Casbah + Soda Bar present
The Rocket Summer
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Rocket Summer
From the moment Bryce Avary, better known as The Rocket Summer, exploded onto the scene as a teenager in the early 2000s at the forefront of a wave of indie pop he has been a musical force. Charging out of Texas and onto the international stage, he has never been in short supply of ear-worm hooks and effortless charm. Fans have flocked to Avary’s optimistic and exuberant songcraft and the community it inspires for years. Now, with a new album, Sweet Shivers, Avary’s musical evolution and the breadth of his songwriting is on full display.
The album is stunningly expansive, with hallmarks of Avary’s familiar songwriting style in lyrics that manage to be both extremely personal and universally applicable. “Writing is where I feel most normal, it's where I come alive” he reflects. As with previous records, Avary’s musical virtuosity is apparent. He wrote, produced, recorded, mixed, and performed every instrument on the album. Seven albums into his career, Avary is just hitting his stride and leaving his mark as one of the most reliable songwriters and multi instrumentalists in rock music.
Katelyn Tarver grew up in Glennville GA, a quiet rural town with a population of just over 3,000 where her family owned a local candy factory. Always a music lover she began performing in local (and soon national) talent competitions, one of which, American Juniors, led to her first national tour and an introduction to management in LA.
She began independently releasing music and working tirelessly as a songwriter – which was rewarded when 'Crazy Stupid Love’, a song she had written with Wayne Wilkins, gave Cheryl Cole a UK #1 single in 2014.
Fuelled by this success, Tarver worked with Childish Gambino-producer Ludwig Göransson to create 'Weekend Millionaires’, her first proper solo single - a pulsating lyrical deconstruction of the American dream. Blog praise and remixes from the likes of Young Bombs, Skizzy Mars and Samuraii followed, helping inspire Tarver to complete what became 2017’s ‘Tired Eyes EP’. The tear-jerkingly beautiful live rendition of her song 'You Don't Know’ caught fire online, being shared by fans and driving the video to over 30 Million YouTube views.
She followed up with 2018’s Kool Aid EP, a spikey and diverse collection of six songs written with fellow writer/artist contempories like J Hart and Wrabel. Tarver also enjoyed a stint acting alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in HBO’s Ballers Season 4, playing a fiery extreme sports agent.
Tarver is appearing on NBC’s Songland this August and will be releasing new solo music to coincide.