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Dada

Friday, June 21, 2024
Doors: 7pm | Show: 8pm
$30

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Since the release of dadaʼs groundbreaking 1992 debut Puzzle, the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with inspired psychedelic and experimental rock impulses. Adding to the trioʼs groundbreaking line of attack are the marathon-length shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind.

Three decades after the Los Angeles outfit embarked on its singular journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating dadaʼs 30th anniversary.

“dada is about digging into our roots, examining and celebrating it.” Says Calio.

Puzzle was released on September 8, 1992, and it didnʼt take long for the bandʼs sonic imprint to find an audience. The albumʼs first single “Dizz Knee Land” found widespread airplay on alternative and mainstream rock outlets cracking the Top 5 on the Modern Rock Singleʼs chart and pushing the albumʼs sales to over 1,000,000 worldwide. The band was soon touring around the globe, opening for the celebrated likes of Crowded House, Depeche Mode and Sting.

“People always ask, ʻDo you still talk to each other after all these years?ʼ So thatʼs really why I wanted to commemorate it because no matter the size of the career if you can stick together and still have a desire to play music together you have accomplished something” explains Leavitt.

Dada was founded when Gurley and Calio began writing songs and performing as an acoustic duo in the late ʻ80s. But from the beginning, their approach was unique amidst the onslaught of ʻ90s bands featuring lead singers and mostly generic backing bands.

“Joie and I were both lead singers. But we really found quickly that harmonies were going to be a big strength for us,” recalled Gurley, noting both he and Calio are fans of Simon & Garfunkelʼs pioneering harmonies.

Gurley noted that once they recruited Leavitt, they were able to blend the thunderous power of trios such as Cream with the artful harmony-minded songcraft of Simon & Garfunkel.

The success of Puzzle was followed in 1994 by American Highway Flower, featuring the ambitious “Ask the Dust” and astounding “Feet to the Sun,” dada has gone on to create a magnificent discography featuring a half-dozen full-length albums and an EP. The trio has also issued a number of solo efforts and offshoot projects along the way exploring a range of styles including folk, blues, jazz and rock. Gurley and Leavitt were both members of Butterfly Jones while dada was on hiatus in the early ʻ00s; Calio has released several solo discs and with X Levitation Cult. Mike Gurley and the Nightcaps are a popular jazz group in Southern California.

Additionally, Leavitt has stepped out from behind the drum set as lead singer and Calio is playing guitar in 7Horse, a psychedelic blues project that has released 5 albums to date. Bringing a stripped-down approach, 7Horse cuts to the bone and identifies core feelings and phrases in their music. Their latest effort “The Last Resort” was released earlier this year. Their debut album “Let The 7Horse Run” spawned the hit song Meth Lab Zoso Sticker, which was chosen by Martin Scorsese for his film The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, itʼs had over 3 million views, 35 million streams and over 100,000 downloads.

Long-time and new fans of dada all have one thing in common; they are passionate about the band and have a deep connection with its three members.

Three decades after the Los Angeles outfit embarked on its singular journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer- bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating dadaʼs continuing legacy.