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JD Simo with special guest Matt Joiner
JD Simo
Matt Joiner Band
Feb 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM
Doors open 6:00 PM
Ticket sales ended Feb 21, 2019 2:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
On his new and first solo record, the soon to be released, OFF AT 11, recording artist and Chicago native now Nashvillian, JD SIMO wants you to know that above all things, what matters most to him is that music should be honest. The gifted artist more than offers this in a psychedelic, free-flowing, dynamic soundscape that exemplifies just that… Honesty.

Acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, free form jazz, and the never ceasing desire to improvise pulses from this collection in a mind bending, kaleidoscope of sound, energy and vibe. NPR said, “Nashville blues trio SIMO sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.” And Rolling Stone lauded, “J. D. Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Though he’s been performing in bands since his teenage years, [he] has begun to get national attention….”
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Music : Genre: Blues,Classic Rock,Psychedelic,Rock
JD Simo | 8:00 PM
SIMO released new studio album ‘Rise & Shine’ on 15 September 2017 on Provogue.

On Rise & Shine SIMO widens their sound and is filled with slow-smoked soul ballads, psychedelic desert-rock instrumentals, hard-edged, bluesy barn burners and Stax-worthy funk rockers.

Rise & Shine, SIMO’s new album, widens their sound, as the band stretched beyond preconceived notions and produced a nuanced record reflecting their views, talents and ultimately their growth.

The album began taking shape on the road, where SIMO's three bandmates — singer, guitarist and namesake frontman JD Simo; drummer Adam Abrashoff; and bassist Elad Shapiro — spent most of 2016 on tour. They played 215 shows that year, leaving behind their Nashville headquarters and traveling to nine different countries in support of their Billboard Top 10 blues album, Let Love Show the Way. The trio worked on new music along the way, hashing out chord changes in hotel rooms and tweaking song arrangements during soundcheck. It was a time of growth and self-improvement for everyone, and they became better friends, better musicians, and better people. At the same time, the outside world was changing. Political pundits were screaming at one another. Elections were pitting candidate against candidate, party against party, neighbour against neighbour. The need to write music that truly meant something — music that not only demonstrated the band's explosive chops, but also sent a clear message — was greater than ever.

"This is an album about change," says Elad, who joined the band in 2015. "We looked at what's been happening in our own lives, as well as what's been happening in the world. Everyone is changing: personally, politically, socially. We've seen it. We've felt it. And we’re writing about it."

Rise & Shine introduces the band's elastic, expanded sound, which blurs the lines between genres and generations throughout the album's 11 tracks. SIMO's previous release, Let Love Show the Way, was a spot-on salute to the band's rock & roll influences, full of big amplifiers, vintage vibe, and plenty of volume. Rise & Shine doesn't ignore those roots, but it pushes toward something new. Eager to explore uncharted territory, the guys make room for slow-smoked soul ballads ("I Want Love"); psychedelic desert-rock instrumentals (“The Climb"); hard-edged, bluesy barn burners ("Light the Candle"); and Stax-worthy funk rockers ("Meditation"). Gluing everything together is the charisma and chemistry of three musicians who spent more than 300 days together last year, mastering the art not only of nodding to the past, but looking ahead to the future too.

"If you go through my record collection and look at the more contemporary titles," JD explains, "you'll see the Roots, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, and Ryan Adams. I listen to a lot of old soul music, too. Isaac Hayes. Funkadelic. Bob Dylan. On Rise & Shine, I was just trying to cull from the vastness that is my normal music diet, and not trying to pander to some target that was easy to hit."

SIMO began recording Rise & Shine in February 2017, producing the album themselves (with help from engineer Don Bates) in Nashville's House of Blues Studio D. They moved at their own deliberate pace, taking more than a month to record the album.

"There was a lot more sonic experimentation going on," remembers Adam. “Every track has a different sonic imprint,” JD adds. “We took great care to make each track’s sonic identity match the mood of the song. Even though that meant starting from scratch every day with how the studio was setup.” They pulled long hours, too, arriving around 3:00 p.m. every day and staying until 6:00 in the morning.

"There are certain records that stick out in my mind as sounding like they were made in the middle of the night," says JD, who remembers recording the song "Be With You" in a single take at 5:15 a.m. "When Frank Sinatra sings “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” to me it sounds like 2:00 am. Bob Dylan’s “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” sounds like 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. There were certain songs of ours that I knew would benefit from that nighttime feel, where you're up and working while the rest of the world is asleep.”


A former session guitarist who’s played on nearly 500 albums, JD didn't take Rise & Shine’s lengthy creation process for granted. "I've never worked on a record that took this long to record," he adds. "I was so grateful to have that opportunity.” Impassioned vocals that call to mind Prince or Al Green; Rhythm tracks inspired by the fatback swagger of Isaac Hayes and funky spirit of D’Angelo; Lush, highly detailed sonic landscapes reminiscent of Pink Floyd; Raw, naked songwriting that lifts the veil for the listener to see all the frailty and ugly parts as well as the beautiful: Rise & Shine makes room for it all, with SIMO looking not to recreate old sounds, but invent new ones. It's the band's most expansive album to date — the work of a band at its curious, adventurous peak. more >>>
If you got on the music bus with the Matt Joiner Band, you would find guitar at the steering wheel, with the pedal to the floor. Snoozing in the first row, you would find the vocals. The keys would be keeping the ride alive, somewhere near the front. Bass would be taking in the scene in the middle and keeping the ride groovy and on time. The drums would be in the back and are the engine that keeps the bus rolling. Come see what kind of music we make together.

Joiner has played to enthusiastic crowds at great venues around the South including: Georgia Theatre, 40 Watt, The Melting Point, AthFest, Hendershot's and Smiths Olde Bar.
He has also shared the stage with local acts like the Emily McCannon Band, John Keane, Radiolucent, Rollin' Home, Clay Leverett, The Rattlers, and national artists including Johnny Winter, Mother's Finest, Drivin' n' Cryin', Matt Schofield, and the legendary Geoff Achison.

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Ticket Prices

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$13

General Admission Ticket

$8

Reserved Table for 2 (MEZZANINE)

$40

Reserved Table for 4 (MEZZANINE)

$80

Event Schedule

Matt Joiner Band

7:00 PM

JD Simo

8:00 PM