The Last Year
Fri, July 24
Doors: 8:00 pm9:30 Club
Cowboy Mouth - (Set time: 10:15 PM)
For over two decades, Cowboy Mouth has dished up its unique style of rock & roll gumbo, mixing a rowdy spirit reflective of the band's hometown -- New Orleans -- with the fierce firepower of a group that lives on the road. These Louisiana natives have played more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, "Jenny Says,” into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Above all else, they earned a well-deserved rep as a raucous, redemptive, live music experience.
Formed during the glory days of grunge music, Cowboy Mouth forged a different sound from the very start. It’s a sound rooted in rock, punk, blues, and the attitude of the Big Easy, a town known for its week-long parties and swampy, southern vibe. Bandleader Fred LeBlanc, who'd previously sharpened his teeth with the punk band Dash Rip Rock, pulls double-duty as the group's frontman and drummer, leading the charge with his larger-than-life personality and percussive attack. During the band’s early days, record companies warned him against singing and drumming at the same time, claiming that audiences would never go for it... but by the mid-'90s, those same record companies were clamoring to sign the band to a major-label deal.
In other words, in a decade filled with angsty alt-rock, Cowboy Mouth stood out for all the right reasons.
The band released its original music with MCA Records, then Atlantic Records. Once the 2000s kicked into gear, the band released music on its own label, cutting out the middleman and focusing on the biggest thing that's kept Cowboy Mouth afloat since 1990: the audience.
"Cowboy Mouth isn't so much about the people onstage as it is about the feeling in the crowd," says LeBlanc.
The people onstage certainly help, though. Since the band’s inception, LeBlanc has shared that stage with guitarist John Thomas Griffith. Now backed by bandmates Matt Jones on guitar and Brian Broussard on bass, LeBlanc and Griffith have led Cowboy Mouth on a wild, critically-acclaimed ride, selling more than 500,000 albums domestically, playing shows with artists like Bo Diddley (whose bluesy, beat-driven music has always been a big influence on Cowboy Mouth's own sound), and performing in front of more than 9 million fans.
Go!, the band's newest album, is proof that Cowboy Mouth hasn't lost its bite. It's the most collaborative album of the group's career, performed with ferocity by a group of rock & roll veterans who've been there, done that... and can't wait to do it all again. "I'm just a little older, but I ain't dead yet!" LeBlanc sings during the very first song, kicking off a record that's steeped in the ageless energy of the band's live shows.
Cowboy Mouth’s music lives in concert with its loyal fans! Fred’s raw and engaging performance style has played ring leader to the audience for decades.
"Our shows are celebratory, life-affirming experiences," LeBlanc says proudly. "With every show, no matter where it is, we try to turn it into New Orleans during the middle of Mardi Gras. It's an unique live concert experience. It's like a southern gospel revival without the religion."
Over the years, an estimated 9 million people would agree. We hope to see you all out on the road!
The Last Year - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Hailing from Baltimore, The Last Year is an alternative rock band. The act stems from an idea of front-girl Niki Barr, on vocals, and Scott Ensign, playing bass and synth. The pair, complemented by drummer, BJ Kerwin, and guitarist, Scott Griffith, approach their music with a kaleidoscopic attitude, embracing diverse influences and refusing to give in to conventions. Having toured over 30 countries on three continents, The Last Year is no stranger to the stage. With their impressive light show, guided by Barr's coy, airy vocals that she expertly transforms into powerful rock melodies, and Ensign's layers of synth growls, the show is a spectacle and a must-see.
The Last Year recently teamed up with Shanachie Entertainment in order to release a brand-new EP of new material. Describing the new release as "limitless" with "everything from buzz saw synth to airy atmospheric ambience to 80s drum sequence loops", the group says that their latest songs come from the dark place Barr is almost known for and showcase the band's perfect blend of natural and synthetic sounds.
The Last Year's EP has been warmly received by fans and critics alike, especially lead single "Sugar", a tune that bridges the gap between the darkness of Joy Division and the infectious, radio-friendly indie rock hooks of bands like The Temper Trap; spicing it all up with female leading vocals that wouldn't feel out of place on a Garbage record. "Sugar" is currently receiving spins on HFS 97.5 Baltimore's Rock Alternative, Baltimore's 98 Rock, 98.7 WTMD, Phoenix's KWSS 93.9, and SiriusXM's Alt Nation.
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