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Davy Knowles / Helen Rose Band / Stacy Rosch / The Hot Take

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Davy Knowles / Helen Rose Band / Stacy Rosch / The Hot Take
Friday, March 24, 2017 8:30 PM
The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
  • 21 & over
 
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00 - $12.00
  • Door Time: 8:00 PM
  • Restrictions: 21 & over

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  • Davy Knowles

    Davy Knowles

    Hot on the heels of the 2015 album release The Outsider, the full-length documentary Island Bound, and an extensive tour schedule, Isle of Man-born Davy Knowles announces his new album Three Miles From Avalon. This collection of new songs sees Davy returning to his roots, and the sounds that first ignited his passion for music.

    Recorded exclusively in his adopted hometown of Chicago, the capital of electric blues provided Knowles with a landscape steeped in legend, inspiring him to creatively explore the genre of music he’s always loved – energetic, guitar driven blues-rock.

    Knowles began the recording process for Three Miles From Avalon with a fresh approach, one that has resulted in a dynamic, gutsy sound: “I wanted to go back to the basics. The band and myself have racked up a lot of playing time together, and we have really started to gel. I wanted to capture that ‘live’ feel in the studio

    This led naturally to a back-to-basics approach, and a search for authenticity when it came to recording the new material: “My favourite sounding records are certainly older ones, recorded to tape, with minimal fuss or overdubs. I wanted that lovely warm, vintage sound that only tape and glowing tubes can do.”

    A raw, vintage sound is evident in the album’s opening two tracks, the hard-driving Ain’t Much Of Nothing, and a long-time live favourite, What You’re Made Of, a homage to one of Davy’s musical heroes: “Rory Gallagher has been a huge influence for me, his energy and drive was so mesmerising. I wanted to get back to that high energy, big guitar riff style of writing.”

    Falling Apart, the album’s third track, adds dark drama to the record’s driving pace with its smoky verses and heavy, snarling, blues riff. “I’ve had this song kicking around for a long time, but it wasn’t until I had found this guitar pedal called ‘The Octron’ (one of only two pedals used by Knowles on the entire album) that the song and the riff really came to life, it’s got this wonderful menacing sound.”

    Weaving a moment of pathos into the tracklist is Oxford MS – a fictional account of shady dealing and violence. Storytelling has always been a vital ingredient in Knowles’ work: “Songs with characters and stories have always grabbed me, and I wanted to write one in the blues and gospel vein, it’s a story of blackmail, gambling and regret, though certainly not an autobiographical one!”

    Yet it’s the title track, Three Miles From Avalon, which brings to the fore very personal aspects to a tale. “The song is really all about being slightly further away than where you want to be, and the frustration that comes with that. Avalon is this Arthurian legend, the Island that could never be found. It became my metaphor for things just out of my grasp.”

    The song also reveals the musical influences close to Davy’s heart, showcasing his love of blues and classic rock with affection

    The album closes on a hat tip to one of the all-time greats, Willie Dixon, with a re-working of his blues classic What In The World. Performed with a live, ‘after hours’ feel, the track showcases Knowles’ confident and distinctive guitar playing, but also a powerful solo on the Hammond B3 by Andrew Toombs – demonstrating that Knowles and his tight-knit band all possess not only stunning technical ability, but soul too.

  • The Hot Take

    The Hot Take

    Blues rock four-piece The Hot Take is based in Los Angeles.  Rock n roll inspired by the Rolling Stones and Cream, drum grooves inspired by Muscle Shoals, all with a modern-brewed beers.  Embracing pop sensibilities and guitar riffs, the group plays across the LA area.  Check them out at a venue near you!

  • Stacy Rosch

    Stacy Rosch

  • Helen Rose Band

    Helen Rose Band

    “The future ain’t what it used to be. Stand back, lean in, she’ll tear your heart out with her voice and horn playing. She is a wonder to behold. After all, she is… HELEN ROSE.”
    — MARVIN ETZIONI (PRODUCER, LONE JUSTICE)

    The multi-talented, multi-faceted Helen Rose is nothing short of a musical revelation, bringing a true artist's soul and a fiery passion to every unforgettable performance and recording. 
    Helen Rose's music comes from a truly timeless place. You don't just hear hints of her musical influences and inspirations; you feel them in every note. Powerful yet intimate. Polished yet authentic. Whether an original composition or a bold interpretation of a classic tune, her songs burst forth as something totally fresh and singularly her own. This music simply must be heard.
    Part Blues Rock, part Country Soul, Helen Rose's musical inspirations range from the bayou of New Orleans to the music halls of Nashville to the free-spirited rock & roll fields of Woodstock. These influences and more are blended with flavors from many other places and genres, to round out her thoroughly irresistible sound. 
    Whether seducing the crowd with her soulful, impassioned vocals, or setting the club on fire as she rips through a saxophone solo, Helen Rose is always in total command of the stage and her audience.
    Selected as one of NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest’s favorite California entries, she recently toured as an opening act for Patrick Sweany (Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys), as well as in Europe with her dear friend Jonah Tolchin (Thousand Mile Night, Clover Lane) and across the US. 
    Get ready to rock and roll, and move your body and soul, with Helen Rose.
    Debut album coming soon!

Set Times:
  • 08:30 PM - The Hot Take
  • 09:15 PM - Stacy Rosch
  • 10:15 PM - Helen Rose Band
  • 11:15 PM - Davy Knowles

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