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Head for the Hills w/ Smooth Hound Smith and Nocturnal Youth and Shoemaker Brothers

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Head for the Hills w/ Smooth Hound Smith and Nocturnal Youth and Shoemaker Brothers
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:30 PM to 11:59 PM
The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
  • 21 & over
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Show Details
  • Ticket Price: $10.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Show Type: Bluegrass
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
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  • Head for the Hills

    Head for the Hills

    ‘Head for the Hills’ Blue Ruin effortlessly matches integrity against innovation’ (CMT – Edge)

    “On top of modern string music” (Bluegrass Today)

    “Cutting edge” (Drew Emmitt)

    From Telluride Bluegrass Festival to SxSW and all points beyond – Head for the Hills creates a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music.

    The quartet recently released their third studio album, ‘Blue Ruin’, which has received positive praise. The album has charted in the CMJ Top 200 and the band was featured by CMT – Edge mentioning – ‘Head for the Hills’ Blue Ruin effortlessly matches integrity against innovation’. Renowned artist Timothy Doyle (Muse, The Black Keys, Lucas Films, NASA) created the stunning cover art for ‘Blue Ruin.’

    Head for the Hills has performed and appeared at many premier festivals and radio programs: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, SxSW, NPR-Ideastream, eTown, High Sierra Music Festival, RockyGrass and many more. They also appeared on the River’s Rising Flood Compilation to benefit Colorado Flood victims alongside: Furthur, Widespread Panic, Devotchka amongst others. The band was named “Best of Colorado” bluegrass for 4 consecutive years via Westword Music Showcase (Denver, CO) and also co-released a craft beer with one of USA Today’s “Top 15 Craft Beer Breweries” – Odell Brewing Co.

  • Shoemaker Brothers

    Shoemaker Brothers

    The Shoemaker Brothers are four brothers from Washington State; they moved to Los Angeles last year to play their original music.
    In that short year, they have built a huge following in Los Angeles. The demographic of the fan base they have gathered in a year is amazing, the fans range in age from the very young to Baby Boomers. Their original and unique music is so layered and diverse that they receive rave reviews wherever they play. Musicians and fans alike declare this band to be the best live band they have ever heard or seen. The Brothers astound the audience by switching instruments, as they perform, they are all classically trained on string instruments, they all sing lead vocals and harmonies and they all play guitar, piano, drums and bass. The Brothers draw large crowds at all the major venues and are booked and re-booked constantly. They have played Whiskey A Go Go, The Roxy, Canyon Club, World Fest, Camarillo Festival, Oak's Music Nights. They have also opened for major acts like Little Feet, Loggins and Messina, Los Lobos, Canned Heat, all this in one short year. For an unknown band just arrived in Los Angeles this kind of progress in such a short time is phenomenal. This is a Band you have to see and hear.

  • Nocturnal Youth

    Nocturnal Youth

    Nocturnal Youth is a sound manifested from the veins that pump energy through the vast number of cultures that make up our surroundings; it captures the life from underneath the city that never sleeps, it soaks up the sand under our feet and the food we choose to eat, all while it consumes the art and music that lie in front of us, in turn radiating the essence of vitality and strength.

  • Smooth Hound Smith

    Smooth Hound Smith

    Smooth Hound Smith is the musical moniker of multi-instrumentalist Zack Smith. Zack currently operates out of both Los Angeles and Nashville, where he records and performs a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues as a one-man-band. Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, distorted vocals, and supreme coordinati on, he is able to sing, create his own rhythm section, and play leads simultaneously. The result is rugged and visceral- a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock 'n' roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints, where it was often only one musician providing the evening's entertainment. A life-long musician, Smooth Hound is an accomplished drummer/percussionist, upright bassist, guitarist, and banjo player. Growing up playing in numerous different bands ranging from punk to bluegrass, he grew weary and bored of traditional band settings and uneasy being delegated to only one instrument in any given musical situation. He set out trying to find a way to showcase all of his talents within a single project. After experimenting with various live and pre-recorded looping technologies, he discovered that what he really wanted was to provide groovy, portable, self-contained music with no "pre-recorded samples, triggers, or loops". Though he certainly stretches his legs a bit more in terms of layers and experimentation when it comes to his recordings (all self-recorded, played, and produced), his live shows are truly a site to behold; he has been known to intimidate, impress, inspire, and certainly perspire while on stage, and is known for the deceptively large sound he's able to conjure with all four of his limbs and his mouth.

Set Times:
  • 07:30 PM - Shoemaker Brothers
  • 08:15 PM - Nocturnal Youth
  • 09:15 PM - Smooth Hound Smith
  • 10:15 PM - Head for the Hills

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