Saturday, June 16th, 2018
7:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
$29.50 - $49.50+
This event is 18 and over
$29.50 General Admission, $35.00 General Admission (day of show)
$49.50 Club Level
All guests must have a valid government/state issued ID for entry to the venue. No refunds.
TICKETS PURCHASED IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE ARE SUBJECT TO A $2 TICKETING FEE.
All general admission tickets are standing room only.
ALL TICKET PRICES INCLUDE NEVADA'S 9% LIVE ENTERTAINMENT TAX
Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is excited to offer special room discounts via Caesars Hotels & Resorts for traveling fans. For hotel rooms use promo code: BRB15 at www.caesars.com applicable for rooms at The LINQ Hotel and the Flamingo.
*Advertised times are for doors -- show time/set times not available*
* Venue Closes between 12am-1am unless otherwise noted*https://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/1654105/
jadedness, you might be forgiven for being taken aback when
someone says to you: “I hope you’re happy.” It’d be easy to load
that phrase with acerbic meaning, to interpret it foremost as
coming from a place of spite and sarcasm. And nine times out of
10, you’d probably be right. But in the case of seminal musicians
Blue October, the statement is disarmingly sincere.
It’s a surprise, to be sure. But “I Hope You’re Happy,” the title
track representative of the Texas outfit’s forthcoming body of
work in both word and sound, is the first burst in a salvo of
overwhelming positivity—a sonically abundant, rich, lusciously
atmospheric, lovingly produced record.
Early fans of the band’s work, those who haven’t kept track of
the band’s journey in its latter years, might be hard-pressed to
recognize the foursome—comprised of Ryan Delahoussaye, the
band’s multi-instrumentalist; Matt Noveskey on bass; and
brothers Jeremy and Justin Furstenfeld, the band’s drummer and front man, respectively. The group, once known for its stormy dynamic and self-destructive tendencies, couldn’t be more distinct, today, from the band it once was. And the members of Blue October want everyone they encounter to know the great place they’re in, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. “We’ve had the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, and we’ve come out the other side,” says Noveskey, who describes the record as “emotional.”
Such is the subject matter of a soon-to-be-released documentary detailing the band’s transformation from sordid to solid, from ravaged by the tempest of addiction to blessed by the joys of family life. Just like any other relationship, the band’s dynamic is multifaceted, and what we’re privy to on camera is but a snapshot into the group’s complex world.
By age ten, Chloe had begun playing bass and had formed her own band. By twelve, she was opening for indie artists such as Midlake and Conor Oberst with her blend of hip covers and precocious originals. "I probably watched School of Rock 100 times," Chloe says, laughing. "That was all I wanted to do."
It's not a surprise that Chloe was so naturally drawn to the rebel artists' life. Both her mom and dad are creative and the singer's older brother, the scholar in the family, also dabbles in music. "School is really his thing," Chloe says. " Mathematics. But he's also a really natural musician." School was not Chloe's thing. "I got into a lot of trouble from a very early age," she remembers. Music was all that ever held her attention but within that particular world she is as educated as they come. A consummate rock nerd, she can easefully narrate the creative through-line from My Bloody Valentine to Washed Out, discuss her appreciation of everyone from Cat Power to the Notorious B.I.G.,then pivot to music business speak to dissect Grimes' marketability in the mainstream. "People always say, oh she's so young but the thing is, I have been doing this for a really long time already," Chloe says. "I love it. As cliché as it sounds, it's my life. It's all I do."
While writing songs, recording, and performing live have been a major part of Chloe's daily life over the last few years, what's been more of a challenge, she says, is learning how to focus her vision. "You can write a song on an acoustic guitar and it can sound any way you want. It doesn't necessarily have a point of view," she explains. "But over the last year or two, I've realized the particular music I wanted to make, what sound I wanted and the point of view that I wanted it to come from."
The path to this realization wasn't without it's rough patches. Ironically after signing her record deal, at the peak of her first small wave of success, when she should have been the happiest, Chloe nearly lost herself in rock and roll cliché. "I would drink before and after shows… do drugs," Chloe remembers. "The real problem was that I couldn't stop myself. It wasn't just about fun. I was frustrated, scared and confused and I wanted to kill those feelings, but I justified it by saying this is the rock and roll life style. It's okay to do this 'cause so did Iggy Pop, so did Lou Reed. Maybe I would write my own 'Heroin' someday. But the thing is, drugs really do kill your creativity and they can ruin your career. That lifestyle, how I was living it, it lowers you. We almost had to shut the whole thing down. Part of the turnaround of this record is that I looked around and said, 'Wait a minute. This isn't a joke. This is my life. This is what I care about. What the hell am I doing?'"
Back in LA, away from distractions, Chloe was finally clear-headed enough to truly explore what kind of music she wanted to make. Through songwriting collaborations with her manager and musical mentor, Chad Anderson, the singer started to hone in on her now signature sound. A blend of the ferocious power of late 70s post punk with the sonic textures and rhythms of British new wave, executed with an emotional delicacy all too rare for today.
Soon after Chloe started messing around with her computer at home to create music with her brother, the stage was set for Kitten to rise. "I felt stuck with the band format's mostly organic instruments so I started making beats with my brother in our bedrooms," she remembers. "I found it really liberating. Soon after I started falling in love with 80s new wave, most of it British—Pet Shop Boys, OMD, Psychedelic Furs, New Order, The Eurythmics, American artists like The Motels and 'till Tuesday, Prince…."
Liberating is a good descriptor for Kitten's EP. A blend of the sophisticated elegance of dream pop with the jagged directness of rock and roll, it's a declaration of intent and an auspicious announcement of the arrival of a new force in music. The title track "Cut It Out" has the sweetness of a delicate pop song underscored by a massive futuristic backbeat. "G#" is a reverb-drenched reinvention of classic shoegazer rock, slashed through with razor guitars and songs like "Sugar" showcase Chloe's willingness to be intimate and vulnerable even from within these layers of raucous noise.
From considered near-ballads to epic walls of sound, the EP showcases the dynamic range of Chloe's young band. Guitarist Andy Miller has been with Kitten since the beginning and his subtle, textured playing is responsible for the infusion of keyboard-like sounds and not-so-subtle hooks. Bass player Chris Vogel has made a huge difference in Kitten's cohesion as a band – the resident gear head in the group he also brings a simplicity and directness that keeps the music grounded while giving Chloe a run for her money onstage.
It's almost as if Chloe Chaidez has been in training for close to a decade and is now ready for the major leagues. She's always had the talent and the belief but now she has the sense of self and identity to back it up. "What's going to make this band different is our live show," says the singer, when asked what truly distinguishes Kitten. "I love being onstage more than anything. When you are up there you can do whatever you want. You can be whatever you want. If there's one person in the back of the room not involved, then that's my audience. I'll do whatever I have to do to blow that person away. I want everybody in the audience to remember where they were when they saw Kitten for the first time."
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