Adelitas Way with special guests

Brick by Brick presents

Adelitas Way with special guests

The Black Moods, Letters From The Fire, MANAFEST

Tue · March 14, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$15 adv & $18 day of

This event is 21 and over

*Online sales end at 6PM day of show unless otherwise noted. After that, limited tickets will be available at the door.

Adelitas Way
Adelitas Way
The Black Moods
The Black Moods are a 3-pieces rock outfit hailing from Tempe, Arizona, by way of the Missouri Ozarks. This band is bringing a new level of heat out of the Sonora desert. Led by one of the most electric front men/guitarists in music today. The Black Moods bring to the world what rock music has been missing for quite some time - PURE, EFFORTLESS TALENT. The band's self-titled debut album is packed with a healthy dose of guitar driven power houses such as "Can't Sleep at Night" & "Like A Wave," to compelling sing-along anthems like "Hey You" & "Don't Let Them Get You Down." Comprised of Josh Kennedy (lead guitarist/vocalist), Paul Fenix (bassist/back-up vocalist), and Danny "Chico" Diaz (drums), the trio blends various Rock & Roll styles that span from the past 4 decades to form their own signature sound that resembles what would be the musical offspring of Bad Company and the Foo Fighters. The band's live show is filled with high energy, infectious guitar solos and attitude that can keep the crowds' attention for hours. Having received acclaimed praise from fans and critics alike as equal parts natural talent and live performance superstars, the group delivers powerful guitar riffs, melodic bass and drum beats that make your heart pound like a kick drum. Fresh out of the studio with producers Kenny Carkeet (AWOLNATION) and Jim Kaufman (Helmet, Opiate for the Masses), The Black Moods have been touring since their debut album was released in April 2012. Don't miss your chance to see this band live and get your own personal glimpse of rock & roll history in the making.
Letters From The Fire
"These are our stories our trials and tribulations. This is who we are."

That's Mike Keller, the guitarist/founder behind the Bay Area rock powerhouse Letters From the Fire, explaining his band's moniker.

Ostensibly lifted from an old lyric, the phrase now serves as both a reminder of the band's sometimes turbulent origin—as well as a rallying cry as the group moves forward and (re)introduces themselves to the music world. While Letters From the Fire hasexisted for a bit, the group only recently solidified a lineup that best represents Keller's original vision (the band is rounded out by Alexa Kabazie, Cameron Stucky, Clayton Wages and Brian Sumwalt).

The band found a modicum of early success doing national tours with the likes of Fuel, Trapt, Non Point and Pop Evil, recording with former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody and scoring a few rock radio hits ("Zombies in the Sun," a cover of " Eleanor Rigby")

But singer changes abounded... until they met Alexa Kabazie. " We heard about this singer from Kyle Odell, this producer we were working with," says Keller. "She was killing it on the demos we heard. We had to fly to North Carolina just to see if she could do it in person. She nailed the audition literally on the first try. Two weeks later, we already had seven songs ready to go. She's a star in the making."

With Kabazie now helping out on melody and lyrics, the band shifted gears. " She was all over the heavy stuff," says Keller. " We actually scratched a lot of stuff and wrote around her voice. It's interesting what she brings, because we're not really like In This Moment or Halestorm or anything you're hearing in rock right now."

You can hear the band's new focus on Worth the Pain, 13 new songs that offer a beguiling mix of melody and heaviness. Along the way, the album offers twists and turns: The slow piano build of " At War" gives way to the harsher realm of " Control," while the heavy groove of " Last December" co-exists near the perfect mix of pop and aggression in " Mother Misery." Throughout, Kabazie sounds both defiant and reflective, stating " I've been a soldier in every battle except my own" and, in the title track, simply stating " Thank you for walking away."

There are wounds here. " The record is full of stories," says Keller. " And this is the first time I really felt something lyrically when we were writing the record. Alexa actually says what she means. Her songs actually have helped me get through a lot of my own personal shit."

The first single, " Give In to Me," a pummeling mix of electronics and heavy guitar, centers around a person who has an addiction that gives into their dark side. To compliment the song, the video features a mysterious stranger torturing a prisoner, who (Fight Club-esque spoiler alert) ends up being themself.

After the video and album release, the band plans to hit the road for the forseeable future, concentrating on the now. " We're just going to play the new stuff," says Keller. " Shed the past, let this stand on its own."

Expect the album's title track to be a highlight. Like the band's name, it seems to summarize the group's early struggles and present triumphs.

"With everything we've gone through, we kept fighting," says Keller. " There were times we were so close to giving up and moving on. At the end of the day, it's been worth the struggle and the fight to do this."
Across the last decade and some change, Manafest
has steadily cemented his status as
one of the world's most diverse, envelope pushing and all around uplifting artists. His
seamless, lightening like blur between the spectrums of rap, hip
-hop, rock and pop hasn't
just led to 300,000
-plus album sales and four coveted Juno Award nominations (essentially
the Grammy equivalent in his home country of Canada), but also more than 1,000 shows
logged over four continents.
With such a wealth of experience and achievements, anchored by a rabid, taste making fan base, the singer/rapper/songwriter/author/skater could easily put his feet on the dash and
coast through the next career chapter, but considering he's never been one to phone in the
predictable, Manafest is taking a completely Reborn approach to his intelligent but
ceaselessly contagious music throughout this fittingly named new album. Perhaps the chief
catalyst in the ambitious leap forward comes from the decision to once again oversee his
affairs, which after six albums within the major label system, has inspired a full circle season
that mirrors the hunger and predominant hip
-hop flavors accompanying this versatile artist's self
-released debut a dozen years ago.
"The idea of going independent is a big deal, going back to my hip
-hop roots is a big deal,r
eturning to skating a lot more is such an important outlet for me, and then of course the
whole concept of my faith is always all about being
Reborn and starting anew," muses
Manafest of the factors that helped formulate the title. "I've done this for a long time, but at
times I feel Reborn because I'm basically starting over. And I say that as someone who's
not jaded or broke, but as someone who's happy and stoked. I still have lots to say and lots
to create."
Released just over a year after his last studio effort, the current collection is clearly part of a
creative surge that's been churning in the performer's mind for quite awhile. "I've always
rapped, even on the rock stuff, but I've wanted to do a more hip
-hop influenced record for along time," he continues. "I started thinking about that just after
Fighter came out, which was
my second kind of more real rock record like The Chase, and then last year's
The Moment was a bit of a hybrid record. For
Reborn, I decided to go back to hip-hop, but even the way I do hip-hop isn't the traditional 'boom, bap,' stuff, so I don't think the fans who like more of
the rock stuff will be disappointed." Follower feedback has always been a priority for Manafest (frequently the very last person
to leave one of his concerts) and the Reborn sessions have brought him even closer to core
listeners than ever before thanks to a Pledge Music campaign. "It's allowed me to have
direct communication with my number one supporters," he verifies. "Just being able to have
access to that is huge and I try to go the extra mile every way I can for them. We talk, they
get access to as much behind the scenes stuff as they are interested in, I give them a ton of
bonus content and we're building a relationship in the process."
And speaking of relationships, a simple scan of the Reborn track list indicates a slew of
guest collaborations, which in keeping with Manafest's diverse history thus far, come from
literally all walks of life. For starters, there's frequent friend Trevor McNevan of
Thousand Foot Krutch fame, who joins in for the insane hook of "Shine," a song about living each day to maximum capacity and beaming your light along the way.
From there, rapper Tedashii vibes alongside the headliner throughout the peace and unity promoting "I Have A Dream" (which even drops a skillful sample of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
famed speech). Another instantly famous voice comes via Soul Glow Activatur (formerly of
Family Force 5) on the rhythmic party rocker "Stick To Your Guns," an all-out anthem for
surviving the struggle and never going down for the count.
"I wanted more features on this record period," asserts Manafest. "I just realized as an artist,
man, you can get so much farther when you work together with people rather than doing
your own thing all the time. I find the lone soldier mentality doesn't work out as well
sometimes, plus when you work with artists you've never worked with before, everyone gets
to reach new fans, plus it's a ton of fun." The same could be said about the decision to team with super producers Seth Mosley (Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Sanctus Real) and Joel Bruyere (Thousand Foot Krutch), both of whom encouraged Manafest to bring in additional musicians to contribute additional
layers and atmosphere. "Seth and I met when he was in Me In Motion and he did the
majority of The Fighter
record as well," the singer explains. "He's phenomenal, man, and
just nails it. Believe it or not, I've never gotten to watch a live drummer track before, so that
was surreal, plus he brought in live string players-people who worked with Red-which was
another first for me. He also hired guitar players just to lay down some vibes and they just
so happened to be Jerry McPherson [Jewel, The Neville Brothers] and Miles McPherson,
who used to play live for Paramore. And this is also my second time working with Joel and
he's grown so much on this record as far as mixing and producing and stretching. He even
suggested we bring in somebody to do a harmonica solo, which I probably would've never
done before, but because it had worked so well when Seth hired musicians, I was like 'this
is cool. Let's do it!'" As unexpected as it may sound on paper for a hip-hop centric collection, the harmonica fits right in throughout the eclectic title track, which could very well be considered Manafest meets Johnny Cash and Mumford & Sons. It's certainly an engaging way to start a record, though additional highlights abound, including the lead single "Let You Drive," which seems tailor made for a rolling down the car windows on a perfect day, especially as Miles goes to town with his signature pop/punk beat keeping.
"The whole concept is to take your hands off the wheel and know that God's got everything
under control, which means you don't have to freak out," he assures, before giving
additional insight into the second single "Pray." "I feel like that's even deeper, and I didn't
even realize it at first, but it's almost like part two of my old tune 'Everytime You Run.' It
continues where that song left off as I'm pretending I'm talking to a guy who's really
screwing up his life and I'm trying to share something positive with him, but since I don't
know what to say and can't come up with the words, I just start to pray. The whole idea is
that even when it gets dark and messed up, we don't have to fight the battle on our own and
we can win it with prayer."
And last but not least is "Army," one of Manafest's personal favorites that could very well be
a musically dark but lyrically hopeful mash up between Eminem and Cypress Hill. "It's a lot
more political for me actually," he admits. "I talk about the federal reserve and debt and just
the idea of not following the status quo and going your own way. I'll stand, I'll march, I won't
back down. I think it's something my fans are really going to like the mentality behind and
people are going to take as their own and mean something very personal for them individually."
Yet another aspect of engaging listeners individually comes with Manafest's subsequent call
for all to submit their Reborn stories online, which is basically their opportunity to blog or
upload a video about their own stories of redemption. For the campaign creator, it naturally
ties into his faith, but like any typical 13-year-old guy, it actually started with a coming of age
curiosity. "I was bribed by my mother to go to Bible camp and I only went because there was going to be girls there," he lets out with a laugh. "I ended up having a huge
transformation because it was a week-long camp and that's when I really turned my life
around. I made some big decisions about drugs, alcohol and what I watched as far as
movies and TV, which really pointed my life in a different direction. I also happened to meet
my wife there, so I guess the 'meeting girls' part worked out too!"
Fast forward to today, and Manafest's focus includes leaving behind a legacy for his young
daughter, who is just getting to the age where she can join the family on tour from time to
time. This transitional period's also given the artist and his photographer/graphic designer
wife the chance to reunite creatively, which after working with outside sources during his
last few label years, is a fun return to form. Add it all up, and
Reborn is destined to be a landmark season all across the board for a man who's just as committed to his family as hitting his ultimate artistic stride on what's truly shaping up to be the culmination of his entire calling.
"I really want this to be one of those records that becomes a soundtrack for those who
connect with it just like Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory, Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP
or P.O.D.'s Satellite were to me," he sums up. "My goal is for this record to not just reach
current fans, but also new people because it just touches so many areas that are real and
applicable. It's been my favorite album to make so far and I hope it can get people
wondering 'what was he thinking when he was creating that?' and wanting to dig deeper
into what I'm all about."
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