A Summer High, SayWeCanFly

A Summer High

SayWeCanFly

The Stolen, The Second After

Tue Oct 30 2018

6:00 pm

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is all ages

A Summer High
A Summer High
American pop-rock band, A Summer High, is emerging quickly from the passions of four young musicians, connecting dreams that began even before their teenage years. Luke Oxendale and Mason Levi met in the spring of 2016, after developing separately in local high school rock bands in the small towns of Western Pennsylvania.

As their high school years concluded, they began making music together, and formed the idea that was A Summer High. They shared the idea online and a small band of followers urged them on and it grew. Luke and James Anthony, a guitar player from just outside Minnesota’s Twin Cities, discovered they had musical ideas that matched up. At the beginning of June, James jumped a flight to Pittsburgh. By the time Luke, James, and Mason got to Luke’s studio from the airport, their first song was forming. In the next five days, they wrote and recorded two songs, and made four covers of bands they all respected and liked.

James returned to Minnesota, but the three communicated non-stop, swapping their ideas and visions for what A Summer High could be. Their followers were growing and the boys dubbed them ASHers. These kids were watching online to every step of a dream becoming real. With school finally behind them, the three piled into Mason’s maroon Hyundai Sonata. They hatched a plan to busk in the parking lots of the 5 Seconds of Summer tour throughout July. Buffalo, Harrisburg, NYC, Philly, Charlotte, Jacksonville, Nashville, Chicago, and other cities in between. A Summer High was on the road!

They kept the ASHers in the loop, and the ASHers showed up… and they grew. The boys played acoustically to hundreds of kids every night. Some nights, security gave them a tough time. Some nights, security gave them ticket to come into the arenas. 5sos took a golf cart out to see what was happening in the parking lot, and Tweeted about the “legends” that were A Summer High. The boys came to New York, and found their way to meetings with Spotify and Warner Brothers. Music execs in Nashville came to the parking lot to see them busk with a hand-made sign.

After a month on the road, the trio headed to Minneapolis. They moved Luke’s entire home studio there from Pennsylvania, and woodshedded through August and September. They emerged with a six new songs and a cover song/video of Jon Bellion’s “All Time Low.” The ASHers grew. They were from Manila and Mexico City, and the UK. They were from the busking markets and from everywhere.

Now, the boy’s determined to expand their vision for the band. Luke, James, and Mason would continue to blend their vocal harmonies and share the lead. Luke, a multi-instrumentalist, would anchor the band on guitar. Mason, a drummer since he was eight years-old, had evolved to playing bass guitar, and James would bring the strength of his band experiences on guitar. And just as they had planned for many months, they brought Luke’s younger brother, 17 year-old Noah Oxendale, officially on-board on the drums.

Yes, it is happening fast for A Summer High and for their ASHers. Laser vision pierces time. They launched their first original song, “I Need You Here” with a video in December of 2016.

Then, they met Rishi Bahl in December of 2016, who caught their first-ever live show at The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, PA. Bahl is the front man of punk roots band, Eternal Boy. He also founded Pittsburgh’s own punk/pop annual event, the Four Chord Festival, and he had a vision to expand that commitment to the genre with the start-up of an indie label.

This was an opportunity for A Summer High to grow in the indie scene. They focused on their writing, and by May of 2017, they were in producer Chris Bademi’s New Jersey studio, making their debut original song EP, “Pretty Little Liar.” With the release of the EP on July 28, and the beginning of more touring, A Summer High continues the work of being a band.

Luke, James, Mason, and Noah are A Summer High. Punk/pop, heavy on vocal harmony. Now they are adding the seasoning.
SayWeCanFly
SayWeCanFly
BRADEN BARRIE IS A SINGER/SONGWRITER FROM ONTARIO, CANADA. HE STARTED MAKING MUSIC IN HIS BEDROOM UNDER THE NAME SAYWECANFLY IN 2009. CONSTANTLY RELEASING NEW CONTENT AND CONNECTING WITH HIS LISTENERS, BRADEN'S SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING GREW FROM NOTHING TO COLLECTIVELY OVER A MILLION IN ONLY A FEW SHORT YEARS. TO DATE, HIS SONGS HAVE BEEN STREAMED OVER 30 MILLION TIMES & SOLD MORE THAN 130,000 COPIES. AFTER DROPPING OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL TO PURSUE A LIFE ON THE ROAD, BRADEN HAS NOW PLAYED SHOWS FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER NORTH AMERICA, THE UNITED KINGDOM, AND EUROPE. HE HAS RELEASED A TOTAL OF 7 STUDIO ALBUMS INCLUDING "BETWEEN THE ROSES" WHICH SOLD OVER 10,000 COPIES AND HIT THE BILLBOARD CHARTS. IN BOTH 2015 & 2016 BRADEN WAS GIVEN A SPOT ON THE ENTIRE "VANS WARPED TOUR"; THE LARGEST TOURING FESTIVAL IN NORTH AMERICA, WHERE HE PLAYED ALONGSIDE BANDS SUCH AS PIERCE THE VEIL, BEBE REXHA, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, RIFF RAFF, SUM 41, METRO STATION, NEW FOUND GLORY AND GOOD CHARLOTTE. HIS MUSIC VIDEOS BEGAN RECEIVING AIRTIME ON MTV WORLDWIDE ALONG WITH BEING FEATURED IN PRINT MAGAZINES SUCH AS ROCKSOUND, ALTERNATIVE PRESS, AND GUITAR WORLD. BRADEN CONTINUALLY PUSHES THE LIMITS ON WHAT IT MEANS TO WRITE FROM THE HEART BY SHARING PIECES OF HIS JOURNEY THROUGH MUSIC.
AFTER A BRIEF STINT ON EPITAPH RECORDS, BRADEN IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO RELEASE HIS NEXT TWO FULL LENGTH ALBUMS INDEPENDENTLY THROUGH HIS OWN RECORD LABEL, PUREWOLF RECORDS.
The Stolen
The Stolen
The Jersey boys of the pop-rock outfit The Stolen have come a long way since they were ripping covers of classic rock anthems and Motown tunes at their elementary school’s Fifth Grade Fun Night. The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Dominick Cuce, guitarist Rob Chiarappa, bassist Kevin Smart, and drummer Mike Chiarappa. Before they honed their songwriting skills to craft inviting pop hooks and kinetic guitar melodies, they started off as a group of friends exploring their love of music by learning and performing AC/DC songs together.

Almost 10 years later, after playing countless shows locally, the band released Adults in 2013, which they recorded with producer/engineer Jesse Cannon (Animal Collective, The Misfits). This also marked their first release with bassist Kevin Smart. In 2015, they reached a turning point with the release of their single “Chardonnay,” recorded with producer Paul Levitt (All Time Low, Have Mercy). This began a transition from their pop-punk beginnings to put more focus on their pop sensibilities. Spring of 2016 marked the arrival of their self-released, self-produced EP I’m So Dead, showcasing their shift from a fast, loud pop-punk band to a more groove driven, pop-rock sound. It also landed them recognition from MTV who called the EP “the perfect pop-alt soundtrack to take you into the summer season.” They recorded at Cannon’s New Jersey studio but produced and mixed the album themselves.

Meanwhile, between recording stints, the band continued touring aggressively whether it be self-booked stretches with their peers, touring/performing with acts like Neon Trees, The All American Rejects, The Academic, Jake Miller, Punchline or even following Vans Warped Tour to reach new fans and compete to see who could sell the most CDs and merch. These efforts show the bands perseverance and hustle that they display on and off the road.

Fragile Heart (released May 2017) is the band’s most collaborative effort to date and, once again, done with a DIY mentality with the drums and vocals being predominantly recorded from home. With Fragile Heart, The Stolen have accomplished something that sounds both familiar and comforting with an ’80s pop vibe that is simultaneously young, fresh and new.

Their single “Overboard,” (released Feb 2018) which hit No. 21 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, perfectly illustrates where the band’s sound is going.
The Second After
The Second After
The Second After is a pop punk band based in Durham, North Carolina. Building on foundations laid by giants of the genre such as A Day To Remember, Neck Deep, All Time Low, and New Found Glory, The Second After offers a refreshing, unique take on a classic sound. With intricate melodies, deliberate harmonies, and energetic guitar work, their music exudes a positive, carefree attitude counterbalanced by serious and thoughtful dedication to their craft. On the tail of numerous sold out shows in their hometown, the band has turned its focus to the road; spending most of the past year touring the country and spreading their message of positivity to a growing base of dedicated fans. With a new release imminent and more touring on the horizon, The Second After is ready to take 2018 by storm.
Venue Information:
Black Sheep
2106 E. Platte Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80909
http://www.blacksheeprocks.com/