Next summer, you can expect the above scene to be replicated across the country if kids outside our area code take to the tomfoolery of Nathaniel Motte and Sean Foreman like the ones here have. The pair, known in these parts as 3Oh!3 (and due tomorrow night at the Gothic Theatre with the Photo Atlas, the Chain Gang of 1974 and Distrakt), has been confirmed as being among the first batch of bands joining next year's Warped Tour. Nice work, homies.
Although news that Senator and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton had chosen Big Head Todd and the Monster's "Blue Sky" as her campaign theme song was reported more than a month ago here locally, the national media has now glommed onto the item. Thanks to a link posted by Big Head keyboardist Jeremy Lawton, easily one of my favorite posters over at the DMB, I was made aware of a recent CNN story about how Clinton dumped "You and I," the former Celine Dion-penned Air Canada theme song, in favor of "Blue Sky," Cabezza Grande's tune, which was originally written for the relaunch of the country's space shuttle program. The piece reported by Jeanne Moos features a clip of the song, followed by a shot of Iowa-based CNN producer Chris Welch offering up, in his best Colbert face, that he "feels like a loser for not having heard that before."
Finally, props to Erica Brown Band for being selected to represent our state at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis next month. The recognition is well deserved, as Brown and her boys have been slugging it out here for years and are, without question, among the finest blues players on the scene. Knock 'em dead, y'all.
-- Dave Herrera