SATELLITE NIGHTS with Chief, Terraplane Sun, Brian Whelan, Strange Markings, $2 PBR/Well Drinks + $5 specialty cocktails from 8-9pm

BuzzBands.LA, Moheak Radio and The Satellite present

SATELLITE NIGHTS with Chief, Terraplane Sun, Brian Whelan, Strange Markings, $2 PBR/Well Drinks + $5 specialty cocktails from 8-9pm

Sat, January 5, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

The Satellite

Los Angeles, CA

FREE!

This event is 21 and over

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Chief
Chief
The story of Chief is one of two coasts. Though Evan Koga, and brothers Danny and Michael Fujikawa were all born and raised in Los Angeles, they left for New York University, worlds away. It was in New York that they first got to know one another as collaborators, rumbling through a number of semi-serious projects and solo ventures before feeling swept away by a small run of songs Koga had penned and presented to them. He had written them under the name Chief, a moniker the brothers Danny and Michael opted to keep the day they first formed their band. It was on New York stages that they honed their songs and found their sound, a thoughtfully melodic update on summer and road records past. Neil Young. Tom Petty. The Band. Crosby, Stills and Nash. Natural, timeless songwriting for times that change too quickly. LA was never far away.


In fact, in early 2009, they all started to migrate home to the City of Angels for good. "We simply wanted a change of pace," guitarist Koga says. "Our BPM is a little bit slower here." On Modern Rituals, their first full-length and Domino debut, that transcontinental downshift is captured in gorgeous, full-bodied stereo. The foursome took their songbook into the studio with New York-based, Grammy Award-winning producer Emery Dobyns. The goal was to create a rock record free of gimmicks and fences. The end result is just that. "It's a traveler's record. I listen and it immediately feels natural to see myself driving down the Pacific Coast Highway," guitarist Danny Fujikawa explains. "But at the same time, maybe it would feel the same way if I were walking through New York." Modern Rituals was tracked in four different studios, parts of some songs scattered across time in New York, Echo Park, Los Feliz and Venice, California. "You wouldn't know to listen for it, but it's like a math problem," says Michael. "I can hear personal experiences from all those times layered across some of these songs." To his brother, one element unifies the album as a whole. "There is a good bit of ocean in there," Danny says.
Terraplane Sun
Terraplane Sun
Hailing from Venice Beach, California, 5-piece blues rock outfit, Terraplane Sun, has honed a swampy soulful feel reminiscent of the 1960s “California Sound," with a groove that leaves you no choice but to move. Comprised of Ben Rothbard (vocals, harmonica and guitar), Johnny Zambetti (lead guitar and mandolin), Cecil Campanaro (bass), Lyle Riddle (drums) and Gabe Feenberg (piano, accordion and trombone), Terraplane Sun has performed on sold-out bills supporting such acts as The Alabama Shakes, Youngblodd Hawke and Imagine Dragons, along with several residences via C3 presents at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. After releasing its 2011 critically acclaimed debut album, Coyote, the band just completed a new 6-song EP, produced by Dave Trumfio (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Ok Go) and mixed by Richard Furch (Prince, Fountains of Wayne, Outkast). Said EP includes "Get Me Golden," currently featured in Citibank's national television ad campaign, feature films, 21 Jump Street, and What To Expect When You're Expecting and hit television series, Teen Wolf and Franklin and Bash. Their recording of "Funnel Of Love," off of their Coyote album was just recently featured in the blockbuster film Playing For Keeps as well. It is the bands live show however that legitimizes them as one of L.A.'s top up and comers, as was evident during their recent residency at the legendary Satellite. As the Los Angeles Times puts it, "The Venice psych-blues rocker put on one of the most intense live shows in the city's local scene." As they've done with L.A., T.S. pounded the West Coast relentlessly during 2012 to an overwhelming response, just recently selling out shows in San Francisco and headlining The Belly Up Tavern in San Diego, as well as hitting just about every town between Seattle and Mexico "Friends EP" Out Now!
Strange Markings
Strange Markings
Strange Markings is the brainchild of songwriter Tim Rush. Rush began creating music as an editor of documentaries and TV programs, notable for his work on the critically acclaimed documentary DIG! It was through this work that Tim was inspired to realize his own dreams of creating music. He became acquainted with songwriter and music producer Linda Perry, who was so enthused about his songs that she donated the studio time he needed to complete the record, "Lightly Asleep". She also introduced him to Kelli Scott of Failure and Veruca Salt, with Tim on vocals and guitar and Kelli on drums, the backbone of Strange markings has been formed and having cracked the CMJ Top 200 list, the momentum continues to build.
Brian Whelan
Brian Whelan
To me, Brian Whelan will always be the Kid. When he first materialized several years ago at the Cinema Bar, that charmingly crowded, noisy little room in Culver City known as “The World’s Smallest Honky Tonk,” he was an alarmingly boyish presence. At first he stood out because he didn’t look old enough to legally consume the beer he was holding. But he soon distinguished himself as a young lion behind the roots-rock sages – Randy Weeks, Mike Stinson, Tony Gilkyson – whose shows packed out the tiny joint. It became quickly apparent that Brian could play just about anything, and brilliantly; his formidable chops later found him a primo spot in Dwight Yoakam’s band. But he displayed other musical dimensions: He also played in a tough little pop-rock band, known variously as the Brokedown and the Broken West, which recorded a couple of fine records before lamentably breaking up too soon. He fronted another rockin’ unit, Wheelhouse, as a prelude for the album you’re listening to now. It shows off splendidly the many things – singing, playing, writing -- that Brian does so exquisitely well. And it cuts across the broad swatch of stylistic turf that he occupies effortlessly, from the rootsy inventions of Gilkyson’s “Mojave High” and Stinson’s “Brand New Love Song” to a group of originals (two of them co-authored by Broken West cohort Ross Flournoy) that to my ears bear favorable comparison to the best of Nick Lowe or the Plimsouls.
Yeah, he’s still the Kid to me. But Brian Whelan’s work is thoroughly mature and emotionally wise, and many another grown-up musician will envy its excellence.
Chris Morris
Host, “Watusi Rodeo”/Scion Radio 17
Los Angeles, June 2012

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Venue Information:
The Satellite
1717 Silverlake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90027
http://thesatellitela.com/