Saturday night at the Memorial Coliseum in Downtown Evansville may be a mind-bending affair: a night of music featuring four bands with individual styles with a concert backdrop created by the same augmented reality technology that brought Tupac back from the dead last year at Coachella. The show has been dubbed Bubble and Fizz by organizer Matt Herrmann, formerly of Mount Vernon, Ind., now of California, trying to rekindle the spark that created the Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival in Posey County, which brought Ravi Shankar, Ted Nugent, Canned Heat and 300,000 festivalgoers to the region in 1972 for a weekend of music and excess.
Bubble and Fizz, Herrmann hopes, will the first show of many from his company Soda Pop Revisited, LLC in Evansville.
The first show, set this Saturday at the Coliseum, will feature four bands with varying genres and backgrounds, and a light show to bring the event to life, Herrmann said.
The augmented reality theatrics may be best set for the headlining act, Shiny Toy Guns - a Los Angeles-based group with synthesizer-saturated songs, pop beats, dance hooks and processed- guitar riffs.
The group's been touring since they formed in 2002, but the quartet caught critical and international acclaim with their first studio album, "We Are Pilots," that earned them a Grammy nomination for Best Electronic/Dance Album."
The group is touring after their last album release, "III" - the band's third - came out in October 2012.
Led by singer Carah Faye Charnow and guitarist-vocalist Gregori Chad Petree and synth and bassist Jeremy Dawson, the band's music has been featured in movies such as "The Smurfs" and "Wall Street 2," and on the TV shows "Dancing with the Stars," "Smallville" and "Gossip Girl." It's also been featured in video games "Grand Theft Auto 4" and "Tony Hawk Pro Skater."
"III" is a return to their heavy-electronic sound that pushed their careers into the international spotlight. In a news release, Dawson said Charnow's songwriting and studio help shaped the album.
"She's very present in the writing of the new album - and it's a great thing for a singer to be saying something that's coming straight from her heart," he said.
Shiny Toy Guns will join The Drowning Men, The Cold Stares and Evansville's own Lindsey Williams.
The Cold Stares are a thrashing drum and guitar duo based out of Nashville, Tenn. Lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Chris Tapp said the band just does what it does naturally.
"Our style, it's just a natural thing - good or bad," Tapp said. "We don't really talk about or contemplate it much. It just is what it is."
And like their natural sound, Tapp said their live shows are straightforward: loud and no frills.
The band self-recorded their album, "A Cold Wet Night and Howling Wind" last year.
They've been working on a new album and are set to hit the studio with their new material in August, Tapp said.
While they do draw comparisons to The Black Keys and The White Stripes - hard, loud, bluesy, guitarriff-driven drum and guitar duos - Tapp said they differ in two ways. Cold Stares drummer Brian Mullins doesn't listen to the same delta blues and' 60s English blues groups as Tapp does, and The Cold Stares have a fuller live sound made possible by Tapp's guitar rig that allows him to switch between four amps and produce a bass sound to round out the mix.
The light show spectacle will be provided by Q-Roid, an Evansville company that's trying to take the same augment reality technology that allowed Snoop Lion and Dr. Dre to perform with Tupac - who's been dead since 1996 - and make it cheaper.
Herrmann said the projections, AR technology and light show will add an unprecedented layer to the local live music experience by projecting holograms of images and abstract shapes onto the stage during shows.
Adding to that dynamic, attendees will be encouraged to download a free app, Layar, to scan images projected around the Coliseum "to see them come to life," according to Q-Roid.
The doors to the Coliseum will open at 7 p.m. Saturday for Bubble and Fizz. Tickets ($27.50) may be purchased at SodaPopRe visited. WantTickets.com or Joe's Records.
For more information, visit SodaPopRevisited.com.
IF YOU GO
What: Bubble and Fizz
Who: Shiny Toy Guns, The Drowning Men, The Cold Stares and Lindsey Williams
Where: Memorial Coliseum, 300 Court St.
Tickets: $27.50, available at SodaPopRevisited. WantTickets.com or at Joe's Records.
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