DADA @ Hard Rock Cafe, Boston MA - Tiokets Available At The Door!
AJ Edwards, Alexis Babini
22 Clinton St
Boston, MA, 02109
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
In 1992, dada exploded on the scene with their critically acclaimed debut release, Puzzle (#2 Billboard's Heatseeker Chart) on Miles Copeland's now defunct, I.R.S. Records. The single "Dizz Knee Land", (#5 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart), set the alternative radio movement – just then hitting it's stride – on fire, and quickly migrated to mainstream rock and pop stations. Mark Brown of The Rocky Mountain News recently wrote, dada "burst onto the national scene with the single ' Dizz Knee Land' in 1992 and followed it up with a solid series of albums and a strong following…" The third single "Dim", (#24 on Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart), further solidified dada's reputation as a band to watch. Puzzle sold over a half million copies and made a number of critics "best of year" lists. Sixteen months of constant touring followed, both as headliners on the club circuit and as openers for Sting, Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds and Material Issue (USA), Crowded House (UK), and Depeche Mode (Portugal). September 1994 saw the release American Highway Flower (#5 Billboard's Heatseeker Chart) — which had a harder feel, both musically and lyrically, than it's predecessor reflecting the band's evolution from a studio to a touring band. The single, "All I Am," spent 8 weeks on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks Chart. Money problems at I.R.S. cut short promotional efforts in February 1995. Dada fared no better with their third release, El Subliminoso in April 1996. I.R.S. Records was on its last legs by this time, and folded just as the band was winding up the first leg of the tour. The exquisite , El Subliminoso was perhaps the group's most artistically complex and satisfying offering.
While singer/songwriter, AJ Edwards, attests that it was U2's 2001 Elevation Tour that gave him the music bug, he had been listening to some of his favorite records long before that.
"I used to hang out with my dad in his workshop when I was little and he would play records by Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and U2," AJ recalls. "When I was 16, he surprised me with tickets to see U2 in Boston and I knew I wasn't going to be doing any homework that night."
Instead, AJ called a family friend after the show to see if he could borrow one of his guitars to learn to play.
The Boston-born artist began to realize his passion for songwriting and spent many late nights crafting a balanced set of original songs, which he would go on to perform in local bars and restaurants. Many of these early songs were recorded for AJ's debut album, "Start Over the Moon" (released in 2008).
AJ's new EP, titled "Where the Rain Ricochets" marks his first radio-ready release and features sessions with multi-platinum producer, Aaron Johnson (The Fray) in conjunction with two homegrown recordings by producer/engineer David Lefkowitz (Johnny A). The record was released in September 2012.
Alexis Babini is more than just your average singer-songwriter. With an ever-growing catalogue of hook-filled, ready-for-radio songs, a unique voice and a seemingly endless supply of youthful energy and optimism, he’s currently positioned to make a major impact on both the Northeast
and national music scenes. And he’s determined to do it in a way that’s fresh, exciting and uplifting.
In the past year, as an independent artist, Babini toured from Vegas to Nashville, held a residency in Singapore, of all places, and played seven showcases at South by Southwest. And that’s in addition to finding song placements on shows like “The Real World”, “I Used to Be Fat” and on Xbox Live. To date, he’s released two EPs: 2008’s Breaking It In and 2010’s Paint & Paper, and an eagerly-anticipated debut full-length is brewing on the horizon.
Performer Magazine has described his songwriting as having “powerful, gripping melodies and
simple, yet evocative lyrics… pervasive.”
He doesn’t want to simply perform a song for his audiences. He wants to get inside their minds
and alter the way they perceive the world. Everyone knows about heartbreak but not everyone is
able to transport the listener exactly where they were when they felt broken.
“Catchy is always the first thing that people notice about my music,” admits Babini. “However, I want my next release to grow upon this, so instead of ‘Your song is really catchy’ I’ll hear more of this: ‘Your song just gave me goosebumps.’”
With the help of Soundwave Management, he’ll continue to write, tour and record, reaching new listeners and taking advantage of every opportunity that presents itself in the coming years. His influences range from classic acts like the Beatles, Tom Petty and Elvis Costello to modern hit-makers like The Script and Sara Barielles.
Music is more than just his passion… it’s in his blood too.
“My grandfather Italo Babini is a world renowned cellist,” says Babini. “He has played Carnegie Hall, was principal cellist in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and on the side he did session work
for Motown Records. His cello can be heard in the background of Marvin Gaye's ‘What's Going On’ and numerous other artists such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, and the Four Tops.”
Love is the main recurring theme that Babini often submerges his writing into, but he also talks about self discovery, hopeless confusion and the age old archetype of “The bigger the struggle, The greater the triumph.”
Alexis Babini is a one-of-a-kind performer, and in the coming months, he plans to reach out to asmany listeners as possible in an effort to share his talents and spread his infectious, positive vibes with whomever is willing to give him a listen.
$20.00 - $25.00
Start times may vary and headliner always goes on after openers.
The Cavern Club At The Hard Rock Café Boston
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