Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Spring has arrived and the music tour trail is routing to Southeast Texas.
The Gig, located in the Crockett Street Entertainment District in downtown Beaumont, has a big schedule of events over the next two weeks featuring four concerts with national artists.
Michigan rock outfit Taproot will perform on Friday, April 19 at The Gig for ages 18 and older. Tickets are $16 at the door on the day of the show. Opening the show is Boy Hits Car. Other bands may be included on the bill.
The band’s most recent album, “The Episodes,” was released in April 2012 through Victory Records and peaked at No. 33 on the U.S. Independent chart and featured the single, “No Surrender.”
An added treat to Friday’s concert will have Taproot performing its debut album, “Gift,” which was released in June 2000, in its entirety.
For those who prefer their music a little more extreme, Swedish metal band Soilwork will make its first appearance in Southeast Texas with a concert at The Gig on Tuesday, April 23.
Tickets are $16 in advance for ages 18 and older. Special guests include Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, Hatchet and Ashes of a Martyr.
Soilwork is touring in support of its February 2013 release, “The Living Infinite,” and it’s first single “Spectrum of Eternity.”
Device, featuring David Draiman of Disturbed, will perform on Friday, April 26, at The Gig. Tickets are $22.50 in advance at www.outhousetickets.com. Special guests include Nonpoint and Gemini Syndrome.
Draiman, best known as the vocalist of hard rock act Disturbed, started the new industrial based band with Geno Lenardo, the former guitarist from rock group Filter, in the summer of 2012. The pair quickly hit the studio and began recording new music for what will be the bands soon-to-be-released self-titled debut, which is tentatively set to drop in April.
The new CD will feature numerous guest musicians such as M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, among others. Lenardo will reportedly not be part of the touring group. Joining Draiman in the band will be Will Hunt on drums and guitarist, Virus.
Georgia-based music group Rehab is returns to The Gig for a concert on Wednesday, May 1. Tickets are $12 in advance for ages 18 and older.
The band, which combines elements of Southern rock, hip-hop, country and more, is best known for the hit single, the “Bartender Song (Sittin’ at a Bar)” which was released in May 2008. The group’s last studio release, “Fixtape 2,” is described as a “mixtape” of music and made to help the band’s fans “get their fix.” The CD was released in June 2012.