Jul 19, 2013 - The Summit Music Hall
Door Time: 6:30 PM
Presented By: Channel 93.3

Day: Friday, July 19, 2013
Door Time: 6:30 PM
Age: All Ages
Advance Ticket Price: $20
Day Of Show Price: $20
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We The Kings
For pop-rock quartet We The Kings, it's all about staying connected – with each other, with their hometown roots, and especially with their fans. Named for hometown Bradenton, Florida’s King Middle School where they first made music together, the band – Travis Clark (lead vocals, guitar), Hunter Thomsen (guitar, backing vocals), Drew Thomsen (bass) and Danny Duncan (drums) – has grown into one of the most engaging and exciting acts on the pop-rock circuit. Talent, ambition, and hard work have all played a part, but for We The Kings, nurturing the bonds between the band and their fans is what makes it all happen.

In the age of Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube, interactivity and engagement are key to success, and the band has worked hard over the past two and a half years to stay as close to their fans as possible. The results are obvious in what they've accomplished. Their self-titled debut album hit #1 on Billboard's New Alternative Album sales chart and spawned the Billboard-charting tracks "Secret Valentine" and "Check Yes Juliet," which is nearing Platinum status. They've sold over 2 million tracks and had over 56 million plays on MySpace, 15 million YouTube video plays (including the #1 most played music video), and three of MTV.com's most requested videos. Additionally, iTunes has featured "Check Yes Juliet" as its single of the week.

Their music has been licensed for the CW, MTV, Rock Band, and more, and they were nominated for a 2008 mtvU College Radio Woodie Award. Appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and MTV's TRL and Spring Break 2008 have further boosted the band's visibility. Constantly on the road, in 2009 they headlined their own tours as well as the 2009 Vans Warped Tour. They promote upcoming appearances, contests, and events with a barrage of personal posts and off-the-cuff videos, and regularly meet and greet fans at their shows. They constantly update their websites and blogs, and humorously document life on the road in their online mini-sitcom, "The King's Carriage." (Danny's "allergic" to Skittles!...The band misinterprets the meaning of "Best New Artist!") Front man Travis tweets frequently and blogs at whoistravisclark.com. Once you're in the We The Kings orbit of interconnectivity, the pull is irresistible. There's always some new burst of WTK fun to jump into; it's a never-ending buzz of activity, where fans and band are equal participants.

Since Warped wrapped up, the band has been in the studio recording their sophomore disc, produced by S*A*M & Sluggo (Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, Metro Station) which will be released December 8. The infectious first single, "Heaven Can Wait," is gaining nationwide airplay, climbing the Billboard Singles chart, and has already reached the Top 10 on the Alternative Singles chart. It's the band's third Top 40 charting single. On the road and in the studio the band has had the opportunity to collaborate with artists like teen sensation Demi Lovato who appears on the new album on the pop ballad “We’ll Be A Dream.”

The title of the new release, Smile Kid (S-Curve), sums up the band's attitude. As Clark explains, “we are all about living life as happy as possible, and when you seem down, just remember to Smile Kid :)” Infectious high spirits and camaraderie energize their on-the-road videos and live performances. The joy they take in being on stage is palpable at every show; having fun and sharing that feeling with the audience is what it's all about. "It's always been based on friendship," says Clark, "which is why I think we get along so well together and why we're able to tour eleven months out of the year without wanting to kill each other."

With all their travels and recent success, the band remains bonded by their network of fans, friendship, and hometown pride, always coming back to their home. In fact, We The Kings were awarded the key to the city of Bradenton last year and Travis wears the key around his neck, so wherever the band may travel, they're never far from home.

T. Mills
T. Mills

21-year-old Travis Tatum Mills, better known as T. Mills is a hybrid artist from Riverside, CA. His influences range from Wu Tang Clan to Blink-182; Bone Thugz and Harmony to The Dream; Rusko to Wiz Khalifa — a true testament to the “Playlist Generation” unbound by genre.

In 2010 Mills released an EP, a full length titled, “Ready, Fire, Aim!”, and played the Warped Tour and Bamboozle Festivals. He recently sold out his first headlining show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles.

 Mills plans to release a mixtape in late May featuring production by J Hawk, Matt Squire, Colin Monroe, Hit Boy, The Stereotypes and more. 

The Ready Set & Metro Station
The Ready Set & Metro StationThe Ready Set:
Jordan Witzigreuter was only 20 when it all happened. Nearly overnight, the young Indiana-born musician—who had spent the better part of his teens writing an arsenal of illegally catchy, electro-pop songs—was plucked from near obscurity and thrust into the spotlight. “I started playing shows to a couple people in someone’s basement,” Witzigreuter remembers. “Then, a year and a half later, I was playing radio festivals with Maroon 5 to 10,000 people.”
It’s the ups and downs of life, love and music that inspired the singer’s latest and long-awaited album, The Bad And The Better, out May 20 on Razor & Tie. “To me, my whole life, my whole career—the good and bad—has been about taking things as they come,” waxes The Ready Set centerpiece. “Everything goes up and down like a rollercoaster. You just have to go along with it and not hang on too tight to anything. You have to let life happen and enjoy it.”
Five years have passed since the release of TRS’s debut album, I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming, which hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseakers chart, thanks to the platinum-selling success of the LP’s first single, “Love Like Woe”—and a lot’s happened to Witzigreuter since. Lucky for fans, you can hear the singer’s ongoing evolution—both personally and musically—in each of the 11 songs on The Bad And The Better, produced by Ian Kirkpatrick (Neon Trees, Young The Giant, Breathe Carolina).
“When my first song, (“Love Like Woe”) did really well, people kept telling me, ‘Do that again.’ After a while, it becomes really transparent.,” says Witzigreuter. “A lot of pop albums can be bland if they’re just chasing this one sound throughout. I wanted to make sure my [album] sounded exactly like me.
From the first guitar strums of the album’s opening song, “Higher,” which also happens to be the lead single, it’s almost impossible not to smile and dance along with Witzigreuter’s signature rapid-fire verses and synth-fueled choruses. “I wanted to make a really uplifting, inspirational song because I wrote it at a time when I was in the opposite mindset. I wrote it to almost convince myself things could get better, so it came out of this anxiety-fueled state. It’s about being able to look beyond the things in front of you that weigh you down and rise above it.”
The Ready Set has always written misfit anthems, and new song “Castaway” is a great theme song for dark horses everywhere. Featuring an appearance from rapper Jake Miller, the lyrics are driven by all the TRS fans who’ve approached him over the years to express how much the band’s music means to them. “I was really inspired by all the things I’ve heard from my fans through their notes and letters,” says Witzigreuter, who admits his fans were the ones to give him faith when he was going through his own dark times. “I wanted it to be one of those songs that lifts up the underdog a little bit and gives people hope.”
Witzigreuter is looking forward headlining this summer’s Warped Tour, which will be a great opportunity to introduce new songs off The Bad And The Better and connect with fans, both loyal listeners and recent converts. After all, the release of the band’s sophomore album marks a new chapter in the life of The Ready Set—and no one’s more excited to turn the page than Witzigreuter himself. “The new music really captures the essence of who the band is right now, which kind of translates into a new beginning for me as an artist."
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Metro Station:
In April 2010, after months of rumors and whispers, Trace Cyrus took to Ustream and made the announcement fans dreaded: “As many of you already know, Metro Station is taking a break—and I think it’s a permanent break.” Wearing oversized sunglasses, sporting a pin-straight, asymmetrical haircut and rocking a jean jacket open enough to show his many chest tattoos, the singer/guitarist said the words with conviction. The band was over and everyone was moving on. Cyrus had already started his own solo project, Ashland High, and while fellow Metro Station singer Mason Musso continued to produce music and perform under the existing moniker, the resurrection was half-hearted and intermittent, at best. However, the combination of time and perspective managed to make the impossible occur by bringing two former musical collaborators and best friends back together.

“It was a case of too much success too quickly,” Cyrus admits while sitting outside a coffee shop in North Hollywood in July 2014. “I remember when we were doing it—playing with Fall Out Boy, Good Charlotte and Miley [Cyrus], filling arenas, opening for Lady Gaga overseas—we always wanted more. Instead of sitting back and saying to ourselves, ‘Whoa, we’re really doing something great,’ we just wanted more.”

“Our 20-year-old egos were going, ‘I’m the shit,’” Musso interjects, sipping on a large ice tea next to Cyrus. “I never felt like anything was enough, but as Trace always says, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

Judging from their familiar rapport, it’s hard to believe the two spent four years apart with zero communication—Cyrus didn’t even have Musso’s phone number during that time—until Musso decided to reach out in October 2013. Much like a clandestine relationship, the pair have been hanging out ever since, but they chose to keep their reconciliation private instead of flaunting it to the world, at least not until they were both ready to go public. So how was the duo able to work through their problems? “I think we both just matured as people and as musicians,” Cyrus explains. “As far as friendship goes, at 25, you realize what’s important to argue about and what’s not. It’s easier to communicate when you’re older. When you’re younger, you let your emotions get in the way. Now we can talk it through. That’s what our issues were in the past; we had horrible communications skills.” 

What was never an issue for Cyrus and Musso was writing hit songs together. The band’s 2007 self-titled album—which included tracks like “Seventeen Forever” and “Kelsey”—has sold more than 500,000 copies and its third single, “Shake It,” was certified platinum, having sold more than 2.7 million copies. The song also cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard charts in 2008 and the accompanying video has racked up 47 million YouTube views to date. In other words, when Metro Station decided to throw in the towel, they were experiencing the kind of exponential rise most bands would kill for. “The goal is to be the biggest band in the world,” Cyrus says with the confidence of a star athlete. “If you’re going to do something, why not try and be the best? Even if we don’t achieve that one day, we know we tried. We did all we could. Everyone has the same chance to make it in this industry; it just depends how good your songs are and how hard you’re willing to make it.”

Now that Musso and Cyrus have reunited, it’s time to get back into the studio and make more Metro Station music. Up first is a new EP called Gold, which features new songs like “Love And War” and “She Likes Girls,” both of which blend the group’s signature electro-pop melodies and newfound lyrical depth. The band has recorded tons of new material but they aren’t in a rush to put out a full-length album—yet. Instead, they’re choosing to release Gold in October 2014 and then hit the road with The Ready Set this fall.

Not only does the future look bright, but the possibilities are endless for Metro Station. “I really think in the long run, we’re going to look back at the breakup as a blessing from God,” Cyrus says with complete sincerity. “I’m very religious so I feel like God kinda came in, took everything we had away from us and slapped us on the wrist, saying, ‘You need to learn, you need to appreciate what I’m giving you.’ I feel like this is our second chance to make things right and to prove that we enjoy doing this and appreciate it.”

Keep it Cute
Keep it CuteComposed of Ryan Alexander (Vocals), Matt Zaval (Guitar), Aldo Lazcano (Bass) and Kevin Diaz de Leon (Drums), the San Antonio, TX quartet have developed the perfect marriage of the Pop and Rock n’ Roll genres to clearly position themselves for continued success. Formed by Ryan Alexander before his high school years, the band released their debut EP New Beginnings in early 2012 and immediately turned heads.

New Beginnings was recorded at Engaged Audio Studios in Springfield, MO with Kevin Gates [Never Shout Never, The Ready Set] and mastered by Troy Glessner [Anberlin]. The EP blends infectious melodies and hard-hitting choruses to develop something entirely their own. The toe-tapping debut urges listeners to embrace the simple beauties of life and to focus on the present and the future.

In addition to pinning down a position in April 2013's "100 Bands You Need To Know" issue of Alternative Press, the band had also secured slots on 2012's South by Southwest and Warped Tour festivals.

While the music speaks on its own, the band understands the strong importance of a direct connection between the artist and their fan base. “Our biggest accomplishment is being able to speak with each and every one of our fans along the way, whether it be in person or through the use of social media,” exclaims Alexander. “They are the driving force behind everything that we do, and we have been blessed with their support.”