Brown Sabbath takes it a step further. The Black Sabbath cover band, which will cram nine members on the stage at Neurolux (
Melding the elephantine heavy-metal riffs of Black Sabbath with Latin percussion, psychedelic guitar and funk creates something uniquely awesome and visceral. Sabbath's melodramatic melodies pack an entirely different punch when supercharged by trumpet, trombone and baritone sax.
"It's a big sound. It's a big band," bassist
"It's like we came across a new genre of music that we didn't even know about. We call it doom funk."
Just don't call it a gimmick. Rock 'n' roll is littered with cover bands that add an element of shtick and run with it -- often into the ground. Remember Dread Zeppelin and its reggae versions of Led Zeppelin tunes? Or Metalachi, the comedy act that periodically rolls through
"That was something we wanted to avoid, was being a gimmick, totally," Gonzalez says.
Brown Sabbath is a side project of veteran Latin-funk outfit Brownout. It all began on the final night of a monthlong residency at a bar in
It was the musicians who wound up surprised.
"We wanted to do something really unique and different," Gonzalez says. "What we didn't realize is how well it would be received."
Now there's an album out on Ubiquity Records -- "Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath" -- and a full-blown tour.
"He does costume changes," Gonzalez says. "He definitely brings the show."
"Brownout blows minds, melts faces as Brown Sabbath," the group's hometown newspaper, the
Brown Sabbath was even featured on
But the accolades don't mean that Brownout is going to ride the Sabbath wave forever.
"Right now, it's super fun and we've only been doing it this year, and I assume we'll probably keep doing it next year to some extent," Gonzalez says. "But eventually, it's going to become more and more exclusive.
"We don't want to detract from the power that is Brownout."
--Dear Grandma: "Throwing the horns" means making a fist but holding up your index and pinky fingers; its a universal rock 'n' roll sign.
If all goes according to plan, Ticketmaster is on its way to
The ticketing giant would handle purchases for events ranging from
"A proposed contract with Ticketmaster for Athletics,
Ticketmaster, which merged with promoter
From a consumer standpoint, the question is: Will service fees go up?
My guess is probably a smidge.
"Based upon the RFP (request for proposal) process, we don't anticipate significant changes to the current service fee landscape," Hahn says, "and we expect if consumers notice anything with the change, it will be an increased convenience and ease of use."
BOTTLE BOMBS AWAY!
We all know that
Why? Potential overcarbonation.
In a statement, 10 Barrel advised consumers to "put on protective gloves and eyewear" before disposing of bottles of Swill.
Sheesh, couldn't they have told us this right before the
I'm giving away three pairs of tickets to Rascal Flatts' concert next week on my Idaho Statesman Facebook page, and offering a free pair of tickets to
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