The Petty Party: A Tribute to Tom Petty
ft. The Damn Torpedoes – A Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, PR Newman, DJ No Kid$
at Empire Control Room on 11/30
☞: 18+ w/ $5 minor cash surcharge collected at door
You Don’t Know How It Feels to experience the legendary Tom Petty’s songs live until The Damn Torpedoes show off their best renditions. Don’t Back Down and celebrate the music of the one and only, Tom Petty 💕
♦︎ THE DAMN TORPEDOES ♦︎
The Damn Torpedoes have it: attitude, mojo, chemistry, skill, determination…and use those qualities to pay tribute to an American band who for nearly 4 decades have been the pure embodiment of the same, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Since the mid-70s, TP and his Heartbreakers have churned out unforgettable classic rock gems. From “American Girl” and “Into the Great Wide Open” to “Free Falling”, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and beyond, they have left an indelible mark on the American pop cultural landscape. Such staying power is a testament to the fact that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. While no one will argue with the fact that Tom Petty is one of our greatest songwriters, Tom himself would tell you that he couldn’t have done it without his band. Amazing musicians like Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench have contributed to a sound that’s unmistakable Heartbreakers. The Damn Torpedoes, whose name is a play on the seminal ’79 Petty album, Damn the Torpedoes, are long-time Austin musicians who have fashioned themselves in that mold: guys that have been around the block but attack the Petty hits like a hungry, young band out to conquer the world. By emphasizing intangibles like chemistry and staying power, The Damn Torpedoes recreate the sound and feel of one of the world’s greatest bands. Painstaking attention to detail – tones, arrangements, harmonies, performance – will give the audience an experience that’s as close to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as you’re going to find.
♦︎ PR NEWMAN ♦︎
“So, how on earth did the moniker “PR Newman” surface, in which the “PR” doesn’t even refer to someone’s name, or the fact that it might be a public relations business? The story is far more interesting than that; he earned the nickname “Punkrock Randy Newman” from a gent named Grimey, proprietor of The Basement in Nashville, when Garland was still playing keys for the Berkshire Hounds. Spot on. Garland thought it’d be the perfect name for a solo project.
After making music under other assorted names, PR Newman became the one and only, with Brendan Bond (A Sinclair), Jordan Cook (Warren Hood, BloodPumps), and Z Lynch (Leopold and His Fiction) jumping on late last year to form his live band. Born from a lifetime of solo test runs, former Hounds’ front-man, Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit)’s guitar and keys live band, a new flurry of tunes on debut “Turnout” released early this year, displays his most recent and focused material after years away from the writing game.”
♦︎ DJ NO KID$ ♦︎