Moonsville Collective

Moonsville Collective

Travesura, Elder Kwon

Thu, July 13, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Moonsville Collective
Since forming in 2011, Moonsville Collective have whipped up a raw, rootsy storm of Americana, driving each song forward with a mix of mandolin, banjo, slide guitar, drums, harmonica and fiddle. They play community music. The table is large — the group has seven members, after all, including two generations from the same family — and the harvest is plenty, with the band encouraging their fans to join the party and break bread with them. Born out of a string of old-time jam sessions and songwriting circles in Southern California, Moonsville Collective have held on to that communal spirit, making big-sounding music for a community that is continually growing.

They've never sounded bigger, though — or more focused — than they do on Heavy Howl, a self-produced studio album that finds the middle ground between the group's old-time influences and a more modern sound. It's an album that also bears the energy and electricity of the band's live shows, which have taken Moonsville Collective from their home base in the Greater Los Angeles area to stages across the country. Many of the people and cities they've visited along the way make appearances on Heavy Howl, adding a personal element to a record that broadens the band's sound and reach.

"We all got in the van and just played a lot of shows," co-founder Corey Adams, who splits most of the band's songwriting and vocal duties with Ryan Welch, says of the months leading up to the album's creation. "All of that reflects in the new songs on Heavy Howl. As writers, we got much more personal. A lot of the songs are reflections of where we've been, who we've met and what we've been up to."

And they've been up to a lot. Rounded out by bandmates Seth Richardson (double bass), Drew Martin (percussion), Matthew McQueen (mandolin), "Dobro Dan" Richardson (slide/resonator/dobro) and Sean Kibler (fiddle), Moonsville Collective have become representatives of California's Americana scene, a genre whose typical strongholds — Appalachia, the Deep South, and Texas — are thousands of miles away from the West Coast. Free to reinterpret those old-school sounds for a new century, Moonsville Collective have filled their music with the literature, spirit, and grit of their native California, resulting in a motto and lifestyle they've dubbed "California goodtime." It's a lifestyle that goes beyond music. Out west, there's a heavily steeped tradition of outdoor culture, where backyard rambles, fishing, anything maritime, motorcycles and sleeping under the stars are all part of the same world. That world is where Moonsville Collective set up camp, too, embraced by a number of lifestyle brands — including Sanuk, Hippytree, and Iron & Resin — in the process.

With influences that include Levon Helm, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty and Hank Williams Sr., Moonsville Collective cover much ground on Heavy Howl. "Cow and the Cream" roots itself in

gospel music, "Big Jimmy" twangs like a country song, "Rollin' in Paradise" flirts with jam-band music and "Blue Money Grove" sinks its teeth into a swampy, Louisiana-worthy groove. Together, those styles form the borders of Heavy Howl's sound, with Moonsville Collective filling the rest of the songs with everything from Appalachian folk to southern rhythm & blues.

"There are seven of us in the band, and everyone helps shape these songs," explains Welch. "We all bring a lot of influences to the table, and it becomes this big pot that gets stirred and mixed up into our own sound."

Heavy Howl is indeed a mixing pot of styles, sounds and influences, with the band dishing up the same diversity they've found in the Greater Los Angeles area. It's a goodtime brew that's hard to pass up, and Moonsville Collective — who, after four years of independence, have entered the big leagues with Heavy Howl — have never spoken louder.
Travesura
Based in Long Beach, California, Travesura features Leo Romero on vocals, guitar, and harmonica; he is joined by guitarist/keyboard player Eric Evans and percussionist Mark Morones.
Travesura came together through loose connections and passion for music to form a trio of characters that look and sound like they've been together for years. Forming in 2013, guitarist and vocalist Leo Romero began a new project with keyboardist and guitarist Eric Evans. Seeking a drummer, Evans invited Mark Morones over to practice one night before a show Romero and Evans had booked. By the end of the night, Morones was in the band.
Romero is a self-taught player with an intrinsic motivation to write lyric-based songs. Many drunken nights leading into early dawns have produced songs that will make your heart wrench or make your foot stomp. As a professional skateboarder, he's lived a unique life that inspires his words.
Morones is a firecracker, gregarious before and after a show, and smiling the whole time he's playing. With a background in orchestra, Morones has a deep appreciation for proper percussion and keeps the band on a steady pace all night.
Evans brings a certain calmness to the band's visual presence while making your head turn toward him upon a key or string being played. His talent shines through in his ability to bounce from keyboard to guitar on a given song and play equally well on both.
In less than a year, Travesura has already transversed North America, playing bars in Vancouver, house parties in the Pacific Northwest, venues with dress codes in Los Angeles, and making it back to Leo's motherland of Mexico. No gig is too big or small for Travesura, they just love playing.
Venue Information:
Alex's Bar
2913 E Anaheim Street
Long Beach, CA, 90804
http://www.alexsbar.com/