Vela “Album Release Show” – Tickets – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO – April 13th, 2017

Vela "Album Release Show"

Vela "Album Release Show"

Cemetery Sun, Captiva

Thu, April 13, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Riot Room

Kansas City, MO

$5.00

This event is 21 and over

Vela
Vela
Vela is a modern rock and roll group that has been together since 2010. They are a duo composed of Jonas Birkel on guitar and vocals, and Sean Cedillo on drums. They touch on many different styles and are influenced by genres such as punk, blues and art rock. Their rawness and dark melodies give the band a unique sound.
Cemetery Sun
Cemetery Sun
Extremes define life. There’s good and bad, day and night, and dark and light. The fun happens in the middle.

Sacramento, CA quartet Cemetery Sun—Josh Doty [singer], Austen Butler [drummer], Elliot Polokoff [guitarist, producer], Jesse Mancillas [lead guitar] and Matt Scarpelli [bassist]—thrive on merging those extremes. The group’s name nods to their alchemical mixture of alternative, pop, r&b, and even a little electro, yielding a musical concoction that’s as irresistible as it is inimitable.

“Cemetery Sun is where the darkness meets the light,” exclaims Josh. “You might be in a dark place, but you see that light and gravitate towards it. The name meant something to us, because that’s exactly what we would be doing with this band. It also sounds like some shit Batman would say,” he laughs.

Dark Knight-worthy monikers aside, the musicians first came together in 2013. Knowing each other from the same local scene, synergy proved instantaneous. They began to perform regionally and build a buzz in Northern California. Instead of touring exhaustingly, as most burgeoning acts do, they hit the studio—hard. With Elliot serving as an “in-house” producer, the guys penned nearly forty songs, honing their chops in the process.

“We spent an entire year in the studio just writing,” recalls Elliot. “We would crank out three-to-four songs per session. We aimed to make songs that we want to hear with really compelling instrumentals and meaningful lyrics about what we’ve been through.”

That attention to songwriting paid off. In 2016, Mikey Flom—son of legendary LAVA founder Jason Flom—heard “Fake Love” online. Blown away by the band’s inventive and innovative take on pop music (“Edgy and dark but with the same things you hear in a Katy Perry song,” as Austen says), he showed it to his dad. That weekend the group had a deal. Now, “Fake Love” serves as the proper introduction to their self-titled 2016 debut EP for the label.

Threading together spacey production, thick beats, airy guitars, and a hash taggable hook, on “Fake Love,” the track immediately intoxicates.

“I was in a super dark place in my life,” admits Josh. “I was feeling betrayed, and the song felt like the perfect mask. When you go to a party, you get sloshed and do it in whatever style works for you. You become somebody you’re not; or maybe you become the person you’re hiding inside. After that, everything is fake. The next day, you wake up and forget all about it. I was sick of the façade and everyone being malicious in the aftermath. I had to sing about it.”

“It’s such a special song for us,” adds Jesse. “That’s how we got the inspiration for the band name, work on the whole image, and create what we are now.”



In 2016, Cemetery Sun completed its first national tour alongside Vinyl Theater and Finish Ticket. Along the way, they’ve garnered early acclaim from Alternative Press and California’s Submerge Magazine. Now, they’re ready to make a big mark on alternative music.

“This is the kind of band we all dreamed of being in,” Josh leaves off. “It’s a mixture of so many things. It’s nostalgic in a lot of ways. There are emo and alternative vibes. At the same time, it wouldn’t be out of place in the club. It’s who we are.”
Captiva
Captiva
Captiva is an alternative rock band hailing from Kansas City, Missouri. The band is comprised of JJ Ries (vocals, guitar), Pat McQuaid (guitar, vocals), Nick Riffle (bass), and Hank Wiedel (drums). Captiva formed in October 2013, during a high school detention sentence.

Captiva first started gaining attention on college campuses around the Midwest, while they were still students themselves. For the last two years, the band has been circuiting small clubs across the region and opening for other national touring acts. Captiva has played on numerous festival stages such as Backwoods Music Festival, Fashion Meets Music Festival, SXSW, Boulevardia, Audiofeed Festival and Middle of the Map Fest. In 2015, the began gaining strong momentum, securing college radio-play across the country, and opening for major acts such as Twenty One Pilots (Starlight Theatre), The Expendables (2016 Winter Tour), and The Lonely Biscuits (recordBar).


After entering college in 2014, Captiva partnered with Tim Gutschenritter (National Fire Theory) and producer Jeremy Wilson (Temple Sounds) to record and release their debut self-titled EP which includes their singles “Road to Ruin” and “Chemicals”. The self-titled EP has a more mature and honest sound, while still staying true to their playful and inviting personalities. With high remarks from national/international press, including Consequence of Sound and Live For Live Music, the EP lifted the group to new heights, earning them major attention in the US and overseas. The band has plans to tour extensively around the release of the EP during 2016, including a number of dates on The Expendables' Winter Blackout Tour, and will return to the studio in the spring to begin recording their first full-length debut album.
Venue Information:
The Riot Room
4048 Broadway
Kansas City, MO, 64111
http://www.theriotroom.com/
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