Adelitas Way, Mike Xavier
Monday, December 31st, 2018
8:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
$32.00 - $35.00
This event is 18 and over
$32.00 General Admission, $35.00 General Admission (day of show)
All guests must have a valid government/state issued ID for entry to the venue. No refunds.
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All general admission tickets are standing room only.
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*Advertised times are for doors -- show time not available*
*Venue closes between 12am - 1am unless otherwise noted*
The band’s debut album, “Vivid,” was released in 1988 on Epic Records. The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified double platinum by the RIAA. It featured “Cult of Personality,” a #13 hit on the Billboard 200 Singles chart as well as the Top 40 hit, “Glamour Boys.” “Cult of Personality” went on to earn the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
In 1990 the band's second full-length album, “Time's Up,” was released and reached #13 on the Billboard 200 while certifying gold. It won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Album and featured guest appearances by Queen Latifah, Little Richard, Doug E. Fresh, and Maceo Parker.
Living Colour released the 6-song EP, "Biscuits" which coincided with the inaugural Lollapalooza tour in the summer of 1991.
Skillings left the band in the summer of 1992, replaced by session veteran and Sugarhill Records bass player Doug Wimbish.
“Stain,” their third LP, was released in 1993 by Epic. Reaching #26 on the Billboard 200, the album had a much heavier and aggressive sound, containing elements of thrash metal and industrial music while receiving a Grammy nomination for 'Leave It Alone'.
After a split in 1995, Living Colour returned in December 2000 and began recording “Collideøscope”. Released in 2003, the album featured aggressive lyrics, with many of the songs about the September 11 attacks. It also contained cover versions of AC/DC's “Back in Black” and The Beatles' “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
Their first release on Megaforce Records, “The Chair in the Doorway,” was issued in 2009 and reached #159 on the Billboard 200 charged by the single 'Behind The Sun'
In 2013, the band celebrated the 25th anniversary of 'Vivid' w/ a world tour crossing North and South Americas, Europe, and Japan, including the Soundwave festival in Australia.
The root of Living Colour's next album, came from a performance of Robert Johnson's "Preachin' Blues" at the 100th Anniversary Birthday celebration at the legendary Apollo in New York City.
Released on September 8, 2017, ‘Shade’ is the sound of a band coming to terms with its shadows and light,” says founder Vernon Reid. “From the blue pulpit of Robert Johnson to the mean red streets of Brooklyn... ‘Shade’ is the next chapter of a unique American journey.”
With “Dog on a Leash”—a slow-burner that blends lead-heavy riffs, thunderous drums, haunting guitar tones, and stirring vocals—Adelitas Way has deepened their sound while staying true to the fierceness of spirit the band’s embraced since their 2009 debut (a self-titled effort featuring the chart-topping single “Invincible,” now the theme song for WWE Superstars). For singer/songwriter Rick DeJesus, guitarist Robert Zakaryan, bassist Andrew Cushing, and drummer Trevor Stafford, striking that balance began with devoting nearly two years to writing the songs that would eventually make up the album. “Coming up with the songs for this record, it was really important for us to take the time we needed to let everything come together naturally, and also to make sure the lyrics and melodies and music were the strongest we’ve ever done,” says DeJesus.
Along with developing more powerful hooks and broader arrangements to shape each of the new songs in the band’s arsenal, Adelitas Way allowed an urgent, gut-punching intensity to fuel every step of their songwriting process. “I wanted the emotion of each song to be so strong that you could feel it bleeding through the music, whether it’s angst or heartbreak or loss, or even something from one of the more feel-good songs on the album,” DeJesus points out. “To me songs that have that kind of raw feeling are the ones that really get through and change people.”
While some of the songs saw their inception with a lyric or a melody from DeJesus, other tracks were born from riffs that the band generated during their many tireless jam sessions. “We spent weeks jamming and working on songs, which helped the final version to feel natural and real once we actually recorded,” says DeJesus. That prep work turned out to be invaluable in readying the band to record with Raskulinecz, an experience that DeJesus likens to a musical boot camp. “Nick’s not the kind of producer who’ll tell you, ‘Oh, we’ll just edit it later,’” says DeJesus. “There was no cutting or pasting or computer magic—it was just like, ‘You’re gonna sing it and play it right all the way through, and that’s what’s gonna go on the record.” Raskulinecz also helped Adelitas Way cultivate a more dynamic sound by working with the band to strengthen their arrangements and take their songs into directions they hadn’t explored before. “It was a constant learning and growing process, and Nick really helped push us both mentally and physically,” DeJesus notes.
When it came time to record, Adelitas Way and Raskulinecz spent ten hours a day working on songs in their cabin studio. “We were pretty secluded out there in the woods, which I think is better for making a record than being in a city like L.A. where you have so many distractions,” says DeJesus. “There’s a different level of focus in working like that, and all we had to think about all day long was building a connection with the people who were going to hear this album.” Even after leaving the studio for the day, DeJesus continued to work on crafting the band’s latest batch of songs. “I’d go back home and sit down and work on lyrics some more, making sure all of the songs were right and telling the story I needed and wanted to tell,” he says.
Despite all that steadfast effort, the album emerges as a product of pure passion, nervy energy, and an irresistible simplicity that’s evident in its bold and brash sound. “With this album it wasn’t like, ‘Let’s try out all these new things’—it was more like we were trying out less things,” says DeJesus. “We weren’t saying, ‘Let’s try hiding the guitar tone, let’s stack 50 guitars to make it sound huge, let’s tune the vocals and add synth and beats and whatever else.’ We just wanted to keep it stripped-down and make some really great music.” Noting that his songwriting is largely influenced by the visceral, uncompromising alt-rock that bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden pioneered in the late-‘80s and early-‘90s, DeJesus adds that Adelitas Way was adamant about limiting the new album to live instrumentation (including a grand piano and string section along with the built-in lineup of guitar, bass, and drums). “When I was younger I watched Nirvana wipe out an entire generation of pop, which was something really inspiring to me in making an album at a time when rock’s become sort of a black sheep in the music world,” he says.
For Adelitas Way, one of the most crucial benefits to keeping their sound rough and rugged is clearing a more direct pathway to connection with the listener. “A song like ‘Dog on a Leash’—that’s about feeling like you need to ask permission to do what you want, like you’re under the mercy of someone else, whether it’s your boss or an overbearing girlfriend or boyfriend or whoever, which is something I’ve seen happen so many times to people in my life,” DeJesus explains. By drawing out those pained and primal emotions in their music, Adelitas Way aim to ultimately empower their listeners with a sense of release. “Hearing a song that’s about something you’re dealing with and realizing you’re not alone is so important for getting through things,” says DeJesus. “That’s what I want our songs to help people to do. And when someone connects with a song so much that they think we wrote it specifically about them, that’s when I know we’ve gotten the job done.”
does just that, proving himself to be that unique artist through his vivid, poetic and real
life – though upbeat and optimistic – lyrics.
Xavier’s generation-defying appeal comes in part because of his live band. A gifted,
smooth and well-trained group that includes trumpet, keys, bass, and drums. After years
of performing alongside a DJ, Xavier decided it was time to task a crew of expert
instrumentalists to help him create a live experience that’s unparalleled in the world of
hip-hop. They gently wrap his insightful lyrics in energetic and accessible jazz that
consistently captivates crowds of all ages.
While the band’s smooth, patient strumming draws you in, the lyrical portrait Xavier
paints of this often gritty world is what leaves audiences of all backgrounds feeling
they’re one with a peer or someone who has genuinely lived in their dirt-stained shoes.
That’s because they are: Xavier is all of us.Before Xavier ever opened up for Hip Hop
pioneers such as; Mobb Deep, KRS-One, Tech N9NE and Rakim, he was raised in Los
Angeles by a single mother and eventually wound up homeless – sleeping in his car
until he could make a few dollars to lay his head on an actual pillow.
The life lessons he first learned on the streets of L.A., and now Las Vegas pour out
when he’s on stage. When Xavier performs his acclaimed song “Sunshine,” it's clear
that he longs to be a good father and a positive role model. “We just got to teach our
kids they can change the world,” Xavier raps with his calm though upbeat tone. “They
used to tell me, ‘Try them drugs.’ I ain’t never try it.”
Xavier’s heart doesn’t just pour out in his lyrics; he also backs it up with action. He
organized an event to feed the homeless, and held his second annual Toy Drive, which
brought out some of Las Vegas’ best talent to pay it forward for children in need. Mike
has been a Keynote Speaker for the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation and
has also performed for the neglected and abused children who live at St. Jude's Ranch.
In addition to the above, Xavier has partnered with the Subversive Music Foundation for
the second year to raise over $80,000 to provide scholarships for music education +
studio time to promote respectful, non-violent drug-free music to underprivileged youth.
With interviews and performances on popular TV outlets such as FOX, NBC, and ABC
News, Xavier has expanded his reach to the masses. In 2018 Xavier partnered with
Toyota for a special performance, and also shared the bill with world-renowned artists
such as The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, and Travis Scott at The Life Is Beautiful
Music Festival. His success has quickly carried over into 2019 with the release of his
new album titled 'Still Dreaming,' and a sold-out show at Vinyl Las Vegas, a 750
capacity venue located inside the famed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
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