The 5th Annual Never Say Never Music & Arts Festival
The Never Say Never Music and Arts Festival is a multi-genre, multi-stage festival held in Mission, Texas every March during Spring Break. Now in it’s 5th year, the continually growing and only music festival of its kind in south texas will bring together some of the best performers in rock and roll, hip-hop, indie, pop punk, electronica, and other genres.
Juicy J (born Michael Jordan Houston 1975) is one of the producers of the Memphis rap group Three 6 Mafia and collective Hypnotize Minds Both he and DJ Paul rap and produce music for the group, he is the younger brother of rapper Project Pat Juicy J and DJ Paul won an Oscar for best song "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" in John Singleton's Hustle & Flow, he says that his name came from a Juicy Fruit wrappers in his room when he tried to think of the name. Together with production partner DJ Paul Juicy J played an important role in the south road to prominence within the once East and West Coast dominated rap industry behind the leadership duo Three 6 Mafia rose from an underground phenomenon in Memphis to a nationally recognized rap empire, spinning off numerous solo albums for the coalcollective many members of the center specialized in the late 90s, like his production partner Juicy J of the dark eerie tracks driven by bass-heavy beats and haunting sounds, he also raps as a member of Three 6 Mafia Moreover, Three 6 Mafia ventured into filmmaking with Choices: The Movie and choice II: The Set-Up a direct-to-video movies from most of Three 6 Mafia collective Hypnotize Minds Juicy J (born Jordan Houston) and DJ Paul (Paul Beauregard) first came together in the early 90 century when they worked as a DJ in the Memphis area, the two soon began producing their own tracks and invited numerous Memphis rappers to rap over beats they released the following tracks locally Three 6 Mafia; years later these recordings would show up on nyttsom rereleased in 1995 to resolve collective Three6 Mafia began to form and self-released his debut album, Mystic Stylez The album became an underground hit, and Three 6 Mafia, in turn, signed a distribution agreement with Relativity for its Hypnotized Minds imprint in the late '90s DJ Paul and Juicy J produced numerous albums a year for Hypnotized Minds and capitalized on the lucrative distribution agreement at the end of the decade, the two producers at the helm of an empire that has expanded its brand to alarming lengths, culminating with their commercial breakthrough album When the smoke Clears (2000) which debuted at number six on the Billboard album chart.
You're the type who knows what music is all about: the careful melodies, the heartfelt lyrics, the catchy hooks and vocal harmonies. To you, it doesn't matter whether a band wear matching t-shirts or whether they take the stage sporting the latest trend. It's all about the music. And that's a good thing, because The Maine feel the very same way. Hailing from Tempe, Arizona, The Maine throw their hearts and souls into making genuinely good music, no matter the image. Noted for their fun, fresh rock and smart mix of originality and polished talent, The Maine creates the type of music you want to play with the windows rolled down, the wind whipping through your hair, and the warm sun on your face. With down-to-earth lyrics and a bright energy, it's no surprise that success has come quickly for the rock quintet, who forged their identity as a band before some members had even finished high school. The group got its start in early 2007, when bass player Garrett Nickelsen and drummer Pat Kirch teamed up on a new project. Knowing they needed to find a great vocalist, they asked their friend John O'Callaghan to audition during a local party and decided he was a perfect fit. The stage was set for an exciting tour and The Maine made their way across the nation, burning up every night as they attempted to sleep in their hot Suburban. Joined by guitarist and vocalist Kennedy Brock not long into the tour, The Maine rounded out the lineup when they asked guitarist Jared Monaco to become a part of the band. The Maine's abilities and efforts hadn't gone unnoticed on the road. Fearless Records president Bob Becker had taken note of the memorable group after seeing them play their first show in Southern California. As soon as the tour ended, The Maine decided to sign with the label. With Fearless behind them, Pat and Garrett worked to finish high school while the band set its sights on an EP. Playing as many shows as they could, The Maine tackled their first EP while maintaining a strong presence online, building a solid relationship with fans as they spent hours on MySpace every night. "Our main focus from the beginning was definitely to respond to as many messages as we could," says Monaco. "It helped get the word out, and we connected with the kids." Released in December 2007, The Maine's debut EP The Way We Talk debuted at #6 on the iTunes Top 100 Alternative Chart and shot to #10 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. It sold more than 50,000 copies, prompting Alternative Press Magazine to laud them as one of the "Bands You Need to Know in 2008." It wasn't long before the group dove into their first full-length, heading into the studio with producer Matt Squire (Panic at the Disco, All Time Low) and mixed by Chris Lord Alge (Green Day, My Chemical Romance). Released July 8, 2008, The Maine's debut full-length Can't Stop Won't Stop showcases a deeper exploration of the band's range and depth, reflecting on stories of life and relationships while expressing, with a smile, an appreciation of the good times and the tough times. "We know there's going to be bumps in the road," John says, "but what would life be without those? It wouldn't be fun. We want to inspire people not to take life for granted, not take it too seriously." Things aren't always as bad as they seem, Kennedy adds. "The title explains our mentality. We don't ever want to take steps backward and we never want to stop being enthusiastic. Having a positive outlook is important." The Maine's upbeat message is an important one for their fans. "The kids who say 'Your music has done something for me,' seeing that connection translate at shows when we talk to kids afterward, those are the standout moments," says John. "They make me realize why we do this." As a young band, adds Pat, The Maine hope to connect with fans on a personal level. "Our focus is to interact with our listeners, to turn them into friends rather than fans. We want to be able to hang out with our friends, because we're really just one of them-- we just happen to play music and tour." The band hit the road hard supporting the album, touring with All Time Low, Good Charlotte and Boys Like Girls, as well as selling out rooms with a co-headlining spot (along with 3Oh!3) on the Alternative Press Tour. Their legwork paid off: Can't Stop Won't Stop has sold over 80k copies so far. The Maine has also seen great success on television and on the big screen. The video for "Everything I Ask For" off Can't Stop Won't Stop was featured on MTV's Discover and Download, and their songs have been featured in MTV shows such as The Hills, Real World, Parental Control, and Bromance. Warner Bros. Records caught the enthusiasm of The Maine, signing them in May 2009. On July 14, 2009 Fearless Records will be releasing a deluxe edition of Can't Stop Won't Stop which features a remix, an acoustic track and a cover of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar On Me", as well as two music videos and a 30-minute documentary on the band. The Maine's new album Black & White was released by Warner Bros. Records on July 13th, 2010.
Recently reunited with original vocalist Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost, Chiodos are reinvigorated and hitting the road this Fall. Look for them on the cover of Alternative Press' September issue!
Escape The Fate
Notorious Sin City rockers, Escape The Fate, resume their battle to the top in 2010 by unleashing a deluxe edition of their fan coveted breakout album This War Is Ours on April 27. Fans will get a virtual all access pass to rock's hottest band with new music and never-before-seen video footage. The two disc collection will include the standard album with two new unreleased tracks, "Bad Blood" and "Behind The Mask," an acoustic version of "Harder Than You Know" and an unreleased remix, "This War Is Mine," by Clown of Slipknot, as well as a DVD containing an explosive new music video for "This War Is Ours (Guillotine Part II)," fan favorite videos for "Something," "10 Miles Wide" and "The Flood," a world tour documentary and a behind the music feature. The deluxe edition of This War Is Ours is only the beginning for Escape The Fate in 2010, as the band has already begun writing music for their face-melting follow-up which is due out in the fall. Catch Escape The Fate at Extreme Thing, Bamboozle and Rock On The Range this spring!
Motionless in White
A new breed of dark rockers is subtly taking over, stealing the hearts of a dedicated legion of fans, with a blend of intense melodic metal and a penchant for the macabre. Already fan favorites in the scene, Pennsylvania sextet Motionless In White is set to rise to the front of the pack. Their debut full-length album Creatures is a writhing behemoth of an album. Mixing gothic and industrial influences with brutal breakdowns, intense riffs and soaring choruses, the album interweaves themes of lust and revenge with the band's passion for horror movies, myths and vampire culture. The band has since been named as one of Metal Hammer's "75 Bands That Will Change The Face Of Metal", Alternative Press' Bands You Need To Know in 2010, and was one of Revolver Magazine's Bands To Watch.The band has made a huge visual impact in 2011 with their provocative videos for "Immaculate Misconception", starring Twisted Sister's Dee Snider, "Creatures" featuring NY Ink tattoo artist Megan Massacre, and "Abigail" which has has gained over 2 million views. The band has already toured the U.S. with the likes of Asking Alexandria, Bleeding Through, In This Moment and Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Black Veil Brides and A Skylit Drive. After completing their tour with Escape the Fate and Alesana in early 2011, the band appeared at SXSW before launching into a full season of touring that included runs with Norma Jean, For Today, Vans Warped Tour and the All Star Tour with Emmure, and Iwrestledabearonce. The band continues their live onslaught into the fall on their first European tour in September/October with blessthefall and Pierce The Veil. Armed with their jaw-dropping debut album, support from the media and an impressive live show ready to take to the masses, Motionless In White is poised at the center of a perfect storm, and is taking by the throat in 2011 and on to 2012. Miss them at your peril!
Cost: Tickets Price: $45 + Fees (GA); VIP (Pappa Johns VIP Pizza Party): $75 + Fees
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