Fresh Gravel Road Show

MadCity Music Exchange Presents:

Fresh Gravel Road Show

500 Miles to Memphis, The Mascot Theory, The 4onthefloor, Bron Sage

Friday, January 9th 2015

8:00 pm

$8 adv / $10 dos

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Fresh Gravel Road Show
All freshly-laid gravel roads will lead to High Noon Saloon on this amazing evening of Americana, folk rock, alt-country and good ol' rock and roll music!
500 Miles to Memphis
500 Miles to Memphis
You never know when you might hear the music of 500 Miles to Memphis. Maybe in a honky tonk in Tennessee. Maybe at a Rock show in North Carolina. Maybe at a Punk festival in their hometown of Cincinnati. Maybe in an acoustic format at the corner bar or coffeeshop. Or maybe on MTV’s Nitro Circus, soundtracking some extreme sport stunts. The band is comfortable in almost any setting, largely because their music — a mix of scrappy Country and scorching Rock & Roll — has a magnetic, wide appeal. The Hot Topic kids get juiced on the band’s adrenalized live shows, while fans of Classic Country can appreciate 500 Miles’ true, heartfelt take on vintage C&W. With Sunshine in a Shotglass, the group’s debut full-length, 500 Miles to Memphis introduced itself as a world-class Rock band with songs that are alternately shit-kicking and heartbreaking. From the fiddle-driven, broken-glass-inducing “All My Friends are Crazy” to the closing trilogy of “Let It Rain”/”Sunshine in a Shotglass”/”The Regret,” singer/songwriter Ryan Malott and his tight, rousing band concocted a true, complete album, full of plenty of soul and depth, but also lots of instantly memorable Pop hooks. Don’t believe me? Then just listen to Sunshine once or, better yet, get out to a show. 500 Miles to Memphis is one of the most promising young bands in North America right now. - Mike Breen, City Beat
The Mascot Theory
The Mascot Theory
A high-energy dose of toe-tapping Americana folk-country rock drenched in tight harmonies spewing lyrics of love, loss, regret, death, and hope. With groups like Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, and Dawes setting the tone, the sub-genre of acoustic folk rock made its way to mainstream radio and captured an incredible and very loyal fan base. With the release of their Nashville-recorded album Hand Me Down Miracles, the Esperanto EP, and the most recent Trust and Bones album, The Mascot Theory is set to be the next band in that category to make a major impact, as they have quickly moved up the popularity ranks of Madison's music scene with their infectious songwriting and energetic live shows. They balance on an alternative folk influence and pull it together with a rootsy bluegrass blended Americana feel to give something that fits alongside their counterparts, but also has enough freshness to it to give it a unique spin and create their own sound as well, with a sonic backbone of 4-part harmony swells. Along with a 2017 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) win for Best Male Vocalist (Erik Kjelland) and a nomination for Best Americana/folk artist, The Mascot Theory has won 18 MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) awards including back to back 2016 and 2017 Artist of the Year awards.
The 4onthefloor
The 4onthefloor
The 4onthefloor's new album, Spirit Of Minneapolis, evokes the spirit of American rebellion. That same pioneering spirit that brought us everything from modern aviation to rock & roll. Harnessing that spirit, the band is using it to break down modern music's barriers down to our basic musical traditions. That ageless sound of rock & roll isn't what it used to be, but the rumble of stomping feet emanating from Minneapolis is an omen of great things on the horizon.

The 4/4 beating of the bass drums recalls the American ideal of onward and upward, turning our prevailing spirits to the sky after a reaching the end of the land. The 4-barreled onslaught can be a train building up steam right behind you, the king of the jungle chasing you down, or your wheels on the highway. It's the soundtrack of America moving forward.

Delta blues, classic rock, and a lifetime of attentive listening have produced a sound whose time has come. The energetic and powerful delivery of this band cannot be overstated. Their huge, soulful anthems leave nothing on the floor as Gabriel Douglas' guttural howl soars through the ether.

There's a readiness to be found in listeners now. The fervor of discovery and innovation is coming back to the American masses and the excitement surrounding the birth of rock & roll is now roaring out of the doldrums with a fury. Let go. Take flight. Indulge in life's pleasures and stomp with them.
Bron Sage
Bron Sage
Formed in 2012 and largely inspired by a disfigured, pocket-sized bronze horse, Bron Sage is a rarity: an indie band playing heavy horn and guitar-driven rock and roll that naturally incorporates elements of blues, Dixieland jazz, prog rock, psychedelica, and much more.

Close attention is paid to crafting bizarre song forms that remain digestible. And by finding lyrical inspiration in a variety of subjects that range from holiday-related mental breakdowns (“My Baby, She Lost Her Mind on Christmas Day”) to allegorical elephant graveyards (“Elephant Law”) to coming-of-age in the wrong generation (“Skizzards and Scoundrels”), each original song proves to be a distinct character in the Bron Sage repertoire.

Never described the same way twice, Bron Sage’s good old-fashioned American weirdness has been described once as, “an art rock mixture of heavy guitar and horns that produces a brand of truly polyphonic big band rock and roll that occupies the space between 70’s prog rock and contemporary blues. It sounds a bit like Led Zeppelin picked up Jim Morrison hitchhiking and brought him to a club to jam with the house horn section...and then some of them took a little acid, perhaps." Whether you’re checking into a no-tell motel, climbing out of your steam-powered time machine, or sun tanning in the parking lot of an abandoned taxidermy shop, Bron Sage aims to make you feel right at home.
Venue Information:
High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
http://www.high-noon.com/

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