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
The Ready SetBorn and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, his interest in music formed when he began playing drums at the age of 10. He says that he came home one day and his mom told him that she had signed him up for drum lessons. He states that those lessons are the main reasons he is where he is in music today. By the age of 14 he was playing in bands, playing drums while getting more familiar with other instruments, and by the age of 16 he was touring in them. He later found a different outlet for his creativity through writing lyrics and music in an acoustic duo, which eventually led to the formation of The Ready Set. He was a member of a ska band, “Take Sides”, an acoustic band, “brideandgroom” and a hardcore band, “Saints Never Surrender” before creating The Ready Set in the fall of 2007.

During the summer of ‘07, Jordan wrote a few songs and kept them to himself, as his main focus was the acoustic duo he was a part of. When the other member left to pursue a different career, Jordan decided to take the songs he had started, finish them up, and put together a Myspace page just for fun. In January of 2008, he released his first EP “Syntax and Bright Lights”, which was completely written and recorded in his basement. He soon after began writing for his second release, a full-length titled “Tantrum Castle”, also recorded in his basement.


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.”