Kim Russo, Filter and 1964 Beatles Tribute Set for bergenPAC; Tickets on Sale 2/14
Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood New Jersey truly offers music for everyone at affordable prices... New shows going on sale Friday, February 14TH See Kim Russo- The Happy Medium, or Filter and special guest band Sponge and 1964 - The Beatles Tribute - 50th Anniversary of the Beatles Coming To America Tour.
Be sure to reserve tickets for these new shows at www.ticketmaster.com or Box Office at 201.227.1030.
KIM RUSSO "Happy Medium"
Friday, April 18, 8PM
$60, $45, $30
Kim Russo, also known as "Kim The Happy Medium," has been able to see the world of spirit since the young age of nine. Growing up, Kim often saw random spirits in her bedroom and sometimes felt their presence walking home with her from school. Not knowing what they wanted, they scared her then. Now she is comforted by their presence, speaking to them more than she speaks to the living on some days.
Kim is as comfortable with her mediumship as anyone with any special talent could be. She explains her ability to understand the voice of spirit as nothing more than being fluent in their language. As Kim often describes, "they do not move their lips when they speak to me; as they relay their messages to me mind to mind or by certain gestures they allow me to see." Sometimes referring to herself as a translator for the spirit world, Kim also calls herselfthe psychic journalist, as she prides herself on the accuracy in understanding their language and is most careful to "interview" the spirit coming through during a reading.
Being a mother of three boys, Kim is no stranger to reading parents who have lost children. With her compassion as a mother and a Medium, Kim wants her sitters to have absolutely no doubts that they are communicating with their loved ones. It is Kim's usual practice to give many identifying details, including names and descriptions of the energy with whom she is communicating. Whatever the loss, be it a child, a sibling or a parent, many of her clients have reported having life changing experiences after having a session with Kim.
FILTER with Special Guest SPONGE
Wednesday, April 23, 8PM
Shoving a fist in the face of tradition has been Filter's modus operandi since the release of their self-produced debut album, Short Bus. The album's rough-around-the-edges production consisted of inebriated answering machine samples, lavish bass lines, and jagged guitars set to a backdrop of drum machines punctuated by the unfurling of Richard Patrick's vocal prowess and signature roar. Patrick, Filter's magnetic, profoundly intelligent nucleus and frontman jubilantly admits that his creative process is unorthodox, whether he's staring down and conquering new technology or coalescing with new bandmate and co-conspirator Jonny Radtke on Filter's current release, The Sun Comes Out Tonight.
Patrick believes in adapting and improvising in the name of achieving results, fully aware of what he's rebelling against. He addresses his unconventional methods with utmost conviction in his voice, "Let's break the rules, let's put a finger up to the establishment and do something wrong. If William Shakespeare was alive today, he'd be using a word processor. He'd be copying and pasting. Does that change things? Yeah, but at the same time, it's flexible and different. It has to be done." This perspective is evident on The Sun Comes Out Tonight's lead single, "What Do You Say," an explosive track featuring Patrick's rousing howl, hypnotic synthesizers, smoldering guitars, biting lyrics, and the triumphant resurrection of the pulsating drum machines that cemented Filter's reputation for delivering a distinctive sound unlike any other band in existence. Patrick laughs, "It's all drum machine, just like Short Bus! I like that we're getting away with something that's wrong. There's almost this notion that someone like Skrillex is less of a talent because his music centers around making a computer do incredible things. Music is an interpretive art form."
"The Only Way (Is The Wrong Way)" isn't merely a stand-out track from 2002 release The Amalgamut, it's an integral component of the career Patrick has fabricated with Filter as a truly capable multi-instrumentalist and vocalist hell-bent on releasing top-notch material and delivering electrifying, intense live performances. Patrick's many collaborations and side-projects have transcended the boundaries between rock, industrial, and electronic music by utilizing the talents of musicians Trent Reznor, Robert and Dean DeLeo, Ray Luzier, Josh Freese, John 5, The Crystal Method, Danny Lohner, Clayton Worbeck and Wes Borland.
Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City's heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album "Rotting Piñata" (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)" Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both "Plowed" and "Molly" hit #5 on Billboard's Modern Rock Charts, catapulting "Rotting Piñata" to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status.
Sponge's follow up CD, the critically lauded "Wax Ecstatic" (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including "Wax Ecstatic" and "Have You Seen Mary?" The band's music was also featured in popular movies "The Craft," "Chasing Amy," "Mall Rats" and "Empire Records." Sponge's star continued to rise with network appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and the "Conan O'Brien Show."
Sponge's subsequent releases "New Pop Sunday," "For All The Drugs in The World," "The Man," "Galore Galore," and "Destroy the Boy," showcased the band's swirling sonic attack, rooted in 70's glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but still sounding distinctly like no one else.
"Plowed" continues to be the band's signature rock track, having been spotlighted on Guitar Hero's "Warriors of Rock - 90's Rock Track Pack" - and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2, in addition to the soundtrack for the Gerard Butler surf movie "Chasing Mavericks."
1964 BEATLES TRIBUTE
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES COMING TO AMERICA TOUR
Thursday, June 12, 8PM
$75, $55, $40
1964: The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to a nostalgic era in rock history. In an authentic and endearing tribute, the group recreates early live Beatles concerts from 1964, with period clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles's historic "1964" ...The Tribute takes their audiences on a musical journey to an era in rock history that will live in all of our hearts forever. They are hailed by critics and fans alike as the most authentic and endearing Beatles tribute in the world. Choosing songs from the pre-Sgt-Pepper era, "1964" recreates an early 60's live Beatles concert, with period instruments, clothing, hairstyles, and onstage banter.
"1964" has toured around the world performing at major concert venues such as Red Rocks in Denver (where they hold the single night attendance record), Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Shea Stadium, and The Philharmonic in Liverpool, England as well as festivals, colleges, corporate events, and conventions.
Notably, "1964"performed at Carnegie Hall for an unprecedented 12th time on January 12, 2013. They will return to Carnegie for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Beatles performances there on January 11, 2014.
"1964"...The Tribute is the only Beatles tribute band with a United States Federal Court order defining a written agreement with Apple Corps. Ltd. permitting them to perform their show anywhere in the world. Years of researching the Fab Four have made "1964" masters of their craft. Beatle boots, vintage costumes and equipment, onstage mannerisms and speaking voices, and the unmistakable harmonies of the lads from Liverpool make "1964" the most accurate and fun Beatles tribute to date. Truly the "Best Beatles Tribute on Earth" - Rolling Stone.
"1964" is: Mark Benson as John Lennon, Mac Ruffing as Paul McCartney, Tom Work as George Harrison, and Bobby Potter as Ringo Starr.
30 North Van Brunt Street
About bergenPAC: Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area's cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC - the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, "hands-on" training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community. For updates, "Like" bergenPAC on Facebook (facebook.com/#!/bergenpacfan) and follow bergenPAC on Twitter.