Big Monsta, Robert Jon & the Wreck, The Tens, The Sugar

The Wayfarer Presents

Big Monsta

Robert Jon & the Wreck

The Tens

The Sugar

Sat, March 4, 2017

8:00 pm

$5.00

This event is 21 and over

Big Monsta
Big Monsta
Big Monsta is a trio from Orange County, CA. Their sound pulls from a spectrum of influences ranging from blues, soul, to garage rock. Formed in 2012, their narrative aims to illustrate a different shade to the millennial generation.
Robert Jon & the Wreck
Robert Jon & the Wreck
Southern California natives, Robert Jon & the Wreck, began their musical journey together in February 2011. Within 6 months the band had not only embarked on a national tour, but also released their debut album, Fire Started. This full-length effort, which is blues-heavy with moments of soft country, tempered by down-beat driven classic rock nuance, earned them a nod from the 2012 Orange County Music Awards in the category of "Best Blues," as well as a spot in the finals for that year's "Best Live Band."

Fueled by this success, the Wreck took the road again in the summer of 2012, drumming up fans from Seattle to Boston to South Carolina and everywhere in between, delivering performances emblazoned by passion and dripping with a rawness that's impossible to fake. Simply put, it is difficult to ignore when these five musicians take the stage. Little wonder they have made an impact on audiences across the country, where they have played a run of sold-out shows and proudly shared bills with talent the likes of Walk the Moon and Rival Sons.

They returned to the studio in early 2013 to record their sophomore project, which was produced by Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith), engineered by Philip Allen (Adele), and mastered by Robert Vosgien (Smashing Pumpkins, No Doubt) at Swing House Studios in Hollywood. This new, and even edgier material has simply added more fuel to the fire that Robert Jon & the Wreck ignite while performing. Audiences all over Orange County and Los Angeles have crammed venues, salivating over a band that is determined to not miss the mark. This sharpshooter like mentality was fully recognized when Robert Jon & the Wreck won the title of "Best Live Band" at the 2013 Orange County Music Awards, along with nominations in the categories of "Best Rock," and "Best Blues."

To take a line from a track off their forthcoming album, Robert Jon & the Wreck have no plans to "let the fire burn out." Orange County's reigning "Best Live Band" is ready to load up the van and hit the road again. Kicking things off in Austin for SXSW, the Wreck will continue their "Rhythm of the Road" tour for 7 weeks, playing over 20 shows across 16 American cities.

As 2013 dawns, the band finds themselves at the cusp of many new adventures. With the second album due for release in June, and plenty of touring in the cards, fans across the nation should prepare themselves to get wrecked by the lion-strength energy created by the beast that is Robert Jon & the Wreck.
The Tens
The Tens
The Tens are an authentic, greasy-blue, soul-funk collective out of Los Angeles. They never perform a song the same way twice – allowing their music to live, breathe, and evolve with the energy around them. They draw their influence from groove masters like The Meters and Jaco Pastorious, soul icons like Sam Cooke and Curtis Mayfield, blues legends like SRV and BB King, pop songwriters extraordinaire like ELO and The Beatles, and thriving contemporaries like Alabama Shakes and Leon Bridges. However, they'll pull from any music that is alive and performed with conviction.

In 2016, The Tens embarked on a recording project focused on tracking and filming live in studio and in various outdoor settings. The twist of the project is that the songs must be performed only once, in a single take, with no overdubbing. The goal is to seamlessly capture a slice of time through audio tracking and a single-camera video recording – presenting the audience with an unobstructed, multi-sensory window peering back in time. The peak of the project will be a full-length, LP recording at Welcome Back to 1979 in Nashville, where the band will be cutting directly to vinyl.

Their distinctive sound was shaped on an eclectic corner of Old Hollywood where they would busk several times a week with a full drum kit and tube amps powered by a 2000-watt generator. This experience humbled them in ways that the rigmarole of performing in the club-circuit with previous bands never did. They were spat on by haters and celebrated by admirers. They utilized the freedom of the corner to put in countless hours of jamming, rehearsing, writing, and exploring – in front of overwhelming, drunken crowds fresh out of the bars or the lone valet worker across the way. They witnessed people at their best and worst all while trying to set the tone of the street with their music. Still, regardless of whether it was Tony Royster Jr. hopping on the drums, a toothless vagabond belting "For What It's Worth", or a lonely newspaper blowing across the street like tumbleweed in a ghost town, the corner taught them the importance of art and expression: authenticity.
The Sugar
The Sugar
The Sugar is a two piece rock n' roll band who came together through mutual friends in a stroke of fate at a random party in 2013. They've worked with other Orange County artists but felt it was time to change things up and work exclusively together, launching The Sugar. Based on their live sound, it's hard to believe they're just a two-piece. Simplistic in ways yet very dynamic.
Venue Information:
The Wayfarer
843 W 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA, 92627
http://www.wayfarercm.com