3OH!3 and Emo Nite LA- The WANT House Party Tour Cleveland Preview


From the press release announcing the tour:

3OH!3 and Emo Nite LA have joined together to announce a tour like no other – The WANT House Party Tour!!! Featuring special guest lil aaron, these shows are going to be an actual house party. Fans are going to be able to be a part of each night without the typical constraints of set times and with an opportunity to really interact and connect with artists, just as if you were throwing this party in your own living room. Nathaniel Motte and Sean Foreman of 3OH!3 shared that “We want to include people from different backgrounds, walks of life and foster an environment that breaks down the barrier between the artist and fans. We want to be able to throw a party, celebrating 10 years of WANT and bring the unique energy of Emo Nite along with the energy we have always had.” Pre-Sales begin today with all general tickets on-sale Friday, August 3rd at 10am Local Time. For more information, please head to http://www.3oh3music.com/.
Emo Nite LA, the event started by three friends (Babs Szabo, T.J. Petracca and Morgan Freed) at a small dive bar has grown into a full-blown phenomenon. They have been able to bring together some of the most incredible names in music who have become part of this Emo Nite “family”, including Halsey, Sonny Moore (Skrillex) and From First to Last, Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Post Malone, Demi Lovato and so many more. Emo Nite has been throwing regular events in dozens of markets across the country and have had spots on lineups at festivals like Life is Beautiful, Slam Dunk, BUKU and Vans Warped Tour. Additionally, the founders have created successful clothing collabs with companies like OBEY, Urban Outfitters, PLEASURES, Rose in Good Faith, OWSLA and more. But above all else, they have changed the idea of what a music event can be.
“We’re really excited to throw these parties with 3OH!3 to celebrate their album WANT. These parties aren’t going to be your normal rock show… Sean and Nat wanted to return to their roots of playing party music with friends in basements and at house parties so what better place to do that than Emo Nite. It’s going to be nonstop action from start to finish and we’re gonna have tons of special guests and surprises along the way. We’ve always been friends and fans of 3OH!3 so we’re honored to be working with them on creating these unique experiences across the country” shared the Emo Nite founders on the announce of this unique tour.
The tour is a massive celebration of 3OH!3’s debut album, WANT, which was released in 2008. That’s right: ten years ago 3OH!3 burst onto the scene Kool-Aid Man-style and blasted the world’s eardrums with a brand new sound. The duo, fresh out of school (one foregoing medical school and the other forgoing a promising career as a bike-sandwich-delivery-guy) released their first single, “Don’t Trust Me” in June of 2008. The record found its way into the nation’s heart like bacon grease; blending undeniable synth magic with a tongue-in-cheek, extremely catchy hook. Like wildfire, “Don’t Trust Me” climbed the charts for 15 months before topping the Pop radio charts at Number One. Continue to stay glued to 3OH!3’s online accounts and socials for BIG anniversary news.
The Want House Party Tour Dates
10/31 – Fort Collins, Co – The Aggie Theatre
11/1 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theatre
11/2 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11/4 – Seattle, WA – The Neptune
11/6 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall
11/7 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
11/8 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
11/9 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
11/10 – Phoenix, AX – The Pressrooom
11/11 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
11/13 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
11/14 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater
11/15 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
11/16 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/17 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
11/19 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
11/20 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues *
11/21 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (Heaven)
11/23 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground Charlotte
11/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
11/25 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East – Downstairs
11/27 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
11/28 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore (Silver Spring)
11/29 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues – Cleveland
11/30 – Pontiac, MI – Crofoot Ballroom
12/1 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave II
12/2 – Chicago, IL – Metro
12/4 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
12/5 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
12/6 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room Lounge
12/7 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
* – 3OH!3 and Emo Nite LA only
Emo Nite recently announced the return of Emo Nite Day, their second annual full-day festival, taking place on October 13th at The Shrine Expo Hall. This massive event will be full of surprise guests, acoustic and full band performances and DJ sets. The lineup will be announced at a later date.
lil aaron recently released his highly anticipated EP ROCK$TAR FAMOU$.The culmination of his last year of work is a 7-track EP that blurs the lines between rock, hip hop, emo and pop genres, featuring guests like Travis Barker (Blink-182), Kim Petras, Rico Nasty and KIIARA. Aaron shared “I want to mesh everything that I grew up listening to with everything I listen to today” and this project truly is a realization of everything he wanted to accomplish. The EP is available on all digital platforms, here: https://lilaaron.lnk.to/rockstarfamous.
For more information on The WANT House Party Tour, please head to http://www.3oh3music.com/.

2016: A Year in Pictures





Vans Warped Tour 2016: Random Musings

During every summer around late July, the rock/ alternative festival known as Vans Warped Tour comes to Northeast Ohio at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  Anyone who has been to Warped Tour knows that this festival is the best time to see many of your favorite bands all in one place.  This year was no exception.  The lineup for the 2016 Vans Warped Tour was a veritable who’s who among the rock and alternative scene.  This year was my third year at Warped, once as a fan and the other two as press.  Here is my breakdown of the bands I photographed and watched this year:


This band from Hawaii was very high energy and fun to watch.  Their style of music is coined on their Facebook page as Kona Dub Rock.  Playing early in the day they made to make it a memorable show including shooting confetti at the end of their show.


Mayday Parade

This was the second time I have seen Mayday Parade and the guys were in top form.  This year they are celebrating their ten-year anniversary as a band. Minutes before their set began, I saw their drummer, Jake Bundrick heading for the stage.  I said hi to him and he said hi to me.  Just yesterday, the band put up their recap video for the Cuyahoga Falls date and you can see me for a split second around :04 at the bottom right wearing a green shirt holding my camera.

We The Kings

We The Kings has been one of my favorite bands for over two years now.  Naturally when I heard they were going to be on this year’s Warped Tour, I was excited at the possibility of photographing them.  I also hoped to get to interview them but alas that was not meant to be this year but I did get to photograph their set which was awesome.  I talked to their merch guy, J-Val and found out they weren’t feeling well that day so they would not be doing any interviews nor meet and greet.  Still they put on a great show and I talked to their tour photographer, Frankie.  Frankie told me that there would be a special guest during the We The Kings set and he was not kidding.  Cleveland’s own, Machine Gun Kelly made an appearance at Warped during the WTK set.  We The Kings and MGK performed a mashup of Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” and Machine Gun Kelly’s “Wild One”.  After the WTK set, I went to the We The Kings merch tent and met the band’s sound tech and great friend, Ben Snacks.


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Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!

The rock band from Paris, France put on a high energy show which included a performance of their version of Smash Mouth’s “All Star”.  Later, I interviewed the band’s lead singer, Bert Poncet, and we talked about Smash Mouth’s reaction to Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!’s version of their hit among other topics.


Good Charlotte

I came very close to scoring an interview with Good Charlotte but plans fell through.  I did get some great pictures of them though.


Seeing Yellowcard was bittersweet.  A couple of weeks earlier, the band announced that they were breaking up in the fall after they do their farewell tour to promote the final album.  Unfortunately, Cleveland was not among the cities that the band would hit in the fall.  Ryan Key, lead singer of Yellowcard, explained that they tried to get Cleveland in the list of dates but it could not be worked in.  Their appearance at this year’s Warped Tour was to be the last time they would play as a band in Cleveland.

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Miscellaneous Photos

Vans Warped Tour 2016: Good Charlotte (Photo Gallery)

Vans Warped Tour 2016: We The Kings (Photo Gallery)