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      January 26, 2019

      Saturday   8:00 PM

      430 West Munroe Avenue
      Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin 53965


      with Mars Hall
      EverclearArt Alexakis Vocals, GuitarDave French GuitarFreddy Herrera BassBrian Nolan DrumsConsidering Everclear has written and recorded some truly iconic 90s alt-rock hits, it would be all too easy these days for the band to be a victim of its past successes, relegated to performing as a glorified jukebox, existing to satisfy the nostalgic cravings of Gen Xers everywhere. But singer-guitarist Art Alexakis isnt about to start phoning it in now.Although the band hasnt released a new studio album since 2015s triumphant Black Is The New Black, Everclear continues to tour actively. And while its a virtual surety that no Everclear gig is complete without a rendition of Santa Monica and Father of Mine, lately the band has found that exploring the full range of past materialespecially the deep cutsnot only gives fans a rare treat, it also injects new life into the bands live dynamic.By mixing it up and digging into the catalogue, it still makes it fun and relevant for us, and I think for the fans as well, says Alexakis. Its still important to play the hits, but by playing those other songs as well, it makes it all seem more vibrant and real. Even though I recorded some of those songs 20 years ago, I havent played them in a long time, so its like reinventing the wheel. Im having more fun now than I have in years. I think all of us are.Formed by Alexakis in 1991 in Portland, Oregon, Everclear has enjoyed a lengthy career spanning 11 studio releases, numerous videos, thousands of shows and accolades that include a 1998 Grammy nomination. Like a true survivor, Alexakis has soldiered on through multiple lineup changes over the years: During the classic era, the band also included Craig Montoya on Bass and Greg Eklund on drums; the current touring lineup features longtime members Dave French (guitar) and Freddy Herrera (bass), as well as drummer Brian Nolan (also with American Hi-Fi), who has performed with Everclear on multiple past tours.Everclear spent May and June of 2017 touring in honor of the 20th anniversary of So Much For The Afterglow, the bands massively successful sophomore major-label release. The 40-date run was an incredibly emotional and personally satisfying experience for Alexakis, who was able to perform obscure cuts from that time period for the first time in many years. Connecting with fans in that setting also reinforced the lasting impression the album has made.The tour was phenomenal. It left me and the band stunned at how important that record was to so many people, and to be a part of that, both then and now, says Alexakis. The legacy of it is still vibrant for so many people. It was great just watching people react when we were playing not just the hits, but deeper songs on that record. I always liked the deeper songsthey were usually my favorite songsand when the band would play those, it would be really exciting and important for me. That was fun, seeing that reaction, and just talking to people after the show.Prior to that, Everclear experienced a career resurgence thanks to 2015s Black Is The New Black, which not only proved the band could still rock, but also that Everclear remains creatively relevant, decades after their platinum years. As is common for many artists these days, Black didnt set records for traditional album sales, but the release did see significant streaming activity and sparked a heightened social media presence, putting the group firmly back in the listening publics mind. The band continues to ride this latest wave of interest.I personally think [Black] is one of the best records Everclear has ever made, Alexakis says. It sounds like both old Everclear and new Everclear: It has a contemporary production sound, but its just old-school, angry rock songs. Its kind of dark, very reminiscent of the early stuff. The sales werent great on it, but a lot of people streamed it. It got millions and millions of streams, so people were listening to it, and it resonated.But when youve been a prolific band for more than a quarter-century, its all part of the journey. Right now, Alexakis is feeling a reflective pull for the 25th anniversary of World Of Noise, the bands indie debut, which was recorded for $400 in a friends basement in Portland. Although no official commemorative tour dates are confirmed as of this writing, Alexakis says hes considering playing some smaller, select shows this year as a tribute to the release. Much of the material rarely sees the light of day, but the 1993 album continues to enjoy a special place in Everclear history.Wed just had a baby, I was on public assistance and was working part-time jobs, I was very frustrated and very angry and there were a lot of emotions going on, Alexakis reflects. I made that record for $400, because thats all I had. I got this guy who had a basement studio to give me 40 hours worth of recording at $10 an hour. We had 10 or 11 songs, so we went in and recorded them in a week and mixed them, and thats the album.From there we just hit the ground running. I still havent stopped.That rough and raw first attempt was just the nexus of the massive body of work Everclear and Alexakis have contributed since that humble beginning. When it comes to recording new material, at the moment Alexakis is focused primarily on writing and recording his first solo album, due out later this year. That precludes a new Everclear releasefor now.We might make another record in a couple years, he says. Maybe later on this year Ill feel like it. I dont know yet.That said, the bands live itinerary certainly makes up for its recent studio absence. As the group prepares for another Summerland run, as well as numerous other future dates, Alexakis is excited to revisit songs from fan favorite records like Afterglow, Sparkle and Fade and the double album Songs From The American Movie, but also compositions from more underrated collections, like 2012s Invisible Stars. There are people asking for songs, so well just try and learn songs as we go, Alexakis says. If we get a lot of response from people to play a certain song, were going to learn it and go on the road and play it. You dont think, Wow, I cant sing that high anymore. Were not going to worry about it. Were going to play some rock n roll, and just do it.

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