Friday, September 8, 2017
EPICENTER HEAVY MUSIC FESTIVAL-2017: Honoring the Past, Present, and Future of Bay Area Heavy Underground Music
Ripple Music is teaming up with Heavy San Jose to bring the world's attention to a heavy festival designed to shake the Bay Area to its foundations: the Epicenter Heavy Music Festival
This festival is all about shining a light on the unique musical history of San Jose and the greater Bay Area, bringing a one-of-a-kind event to heavy music lovers, and putting the spotlight an amazing venue in San Jose (The Ritz). The Bay Area birthed some of the most influential bands in heavy music, starting with Blue Cheer in the late 60s, continuing through the thrash era in the 80s with Metallica, Exodus and Testament, and the birth of stoner/doom in the 90s with Sleep, High on Fire and Neurosis. New amazing heavy underground bands are constantly forming in the Bay, and it’s Heavy San Jose’s mission to highlight them, as well as provide an artist-friendly environment for touring bands in the heavy underground.
The carefully curated lineup of nine bands represent nine different genres of heavy music. In addition to High on Fire, heavy music stalwarts Big Business, will also grace the Ritz stage with more earth-shaking sound than should come from a two-piece. Mos Generator (Seattle), and Holy Grove (Portland), will descend from the northern wilds to bring furious wrath and heavy-metal vengeance. Future Usses (Los Angeles) is a new band fronted by Sacha Dunable (Intronaut/Dunable Guitars), and Epicenter will be the first live taste of their loopy psych-doom. The line-up also features three up-and-coming local bands: KOOK (Glory or Death Records) from right here in San Jose, Brume (DHU/Doom Stew Records) from San Francisco, and Mesmer (Wicked Lester Records) from Oakland. And as a special surprise guest, Kelley Juett, the guitar hero from Ripple Music's own Mothership, will be flying out from Texas to jam with Mos Generator and Great Electric Quest. A night to remember!
Bands Performing (see below for band bios):
High on Fire (San Jose/Oakland), Big Business (Los Angeles), Mos Generator (Seattle), Holy Grove (Portland), Future Usses (Los Angeles) Brume (San Francisco), KOOK (San Jose), Mesmer (Oakland)
When: September 16, 2017 5:30 PM – 1:30 AM
Where: The Ritz – 400 South First Street, San Jose, CA
Cost: General availability tickets are $45 with VIP tickets priced at $75 (early access to the venue, access to a private VIP area, limited edition screen printed show poster, and other fun surprise perks).