Last Exit Live presents
Sara Robinson & The Midnight Special
The Shakers, Flavia and The Red, Huckleberry
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Sara Robinson & The Midnight Special
Heavy over-driven slide guitar, a tight dynamic rhythm section and a strong soulful voice that wails over it all.
Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special drive their own brand of Blues Rock & Roll that has been captivating audiences with every live show. Based out of Tempe, Arizona this four piece draws influences from 60′s-70′s Rock & Roll, Blues, Soul & Funk and layers them with strong hooks and big choruses.
Sara Robinson, Brandon Croft, Evan Knisely and Brenden McBride have all been drawn to each other by their passion to perform. From the start they wrote constantly before playing their first show, constructing a set that did exactly what they set out to do. They continued to evolve locally show after show testing out new material and exploring the boundaries of their sound. Their self titled debut album is the culmination of those shows. 10 tracks of battle tested Rock & Roll recorded in Phoenix, Arizona.
Phoenix New Times listed them as 1 of the 13 bands you need to know in 2013. They have shared the stage with Arizona royalties the Gin Blossoms and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. They were part of the 2013 McDowell Mountain Music Festival which featured The Roots, Umphrey’s McGee, The Shins and many more. It’s obvious Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special are on to something. You need to go see them live to find out what that is.
“If it doesn’t fit in our Honda Element, then we don’t play it.” Not a bad M.O. for a group of talent on the rise – just cut the crap and rock out. That said, meet THE SHAKERS from Los Angeles – a fun-loving yet gritty brand of good old fashioned rock n’ roll, fronted by the ever-so-charming and undeniably heart-warming Jodie Schell.
Just when you thought every musical hybrid had been realized, LA’s THE SHAKERS have emerged as the missing link between soul and grit-rock. Previously described as “The Black Keys meets Heart” or even “AC/DC meets The Supremes,” The Shakers are able to peak potential listeners’ curiosity without even requiring the proverbial “listen.” All comparisons aside, the 4-piece outfit has created something truly original and charismatic – a brand of modern music that the ill-remaining music industry has been so desperately aching for. Loud, unapologetic, and masters of the stage domain.
The project started in 2009, when guitarist and musical catalyst Chris Lee relocated from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in hopes of igniting some inspiration via the rays and glitz of Southern California. On the evening of his arrival, Chris coincidently met Jodie Schell – a dynamic vocalist with unparalleled range and charm who immediately became the perfect fit. “The night we were introduced I didn’t realize it would only be a year or so before we’d be selling out that very room we were standing in,” Lee recalls. “A few short weeks later – when I saw Jodie perform as a back up singer and smash a tambourine on stage with the punk band she was in at the time – was when I knew we had to be in a project together.” A first writing session was quickly arranged, in which the duo wrote “Low Lights,” “Already Gone,” and put the finishing touches on “Distress Signal” – solidifying The Shakers’ core sound and three key tracks for both their debut EP and 2011’s appropriately titled Oh So Loud.
After winning the heart and commitment of exceptional drummer Nick Woods, The Shakers entered legendary NRG Studios with producer Sean Curiel to begin work on Loud. With the aid of the one and only Joseph “Bunny” Holiday at the boards, the band finished their first full-length record in time for a sold out performance at The Viper Room in Hollywood and an East Coast tour to follow. “The duality of the two-producer arrangement was enticing, but for this next album we want more cohesive tones between the tracks,” explains vocalist Jodie Schell. To that end, guitarist Chris Lee adds, “For the new record we’ll be producing it entirely ourselves, with a little help from Shooter Jennings/Gin Wigmore guitarist John Schreffler, Jr. at the boards. We’ll be doing the whole thing on 1 inch tape in his home studio, which none of us have ever done before. It’ll be a truly old school approach.” The Shakers will also have the benefit of new revered bassist Kyle Kozlowski, making his studio debut on their forthcoming album.
Fans can expect a shiny new record from The Shakers in spring of 2013. Until then, the band will continue to dominate the LA music arena, where a reputation of filling clubs like The Viper Room and Roxy Theatre keeps the lights on. The band has previously opened for such acts as Everclear, Our Lady Peace, The Motels, and Semi Precious Weapons.
In the words of vocalist Jodie Schell, “Rock n’ roll is a lifestyle, and the day we can quit our day jobs and live every day like this will be the most important day of our lives. My heart might explode on that day.”
Flavia and The Red
2012 was a very exciting year for L.A.-based band Flavia & the Red. They were chosen from hundreds of bands nationwide to go to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and perform on one of the main stages at Summerfest, the world’s largest music festival. There, they won 2nd place at the “Land the Big Gig” competition. In L.A., they gained bi-monthly residencies at two of the hottest clubs in the city—Pour Vous in Hollywood and Nic’s Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills. Last, but not least, they released their debut album, “Too Late to Cry,” for an energetic audience at the Bootleg Theatre on December 14th.
Flavia, 21, has shot onto the music scene like a bullet, bringing her band—The Red—with her. As the principal singer and songwriter, Flavia’s stage presence is the personification of the color red—emotional, fiery, and passionate. However, a talented front woman is only as good as her band. After gigging for a few years and going through some lineup changes, the band now consists of Chris Pucher on guitar, Isaac Watts on drums, Rich Brown on keys, and Max Benson on bass. Each member contributes his and her own unique qualities and influences to the secret recipe that is The Red’s musically energetic and soulful brew. The band’s overall sound contains elements of classic and modern R&B, pop, and bluesy rock. Anchored by a tight rhythm section, the music exhibits memorable melodies and interactive improvisation with Flavia’s emotional and poetic lyrics at the forefront.
Besides performing twice a month at both Pour Vous and Nic’s Martini Lounge, Flavia & The Red have performed at countless other venues, including The Four Seasons Hotel, Harvelle’s, House of Blues, Bootleg Theatre, and The Key Club.
Flavia & The Red are excited to see where 2013 will take them. They have already been featured on various blogs and magazines, and are being played on radio stations around the U.S. They are constantly writing new material, looking for new places to play, and have a tour in the works.
Alt country rock, grown fresh in Arizona.
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