An intimate evening with finalist from NBC's "The Voice"
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
He was cast by Justin Timberlake to play "the cool guy" in Timberlake's directorial debut.
He finished third on The Voice in 2012, won a record deal in the process, and received more press coverage than any contestant on the show that season... or any season, for that matter.
He made a record with Adam Levine, then toured with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson.
He was cast on the hit show "Parenthood" playing himself as a rock singer, and performed an original song.
He even starred in an Aaron Spelling prime-time drama and dated Keri Russell for years, winding up in countless gossip mags.
His name is Tony Lucca.
So why isn't he a household name? Maybe he simply hadn't made the right record before.
This time, Lucca believes he has. It's his 8th full-length studio album, his first self-titled release, and first entirely self-produced effort.
"We went in with the intention of making a record that was as live-sounding as possible. I wanted to close my eyes and be able to visualize the players in the room or up on the stage, actually playing the songs together. One guitar over here, the other guy over there, bass, drums, some keys? I mean, that's the rock-n-roll I fell in love with when I was a kid." Lucca pulls inspiration from the heroes he heard on the radio growing up, from Tom Petty, Billy Squier to AC/DC's Angus Young, tapping into a sense of timelessness he places somewhere between The Black Crowes and the Black Keys.
Each of the 12 songs on "Tony Lucca" are deeply personal. The record kicks off with "Old Girl," Lucca's rebuff to the music business treadmill. On the upbeat "Imagination", Lucca recalls the evening where he met his wife... to the best of his ability. Lucca's fans will enjoy the diverse sonic quality of four of his trademark ballads -- the epic and sweeping piano-driven "North Star", the optimistic "Smoke 'Em", the push and pull of love lost and found in "Right On Time", and the sweet album closer that bares his daughter's name, "Sparrow."
Funded by a very successful Kickstarter campaign (one that hit its $25K funding goal just inside of 30 hours), Lucca feels strongly that his fans stepped up so that he could make the best record he possibly could -- one he could finally feel comfortable releasing with his own name as the title. To that point, Lucca says "this record is pure. And honest. And hopefully completely refreshing to its listeners."
Tony Lucca was born on the outskirts of Detroit on the heels of Motown's heyday, raised within the loving confines of an enormous family of musicians; his mom was the 10th of 12 kids who all sang and played. At the ripe old age of 12, Tony had his first paying gig as a musician at a Jr. High School dance and by the age of 15, he parlayed his childhood rock-n-roll fantasy into a legitimate career, getting cast among an extraordinary group of newcomers on The All New Mickey Mouse Club, along with Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears.
Shortly after graduating high school, Lucca wound up in LA and embarked upon an independent recording career that would span over 20 years. Along the way he's toured with artists as colossal as Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, *NSYNC and Marc Anthony, as well as several of his fellow Hotel Cafe kin including Josh Kelley, Sara Bareilles, Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids), Gabe Dixon and Andrew Belle. Lucca won the LA Music Award for best male singer/songwriter in 2001 and appeared numerous times on Last Call with Carson Daly, as well as The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Also in 2013, Lucca was the sole entertainment for FOX's NFL Thanksgiving Day telecast for the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game.
In October 2007, singer and songwriter Jenn Grinels of Cupertino, California, gave up her apartment, setting out her first tour armed with nothing but her guitar, a beautiful voice and a passion for music. Over four years later, the self-described "soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock, singer/songwriter," has released two full-length albums, toured the country extensively, and won numerous awards for her amazing set of pipes. Despite not having a permanent address for almost five years, Grinels never slowed down, and continued winning fans during her one-of-a-kind performances, sharing the stage with artists like Christopher Cross, JD Souther, Cracker and Rebecca Loebe. Named "2012 Vocalist of the Year" by APCA for the third straight year, and "2012 Performer of the Year" by Campus Activities Magazine, Grinels is notorious for her impressive songwriting ability, incredible stage performance and unmistakable vocal abilities.
From the beginning, Grinels has wowed critics, who praise her voice as "truly phenomenal" (S.D.CityBeat) and "jazzy in its pacing, soulful in its delivery, and heartfelt in its sensuous tone"(Full Value Reviews). Grinels's first full-length album Little Words displays her masterful vocal abilities with a spread of folk-meets-rock/pop songs. Grinels was awarded "Song of the Year" (West Coast Songwriters) for "Can't Stay Here," while music from Little Words was featured on MTV's hit show, Grinels sophomore album, brokenHEARTbreaker spotlights her raw vocal talent, layered with songs that range from upbeat and fun, featuring playful instrumentation, to intimate and haunting tracks, laced with moving harmonies and lyrics. Tracks like "Don't' Want To Be Happy," and "Expectations" showcase upbeat tempos mixed with Grinels's signature wordsmith abilities, while tracks like "Love Again" and "Always" expose a deeper, more intricate message and sound. Indie Reviewer Magazine says, "You'll travel back in time when you listen to the third track, "Don't Wanna Be Happy." It sounds like it could be released in an era decades before Jenn's time. The woodwind arrangement and use of horns makes this a refreshing change of scenery from most of today's popular music." Grinels will be touring nationally in conjunction with her radio campaign for brokenHEARTbreaker throughout 2012, along with her band.
Having settled in New York City in early 2012, Grinels does not spend much time at her new address. Still on the road, she continues touring the country, writing songs and perfecting her craft. Everywhere she goes there seems to be an ever-growing audience embracing her musical abilities. CrazyTalk.com says, "Her voice is just absurd. Two artists kept coming to mind – Martin Sexton and Fiona Apple. Sexton because of her vocal focus & control; Fiona Apple because of her tell-off confessional and conversational lyrics, her penchant for complex rhyme schemes, and her powerful, listen-up-buster delivery."