The Jacks, Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
This event is all ages
Four lifelong friends from Northern California grow up obsessed with the sounds of AC/DC, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, The Bee Gees and Michael Jackson. Living within a block of each other since kindergarten, they began playing anywhere and everywhere with a stage by the age of 16, taking over supper clubs, parties, and backyard barbecues. After their single “Make It Real” cracked 2 million Spotify streams, they made a collective decision to forego college and trade their small Sacramento suburb for Hollywood, forming Vista Kicks in late 2015. Living together in a cramped one-bedroom apartment, the quartet—Derek Thomas, Sam Plecker, Trevor Sutton, and Nolan Le Vine—quietly ignited a buzz throughout L.A. and beyond with two full U.S. national tours under their belts and recording with Tommy Lee behind the board.
Back in L.A., they’d sell out local shows and host intimate (and raging) booze-soaked “Vista Kick Backs” in the studio where they resided for four months. Within a year, the band’s independent 2016 Chasing Waves EP and additional singles generated over 5 million cumulative Spotify streams and 3.2 million YouTube views. However, everything set the stage for the release of their 2017 full-length, Booty Shakers Ball—self-produced by the musicians themselves and engineered by their guitar player and vocalist Sam Plecker.
Best described as a smoked-out collaboration between James Brown and Jimmy Page, it bridges eras.
“This is ‘Booty Shaking Rock and Roll’,” says Trevor. “We’re so far behind that we’re ahead; I don’t think there’s anything else like us out there. Every song is different and eclectic.”
“We’re old soul millennials,” exclaims Trevor. “We’re young and wound up like everybody else our age, but our roots go deeper. We’ve found an audience that’s just like us. It’s rock music that you can shake your booty to and party.”
That’s exactly what the first single and album opener “Gotta Get Away” offers. Hinging on bluesy and ballsy riffing as well as a simmering, soulful groove, the track opens up the world of Vista Kicks, treading a fine line between rock and funk.
“Lyrically, it’s about how ambition can get in the way of love,” reveals Derek. “It happens at any age. Art gets in the way of contentment and ambition—or vice versa. It’s a conflict.”
Elsewhere on the record, “Fight The War” turns into a rallying cry for anyone chasing a dream soundtracked by bold guitars and brash vocals.
“It was about our struggles in the business,” sighs Sam. “A couple of years ago, we were doing a lot of songwriting sessions. We’d go into these sessions, and we’d be told these songs aren’t good enough. We had fans saying just the opposite. We didn’t have respect from the industry; however, the people did respect us. We sided with our fans.
“We put in our 10,000 hours since we were 16- and 17-years-old, that’s what makes our live show our strongest asset. It’s also where we have the most fun.” - Sam
In the end, they will be heard in a big way as they invite everyone to the Booty Shakers Ball.
“I hope people know these songs are there for them,” Nolan leaves off. “Hopefully, the music is useful. We’ve benefitted so much from the music of others. We want to give something back with what we do.”
“We don’t make an effort to be cool; we put all our efforts into being honest,” concludes Derek. “When you hear us, we just want you to be yourself and enjoy the moment and the ride.”
The Jacks stand by their claim, “We are not a rock band, we are a rock n’ roll band.” With a heavy influence from the British Invasion of the 1960s and 70s, The Jacks have developed a rare sound that is unruly, bold, and hard to be ignored - they won’t settle with blending into the scene. While not trying to fix what isn’t broken and pushing the boundaries for tomorrow, The Jacks consistently deliver fresh but timeless music.
From their live shows to their recording techniques, they keep integrity to who they are and how they believe their music should sound. The 4-piece doesn’t hide behind backing tracks or auto-tune, what you hear is what you get.
With their new single "She's a Mystery" and an EP release slated for Jan 2018, The Jacks are “holstering loads of promise, so it’s time you gave them a listen, have the advantage of being able to shout ‘I heard ’em before they got famous’ when they crack the big time, and indulge in some great music.” (One Stop Record Shop).
Jonny Stanback - Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Tom Hunter - Lead Guitar
Scott Stone - Bass Guitar
Josh Roossin - Drums & Percussion
Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas
Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas are a Los Angeles-based ‘50s/’60s Rock/Soul/R&B
band that simply ‘brings the party’ wherever and whenever they perform. They are the embodiment of the true foundational basis of no-holds-barred, all-in rock ‘n’ roll. Simply put, their mission statement can be summed up as follows: generating a circumstance conducive to having fun. As much fun as humanly possible.
Yes, they’re a 13-piece cover band so some of the repertoire may be familiar but they have a knack for finding those wild party songs that haven’t been played to death due to limited set lists and even more limited imaginations. Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas hold not truck with that kind of pre-formatted attitude. They’re open-minded and mind-expanded in no uncertain terms. Their rockers cause dance floor mayhem and their soulful ballads induce swooning. There’s no doubt that you and your socks will part company once you experience Tom Kenny
& The Hi-Seas.
The band’s front man is -- uh, duh -- Tom Kenny, the highly regarded and overworked actor who has voiced the beloved SpongeBob SquarePants, Adventure Time’s The Ice King, The Mayor in the Power Puff Girls and, literally, hundreds of others. He’s the recurring host of Lucha VaVoom, LA’s burlesque/wrestling entertainment hybrid and has long been an obsessive rock and roller.
Tom met TK&TH-S music director Andy Paley years ago though the good offices of NRBQ’s Tommy Ardolino. Andy is one of rock’s true renaissance men, having led The Sidewinders, the group from Boston that became the virtual house band for the Andy Warhol/Factory crowd that gathered nightly at Max’s Kansas City during the “golden age” of New York’s underground art and performance scene. Andy and his brother Jonathan ran their own show with The Paley Brothers whose teen idol looks and sunny pop/rock made their stint on Shaun Cassidy’s national arena tour a perfect fit. Following that brush with power pop glory, Andy went on to produce numerous major artists including the Ramones, Brian Wilson, Madonna and, yes, Jerry Lee Lewis.
Once Andy and Tom joined musical forces it was only natural that unsuspecting kids and their parents would be treated to the retro-rock songs they wrote and performed for the SpongeBob SquarePants. They’ve introduced little kids to subversive rock ‘n’ roll in the long-running TV series, SpongeBob movies as well as two best selling albums: “The Best Day Ever” and “The SpongeBob Christmas Album.”
The Damselles add a truly glamorous dimension to the Tom Kenny & The Hi- Seas line up. Easy on the eyes and ears, Brittney, Jillinda and Maria bring beautiful harmonies, smiles and top-flight choreography to the mix. It’s as if the glory days of the girl group era had never ended when they bring their voices, exotic moves and costuming to the Hi-Seas stage.
But wait! There’s so much more including a rockin’, honkin’ horn section, a rotating cast of game players who have toured and recorded with the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, De La Soul, Fitz & The Tantrums and many more. Feeling horny yet? At the root of it all is a rock solid rhythm section whose persuasive percussion is the dance floor-filling catalyst that completes the swingin’ and singular package.
All of these talents combine to produce the throwback rock ‘n’ roll
party sound of Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas that will make you wanna twist
the night away. They cover everyone from Elvis and Chuck Berry to the
Falcons and Frankie Ford. They’ll take you on a “Sea Cruise” on dry land and never ever fail to create a disturbance in your mind, setting the scene for young adults’ romping as nature intended.
This is rock ‘n’ roll as it was meant to be: wild, unfettered and a total blast. Get on board!
Adv Tix $12.00 / Day of Show Tix $14.00
“First 100 tickets sold will receive an exclusive, numbered, limited edition pin. You will be emailed by artist team directly with instructions on claiming your pin on the night of the show.”