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50 States In 50 Weeks…Week 50: California

Welcome to the final installment of our “50 States In 50 Weeks” feature. Over the past 49 weeks, I’ve discovered fun facts, cool venues and awesome OurStage artists from all over the US. For those of you who can’t get enough of discovering new artists across the country, check out OurStage Blog’s newest column “Scene and Heard,” which will be bringing you even more details about the music scenes in major US cities. The “50 States” virtual road trip comes to a close this week with The Golden State, California. It’s been a long, strange trip, but I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else but the OurStage community. Without any further delays, California, here we come!

Fun Facts: State Animal; California Grizzly Bear, State Songs; “I Love You, California,” State Flower; Golden Poppy

Home of: Green Day, N.W.A., The Go-Gos, The Byrds, Snoop Dogg

The Venues:

The legendary Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco was the the epicenter of psychedelic music in the mid 1960s.  Concert promoter Bill Graham booked a who’s who of classic rock at the venue, including Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Greatful Dead, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and more. While the auditorium was out of commission for a while due to earthquake damage, the original Fillmore building is still hosting concerts as a Live Nation venue.

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In the world of animated vehicular robots, The Constructicons are a special team of six Transformers that combine to create the ultimate fighting machine known as Devastator.

Funny enough, The Rescues share a similar blueprint. The band is made up of four established singer-songwriters (Adrianne Gonzalez, Kyler England, Gabriel Mann and Rob Giles), who combined in 2008 to form a songwriter supergroup. Yet unlike their robot counterparts, this team uses their powers for good, not evil.

When you put four solo talents in a room together to flesh out songs, the stakes are always high. Too often the result is a disjointed compromise of styles. Luckily, The Rescues trim the fat and deliver unified and exciting arrangements on their sophomore release, Let Loose The Horses. Whether it’s the romantic sweep of the title track with its four part, call-and-response vocal harmonies or the bluesy bohemia of “Can’t Stand The Rain,” the group understands that a great joyride is knowing when to veer and when to merge.

The Rescues have already been featured on Grey’s Anatomy and the major motion picture, The Lucky Ones, and completed a residency at the famous Hotel Café in Los Angeles—proving that you don’t have to be a robot to combine forces and kick some serious ass.


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