2126 S.W. Halsey St. Troutdale, OR, 97060
Friday, June 18, 2021
With special guests Gin Blossoms and Toad The Wet Sprocket
Edgefield - Edgefield Amphitheater
4:30 pm doors, 6 pm show
Reserved Seating: P1: $109.50 / P2: $99.50 / P3: $87.50 | General Admission: $57.50
All ages welcome
4:30 pm doors, 6 pm showReserved Seating: P1: $109.50 / P2: $99.50 / P3: $87.50 | General Admission: $57.50All ages welcome
All tickets available through EdgefieldConcerts.com, in person at the Crystal Ballroom box office, Edgefield Gift Shop and charge by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Ticketing services provided by Etix.com. (Subject to service charge and/or user fee.)
Edgefield proudly hosts Concerts on the Lawn, an outdoor music series that has become a summer tradition for fans throughout the Pacific Northwest.
For complete information about the acts, the venue, what to bring, what not to bring, rules, policies and much more, please visit edgefieldconcerts.com. Check out photos from past shows at Edgefield, as well!
Ed Robertson (guitar, vocals) - Jim Creeggan (bass, vocals) - Kevin Hearn (keyboard, guitar, vocals) - Tyler Stewart (drums, vocals)
Over the course of their remarkable career, Barenaked Ladies have sold over 15 million albums, written multiple top 20 hits (including radio staples “One Week,” “Pinch Me,” “If I Had $1,000,000”), garnered 2 GRAMMY nominations, won 8 JUNO Awards, had Ben & Jerry’s name an ice cream after them (“If I Had 1,000,000 Flavours”), participated in the first-ever “space-to-earth musical collaboration” with astronaut Chris Hadfield, and garnered an international fan base whose members number in the millions. In 2018, the band were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Toronto Mayor John Tory declared October 1st “Barenaked Ladies Day.”
Known for their tremendous hits and incredible live shows, the band has continued to grow their international following for over 30 years and experienced a whirlwind of successes throughout this last year.
In May, nearly a dozen years after executive producers Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady asked BNL to compose a theme song for a new show they’d created called “The Big Bang Theory,” the multi-platinum band was invited back for the historic series finale. Lead singer/guitarist Ed Robertson recorded a special acoustic rendition for the momentous occasion. The band also performed the theme song that night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. “Our association with the show is something we’re all very proud of,” said Robertson, “And being involved in so many fun ways as the show draws to a close is really cool. The chance to play the song on ‘The Late Show’ with the whole cast present is a lovely bookend to an incredible run.”
That same week, BNL followed up their stylistically adventurous 2017 studio album Fake Nudes, with the release of a digital EP, Fake Nudes: Naked. The EP featured 8 new acoustic renditions of songs from Fake Nudes, giving the collection of tracks a fresh folk-tinged sound that makes listeners feel like they’re at a special, intimate live performance.
The group recently released a brand new vinyl-exclusive album, Original Hits, Original Stars. This greatest hits collection includes their iconic “Big Bang Theory Theme,” which makes its first ever appearance on vinyl, as well as the aforementioned hits, in addition to classic favorites like “The Old Apartment” and “It’s All Been Done.” The vinyl edition captures the quintessential selection for fans, offering them a quality sound that deserves to be heard on a record player, coming just in time for the holiday season.
When it comes to making timeless songs, like many of those on Original Hits, Original Stars, Robertson attributes it to their group’s connection as musicians. “The diversity that’s always been a hallmark of this band is really liberating when we’re making records, because we never feel restricted to a certain sound. It’s way more malleable than that: whatever sound we all create together, that’s Barenaked Ladies.”
Through the years, the band has endlessly proved their undeniable power as a live act, with each set propelled by their chemistry. Only a couple months ago, they wrapped up a summer-long North American tour with Hootie and the Blowfish to rave reviews, including Billboard who wrote, “Barenaked Ladies may have opened the show, but its headliner status was undeniable.” The ‘Group Therapy Tour’ took them to major markets throughout North America including legendary venues such as New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and Toronto’s Budweiser Stage. The Billboard Live Music Summit recently acknowledged the success of the tour, giving it their inaugural “Tour of the Summer” award.
For 2020, BNL have a jam-packed year in mind, with more surprises to come. They’ve already started work on what will be their sixteenth studio album, and in addition to their UK this spring, will be hitting the road in June for the 6th edition of the Last Summer on Earth tour, which will also feature Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket on the lineup.
Gin Blossoms' blockbuster 1992 album New Miserable Experience spawned four Top 40 hit singles, and established the Arizona quintet as one of the top rock groups of that decade. More than 25 years have passed since the release of New Mis, and now Gin Blossoms are back with their best set of songs in years. Produced by Don Dixon and engineered by Mitch Easter, Mixed Reality (set for release June 15) demonstrates that the timeless appeal of Gin Blossoms' music has endured.
Gin Blossoms formed in 1987 in the Arizona city of Tempe; guitarists Jesse Valenzuela and bassist Bill
Leen were founding members. After some lineup changes, the group coalesced around Valenzuela, Leen, Robin Wilson (vocals and guitar), drummer Phillip Rhoades, and guitarist Doug Hopkins. One quality that set Gin Blossoms apart from other groups was its deep bench: four of its five members wrote songs. And while each musician would bring his unique songwriting sensibility to the group, somehow the tunes all came together, creating a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.
In 1989 Gin Blossoms released its debut album, Dusted, on a small Tucson-based independent label.
The album included two Doug Hopkins-penned songs, “Found Out About You” and “Hey Jealousy.” The band gigged regionally in support of the album; live shows of that era showcased the young group's versatility and strength in songwriting, musicianship and vocals. Gin Blossoms' appearance at SXSW brought the band to the attention of major labels who began courting the band for a record deal.
Along with its original songs, the band became known for its high-energy, loose and informal shows full of lively stage banter; a typical set list of that era might include irreverent, left-field cover versions of “If I Only Had a Brain” from The Wizard of Oz, the Beatles' “A Hard Day's Night” and Loudon Wainwright III's “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road.”
In 1990 the group signed a contract with A&M Records. Before recording a full-length, the band cut a five-song EP for the label; Up and Crumbling featured songs that had been in the group's set for some time, and included Robin Wilson's “Allison Road.”
Ten months later, Gin Blossoms' major-label debut album, New Miserable Experience was released. The album included a dozen songs written variously by Hopkins, Valenzuela and Wilson. Working with producer John Hampton, the band recorded six new songs plus new versions of six tunes that had appeared on Dusted and the EP; the result may have been new to listeners across the country and beyond, but for local fans NME was almost a greatest-hits collection.
Despite the strong material on the album, initial response was muted, and for awhile it looked as if New Miserable Experience would be a commercial flop. But nearly a year after the album's release, the third single from the set – a new recording of “Hey Jealousy” – started receiving airplay. The single took off, rekindling interest in the album. Eventually a total of six singles from the record would be released, and NME would go on to earn 4x Platinum status (more than 4 million units sold).
By the time of New Miserable Experience's commercial breakthrough, original guitarist Doug Hopkins was gone from the group; his problems with alcohol had become so serious that the band had little choice but to dismiss him. Guitarist Scotty Johnson would replace him. “We were terrified,” recalls Wilson. “Could we do it without Doug? Were we going to get dropped by the label?”
Having four songwriters – Johnson wrote as well – would be part of what kept Gin Blossoms afloat in the wake of losing a key founding member. While three and half years would pass before a follow-up to NME appeared, Congratulations I'm Sorry showed that Gin Blossoms had lost none of its collective ability to turn out finely-wrought, catchy and lyrically compelling songs.
But initially, the execs at A&M didn't hear a hit. “They came back and said, 'No, you need another single. You need another hit song on this record,'” Wilson says. The five band members put their heads together and delivered “Follow You Down.”
Congratulations would go Platinum, reaching #10 on the U.S. album charts (a higher spot, in fact, than the slow-burning New Miserable Experience had achieved). “Follow You Down” made the Top 10, and “Till I Hear it From You,” a Valenzuela/Wilson/Marshall Crenshaw co-write appended to subsequent pressings of the album, was a hit as well. A third single from the album, “As Long as it Matters,” earned a Grammy nomination.
Weary from nearly nonstop touring. Gin Blossoms would go on extended hiatus beginning in 1997. “We weren't all getting along at the time,” Wilson admits. He, Valenzuela, Johnson, Leen and Rhodes would each pursue outside projects. By 2001 the group had reunited; the older and wiser Gin Blossoms released Major Lodge Victory in 2006, and No Chocolate Cake landed on shelves in 2010. “We came back together,” Wilson says, “and became stronger than ever.”
By 2012, the band's lineup included drummer Scott Hessell. In 2017, Gin Blossoms decided to take a look back, celebrating the 25-year anniversary of the landmark New Miserable Experience. Time has been very kind to the band's back catalog; unlike many other records of its era, NME managed the unique feat of capturing the zeitgeist of the early 1990s while remaining timeless. The songs from the breakthrough album have not dated in the quarter-century since the world first heard them. Audiences packed venues on the NME anniversary tour, often remarking that the show – a start-to-finish runthrough of the classic album, followed by other songs and a new tune or two – felt and sounded like a greatest-hits collection. Which, in a sense, was completely accurate.
Also in 2017, Gin Blossoms were inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame. That honor is another sign that the group's music has earned classic status. “We're descendants of the Byrds, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and Cheap Trick,” says Wilson. “All of that is classic rock, and that’s who we are, too.”
Meanwhile, Gin Blossoms began work on their first new album in almost eight years. Longtime producer and friend of the band John Hampton had passed away in 2014, so at first the group considered self-producing. But at one of their shows, they met Don Dixon, producer of the Smithereens' first two albums and a legend in power pop circles.
The group booked time in Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium Studio in Kernersville, N.C., working with Dixon as well as Easter, veteran of R.E.M. sessions. Now Gin Blossoms had a producer and engineer who helped define '80s jangling power pop, a style that exerted a major influence on the band's own musical approach. “We needed to be shaken and taken out of our element,” Wilson explains. “Working with Don and Mitch gave us the inspiration to reconnect with the very foundations of the band: where we came from as songwriters and band mates.”
Mixed Reality shares the same timeless feel as New Miserable Experience; it's packed with 15 songs, with Wilson, Leen, Johnson and Valenzuela all contributing material. And once again, the mix of songwriters results in something that has that unmistakable Gin Blossoms sound. “As much as we are children of our influences,” explains Wilson, “we managed to do something that was both familiar and original.”
Wilson says that he was able to “tap into a younger version” of himself when writing songs. One of his four new tunes, “Break,” opens Mixed Reality, and it's as strong as anything the band has ever done. Bassist Leen and guitarist Johnson have two co-writes including the memorable and driving “Still Some Room in Heaven.” The prolific Jesse Valenzuela contributes four songs as well; among the highlights is the chiming and melancholy “Angels Fly.” And the band's off-kilter sense of humor shines through in the brief audio-verité snippet, “The JFK Shit Show.” Gin Blossoms' undeniable power pop pedigree is on brilliant display with Wilson's “The Devil's Daughter.”
“We’re at the point now where we play better, we communicate better, we get along more,” says Wilson. “We’re more grateful. It’s a very full-circle thing for us to be releasing Mixed Reality.” Built around the proven strategy of using the band's deep songwriting bench, and packed with memorable songs that connect with listeners while transcending a specific time period, Mixed Reality may turn out to be as timeless as Gin Blossoms' major label debut.
Celebrating over 30 years as a band, Toad the Wet Sprocket is still making music and touring with the same spirit of unwavering independence that started it all over three decades ago.The band is thankful for the continued help and enthusiastic support of their fans, which helped spur the release of All You Want and also serves as inspiration for the band to tour and play live. They also continue to support their most recent releases, New Constellation (2013) and The Architect of Ruin EP (2015). Toad the Wet Sprocket share in the kind of musical chemistry that can only come from meeting in high school and writing, recording and touring on albums over the course time. After Bread & Circus, they followed with Pale in 1990, fear in ’91, Dulcinea in 1994, and Coil in 1997, as well as some compilations along the way.While most will still feel the comforting familiarity of the Billboard-charting hits, “Walk on the Ocean”,“All I Want”, “Something’s Always Wrong”, and “Fall Down”, fans will also be well familiar with tracks with lyrics that resonate for so many life milestones like “The Moment”, “I Will Not Take These Things for Granted” and so many more.
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