Club Red Presents
Stick Figure, Passafire
Tatanka, Kush County, The Chromatics
1306 W. University Dr
Mesa, AZ, 85201
This event is all ages
Stick Figure possesses a unique style of music that combines a creative blend of upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub. Stick Figure's music is written, recorded, and produced by Scott Woodruff, a young man from Duxbury, MA. The live band consists of members Scott Woodruff (Vocals, Guitar ) (Keyboards and Vocals) Tommy Sulliman (Bass) Kevin Offitzer (Drums).
On Passafire's fourth album release, Start From Scratch, the Savannah, GA based Rock outfit is truly starting from scratch. Injected with energy from a new member (keyboardist Mike DeGuzman), a freshly formed band-owned label (FlameGuy Records) and a new producer, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime, Meat Puppets), the band have made their best album to date. Trekking down to Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, TX, where Connor Oberst, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sublime and many more recently recorded, they expand their sound from their previous releases; deeply honing guitar tones, exploring synth sounds, and laying down tracks of Harmonica and Banjo. "We always wanted to have a good balance of organic and synthesized sounds and we finally had the chance to make that happen this time," recollects singer, Ted Bowne. Songs like "Dimming Sky," "Lorelie, and the title track, "Start From Scratch," exemplify this newly found balance.
Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the years they have become a perpetually touring band playing hundreds of shows a year with bands like 311, Pepper, Rebelution, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, The Wailers and many more. Bowne doesn't mind the grueling schedule and adds, "Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there's always something to go see or do. If we didn't tour constantly, we wouldn't be doing as well as we are. That's a fact."
Homegrown in Denver Colorado, Tatanka is a three-piece specializing in the sounds of dub, progressive reggae, and electro soundscapes. Heavy Caribbean drum and bass grooves provide the pulse for the party as the music invites you to get down and dirty. This trio of denver dub samurai's just recently released they re first studio E.P. entitled Sounds in Technicolor. Sounds in Technicolor has reached over 4,000 downloads through Tatanka's website and social networking sites. The release has been dubbed as drum and bass music for a new generation, a twist on new and old reggae riddim's and an instant classic. The pulsing basslines provided by Tatanka's Malonestar seem to rock the mind into trance while Champian's guitar work and The Mexico's hi-hat, snare and kick drum 4/4 playing styles pepper over the top of the album's four track's almost flawlessly.
Tatanka has shared the stage with many major national and international acts that include but are not limited to: Easy Star All-Stars, The Black Seeds, John Brown's Body, The Expendables, Groundation, Pretty Lights, Passafire and more. The Tatanka trio continues to push they're sound to the next level. Dub rock Syndicate recently gave the boys the title "the up and coming kings of dubtronic." Tatanka has now been touring for over two years and will continue to do so. ChampIAN, The Malonestar and The Mexico are all determined to bring the dub madness to a city near you. TATANKA MASSIVE!
Kush County's origins are rooted in the state of Hawaii. It all started out with Kanikapila sessions on the local beaches, where Gino (aka Chucky) and Robert grew up and formed a friendship that would grow and move throughout the years. To them it was just playing the uke, singing, and feeling the aloha vibration that only Hawaii could bring. The natural laid back atmosphere, and reggae on the radio became the foundation of their lifestyle. Fast forward to the year 1998 they met a guy name Tim (guitarist). He entered the scene with a rock and roll background, and was was new to Arizona. Everyone now lived in Maricopa, regular jobs, ordinary people. It was all soon to change. New musicians entered the scene. Nicole, (singer) Charlie, (singer) Mic, (Drummer) and Jared (baseman). There were others also, but unfortunately they could not stand the test of time . In 1999 they formed their first official band called Island Flava. They had limited success due to the daily grind of life and family and the plain ol hardships of keeping a band together. Eventually, original songs started getting written. One of which songs is featured on You tube under Island Flava called "Reggae Music". It was a time of transition, and experimentation and outright fun. Island Flava played small gigs, and mostly toured locally. A highlight of their accomplishments was a cover of "I don't want to dance" by Eddie Grant. it had over 17,000 views on YouTube. After a few years Island Flava got into some considerable drama , and the band was torn apart. Robert, the frontman of the band, had to move to Michigan. Mic and Charlie left and moved to Hawaii. Everyone started doing their own thing, except Tim and Nicole. They were determined to to keep the band together. With everyone gone the only natural thing to do was change the name. Kush County was born in 2008. With more ambition then music, they set out to redefine who they were. They went to the studio and wrote 5 songs. It took over a year and with different musicians everywhere on all the tracks, and was finally released in 2010. Robert moved back into town, after trying his time in Michigan. Gino rejoined and Tony had become the new lead guitar. Jared had switched to playing drums or guitar. Nicole learned how to play uke and Tim playing whatever part was needed. Then the band found Jonny a new and current Drummer. Tempe wanted more, Arizona wanted more, and they got it. They started promoting their "Demo" album EP and haven't looked back. With a bright future ahead of them they are hitting the road hard. You'll find them in the Phoenix area and surrounding cities, but don't be surprised if you see them in your neighborhood. Who knows, you'll probably hear them on your radio.