Mike Thrasher presents Camper Van Beethoven

Thu, May 29, 2014 at 7pm

  • 21+
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Miller and Sasser
Massy Ferguson
Mike Thrasher presents


Camper Van Beethoven is an American alternative rock group formed in Redlands, California in 1983 and later located in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. Their eclectic and ever-evolving style mixes elements of pop, ska, punk rock, folk, alternative country, and various types of world music. The band initially polarized audiences within the hardcore punk scene of California's Inland Empire before finding wider acceptance and, eventually, an international audience. Their strong iconoclasm and emphasis on do-it-yourself values proved influential to the burgeoning indie rock movement.

Released within an 18 month period, the band's first three independent records enjoyed critical success, each placing in The Village Voice's 1986 Pazz and Jop Top 100 Albums list. Their debut single, "Take the Skinheads Bowling", remains a college rock radio staple. The group signed to Virgin Records in 1987, released two lauded albums and enjoyed chart success with their 1989 cover of Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men", a number one hit on Billboard Magazine's Modern Rock Tracks. They disbanded the following year, however, due to internal tensions.

Individual members found greater commercial success thereafter, with lead singer David Lowery forming Cracker, multi-instrumentalist David Immerglück joining the Counting Crows, and several other members playing in Monks of Doom. Beginning in 1999, the former members resumed their collaboration, resulting in a full-fledged reunion and several new releases.



During his 20 years living in Austin, Chris Miller played guitar for a virtual who’s-who of roots performers. During a break from playing guitar and lap steel for Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones, Miller returned to his native Portland, Ore., where he teamed up with songwriter and golden-throated singer James Sasser. The collaboration runs the gamut from full-fledged honky-tonk to songs that could have come from the ’70s AM gold era, and it’s all pretty damn great.



Massy Ferguson is an unsigned Seattle band that started in 2005 and plays at clubs all over the Seattle area. The album was self-financed and produced at the famous London Bridge Studio.

In less than two years, Massy Ferguson has earned a name for itself locally and internationally. They have played memorable shows in front of packed venues in their hometown of Seattle, WA, entertained U.S. troops in Germany and played alongside members of Phish and the Grateful Dead in Jaco, Costa Rica.

Massy Ferguson represents a fresh take on traditional American roots music. Tracing their influences to alt-country (Drive-By-Truckers, The Jayhawks) and American southern rock (The Black Crowes, Marshall Tucker Band), the band has put together an impressive list of songs and shows, keeping true to old musical pioneers while forging their own path.


$18ADV / $20DOS // DOORS 7PM // 21+

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