The Wallflowers & Better Than Ezra
The Wallflowers and Better Than Ezra will bring their not-to-be-missed co-headline show to Rose Music Center in Huber Heights, OH on Wednesday, August 9th.
ABOUT THE WALLFLOWERS
The Wallflowers formed in 1989, and in 1992 released their classic self-titled debut album, featuring one of the greatest songs of social commentary I've ever heard, "Asleep at the Wheel." From there they skyrocketed with 1996’s "Bringing Down the Horse," which went quadruple platinum, won two Grammys, and was praised by everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Tom Petty.
The Wallflowers went on to release three more records between 2000 and 2005, absolute rock and roll perfection, and more radio smashes like "Murder 101", a duet with Elvis Costello, "Sleepwalker", and "Here He Comes".
The band took a long hiatus over the years to pursue other projects. The current Wallflowers lineup includes original members: keyboardist Rami Jaffee, who has spent the past several years recording and touring with The Foo Fighters, garnishing a few more Grammys as well as continuing his regular session work (with the most notable sessions for Kris Kristofferson and Lucinda Williams), bass player Greg Richling who has been busy producing many records in the U.S. and abroad, including platinum selling material from Norway’s most successful rock band BIGBANG, and Jakob Dylan, who debuted a pair of solo albums, 2008’s "Seein' Things" and 2010’s "Women and Country." Now, after the hiatus, the band is back together, and ready to go. Joining original members is longtime guitarist Stuart Mathis who has been keeping busy during hiatus working with the likes of Chris Isaak, Lucinda Williams and Sara Bareilles; and new drummer Jack Irons (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam) who has put out several highly respected solo albums in recent years. Jakob says, “It's been a while since we've felt this energized and creative. We haven't changed our stripes so much as we're continuing to redefine the animal.”
The band’s latest album, Glad All Over, was produced by Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Cage the Elephant) and mixed by Rich Costey (Bruce Springsteen, The Shins), at Dan Auerbach’s (The Black Keys) Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville.
ABOUT BETTER THAN EZRA
To say the past 25+ years have been ‘Good’ for New Orleans-based rock band Better Than Ezra would be an understatement. The band had been selling out venues across the country since forming at Louisiana State University in 1988 where the band started touring on the Southern college circuit.
After self-releasing their first album Deluxe in 1993, major record labels expressed an interest in the band. But it wasn’t until after two years of touring and creating an intense loyal fan base that dubbed themselves the “Ezralites,” that Better Than Ezra signed with Elektra Records. Elektra rereleased Deluxe and its single ‘Good’ which reached the #1 position on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart driving the album sales to platinum status.
The band quickly became a staple in the ‘90s pop/rock scene immediately releasing two new albums within three years of being signed. Friction, Baby, released in 1996, and How Does Your Garden Grow? in 1998 produced hits ‘Desperately Wanting,’ ‘King of New Orleans, ’ and ‘At the Stars.’
In 2001, Better Than Ezra released the critically acclaimed Closer, followed by Before the Robots in 2005. The latter featured the hit ‘Juicy,’ licensed by several commercials and brands, was also featured in the promotional advertisements for the popular ABC television series Desperate Housewives.
The band came to a cross-roads in early 2009 when longtime drummer Travis McNabb made the difficult decision to leave Better Than Ezra and become a full time member of the hit country supergroup Sugarland. “Travis is like family and this was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. We couldn’t be happier for him,” says founding member Tom Drummond of McNabb’s departure.
McNabb was replaced by drummer Michael Jerome as the band announced their seventh studio album Paper Empire which was released in May 2009. This album reached the Top 10 albums on iTunes, with hits like ‘Absolutely Still’ and ‘Just One Day.’ The group followed Paper Empire with their eighth full length album, All Together Now, in September 2014.
While the band has found success nationally, they never forgot their beloved home of New Orleans. Wanting to find a way to leave a lasting impression on the city that first embraced them, the band created the BTEFoundation. With the annual Ezra Open, which they established 10 years ago, the foundation is committed to funding renewal efforts to support the structural and cultural heritage of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana. Throughout the years, the entertainment community has joined Better Than Ezra in their cause and has raised over $850,000 for various causes in and around New Orleans.
Reserved Pavilion Seating
$52.00*, $41.00*, $33.00*, $23.50*
*Ticket prices include parking and are subject to applicable Ticketmaster fees and day of show increase. All events are rain or shine. Dates, times and artists subject to change without notice.
Aug 9, 2017