Oz Presents: Rocktoberfest 2013
La Madness, MEMEME, (MID) West Village
The Avenue Army, Digital Homocide
629 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
Doors 7:00 PM
LA MADNESS is INDIE GRIND BLUES out of Minneapolis. With a signature style & live show reputation that “goes all the way,” they have taken their local scene by the hair. With the release of their debut album entitled “Chances Are”, produced/engineered by Bryan Mengy (New Medicine) & mixed/mastered by Colt Leeb (Soul Asylum), La Madness is set on going national and beyond with their new breed of indie rock, blues and alternative/grunge.
Soulful singer & guitarist Kurt Vatland, returned to Minneapolis via Southern California and Texas with great songs but no band. He then meets Berklee Music grad Riggs Kessler (lead guitar) becoming neighbors, while a flashy and heavy handed percussionist named Aaron Willey simultaneously enters the picture through mutual friends. Bass guitar filled out the sound with help of Seth Levine (will not accompany them on tour) and La Madness was born. Only three rehearsals later the band is in the famed Winterland Studios with producer and confidant Bryan Mengy recording their first song “She’s a Devil”. A few weeks later they opened for a national act at the Varsity Theater. From there they go on to on both sides of town to a consistently growing throng of ‘Mad Fans’. La Madness next crosses a handful of state lines & performs an all original set at the Shannon Hoon Vigil to Blind Melon fans from around the globe, and is a hit. It is the first road trip as a band and also where the title of the debut album is coined from within a smoke filled gentleman’s club late at night, like something out of a movie. They return home to a word of mouth that now has them performing to even bigger audiences, receiving raving reviews from press state wide and doing radio/television showcases. The band recently hosted Rock The Catwalk, a full on rock concert runway show featuring both West Cost and local designers, benefiting a local breast cancer charity. Due to it's success, Rock The Catwalk will be an annual event in downtown Minneapolis. La Madness also performed to a very receptive and ever popular Twin Cities Morning Show on KARE 11 that morning in promotion of the event. The internet and previous geographical residencies of both Kurt and Riggs has given rise to MAD FAN support apparent on both coasts and claims LA MADNESS as one of their own. People want this band.
La Madness has a mainstream allure & appeal with soul from a glittered rock bottom, a reputation that never disappoints and a dying hunger for the road. Find them online, request them, join them and become INDIE GRIND BLUES.
La Madness is a member of the Record Artists Guild of Los Angeles, CA.
In a city where it seems everyone’s in a band, four seasoned players retreated from the chaos of clubs and house shows to craft something larger than the sum of their collective rock and roll resumes. With the release of their debut self-titled album, Minneapolis’ MEMEME can finally show the rest of the world the monster they’ve made. An honest and evocative take on the universal boy-meets-girl narrative, the record’s storytelling is reflected in its sound—where a joyful reverence for concepts as diverse as jazz, metal, country, and prog weave through a foundation of rock and roll tradition.