Adelitas Way + Sons of Texas + Taking Dawn + Kaleido

Battle Creek, Michigan (April 6, 2018) – Adelitas Way + Sons of Texas + Taking Dawn + Kaleido took over The Music Factory in Battle Creek, MI tonight!

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Adelitas Way:
     

Edgy Las Vegas-based hard rock outfit Adelitas Way broke into the mainstream in 2009 with the song “Invincible,” which appeared on numerous television spots for CSI Miami and served as the theme song for the weekly World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars show. Formed in the late 2000s by lead vocalist Rick DeJesus and lead guitarist Chris Iorio, the band (which also included rhythm guitarist Keith Wallen, bassist Derek Johnston, and drummer Trevor Stafford) released its eponymous debut on Virgin Records in July 2009. The band’s sophomore effort, Home School Valedictorian, arrived in summer 2011 and featured new lead guitarist Robert Zakaryan after Iorio left the group within five months of their debut’s release. At the end of 2012, writing began for the band’s third album, while only six months later, Keith Wallen and Derek Johnston announced that they were leaving. In July 2013 the group entered the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz to record Stuck, which was released the following year and featured the hit single “Dog on a Leash,” which peaked at number seven on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Chart. 2015 saw the release of the Deserve This EP, and the following year, the band issued their fourth studio long player, Getaway. 2017’s Notorious included the singles “Tell Me” and “Ready for War (Pray for Peace),” the latter of which served as the theme song to TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, a WWE pay-per-view event. ~ James Christopher Monger & Rich Wilson – IT

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Sons of Texas:
     

There is nothing subtle about Texas. There is a reason why we use the term “Texas-sized” to describe anything in life that’s exaggeratedly large, from posteriors, to bong hits, to jugs of beer. This boldness, naturally, extends to the Lone Star’s musical exports, loud n’ proud legendary artists like ZZ Top, Pantera, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among many others. Now, firmly in that cocksure lineage, is a mighty bluesy metal band from McAllen, Texas aptly named, Sons of Texas.

The young quintet’s debut, Baptized in the Rio Grande—produced by the iconic Josh Wilbur (Lamb Of God, Crowbar, Chiodos, Hatebreed)—is a Texas-sized portion of power metal grooves, dazzling guitar solos, strip joint/tailgate sing-along choruses, and soulfully charred vocal melodies. It took Wilbur 20 seconds of a YouTube clip to recognize this young band truly inherited the gonads of its Lone Star forefathers and sign on to work with the quintet.

“We’re proud of being a Texas hard rock band, that’s everything to us,” affirms rhythm guitarist Jon Olivarez. “Texas is the biggest state, has a great history of football teams, and an astounding music legacy.”

Sons Of Texas was spawned in McAllen, Texas, a valley town without the music legacy of Austin or Arlington. The scene vibes “music for music’s sake” with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock n’ roll bands swapping members and sharing bills. Sons Of Texas solidified in 2013 around a lineup of local all-stars. The group is Mark Morales, vocals, Mike Villarreal, drums, Nick Villarreal, bass, Jon Olivarez, rhythm guitar, and Jes De Hoyos, lead guitar.

Despite being just in their mid-20s, never having recorded an album, and having only existed for about a year, the guys play with seasoned authenticity and fiery brilliance. The guitar duo of Jon Olivarez and Jes De Hoyos boast that classic rhythm and lead division of labor of Metallica’s Hetfield and Hammett, Testament’s Alex Sklonick and Eric Peterson, and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman. Sons Of Texas has that rare gift of having a rhythm section of brothers—Nick and Mike Villarreal—so the grooves are telepathic and deeply in the pocket. And vocalist Mark Morales has a blood raw expressiveness evoking Phil Anselmo, Chris Cornell, and Zakk Wylde.

Baptized in the Rio Grande is an album for raising hell and enduring hard times. The record spans good old bad boy anthems like “Texas Trim” and “Baptized In The Rio Grande,” the stately ballad territory of the haunting “September,” and the dead end job-frustration of “Pull It And Fire.” The standout “Blameshift” showcases the guys have modern rock radio potential without sacrificing heft for hooks.

The past year has been a blessing for the Sons Of Texas. Inking a record deal and working with a producer of Wilbur’s caliber doesn’t happen for bands in the Rio Grande region of McAllen, Texas. Olivarez explains: “People always told us to move to Austin, but we stuck with our hometown and made something of ourselves. We take a lot of pride in being one of the first Valley bands to get these opportunities.” – Sons of Texas

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Taking Dawn:
    

Formed in 2006, Las Vegas-based heavy metal outfit Taking Dawn specialize in rousing, riff-heavy, harmony-laden retro-metal that owes as much to the heydays of the Sunset Strip as it does to Sin City. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Babbitt, guitarist Mikey Cross, bass player Andrew Cushing, and drummer Alan Doucette released their Roadrunner debut, Time to Burn, in January 2010 – IT

The band was originally named 7th Son in tribute to the iconic Iron Maiden album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son before calling themselves Taking Dawn.
The band signed to major American record label Roadrunner Records in 2009. Taking Dawn toured throughout 2010 and performed alongside AirbourneKissSlashTriviumAll That RemainsHalestormDragonForce and Theory of a Deadman among others. Taking Dawn also performed at many festivals including Download in Europe and Soundwave in Australia.
In late 2010 drummer Alan Doucette left the band due to trouble on the road and was replaced by Carlo Mazzone. In 2013, guitarist Mikey Cross announced on his personal Facebook account that the band was finished and its members were all pursuing different musical ventures, however this was not acknowledged nor corroborated by the rest of the band.
Taking Dawn has since re-branded themselves under the new moniker Devils Run and released a number of new songs including “Burn the Night Out” and “Secrets”. – wiki

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Kaleido:
     

Kaleido – comprised of Christina Chriss (vocals), Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (rhythm guitar), Cody Morales (bass) and Zach Bolling (lead guitar) – is a fresh, modern day Detroit incarnation of rock n’ roll. Their 2017 debut full-length album “Experience” is straight up rock with flourishes of pop, punk & funk undertones.
Their authentic and memorable songs are highlighted by an explosive live show, both of which quickly gained them notoriety in the Detroit music scene.

Kaleido was named Best Band in Detroit by Real Detroit Weekly two years in a row, won three Detroit Music Awards, and has since taken the show on the road and become a touring machine. Supporting the likes of Seether on the Poison the Parish Tour, Living Colour & Alien Ant Farm, they’ve also lit up many festival stages on Van’s Warped Tour, Rockstar Uproar Festival, Summerfest & CMJ Music Marathon. They have also opened for Aerosmith, Slash, Kid Rock, The Offspring, Sammy Hagar, Evanescence, Halestorm, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Rob Zombie, Weezer, Coheed & Cambria, Twenty One Pilots, Andrew WK and countless others. Kaleido has also branched out internationally, completing their first tour of the United Kingdom & Ireland with Alien Ant Farm and HeD PE.

The first single released from “Experience”, titled “Love & War” (co-written and featuring Dryden Mitchell of Alien Ant Farm), won an unprecedented 27 nights on 89x The New Rock Alternative People’s Choice and was consequently retired as the most winning song of all time on the station.

Another single from the album, “Die Tryin'” was retired into the Loudwire hall of fame after winning the fan-voted ‘Battle Royale’ five weeks in a row. The music video has been added to 9 platforms including all Pittsburgh Pirates TV promos in 2017, Footlocker’s In-Store video system (1,835 stores in 23 countries), YouTube’s New Rock Playlist, Clubcom Network (3900 health clubs & Brunswick Bowling Centers) to name a few.

Starting 2018 off with a splash playing the Shiprocked cruise with Stone Sour, In This Moment, Seether, Black Label Society, P.O.D., Beartooth, The band made a big impression and also performed a Tom Petty tribute with the all-star band The Stowaways featuring Bumblefoot, members of Papa Roach, Fuel and more.

They are currently writing for their next release and touring the entirety of 2018. – Kaleido  

Latest release ‘Experience

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Author: Cheyenne Comerford

Senior Photographer, Journalist — Portfolio

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