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The Travel Guide is a rock band from Wichita, KS. Sometimes loud, sometimes quiet, sometimes noisy, and sometimes catchy, The Travel Guide makes music on the premises that sometimes things should be hard to classify, expectations hard to come by, and that the best music is hardly ever one thing. Known for spontaneous and energetic live shows, the band is currently touring regionally with Wichita band Japanese Game Show, planning future regional and national tours, and working with David Lord of Air House Records to release new music in 2014. There’s drama when Ami Saraiya and her band, The Outcome, take the stage. It’s a dark atmosphere, but it swings baby—a worldly staging of folk punk and jazz cabaret. And amongst the accordion, the violin and the guitars, it’s Ami’s sultry voice that recalls Piaf and Holiday which takes the spotlight. Then, there are the song-stories—often saturnine, often employing magical realism. "Saraiya's vintage cabaret sound is drama in bold relief, swinging from playful to maudlin in a single measure." Jessica Hopper, Chicago Tribune. “If you took Billie Holiday, added a little Lhasa, some Bjork, and a smattering of Tom Waits (just to taste), you’d have a vague idea of what Saraiya’s music sounds like. ” (Almost Cool review) This event will feature the world premiere of Ami Saraiya & The Outcome's new video for their hot new single "Razor Blade." Ladies and Gentlemen...Blue Eyed Jesus! This trio from Chicago draws its inspirations from the dawn of Rock and Roll and beyond. Formed in 2009 by Chicago guitarist, Steve Vazquez (ex-Woolworthy, Thing 3), bassist Mike Dobervich (Duck You Sucker, ex-Umbra and the Vulcan Siege) and drummer Zafar Musharraf (currently The Swan King, ex-Toro! Toro! Toro!), the band weathered many setbacks (we’ll spare you the details) but continued to charge forward. An early demo prompted one reviewer to write:“Garage-y, proto-punks, Blue Eyed Jesus…. have(sic) absorbed many styles and influences into its music. There’s definitely some blues-rock riffs combined with buzzy alternative rock rhythms and plenty of fuzzy vocals. It’s a simple, yet hearty stew."Playing many of the great rock clubs of Chicago, BEJ have steadily been building a loyal fan base and continue to turn heads with every show. More and more, lovers of the Rock and Roll are coming back to satisfy their cravings for tube amps, heavy-foot drums, and guitar solos straight from the mouth of Godzilla. One blogger, after a second visit to a BEJ show, wrote:"For this reviewer, BEJ continued to amaze her ears with the band's intermixing of genres heard amongst their songs. It's their use of edgy guitar hooks and upbeat tempos (even while performing the ballad -Tell Me Again) that fuels the loyal BEJ fans into a fanatic frenzy at each show. They were excited to hear such favorites Hey Beautiful, Long Hard Nights and closer Velvet Years but this band had two new surprises rockin' the stage for them…" She went on:"New song, Too Late, jumpstarted this set with a loud rip-roaring bang in which SouthSide immediately liked the melodic rhythms ...meanwhile Your Time (new song dedicated to the people in Libya, Egypt, and elsewhere) blasted the ears with hardcore guitar rock sound. This rock anthem was the highlighted featured of this performance for the way BEJ had the stage under an electrifying glow. Who knows when and where (Blue Eyed) Jesus will appear on stage again, blogspot readers, but do visit this band..."Blue Eyed Jesus is excited to release the new Velvet Years EP, (Recorded with Dan Glomski of Balance Audio and Metro Mobile) and will be playing often in support. They will also be recording new material in the Summer of 2012. Look for them on Facebook and ReverbNation for upcoming dates, info, lyrics, photos, and more.
Blue Eyed Jesus w/ Northside Ruckus @ Beat Kitchen
Blue Eyed Jesus@Beat Kitchen, w/More Gorgeous, the Flips, the Boxberrys, 17+show
Sounds Like: Foo Fighters, The Beatles, Bob Mould, The Smashing Pumpkins, Blue Cheer
Manager: Self-Managed, McLain Promotions
Bio: Chicago guitarist Steve Vazquez (Guitar) who's extensive studies in classical/folk music have allowed him to travel the globe, formed Blue Eyed Jesus in 2009 . Ryan Koplin (Drummer) has a variety of styles from blues to death metal. Michael Dobervich (Bass) has a background in many diverse style...See Full Bio
“Playing many of the great rock clubs of Chicago, BEJ have steadily been building a loyal fan base and continue to turn heads with every show. More and more, lovers of the Rock and Roll are coming back to satisfy their cravings for tube amps, heavy-foot drums, and guitar solos straight from the mouth of Godzilla.”