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Friday January 13 2023
  7:30PM doors -- music at 8:00PM
$23 in advance / $25 at the door
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties
 alternative rock
Same Side
 indie shoegaze

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties
-from Brooklyn, NY
-Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is a character study conducted through music. Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties is as much a band as it is a story.

The band plays americana, sometimes with 6 or 8 or 10 people—a horn section, banjo, lap steel, strings and more—and sometimes as one man with an acoustic guitar and his voice. It's rock & roll with fragmented pieces of punk and country and troubadour-style sing-songwriter music taking influence from Springsteen, Rilo Kiley, and The Weakerthans. Some nights, it's somber and intimate. Some nights, it's loud, bombastic and joyous.

The story follows a man named Aaron who, on the band's debut release, "We Don't Have Each Other," suffers a series of severe losses that reshape his life entirely. In the intervening years, cataloged on the new sophomore LP, "Routine Maintenance," the story follows Aaron through sublets, bar fights, train yards, fire escapes, truck stops and the basement of a county church in search of something resembling purpose and redemption.

Both are the creation of Dan Campbell, best known as the vocalist of Philadelphia band, The Wonder Years who performs the songs live in character for a show that feels in part theatric. Formed in 2013, Campbell has continuously added layer after layer to the Aaron West universe, ensuring that every show and milestone is factored into the bigger picture and creating a story so meticulously crafted that it's easy to forget it's a story at all.

Same Side
-from Los Angeles, CA
-Under the guise of Same Side, The Story So Far and Elder Brother’s Kevin Geyer opens his personal musical journal to the world. With his penchant for uncovering buried feelings of melancholy and yearning, often weaving and conjuring in isolation in a stream of consciousness style flow, Geyer’s Same Side alter-ego is the perfect repository for unflinchingly intimate minimalism with depth, vibrancy, and earnestness.

With a sense of an organic and therapeutic letting go permeating the EP, guitars ebb and flow with gentle focus; the drums are sparse, tasteful, and controlled. Same Side sounds like waking up from a dream.

The Same Side EP was recorded at The Panda Studios in Fremont, California, with longtime The Story So Far and Elder Brother producer Sam Pura, whose resumé also includes State Champs and Hundredth. Like the best of shoegaze leaning head-in-the-clouds alt-rock, Same Side is lush, meditative, and serene, even when contemplating the fallout from bad choices.