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Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 3:00pm
Camper Van Beethoven // Miller and Sasser Mike Thrasher presentsCAMPER VAN BEETHOVENCamper Van Beethoven is an American alternative rock group formed in Redlands, California in 1983 and later located in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Their eclectic and ever-evolving style mixes elements of pop, ska, punk rock, folk, alternative country, and various types of world music. The band initially polarized audiences within the hardcore punk scene of Californias Inland Empire before finding wider acceptance and, eventually, an international audience. Their strong iconoclasm and emphasis on do-it-yourself values proved influential to the burgeoning indie rock movement.Released within an 18 month period, the bands first three independent records enjoyed critical success, each placing in The Village Voices 1986 Pazz and Jop Top 100 Albums list. Their debut single, Take the Skinheads Bowling, remains a college rock radio staple. The group signed to Virgin Records in 1987, released two lauded albums and enjoyed chart success with their 1989 cover of Status Quos Pictures of Matchstick Men, a number one hit on Billboard Magazines Modern Rock Tracks. They disbanded the following year, however, due to internal tensions.Individual members found greater commercial success thereafter, with lead singer David Lowery forming Cracker, multi-instrumentalist David Immerglck joining the Counting Crows, and several other members playing in Monks of Doom. Beginning in 1999, the former members resumed their collaboration, resulting in a full-fledged reunion and several new releases.FacebookWebsiteMILLER AND SASSERDuring his 20 years living in Austin, Chris Miller played guitar for a virtual whos-who of roots performers. During a break from playing guitar and lap steel for Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, Miller returned to his native Portland, Ore., where he teamed up with songwriter and golden-throated singer James Sasser. The collaboration runs the gamut from full-fledged honky-tonk to songs that could have come from the 70s AM gold era, and its all pretty damn great.FacebookWebsiteReverbnation $18ADV / $20DOS // DOORS 7PM // 21+
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