BEN KWELLER with MainMan and Modern Love Child

Sun Apr 28 2019

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

Star Theater

13 NW Sixth Avenue Portland, OR 97209

$15.00

Ages 21+

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THE NO’S: No cameras, no recording devices, no outside food or beverage, pets, weapons, drugs, alcohol, or illegal substances. No stage diving, No crowd surfing. No refunds.

Monqui Presents
BEN KWELLER with MainMan and Modern Love Child

  • Ben Kweller

    Ben Kweller

    Alternative Rock

    Indie icon Ben Kweller returns with some of the strongest music of his career. He didn't go away just because -- he was fifteen minutes away from death. "We almost died," Kweller says. "Me, Lizzy, our two boys... dead. We wouldn't be here if Liz hadn't woken up that night."

    Kweller is referring to an ill-fated trip to the mountains of New Mexico, back in 2013. The family went on what was meant to be a winter wonderland vacation and instead suffered acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

    "We were in this sweet little cabin and in the middle of the night, Lizzy woke up and said, 'Ben, get up! Something's wrong -- I feel horrible,'" Kweller says. "I immediately jumped out of bed and collapsed to the ground. We instinctively crawled to the front door and opened it. Fresh air rushed in the cabin. I called 911. We grabbed the boys out of bed, trying to shake them awake, and managed to get everyone outside in the snow. The boys were crying and falling in and out of consciousness -- it was like something out of a horror film," Kweller says. "When the ambulances arrived, they tested our blood and said our CO levels were so high, we were 15 minutes away from not waking up. Fifteen minutes! We spent the next day in the hospital on pure oxygen and days after that feeling lethargic and mush-brained. When we got back home, I was an incapacitated zombie. I told my team to cancel everything. I was done."

    As the months rolled on, Kweller began to battle depression as a result of the poisoning. There was a period where the "Sundress" singer didn't think he'd ever see the stage again. "I just didn't care -- I didn't want to play music anymore," Kweller says. "I didn't want to leave my family's side, and for the first time in my life I was scared. When you almost die, everything changes, and all the unimportant sh*t disappears. Luckily, I kept writing songs and they got me through some really dark places. Eventually I had 50 ready to go but I was still reluctant to start the machine back up again. A close friend of mine called me up and said, 'Just come over and let's record something together. Even if it's just a demo, maybe it'll make you feel better.'"

    That close friend was producer and songwriter, Dwight A. Baker (Misseo, Brandi Carlile). One thing led to another and the two ended up co-producing an entire album. The album is called, Circuit Boredom, and lucky for us, it will be released! The first single, "Heart Attack Kid," was released in early '19 with a music video co-directed by Superorganism's Robert Strange. The BK touring machine is also gearing back up with shows in North America, Europe, Japan, and Australia.

    With a regretful sigh, Kweller shares "There were so many times over the past five years that a fan would come up to me and say, 'Dude, where have you been?' "rather than going into detail, I'd shrug it off and say, 'man, I needed a break, but I'll come back one day.' Inside, I wasn't sure, though."

    A major turning point that convinced Kweller to put music back into the world, was the loss of his friend Anton Yelchin. The two had a close bond and even shared the silver screen in Rudderless, a music-based drama directed by William H. Macy. "I'm still in awe of Anton's creative output and all that he achieved in such a short period of time," Kweller says. "One of my best friends, gone in the blink of an eye -- it absolutely woke me up. I knew I had to overcome my own trauma and do what I was born to do. Plus, Anton would've thought it rude if I didn't share these songs."

    All of this comes as a relief to BK fans, whom, for over 15 years, have sung along to his anthems and cried to his ballads. They know his gift for jumping through genres while remaining heartfelt and authentic. They also know that nostalgia and optimism were his trademarks long before his run-in with mortality. Now, with the forthcoming release of Circuit Boredom, we are reminded that a light really is at the end of the tunnel, we just have to listen for it. We're glad BK's back.
  • MainMan

    MainMan

    Alternative Rock

    Dwelling somewhere between the grandiose rock of Pink Floyd, the experimental staccato of Built To Spill and the shuffling funk of Earth, Wind & Fire lies MainMan, a Southern California quartet born from frustrated prior incarnations and longtime friendship. Their debut EP “Mistaker” released Mar. 3 2017 features the first single “W.W.H.” is a “...true departure from the ordinary.” (President of Showbiz). Singer Morgan Demeter’s plaintive and urgent vocals alternately soothe and jar as he wrestles with themes ranging from understanding the human experience to examining the relationships that both comfort and torture us. Backed by former Bear On Fire members Chris Mintz-Plasse and Nick Chamian, and The Hammerhead's Ryan Dean, Demeter’s melodies float among ethereal yet strangely familiar tones. Indeed what truly draws you into MainMan’s songs is their musicality; originality and knack for making the unpredictable seem effortless.
  • Modern Love Child

    Modern Love Child

    Alternative Rock

    Jonny Shane was born and raised in the small coastal town of Darien, Connecticut. At the age of 13, he formed his first band with the late Greg Hillman. Amidst a slew of homemade albums and gigs on the eastern seaboard, the two teenagers dreamt of moving to the far off land of California to pursue a life of music and surfing. Before the pair could make that move, Hillman began to suffer from mental illness and tragically took his own life in 2009.
     
    As the clouds of mourning lifted, the only thing left for Jonny to do was fulfill his teenage promise and drive cross-country to the city of angels. By 2012, Jonny was ensconced in his own flavor of Venice living; Surf when you want to, work a shitty job when you have to, make music all night. New jams led to the formation of Blue Blazer, a quintet that became a local favorite up and down the Sunset strip.
     
    Blue Blazer eventually called it quits in 2015 as Jonny began exploring a more direct, autobiographical way of writing. The artist confronted his conflicted upbringing of perfect-lawn America and the glossy one-percent, juxtaposed by his dad’s teachings of humility and hard work. This is when Modern Love Child was born.
     
    In 2016, MLC caught the ear of various UK-based music biz vets, so Jonny caught a plane to London. He began sleeping on couches and working odd jobs in order to continue his music dreams until he inked his first record deal with Believe.
     
    One day in 2017, Jonny was walking down Abbott Kinney in Venice, CA, and thought he saw one of his musical idols out the corner of his eye. Sure enough it was indie-icon, Ben Kweller. Without hesitation, Jonny introduced himself and expressed his administration. The two chatted for a few minutes and went their separate ways. Six months later Jonny was back east visiting his folks in Connecticut. While standing in line at a local coffee shop, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Once again, Ben f***in’ Kweller was waiting in line too! After this serendipitous bi-coastal encounter, the two felt a need to explore this cosmic connection.
     
    “I kept running into Jonny in the most random places,” Kweller says. “It was like the universe was speaking to us. As soon as Jonny sent me those original work tapes, it was clear what the universe was trying to say.”
     
    Within the month, Jonny was on a plane to Texas to join BK at his ranch outside of Austin.
     
    “I knew if I sent Ben some of my music he would dig it, because I learned how to write songs by listening to his records”, Jonny says, “He was one of my favorite artists growing up, so the whole thing freaked me out in the best possible way.”
     
    The two artists worked non-stop for days, writing and recording demos of what would become Modern Love Child’s debut album, MLC. Once the album was written and ready to be made, Jonny enlisted acclaimed producer/mixer, Charlie Russell (Alt-J, Passenger, OK Go) to record the final product.
     
    “I wanted to hop back over to the UK to record the album”, Jonny says. London’s a special place for me cuz the music community embraced me early on when I had nothing going on. I have major respect for Charlie cuz he knows how to center me in the studio and has this overall, rad way with sonics and making a track pop out of the speakers.

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Monqui Presents

BEN KWELLER with MainMan and Modern Love Child

Sun Apr 28 2019 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

Star Theater Portland OR
BEN KWELLER with MainMan and Modern Love Child

$15.00 Ages 21+

THE NO’S: No cameras, no recording devices, no outside food or beverage, pets, weapons, drugs, alcohol, or illegal substances. No stage diving, No crowd surfing. No refunds.

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