Mike Judy Presents
Mike Mains And The Branches
The Orphan, The Poet, American Opera, Highway Headline, All My Vices
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
Mike Mains And The Branches
Like most good things, Mike Mains & The Branches came from the South. Born in Texas, and bred in Michigan, this indie rock collective has spent the last three years making waves everywhere in between. Following the release of their debut album, Home, they've used their relentless touring, unique sound, and sharp jawlines to carve out a place for themselves in the hearts of rock music fans across the country, and have now gained the attention of literally dozens of people in other countries as well. With a live show that has been praised as "above-average" and the promise of a followup record, good things lie in the future of Mike Mains & The Branches.
The Orphan, The Poet
The idea of a "music scene" is one that is lost on The Orphan, The Poet. Developing their craft in rural southern Ohio, the members of this 4-piece indie rock outfit founded their group on a musical island—not a single band or venue in nearly 100 miles.
American Opera is a musical project consisting of John Bee and his friends. Hailing from Saginaw, Michigan and recently transplanted to New York CIty, by way of a short stint in Chicago, American Opera combines influences from Modest Mouse to Manchester Orchestra, Rilo Kiley to Ben Folds. John's trademark voice stops conversations and draws immediate attention. The depth of his vocal delivery couples with his introspective and deeply personal lyrics to make a connection with anyone within earshot.
John spent the better part of eight years touring non-stop as part of Michigan-based independent rock band Your Best Friend. In 2011, the band came to an end, and John rolled out his new project, American Opera, a distinct departure from the aggressive rock sounds of his former band. In slightly more than a year, John has performed over 100 shows as American Opera, both solo and with a full band.
He's been featured in Alternative Press magazine, played with artists like Cursive and William Elliott Whitmore, and has released two EPs already in his short career. The rest of 2012 is packed with shows, and his 2013 is full of hope. John intends on continuing to tour relentlessly, and there are plans for at least two musical releases.
In the Groovebox Studios Sessions linked to the left, the intimate nature of American Opera's performance is on full display.
Highway Headline is a Mid-Western four-piece who is chasing down the adventure of a lifetime. Mike, Aaron, Scott, and Jonny know that when you fill a room, big or small, with people singing at the top of their lungs, something amazing happens. Everyone comes into the room as total strangers but leaves as friends with a shared experience they'll never forget. Highway Headline is setting out to fulfill the dream of doing just that night after night. In March of 2012 "HH" will release their self-titled EP that is just the first chapter of a book that can only be written with your help! Want to come along for the ride?
All My Vices
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