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Sunday October 3 2021

     >>> Previously scheduled show, Lydia, is canceled.
            All advance tickets will get refunded.
            Here's a note from the band:
It’s a real bummer for me to say. No one loves to cancel dates. For several reasons Nikki, myself, and the new addition, Revvy will be moving cross country in a few weeks where we’ll be able to get some much-needed help. It turns out newborn life is real. I’ve been trying to run through scenarios to where I can make the 5 west coast shows still happen and sadly I can’t seem to find that solution right now. This is not at all to say those shows won’t eventually happen! It’s only right now, something I can’t fit into this new life.

I of course just have to do what makes the most sense for my family and it definitely was a hard one to make. I hope (know) you guys out there will understand that. You’ve all allowed me to have an incredible life and work. I will have more music for years to come and when the times right, more shows 💛



Sunday October 3 2021
  7:30PM doors -- music at 8:00PM
 •••  21 AND OVER
 indie rock
Cory Wells
 alternative indie singer-songwriter

-from Phoenix, AZ
-Lydia, the indie rock band hailing from Arizona, formed over 15 years ago as the brainchild of Leighton Antelman. Fast forward seven studio albums and a hectic touring schedule that took the band all over the globe – Lydia continues to deliver new music. 2020 saw the release of two full length records, the brand new I Was Someone Else and a fan favorite album completely re-worked, This December (A Favorite of My Dreams).

When 2020 put the touring side of the industry on hold, Antelman embraced the digital era of fan engagement and created a virtual community that strengthened the relationship with his fans on a deeper level. Through the digital platform Pillar, Lydia performed two unique livestream shows, the first of which included a setlist rich in fan favorites spanning across the band’s entire discography. The second show showcased an outdoor stripped down performance in the desert.

Lydia will return to the stage on tour this fall for the first time in several years, with the promise of full band performances that are sure to provide nostalgia with songs from early in their career, as well as perform some of the new ones live for the first time.

Cory Wells 
-from Redondo Beach, CA
-CORY WELLS subverts expectations at nearly every turn.

The cover of Wells’ debut album, THE WAY WE ARE, features the Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter perched atop a rusted-out vintage car, calling to mind dusty folk music. Songs like the set-opening “Distant” and “Keiko,” imbued by seemingly effortless musicianship and wistful nostalgia, go a long way toward reinforcing this sonic predilection.

But there’s more to Wells than what you’ll find on the surface. The songwriter grew up playing metal before discovering Dashboard Confessional’s seminal MTV Unplugged 2.0 live album, a record that set him on a hard left turn to creating a more well-worn, earnest style. Even so, he injects the desperation and power of his heavy music background into every note of THE WAY WE ARE (due out November 15, 2019 via Pure Noise Records) – not necessarily in sound, but in spirit.

Across the album’s 12 songs, Wells plays the role of shapeshifter: Just when you’ve got him figured out, he unleashes new musical elements – a ferocious scream (“Walk Away”) that eventually gives way to soaring falsetto (“Cement”), stirring acoustic guitar that crescendos into fiery full-band fare. The ghosts of new-era emo torchbearers (including Dashboard’s Chris Carrabba, a contributor on “Fall Apart”) are alive and well in his lush beds of acoustic-based rock, but Wells isn’t actively summoning them. Rather, he’s a decidedly patient songwriter, waiting for the right time to pair a searing lyric with the throat-shredding vocal performance it demands.

First single “Wildfire” encompasses everything that makes THE WAY WE ARE such a multifaceted collection: sheen-heavy production, urgent rhythms and aching melodies juxtaposed against bright acoustic guitar – and, naturally, a biting narrative.

“I didn’t realize what it was like to really hate anyone until a certain person came into my life and tried to ruin everything I loved,” Wells explains about the song. “Everyone tried to warn me, but I had to learn the lesson for myself.”

Wells launched his solo project in 2017 with his first release for Pure Noise, the How to Tear Apart the Ones You Love EP, and follow-up single “End of a Good Thing” quickly became a viral hit in 2018, racking up millions of YouTube views and Spotify streams and introducing fans around the world to Wells’ storytelling.

As he expands his songbook with THE WAY WE ARE, Wells continues to push the guardrails of his writing, both inwardly and outwardly. Take album standout “Broken,” a relationship-ending salvo rife with dynamic and emotional ebbs and flows. To hear Wells explain how the song mirrors its inspiration is to see the true mastery of his songwriting at work:

“It was the first time I’d ever been the one to break up with somebody,” he says. “I remember walking down the stairs of her apartment complex to go back home, and I was so upset at the top of the stairs. By the time I got to the bottom, I didn’t even care anymore. The song represents that emotional roller coaster: It starts out big, and when it’s done, it ends really soft, like ‘I’m over it.’”

At this point in his still-young career as a solo artist, Wells is in an enviable position: As a true student of music in all its styles and forms (“Every genre has its place, and I appreciate something from all of it”), he’s a songwriter without limits. He’s already masterfully distilled the songs of his youth – the emotional ferocity of metal, the heart-on-sleeve confessionalism of emo and salt-of-the-earth universality of folk – into the music of his present, and looking forward, there seems to be no telling how Wells’ music will evolve from here.

You get the sense the singer prefers it that way. As it stands, he’s having too much fun keeping listeners – and even himself – anticipating what will come next.

“I could write a ton of different styles of songs, but as long as I sing them like I mean it, the songs will resonate,” he says. “I played metal because I liked it. I play this music because I love it.” XX