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6/30/17

X CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF MUSIC!!!

Party Begins May 1st in Albuquerque – Runs All Year Long!


(Los Angeles, CA) - X is ready to celebrate their 40 years together as a band with shows running all year long!  The party launches on May 1st in Albuquerque, NM, with dates hitting Oklahoma, Missouri, Nashville, NC, Florida, Atlanta and New Orleans before the first leg wraps up with four Texas shows, ending on May 25th in Dallas, TX.  The second leg starts on August 18th in Solana Beach and running through late September with many more dates will be announced, shortly.

It was back in the fall of ‘76 when X first formed in Los Angeles after Billy Zoom saw a mind-blowing performance by The Ramones at the Great Western Ballroom in Norwalk.  The next day, Billy put an ad in Musician’s contact service looking for like-minded musicians to start a band with.  That same day, bass player John Doe had placed a similar ad, saw Billy’s and the rest, as they say, is Rock ‘n Roll History!

“For a long time interviewers and X people we've met have asked us did you think when X started you'd still be playing together now? And our answer is surprisingly - No! Of course not! In 1976 I was 20; now I'm 60. How's that for weird?!  DJ Bonebrake, Billy Zoom, John Doe and Exene Cervenka are STILL together! Recently we were in the van coming home from a show, and started talking about this very exciting 40th Anniversary year when Billy said:  ‘That's nice. What are we doing for our 50th anniversary?’ Aren't you glad X is still around? I am!”   --Exene

In 1977, quickly established themselves as one of the best bands in the first wave of LA's flourishing punk scene; becoming legendary leaders of a punk generation.  Featuring vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom, and drummer DJ Bonebrake, their debut 45 was released on the seminal Dangerhouse label in 1978, followed by seven studio albums released from 1980-1993. Over the years, the band has released several critically acclaimed albums, topped the musical charts with regularity and performed their iconic hits on top television shows such as Letterman and American Bandstand.   X’s first two studio albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift are ranked by Rolling Stone among the top 500 greatest albums of all time.  The band continues to tour with the original line-up of John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom, and D.J. Bonebrake.   

Second Leg:
7/2/2017     Oakland, CA         Burger Boogaloo - Mosswood Park
8/19/2017    Solana Beach, CA    Belly Up *
8/18/2017    Solana Beach, CA    Belly Up *
8/19/2017    Los Angeles, CA     Pershing Square (free show)
9/6/2017    Las Vegas, NV        The Brooklyn Bowl **
9/8/2017    Salt Lake City, UT    The Complex  **
9/9/2017    Denver, CO        The Summit **
9/11/2017    Omaha, NE        The Waiting Room **
9/13/2017    Minneapolis, MN    First Ave **
9/14/2017    Milwaukee, WI        TBA
9/15/2017    Chicago, IL        Riot Fest  
9/16/2017    Detroit, MI        El Club **
9/17/2017    Buffalo, NY        The Town Ballroom **
9/19/2017    Portland, ME        The Port City Music Hall **
9/20/2017    Boston, MA        Brighton Music Hall **
9/21/2017    New York, NY        Stage48 **
9/22/2017    Philadelphia, PA    Underground Arts **
9/23/2017    Falls Church, VA        The State Theatre**
9/25/2017    Pittsburgh, PA        Rex Theater **
9/26/2017    Kent, OH        The Kent Stage **
9/27/2017    Columbus, OH        Skully’s Music Diner **

*LP3 & The Tragedy opening
** Skating Polly opening

More Dates To Be Announced!

GRAMMY MUSEUM® TO OPEN EXPANDED EXHIBIT CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF SEMINAL L.A. PUNK BAND X

The GRAMMY Museum® is pleased to announce its plans to expand the forthcoming exhibit celebrating the 40th anniversary of seminal L.A. punk rock band X. Previously set to open on June 30, 2017, on the Museum’s fourth floor, X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles will now be displayed on the second floor in the Museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery, opening Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. With more artifacts and space than previously planned, the exhibit will give visitors a glimpse into how X's four original members – Exene Cervenka, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake – quickly established the band as one of the best in the first wave of L.A.'s flourishing punk scene.

Items on display will include:
•    Original instruments and gear played by the band
•    Handwritten lyrics and notebooks by Exene Cervenka and John Doe
•    Clothing and other personal items
•    Original concert flyers for L.A. shows
•    Rare photographs and artwork by Exene
•    X: The Unheard Music film, and more!

"We are so excited to be moving this exhibit to our main exhibits gallery, giving X, one of Los Angeles’ most influential punk rock bands, the recognition they deserve,” says GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Scott Goldman. "X played such an integral role in developing the West Coast punk movement, and we are excited to tell that story, now with even more artifacts and ephemera than previously planned."

"When we were in the early stages of developing the exhibit, we knew what an important story we’d be telling, but we had no idea just how many photographs, artifacts, and other items we would have access to,” continues GRAMMY Museum Curator Nwaka Onwusa. “Thanks to X, we outgrew our previously planned space before the exhibit even opened! We can’t wait to share this exhibit with our visitors, and we are so honored to be giving X the spotlight they deserve.”

"An X exhibit in a museum? Unbelievable! We are honored, dumbstruck and so grateful that all four original members are here to celebrate and share our history and 40th anniversary. It’s a very long way from a basement on Hollywood Blvd (The Masque) to the GRAMMY Museum, but we feel that we bring with us all the punks from then and now. We are just the representatives for what has gone before and what is still to come in the City of Angels." — Exene, Billy, DJ, and John

X: 40 Years of Punk in Los Angeles will be on display through spring 2018.

6/29/17

PHOTOS: Murals in the Market 2017 Artist Announcement


This September 21st through the 28th, Murals in the Market makes a triumphant return to Detroit's Historic Eastern Market as more than 50 local and international artists will be painting live throughout the district over the course of eight days in the third year of the city's only international mural festival.


2017 Murals In The Market Participating Artists Include:


This September 21st through the 28th, Murals in the Market makes a triumphant return to Detroit's Historic Eastern Market as more than 50 local and international artists will be painting live throughout the district over the course of eight days in the third year of the city's only international mural festival.



In addition to creating new murals, the market will also host a series of events including discussion panels with culturally significant photographers & artists, a cultural tour, art exhibitions, an Eastern Market block party, as well as nighttime activities coinciding with Detroit Design Festival's Annual Eastern Market After Dark on September 28th.

New mural by Michelle Tanguay and 0uizi to kick off this year's Murals in the Market



More information can be found at http://muralsinthemarket.com and on Instagram @MuralsInTheMarket and at http://facebook.com/muralsinthemarket

For more information about Eastern Market Corporation visit them at EasternMarket.com, and follow on Twitter and Instagram @EasternMarket and facebook.com/EasternMarketDetroit

6/22/17

Static Presents...DETROIT ROCKS FOR D.D. BENEFIT


The Zotz

Five Detroit rock bands will perform to help out one of their most ardent fans D.d. Kethman on Friday, July 28 at 8 pm at PJ's Lager House in Detroit.

Join local music scene advocate, dedicated fan, and Motor City Rah Rah, D.d. Kethman in her fight against cancer! D.d. has been a scene supporter and has had an active role in the music scene for many years starting with organizing the original grassroots Fourth Street Fair and volunteering at many cultural events including Concert of Colors, Theatre Bizarre, etc. She was diagnosed with cancer in May and has been undergoing treatment since then. Everyone can use a little help with their finances during this trying time, so the funds raised from this event will help her get back on her feet.

The show will feature performances by the unstoppable rock band White Shag who recently won the award for “Outstanding Alt/Punk Indie Group” at the 2017 Detroit Music Awards. Punk trio The Zotz will perform, along with dark wave rockers Panic or Pain, punk rock by The Dregs and a new band Rocket to Rehab will open the show. The Motor City Rah Rahs will also be there to cheer her on!

The show is on Friday, July 28, 8 pm at PJ's Lager House located at 1254 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, 48226, 313-961-4668. www.pjslagerhouse.com 21 & over are welcome and minimum suggested donation is $6.

Check out the bands' music here:

For more information on the event, check out the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/473649316308546/

6/16/17

THE DETROIT ALL-STAR GARAGE ROCK PUNK REVUE RETURNS!



Get ready to return to the glory days of Detroit Rock n' Roll! Static Network and Smitt E. Smitty joined forces to bring you The Detroit All-Star Garage Rock Punk Revue II on Saturday, August 5 at 9 pm at The Tangent Gallery in Detroit.

This year's show will feature reunions of bands from the '70s, '80s and '90s Detroit garage, rock and punk music scenes. The bands that will be revisited on this historical night are iconic female powered trio Inside Out, punk band The Plugs will reunite for the first time since the '80s, the infamous Elvis Hitler returns to the stage, punkabilly gods Snake Out, monster rockers 3D Invisibles, popstars See Dick Run and kicking off the night will be rockers Cinecyde.

Inside Out (photo by Lord Blasto)

Also returning will be the Detroit All Star Band helmed by drummer and show producer Smitt E. Smitty featuring a cast of local rockers including; Stirling, Jerry Vile, Hiawatha, Nikki Corvette, Anthony Bojanic, Skid Marx, Chris Girard, Mike Murphy, Rick Mills, Gerald Collins, Dave Rice, Len Von Speedcult, Pat Supina, Dana Forrester and the one and only Jimmy Doom. The All Star Band will be performing classic Detroit favorites for your listening pleasure.

Special guest MC for the evening will be former WDET and 89X DJ Mike Halloran. The Motor City Rah Rahs will also be there cheering the bands on!

The event will also feature a Retro Flyer Art Show featuring old-school flyers and photos from Detroit's rock past.

The night promises to be an unforgettable one with the return performances of so many seminal musicians together again.

The show is on Saturday, August 5, 9 pm (8:30 doors) at The Tangent Gallery located at 715 E. Milwaukee in Detroit. 313-873-2955 and tangentgallery.com. 18 & over are welcome and tickets will be available at the door for $15.

Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets: http://bpt.me/2937358


For more information on the event check out the Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1444185032279131/