Stateside Presents / Psyko Steve



Thu, September 18, 2014

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

Crescent Ballroom

Phoenix, AZ

$12 - $14

This event is all ages

Like all families, Kopecky Family Band beats with the same heart and writes in the same
blood. Whilst the band might not share actual familial bonds, the ties that keep this
Nashville 6-piece together are just as strong.

The Family began creating music together in Nashville in Fall 2007. What began as late
night talks about life and dreams gradually flowed into eccentric, beautiful music. Kelsey
and Gabe settled on the name (Kelsey’s last name lent itself well to a sort of ‘family band’
name), and recruited their friends to join the fold.
Gabe (guitar, vocals) and Kelsey (vocals, keys) lead the family, along with Steven (lead
guitar), Corey (bass), Markus (cello), and David (drums). The music is emotive, the lyrics
evoking raw honesty and vulnerability. The band will undoubtedly capture your attention
with their unmistakable power and presence. The sounds created by the booming and
orchestral-like 6-piece challenge the listener’s ear and yet offer sweet melodies to sing
along with. You’ll be dancing up a storm by the end of a Kopecky set, and perhaps also be
holding a maraca or two!

The band debuted their first EP, Embraces in 2008. In spring of 2010, the family packed
into their 15-passenger van (lovingly called “The War Wagon”, RIP) and headed to Austin
for their first SXSW. It was during their performance at Next Big Nashville in the same
year that they picked up steam, catching the ears of some influential folks. They headed
back into the studio after this with Partners in Crime, Russ Long and Chris Grainger
(Wilco) and produced The Disaster EP which was released in August 2010.

They trekked to New York City the same year, hitting up CMJ where they won over NPR‘s
own Bob Boilen; and were invited to play the official Paste Magazine showcase. Straight
back into the studio after CMJ, the band produced the follow up to The Disaster, the
perfect compliment entitled Of Epic Proportions. The EP comprised digital B-Sides &
rarities including “Howlin’ at the Moon“ and a remix of “God & Me”.

A limited edition split 7″ vinyl with Seattle friends Ivan & Alyosha followed, as did several
more tours and another SXSW jaunt. The band played 7 or so showcases this time
around, with a marked performance at the infamous Paste Magazine showcase. And to
keep themselves really busy early in 2011, the band played the Bonnaroo Music and Arts
Festival, notching up 3 amazing sets and amassing several new friends and fans along the
way. In other 2011 news, a deal was inked management company Red Light. Large tours
alongside GIVERS and Gomez helped close out a super successful year, as did another
visit to CMJ.

Early 2012 finally meant a break in the band’s relentless touring schedule, and the chance
to get away to work on their debut full-length album, which had already begun with ideas
and songs being hatched whilst on the road. After a co-headlining tour with The
Lumineers in April, the family once again bunkered down to put the finishing touches on
the album. The result is Kids Raising Kids, a culmination of 5 years of hard work shared
amongst friends, family, and fans. The album is due out later this year.

Never the types to sit still, Camp Kopecky play their first Lollapalooza in August and will
then head to Austin for ACL in October.
Meet Avid Dancer, former Marine and rudimental snare drum champ Jacob Summers. His single "Stop Playing With My Heart" is pretty much perfect in every way. From the harmonies to the dribbling bass line, from the tip-toeing synth and classically plucked blues guitar, this track becomes a super sophisticated love song with poise and class. There's a little bit of rock, a little bit of blues, and a lot of indie styling; the combination makes for an amazingly well-written indie rock song that'll appeal to the masses.
Perry Allen experiments with media and music. After playing folk and bluegrass across the continental United States, Perry most recently landed in the Phoenix desert valley with a motley crew band and a few songs to shout. A new LP is currently in the works and a fresh tour coming on the horizon.
Venue Information:
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Ave.
Phoenix, AZ, 85003