us to the everyday commute, Jeremy Messersmith’s precise lyrics and expansive scope of sound is impressive to say the least. His thoughtful lyrics and organic melodies make this singer/songwriter one to watch on this year’s festival.

5:00 pm Special Guest ** @ Dizzy Rooster.

5:30 pm @ Darwin’s Pub. Flight 409 formed in 2001 and quickly became a fixture in the Fresno music scene. From rocking out on cardboard guitars to nation-wide tours with bands like Saosin, Poison The Well, and The Used, this group has proven that they are a force to be reckoned with. Don’t miss their set Saturday night!

6:00 pm @ Nuno’s Upstairs. Chicago’s State And Madison are known for delivering pop-infused indie-rock with a signature punch, an always infectious live show, and consistently giving back to their loyal fans. This year at RedGorilla Music Fest, State And Madison showcase the very best of their craft and prove why this combination of elements continues to stick. Don’t miss State And Madison Saturday night at Nuno’s Upstairs.

7:00 pm @ Dizzy Rooster. A ménage trios plus 1 composed of members Justin P, Leara Bee, Dave Anderson, have evolved from a concoction of aggressive, melodic, eccentri, eclectic elements that were originally formulated by the musical alchemist, and the band’s lead singer, Pete Crotty. Ncm is currently tantalizing eardrums w/ their raw and innovative full length cd, “escape fromMyopis” throughout the tri-state area and are currently on a US tour. They stop off at RedGorilla Saturday night so don’t miss it.

7:00 pm @ The Chuggin’ Mokey. Peter Adams first appeared in the underground music scene in 2005 with his self-released album The Spiral Eyes. Written, recorded, and produced entirely by Adams, the album mixed the folk-psychadelia of Neutral Milk Hotel, the playful inventiveness of the Beatles and the technical complexity of Radiohead to create a truly unique musical experience. Without help from any record labels or traditional avenues of distribution, Adams’ music caught on among independent music fans and began to spread through word of mouth. Don’t miss Peter Saturday night.

7:30 pm ∆ @ Darwin’s Pub. When Larry Leicht , Devin Dean, Daniel Lopez, and Joshua Dufrene came together in 2006 to form Kingsfall they all had one thing in common: a vision of taking their unique sound to the masses. Based out of Dallas, this exciting and energetic band with a very distinct sound has been compared to Mutemath, Coldplay, Third Eye Blind, and Switchfoot. For a dose of quality pop/rock with a positive flare, don’t miss Kingsfall Saturday night.

9:00 pm Special Guest ** @ The Chuggin’ Monkey.

9:00 pm @ Dizzy Rooster. Waltz for Venus is a five-piece melodic rock band from Indianapolis, IN. Their debut, Devestation.Celebration, caused a surprising wave of college radio buzz, and soon the record was spinning on more than 215 stations across the U.S. Walzt For Venus enjoyed an extra boost when it’s songs were featured on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.” Catch Waltz For Venus (an official RedGorilla Showcasing Artist) Saturday night!

9:00 pm Special Guest ** @ Paradise Upstairs.

11:00 pm Special Guest ** @ Dizzy Rooster.

11:00 pm @ Nuno’s Upstairs. Red Letter Agent are able to make guitars soar from an ambient whisper into a fury of sound, with killer backbeats, melodic bass lines, all Laden with a singer who wails like BONO and can soften a tune with mellow crooning. Clever hooks and anthems give proof to songwriting prowess, which comes to life through their dynamic live show.

11:00 pm Special Guest ** @ The Vintage Lounge.

11:30 pm Special Guest ** @ Darwin’s Pub.

11:30 pm Special Guest ** @ Thirsty Nickel.

12:30 am @ Darwin’d Pub. Rival City isn’t a band, it’s a place… a place where creativity and expression collide, and the output is high. The collateral damage stings and the pain is a good thing. It’s a place where super strength is found within, and anybody can do anything. Listen up, cause it’s gonna hit you hard! Catch Rival City’s unique blend of rock/reggae/hip/hop at Darwin’s Pub Saturday.

** We can’t announce these names just yet…because they are that awesome! Check back the day of show to see who’s playing. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

∆ This artist plays more than once during the festival.

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