Styx & REO Speedwagon

  1. Styx & REO Speedwagon
    Event on 2013-08-23 19:30:00

    Styx

    STYX – Tommy Shaw, James JY Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips (along with the occasional surprise appearance by original bassist Chuck Panozzo), have performed more live since 99 than all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours with Def Leppard, Journey, Boston, REO Speedwagon, Bad Company (to name only a few), two more studio albums and no end in sight, STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time. Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early 70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late '70s and early '80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads.

    REO Speedwagon

    Formed loosely in the late '60s at college in Champaign, IL, REO (named after the precursor to the light truck) rode to gigs in station wagons, hopping from small gigs to even tinier gigs, just to get their name out. It worked, as fans quickly realized there was much more going on here than your average college party band. By the early '70s, the band's unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. It carved a path that was eventually followed by STYX, Kansas, Cheap Trick and more. Platinum albums and freeform FM radio staples such as "Ridin' The Storm Out" followed, setting the stage for 1980's explosive Hi Infidelity. REO rode the top of the charts with a RIAA-certified 22 million albums sold in the U.S. and 40 million around the globe, with a string of gold and platinum records and international hit singles.

    at Pier Six Concert Pavilion
    731 Eastern Avenue
    Baltimore, United States

  2. Serena Ryder
    Event on 2013-08-23 20:00:00

    Supporting Acts: Lee DeWyze

    Serena Ryder

    With 60 songs written and ready to go, Serena Ryder had some tough choices to make when starting work on her new album. She made the toughest of all: She threw them out. Every one of them. A full years hard work into the trash. Best thing, the Juno Award-winning artist says, shes ever done. Ryder has earned grass-roots acclaim as a guitar-wielding singer-songwriter, an approach at the core of the five dozen songs she had on hand. Starting fresh allowed her the freedom to see that shed only been showing one side of her talents and passions. She put down the guitar and wrote, first and foremost, for her voice and for her full musical personality. The result is Harmony, an album of wide range and deep vision, driven by a fierce love and matching talent for music of soulful connections, for the voice as the supreme instrument, for pop values at their most grounded and most reaching. Working with producers/collaborators Jerrod Bettis (Gavin Degraw, Better Than Ezra) and Jon Levine (Knaan, Nelly Furtado) in Hollywood and at her Toronto home studio, the rush of creativity was remarkable both for the results, and its ease. This was one of the easiest and fun records Ive ever made, she says. Really, really effortless. We wrote and recorded all of the songs in a couple of weeks. The songs showcase boisterous pop (What I Wouldnt Do), lushly sultry soul balladry (Fall), raw exuberance (the scat-driven Stompa) and earthy joy (Mary Go Round). And throughout each song is a blend of a joyous embrace of a wide range of styles, at all times honoring her whole musical life: The girl who sang along to her moms record collection before she ever picked up a guitar and the woman who had fallen under the seductive sway of generations of dynamic, poetic singer-songwriters. When I first started playing guitar I learned from listening to Neil Young, she says. And I learned to write lyrics from him too, and Tracy Chapman, Ben Harper, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson. And on my guitar that was how I always wrote. There was much more to her, though. But I started singing when I was a kid, she says. I didnt play guitar yet, so I was singing Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt songs. Bette Midler was massive! Beaches was huge for me. Also The Labyrinth with David Bowie, one of the first people I wanted to marry! These super-eclectic people I was into. So soulful and big. When I put down my guitar all those influences came through. After making the hard decision to forget all the written songs for a fresh start, Ryder headed to Los Angeles where she was put together with Bettis at his home studio. She arrived with just the first idea of a riff. He said, Thats cool. she says. We didnt know it was anything. We recorded that and he created this unbelievable drum beat around it. And then the song came naturally. When I was a kid I loved Ella and all that, loved scatting, using my voice as a real instrument. All of a sudden I was scatting. And the word people came out of my mouth. Just came out! From that grew Stompa, one of the albums irresistible centerpieces. He said, What is this song about? I said that its about how magic music is. How music is one of the most powerful medicines in the world. Thats what I want to sing about, how powerful music is in itself. It can take you to a whole other place, shoot you out of your body and into your heart. I wanted something that would make you move, forget your lousy day, forget your awful job or car or disease. Music can do that. I forget that sometimes, even though Im a musician. You know, its that simple! On For You, Levine brought in an idea hed intended for her when theyd first worked together, but had not had a chance to use. Built around a string sample from Nina Simones recording of I Put a Spell on You, the song has a simmering tone manifest through Ryders sultry vocals. Call Me carries another shade of the same seductively dark edge. And Fall, she says, came from wanting something where you were just so in love that youre falling down that rapid river. Her favorite, she says. is Baby Come Back, about me writing to that be-all, end-all power, God, the universe, whatever. People in their moment of despair will go to that higher power. I was thinking, why then in our moments of happiness, when everything is okay, you forget about that? Wheres the gratitude? So I wanted to write about that. The albums lustrous sound, she adds, was brought to full dimension by the other key team member, Joe Zook, whose mix of the music has her for the first time feeling I was hearing music in 3D. Ryder was born in tiny Millbrook, Ontario, pop. 2000, raised by her mom (a go-go dancer with rock revue tours in her youth) and step-dad (Those oldies! He loved it. Could not sing at all, but would scream at the top of his lungs to the radio when we would go on drives Sundays in his truck), with extra music influence from her uncle, noted singer-songwriter Bob Carpenter. Her musical pursuits took off in her teen years, with early recordings and steady performances on the Toronto circuit, both solo and with such bands as Three Days Grace. Among her accolades is the Juno New Artist Award. The single of Stompa previewed the breakthrough of Harmony as a hit at home, as well as a featured spot in an episode of Greys Anatomy. The songs, she adds, to her represent the elements fire, water, air, earth in respective, poetic ways. But also much more within that, the elements within her, within the emotions touched by music. All those elements coming together in this record, she says. Thats why its called Harmony. Harmony is being able to have a billion things happen at once. As long as theyre in harmony, its all good. You dont have to think about yourself or deny yourself.

    at Varsity Theater
    1308 SE Fourth Street
    Minneapolis, United States

  3. SerenaRyder w/ Lee DeWyze
    Event on 2013-08-22 21:00:00

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    With 60 songs written and ready to go, Serena Ryder had some tough choices to make when starting work on her new album. She made the toughest of all: She threw them out. Every one of them. A full years hard work into the trash.
    Best thing, the Juno Award-winning artist says, shes ever done.
    Ryder has earned grass-roots acclaim as a guitar-wielding singer-songwriter, an approach at the core of the five dozen songs she had on hand. Starting fresh allowed her the freedom to see that shed only been showing one side of her talents and passions. She put down the guitar and wrote, first and foremost, for her voice and for her full musical personality. The result is Harmony, an album of wide range and deep vision, driven by a fierce love and matching talent for music of soulful connections, for the voice as the supreme instrument, for pop values at their most grounded and most reaching.
    Working with producers/collaborators Jerrod Bettis (Gavin Degraw, Better Than Ezra) and Jon Levine (Knaan, Nelly Furtado) in Hollywood and at her Toronto home studio, the rush of creativity was remarkable both for the results, and its ease.
    This was one of the easiest and fun records Ive ever made, she says. Really, really effortless. We wrote and recorded all of the songs in a couple of weeks.
    The songs showcase boisterous pop (What I Wouldnt Do), lushly sultry soul balladry (Fall), raw exuberance (the scat-driven Stompa) and earthy joy (Mary Go Round). And throughout each song is a blend of a joyous embrace of a wide range of styles, at all times honoring her whole musical life: The girl who sang along to her moms record collection before she ever picked up a guitar and the woman who had fallen under the seductive sway of generations of dynamic, poetic singer-songwriters.
    When I first started playing guitar I learned from listening to Neil Young, she says. And I learned to write lyrics from him too, and Tracy Chapman, Ben Harper, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, Kris Kristofferson. And on my guitar that was how I always wrote.
    There was much more to her, though.
    But I started singing when I was a kid, she says. I didnt play guitar yet, so I was singing Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Linda Ronstadt songs. Bette Midler was massive! Beaches was huge for me. Also The Labyrinth with David Bowie, one of the first people I wanted to marry! These super-eclectic people I was into. So soulful and big. When I put down my guitar all those influences came through.
    After making the hard decision to forget all the written songs for a fresh start, Ryder headed to Los Angeles where she was put together with Bettis at his home studio. She arrived with just the first idea of a riff.
    He said, Thats cool. she says. We didnt know it was anything. We recorded that and he created this unbelievable drum beat around it. And then the song came naturally. When I was a kid I loved Ella and all that, loved scatting, using my voice as a real instrument. All of a sudden I was scatting. And the word people came out of my mouth. Just came out!
    From that grew Stompa, one of the albums irresistible centerpieces.
    He said, What is this song about? I said that its about how magic music is. How music is one of the most powerful medicines in the world. Thats what I want to sing about, how powerful music is in itself. It can take you to a whole other place, shoot you out of your body and into your heart. I wanted something that would make you move, forget your lousy day, forget your awful job or car or disease. Music can do that. I forget that sometimes, even though Im a musician. You know, its that simple!
    On For You, Levine brought in an idea hed intended for her when theyd first worked together, but had not had a chance to use. Built around a string sample from Nina Simones recording of I Put a Spell on You, the song has a simmering tone manifest through Ryders sultry vocals. Call Me carries another shade of the same seductively dark edge. And Fall, she says, came from wanting something where you were just so in love that youre falling down that rapid river.
    Her favorite, she says. is Baby Come Back, about me writing to that be-all, end-all power, God, the universe, whatever. People in their moment of despair will go to that higher power. I was thinking, why then in our moments of happiness, when everything is okay, you forget about that? Wheres the gratitude? So I wanted to write about that.
    The albums lustrous sound, she adds, was brought to full dimension by the other key team member, Joe Zook, whose mix of the music has her for the first time feeling I was hearing music in 3D.
    Ryder was born in tiny Millbrook, Ontario, pop. 2000, raised by her mom (a go-go dancer with rock revue tours in her youth) and step-dad (Those oldies! He loved it. Could not sing at all, but would scream at the top of his lungs to the radio when we would go on drives Sundays in his truck), with extra music influence from her uncle, noted singer-songwriter Bob Carpenter. Her musical pursuits took off in her teen years, with early recordings and steady performances on the Toronto circuit, both solo and with such bands as Three Days Grace. Among her accolades is the Juno New Artist Award.
    The single of Stompa previewed the breakthrough of Harmony as a hit at home, as well as a featured spot in an episode of Greys Anatomy.
    The songs, she adds, to her represent the elements fire, water, air, earth in respective, poetic ways. But also much more within that, the elements within her, within the emotions touched by music.
    All those elements coming together in this record, she says. Thats why its called Harmony. Harmony is being able to have a billion things happen at once. As long as theyre in harmony, its all good. You dont have to think about yourself or deny yourself.

    at The Waiting Room
    6212 Maple Street
    Omaha, United States

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