Smash Magazine Presents
Colby O'Donis, Avalon Landing
601 E Fremont St
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
“…genre-blending update on R & B of the kind that’s been grabbing listeners of late, thanks to Frank Ocean, Miguel and the Weeknd.” ~ Los Angeles Times
“…we humbly recommend that you do.” ~ MTV Buzzworthy
“…Fashionably Late II suggests that the best is still yet to come…” ~ Idolator
“Not just a great vocalist, but also a gifted songwriter…Travis Garland is a star!” ~ Perezhilton.com
23-year-old singer, songwriter Travis Garland has spent the last three years building up his fan base through covers and original music videos shared through his youtube channel, which has generated over 11 million views and over 100,000 subscribers.
“I strive to just be something different, a breath of fresh air,” Garland said in a recent Los Angeles Times interview. “Someone who is true to the art of it, that’s all I want to be. The best compliment someone can give me is saying 'Man, I haven’t heard something like that in a long time.'”
Having gained teenage fame as lead singer of short-lived boy band NLT, the Lubbock, Texas, native made a conscious effort to step away from the spotlight after asking his label, Interscope, to release him.
With his newfound creative freedom, Garland turned to Grammy nominated, multi-platinum production team, The Stereotypes (Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Far East Movement) to help him hone his sound.
“The biggest misconception about me is that I’m disposable,” he adds. “That I’m just a boy-band kid, come and go. But I’m a real artist, I have something to say.”
In October 2012 he released his first EP, Fashionably Late Vol. I, which was executive produced by The Stereotypes to critical acclaim, logging more than 50,000 downloads. The stellar four track EP showcased his edgier, genre-blending update on R & B, landing him on Ryan Seacrest’s list of Best New Artists of 2012.
Garland recently released the second installment to his Fashionably Late series on March 4th which is lead by ‘Where to Land,” a minimalist R & B cut that was conceived during a trip to London, where Garland wrote, recorded and shot a sleek, guerrilla-style music video in only a week.
Having carved out a major following through the power of social media, Garland has been busy on the road, selling out his live band show at famed venues such as The Roxy and Troubadour in W. Hollywood and most recently at SOB’s in NYC for BET Music Matters. Garland is also already planning the follow up to Fashionably Late Vol. II, which will be released this year.
Download Fashionably Late Vol. I & II at http://travisgarland.com
With a strong combination of pioneering attitude, reckless life choice and good timing, Avalon Landing came together during the Summer of 2011. With just two visits to Las Vegas under their belts, core members Josh Rabenold (keys/vocals) and Clayton Cobb (lead guitar/backing vocals) made the 2500 mile move across the USA to join their long time friend Mike Vargovich (guitar/vocals) for a music project that had been years in the making. Rounding out their roster Avalon Landing found John Lloyd (drums) and Corey Surratt (bass/backing vocals), both of whom cut their teeth with the band on their Southwestern tour in support of Avalon Landing’s first full length effort Reside. The 13 song collection was released in November of 2013 with the guidance of Grammy nominated engineer and producer Bryan Russell (NGHBRS, The Narrative, Volbeat, Coldplay).
From their inception Avalon Landing has hit the ground running, making a name for themselves within the Las Vegas music scene playing shows at prominent venues such as the Bunkhouse, House of Blues, Beauty Bar and Hard Rock Live on the Strip. The band has also branched throughout the Southwest visiting Los Angeles, Phoenix, Provo, and Denver in an effort to gain regional traction amongst music fans.
Avalon Landing’s well written and carefully crafted songs, along with their powerful and concise live performances have gained the band notoriety amongst their peers, the press, and the promoters for whom they’ve played. This strong reputation has opened several doors for the band, including not one but two invitations to open for fellow Las Vegans Imagine Dragons at Hard Rock Live on the Strip where the Las Vegas mega success celebrated the release of their critically acclaimed EP and eventually their platinum album “Night Visions.”
As Avalon Landing continues to push forward, their momentum holds true. During the spring of 2014 the band entered and won the Las Vegas Hard Rock Rising competition. The band went on to compete as a finalist in the world wide competition, representing the city of Las Vegas.
Avalon Landing can be seen live around the valley regularly, as well as heard on several Las Vegas radio stations. The official singles of
Avalon Landing’s full length Reside, “About Face” and “No Apology” have been spotlighted consistently on Las Vegas’ x107.5, Mix94.1, and Komp 92.3, attesting to the bands ability to write honest and relatable songs that find room on both pop and rock/alternative radio stations alike.
Keep an eye out for new music from Avalon Landing. Though their full length record has yet to hit its one year anniversary the band plans to release new music in both the fall and coming spring. They continue to be present in the Las Vegas music scene as well as on the road in the Southwest. Do not hesitate to catch this dynamic group in action if given the chance. With each show and each song written, Avalon Landing up their game, pushing further their songwriting craft and the production of their live performances.