Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

Sun King Brewery & MOKB Presents

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

The Black Moods

Tue, March 6, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22.00 - $25.00

This event is 21 and over

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers
Hailed as one of the most exciting live acts on the road today, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are musical beacons of the Southwest fueled by witty and insightful lyrics, crunching guitar riffs, a dynamic rhythm section and tequila. RCPM are the only act to release seven consecutive studio albums to land on the top 10 of Billboard’s Internet Sales Chart, two at No. 1, all released on a 100% independent record label.

Dubbed the “Springsteen of the Southwest” by the Asbury Park Press, Roger Clyne and his guitar have toured around the world over his 20-year career, starting with The Refreshments. The seminal Tempe, Arizona band made big waves in the ’90s both on college and alternative rock radio as well as MTV with the songs “Banditos” (with the infamous chorus, “Everybody knows that the world is full of stupid people”) and “Down Together” as well as writing the theme for TV’s “King of the Hill.”

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers’ latest release, The Independent, raises a metaphorical glass to the road less traveled. The band’s annual music festival in Rocky Point, Mexico, called Circus Mexicus, is a testament to their growing fan base. What began as a rooftop show thrown together with extension cords and wooden pallets more than a decade ago has blossomed into a pilgrimage that draws thousands of fans to the once sleepy fishing village. In 2014, fans from 43 states and 7 countries represented at Circus Mexicus.

Clyne not only sings about life in the border-lands, he also produces his own private label top shelf tequila called Mexican Moonshine. From Gold medals in the San Francisco World Spirits Competition to Gold Ribbons from Tequila Aficionado’s Brands of Promise, accolades have been rolling in. And a bottle of Mexican Moonshine Tequila made a well received “guest appearance” on the Rachel Ray Show.

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers are excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Roger’s debut album, “Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy,” with a residency at the Yucca Tap Room in their hometown of Tempe, AZ as well as out on the road for their Spring 2016 Tour. “Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy” was the first album by Clyne when his band was called The Refreshments. He still performs the cult classic songs he penned with his current band incarnation, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers.
The Black Moods
The Black Moods
Two hundred miles south of Phoenix, AZ sits a sleepy little Mexican town called Puerto Peñasco - the roads aren't paved, the streets are identified by only the occasional sign, and the rocky coastlines are some of the most beautiful you'll ever see. The English translation is, appropriately, Rocky Point - because on this summer weekend, a short hop over the Mexican border, Tempe, AZ, rockers THE BLACK MOODS are demonstrating just how expansive their homegrown blend of rock and roll is, performing five shows in four days - including a sunset show on the town's only expanse of sandy beach, headlining a festival for more than 3,000 fans, and an acoustic set for a private party, performed on a patio overlooking the Sea Of Cortez.

"Growing up, nothing affected me or had an impact on me as much as music - my dad played music and I knew, for as long as I could remember, that's what I wanted to do," says frontman and guitarist Josh Kennedy. "Now I'm able to see the impact our music has on other people, and there's no better feeling in the world. We play shows in Mexico where a lot of the fans can't even speak English, but they love us and feed us as much energy as our crowds at home. We aren't trying to reinvent the wheel, we just want people to feel good, have a good time, and get turned on by what we do."

There is nothing dated about their sound or style, but THE BLACK MOODS are very much a throw-back, transporting us to a time when bands earned their stripes not by being by-products of the studio, but rather, by honing their chops on the live circuit and mastering the nuances of turning every stage into a celebration of music, and transforming every audience into a bristling extension of the band. It's not uncommon for the band to play three times a week throughout the Valley Of The Sun. And because sometimes that's not even enough rock and roll, Kennedy impeccably delivers Keith Richards' licks on occasion in a local all-star Rolling Stones tribute. They say rock stars are born, not made - and while there is definitely something special in the swagger and charm that marks THE BLACK MOODS, don't discount the countless hours the trio have dedicated to perfecting their craft, continuing to perform everywhere from your more standard festivals and club shows, to high-end house parties and even prison performances (as invited guests, of course).

"You can shove us in a corner without a PA and we will play just as hard as we do in front of thousands at a festival. Our goal is always the same - to blow people away," says Kennedy. "Why wouldn't you want to play three or four nights a week if you could? If we weren't playing out we'd be playing in the studio by ourselves - of course we'd rather do it out in a club, make new friends and fans, and feel that connection that drove us to want to be musicians in the first place."

Kennedy moved to the southwest from Wheaton, MO, as a teen, pursuing an opportunity to tech for one of his favorite bands. A few years, bands, and a bevy of experiences later, he met drummer Chico Diaz, another fixture in local bands who, ironically, has early roots in Rocky Point, Mexico. As diametrically opposed as the two may appear - Diaz embracing a more modern vibe than Kennedy's pegged jeans and Robert Plant visage - the two are closer than most brothers.

"We're brothers that think totally differently, but we have the same goal, the same drive, and our eyes are on the same prize," says the drummer. "That's why it works - it started as a band, and it's become so much more. We can't imagine doing anything else, let alone doing it with anyone else." In a nod to their vintage roots, Diaz explains how THE BLACK MOODS itself pays homage to one of their favorite bands. "We are always watching music documentaries in the studio, and there was a Doors documentary where Ray Manzarek said, 'watch out, Jim [Morrison] is in one of his black moods.' That inspired us to write a song called 'Here's To Black Moods' - the name evolved from there."
Venue Information:
1043 Virginia Ave #4
Indianapolis, IN, 46203