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The Mid-Week Beat: Long Beach Rehab, Post-Folk in Davis and the Zoo Music Awards in Missoula

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Long-Beach-RehabSo, no grand plan this week on the Mid-Week Beat. Just thought I’d share some of the cool upcoming shows we got coming up: Long Beach Rehab on tour in Washington State, a “post-folk” show in Davis, California and a local music competition in Missoula, Montana. If you’re near any of these events, get out there and see some music!

Tonight, Wednesday February 5 to Sunday, February 9 I Long Beach RehabMultiple Cities in Washington State

Long Beach Rehab was put together by Qball of Sublime LBC and Bad Brains singer Isreal Joseph. They added Smash Mouth guitarist Greg Camp, Matt Myers, Paget and Derek Hooks into the band and have toured the US, Japan and Mexico performing hits from Sublime, Bad Brains as well as original compositions.

Qball has a long history in California punk rock. He and partner Monk ran the record label that released the first three Social Distortion records and he was also half owner of Fenders Ballroom in Long Beach. This is where Qball and Bradley (Sublime) first met and started working on songs during late night party sessions in Long Beach. In 2002, after the break up of the Long Beach Dub All Stars, Qball decided to tour paying tribute to his friend and late Sublime singer Bradley. Qball found Matt Myers and they took the music of Sublime to over 30 countries, touring for ten years as Sublime LBC to crowds reaching 90,000 fans.

These days Long Beach Rehab uses both former Bad Brains singers Derek and Isreal for the Bad Brains songs, while Matt Myers sings all the Sublime songs. LBR perfoms all the best songs from Sublime, Bad Brains as well as new songs.

This week they’re doing a short tour of the Pacific Northwest hitting five cities in five days. Here are the dates and just click on the club name to get tickets.

TONIGHT! Wednesday, February 5 I Jazzbones in Tacoma, Washington

Thursday, February 6 I 88 Keys in Seattle, Washington

Friday, February 7 I Hub City/Aerie Ballroom in Centralia, Washington

Saturday, February 8 I Culpeppers in Graham, Washington

Sunday, February 9 I Rock N Roll Lodge in Tacoma, Washington


Friday, February 7 I Post Folk Night: Peggy Sue and Mandolin OrangeDavis, California

Peggy Sue is singer-guitarists Rosa Slade and Katy Young and drummer Olly Joyce. Since the release of their debut Acrobats, the band has toured across Europe and North American with the likes of Jack White, Wild Flag, Joan As Policewoman and labelmates First Aid Kit. The band’s upcoming record, Choir of Echoes, was produced at the legendary Rockfield Studio in South Wales by Jimmy Robertson and mixed by longtime collaborator John Askew. Of the record, the band says it’s album about losing your voice and finding it again. Voices keeping each other company and voices competing for space. The call and response of the kindest and the cruelest words. Choruses. Duets. Whispers and shouts.

Mandolin Orange carries an understanding of tradition and shape it into a thing of beauty. They craft simple songs that go beyond chord progressions and vocal harmonies, leading somehow toward something pure. Using acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin and a hand-me-down fiddle, Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz allure with a heart-worn sensibility. Last year’s Haste Make/Hard Hearted Stanger combines bluegrass, rock and country for lullabies that swoon.


Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 I Zoo Music Awards ShowcaseMissoula, Montana

After a successful first year, the Zoo Music Awards (ZooMA) brought to you by the Vibrant Hearing, Missoula Independent and Montana Radio Company return to, once again, turn the spotlight on Missoula’s vibrant music scene.

Over 65 nominees will play a live 45 minute set for fans at various venues around downtown Missoula to win the top three spots. The top three from each category will be invited to the awards show on March 8, 2014 where one lucky artist or band will be named a category winner.

The showcase voting will be done by judges and public vote. Judges vote will make up 80% and public vote 20%. Each person that enters the door of each category will be given ONE ballot. Top three winners will be announced Monday, February 9.

Featured artists include: Dj Nicholas Minaj, The Hasslers, Red Carpet Devils, Universal Choke Sign, Mendelssohn, K. Neumann, Front St. Jazz Group, Black Mountain Moan, The Steady Changes, Lyrical Motion, Karissa Pfantz, Show For No Body, Ted Ness & The Rusty Nails, Shakewell and more!