Description: DOORS OPEN AT 9:00. MUSIC STARTS AT 9:15.
AFTER ANNA DAVID's SHOW.
TICKETS: $15 CASH AT DOOR / $20 IF UNDER 21.
Steel Toed Slippers:
Will Nicoll and Matt Moss, also known as Steel Toed Slippers, have risen from the roots of redwoods in Humboldt County to bring the world a tall and sturdy serving of classic American rock soiled in soul, funk, blues, and jazz influences. It all started the fall of 2006 when Will and Matt, who didn't know each other yet, were just beginning another school year in their small town of McKinleyville, California. Will, a high school junior, roamed around the halls with his acoustic guitar and harmonica on a daily basis, and Matt, a freshman, woke up every morning at 5 am to play drums in the school's swing band. It was when one of the school's counselors noticed Matt playing drums in the band room one day after class that he knew the two had to meet. He introduced them to each other later that day at lunch and the rest is history.
After deciding on a band name for their new group, Will and Matt took Humboldt County by storm. Playing at nearly every venue in the area within the next year, Steel Toed Slippers became a well known and highly respected name among the local music scene in Humboldt. It was clear very early on that these small town boys were onto something much bigger than their youthful selves. In 2007, the band did their first west coast tour with shows from Humboldt all the way to Los Angeles ending with a sold out show at The Whiskey A Go Go. It was at this point that the guys realized that LA was the place to be, and soon decided to re-locate. For the next couple years, Will attended the Musicians Institute, and Matt studied jazz at the Hamilton Music Academy.
Shortly after the move the STS boys found themselves working among some of their biggest musical influences. They were invited into the home studio of Stephen Perkins - drummer for Jane's Addiction - to record their very first EP. This led to countless road trips up and down the California Coast including opening slots for artists such as Little Feat, Fishbone, Cyril Neville and his band The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Dumpstaphunk, Ozomatli, and many more.
In the summer of 2011, Steel Toed Slippers went into the studio to record a single song with Kenny Gradney of Little Feat playing bass. With the help of Bonnie Raitt's guitar player, Johnny Lee Schell, they ended up laying down an entire album of original music that went on to be mixed by multi Grammy award winning producer Ed Cherney. In 2012 the band released their first full length album, titled Steel Toed Slippers. Shortly after the release, STS played a headlining set in Los Angeles at The Mint with Bill Payne of Little Feat sitting in on keyboards.
Steel Toed Slippers are always on the go from town to town, and city to city, with one simple objective: to blow minds. Whether they are performing as a duo, trio, quartet, or quintet, you can count on them to leave their audiences wanting more. This is a band that is truly here to stay and grow, much like the redwoods that surround their youth.
Gryphon Labs: Somewhere in the sonic universe there's a place where the auditory wizardry of Pink Floyd and Brian Eno intersects with the progressive groove consciousness of Funkadelic and Massive Attack and the experimental, virtuosic extremities of The Mars Volta and Tool. Gryphon Labs begins there, taking those influences and a myriad of others and putting them through an instrumental filter, resulting in an exciting new fusion of rock, electronica, world music, and the improvisatory elements of jazz. But rather than relying on long solos to maintain the listener's interest, the song arrangements themselves become a soundtrack, a journey through many dynamics and emotions all in the time span of a radio-length pop song.
Gryphon Labs began as the creation of bassist/composer Pete Griffin, . He found himself needing a band to perform and record songs he had been writing when he wasn't onstage somewhere on the planet with different acts ranging from pop-rock brother band Hanson, to legendary classic rock icon Edgar Winter, to genre-defying Zappa Plays Zappa, Dweezil Zappa's presentation of his father's music. He recruited fellow Zappa Plays Zappa members Joe Travers (drums) and Jamie Kime (guitar), and began recording with producer Roger Cole. Cole's long career had recently included producing several records by southern groove rock pioneers Little Feat, and soon Richie Hayward (drums) and Paul Barrere had made contributions to the Gryphon Labs sound. In 2007 Gryphon Labs began performing regularly in the Los Angeles area with the core band of Griffin, Travers, and Kime, with guest appearances from Barrere as well as fellow Zappa Plays Zappa members Scheila Gonzalez and Aaron Arntz and many others.
Year Of The Dragon featuring Dirty Walt of Fishbone: In the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is a symbol of strength and harmony. Not surprisingly the two leaders of Year of the Dragon, Roderick "Rodcore" Palmer, and Walter Adam Kibby, II AKA Dirty Walt, were born within days of each other under that sign. Rodcore, has had various starts and stops with different incarnations of YOTD in the past between stints with other Los Angeles based bands, but it was not until Dirty Walt left the band that he co-founded and co-led for over twenty-five years, ska-punk legends Fishbone, along with fellow Fishbone solider guitarist Spacey T, that the seeds of the current YOTD were planted.
In 2006, the 3 recorded and self-released an EP, A Time To Love Is A Time To Bleed which received critical acclaim and sold well through the internet and at shows. Wanting to take things to the next level, with Spacey T not desiring to play out with the band, Dirty Walt and Rodcore, put together a regular band and started gigging weekly around Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. They capitalized on Fishbone's loyal fan base while attracting new fans of their own with YOTD's own brand of guitar-heavy hardcore with a funk groove and soulful tag team vocals complimented by an intense stage show.
Around this time, the band began a partnership with a start-up indie label, The International Brotherhood of Consequential Truth that would result in the YOTD’s first full-length release, Blunt Force Karma.
After touring the West Coast promoting Blunt Force Karma, winding their way down from Seattle back to L.A. with a stop at SXSW, the band retreated back into the studio to work on their latest e.p. release FIVE FINGERS OF DEF. Greg Hetson, famed guitarist for punk bands Bad Religion and the Circle Jerks, stepped in to produce and loved the band’s sound so much he opted for the e.p. to be release on his new label Stylus Recs!
As stated, the band has done a headlining tour of its own but has also performed with various acts like Unwritten Law, 24-7 Spyz, King’s X and Fishbone, to name a few. They plan on touring more once Fishbone is off of its current tour cycle and already have recently opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Year of the Dragon brings to the table catchy, hummable tunes and a VERY intense live show that never fails to bring new converts to the table looking for more!