Last Exit Live presents
TRAMPS & THIEVES
Shawn Johnson & The Foundation (Reunion Show), Quarter Inch Crown
717 S. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85004
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
TRAMPS & THIEVES
Arizona's Tramps & Thieves formed in 2003 and have maintained their original line-up in an ever-changing independent music scene. Made up of four members: dual lead singer-guitarists J. Scott Howard and Emmett DeGuvera, bassist Andy Jensen and drummer Ryan Ferguson.
With their unique southwestern sound, Tramps & Thieves have become a cherished staple in the Arizona music scene. The band is currently working on their fourth independent release, following up previous efforts Mill Ave. Cowboys, Spittin' Into the Wind, and Perennials. Tramps & Thieves continue to play to packed audiences around the Valley, including shows with Jason Isbell, Los Guys, Shurman, Ghetto Cowgirl, and Arizona's other treasured rock band, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers.
Tramps & Thieves remain one of the few Arizona bands that release authentic, independent music with their original line-up. Fusing rock n' roll with alternative, folk, americana and country music, Tramps & Thieves have developed a sound that fits in well in the southwest. Taking their name from the hit, "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves," Tramps & Thieves count Tom Petty, Black Crowes, The Jayhawks, Waylon Jennings, The Band, Wilco, and others as influences. If they sound familiar, you might have heard their hit, "Porcupine Jacket," in the 2008 teen comedy major motion picture release, Sex Drive.
Although they are based in Tempe, AZ, Tramps & Thieves are a band committed to making their way to as many people and places as they can. Check them out this Spring at various places around the Valley, as well as on the main stage at The McDowell Mountain Music Festival and Four Peak's Brewing Company's RANDOMONIUM at Tempe Beach Park. For more information including booking, please visit www.aztrampsandthieves.com. You can also follow them on twitter at www.twitter.com/TrampsThieves.
Shawn Johnson & The Foundation (Reunion Show)
Line-up to feature, Shawn Johnson, Jayson Johnson, Jaron Mossman and Kurtis Keber
Shawn Johnson, raised in Boston, Massachusetts, and is a soulful singer/songwriter whose life experiences provide him the opportunity to create music with a passion that is heard in his lyrics and felt in his stage presence. His music is best described as a lyric-oriented blend of alternative rock and folk, designed for live performances. Influenced by artists such as Counting Crows, Ani DiFranco, Dave Matthews, Public Enemy and Riche Havens; Shawn's musical style is an eclectic mix of enthusiasm, creativity, and energy. "Shawn Johnson's brilliantly catchy acoustic and electric guitar lines combined with his powerfully poetic lyrics are enough to stand alone," said Justin Knight, Knot Known Records, Inc.
Shawn Johnson moved to the Phoenix area in 1995, along with headlining hundreds of shows in the valley, he has opened for bands such as Phish, Dave Matthews Band, Fiona Apple, Reel Big Fish, Medeski, Martin and Wood, Sneaker Pimps, Rusted Root, Incubus, Linkin Park and Charlie Hunter. He has been nominated and received a number of awards including, "New Times Best of Phoenix" (1998), "The Edge Locals Only Competition" (2000), and "Arizona Infusion of Music Award" (2002). In the summer of 2001, Shawn Johnson & The Foundation toured in Denver and Boulder Colorado. Upon returning to the valley, they recorded their latest album 'Strength'. Following a successful release, the band hit the road touring Boston and Cape Cod, where they played at the House of Blues and the Pride Festival in Cambridge for a crowd of 40,000. Shawn's career plans include a solo acoustic tour, a full band tour, a major label release, and continuing collaborations with other artists.
In the meantime, Shawn will continue to play with the raw passion that shoots straight to his fans' souls. "Music is so personal; Everything has a purpose in life, and as long as my songs are affecting somebody, even one person, then the time I took to write that song, and the effort it took to play it… was all worth it" -- Shawn Johnson
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