Colorado State University – Pueblo and its Special Events Committee will present two indie-rock bands – Hawthorne Heights and Stroke 9 -- in a spring concert on Friday, April 20 at the Colorado State Fairgrounds Events Center.
Tickets are on sale starting March 31 through Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.com, or through the State Fair Events Center Box Office, 719-404-2070. All students currently enrolled at CSU-Pueblo will receive one free ticket, which they may pick up at tables stationed across campus beginning next week. Students should check their campus e-mail to find the locations and times for ticket distribution. Tickets for non-students are $20 each (+ possible State Fair/Ticketmaster charges).
Forming in Dayton, Ohio in June of 2001 under the name A Day In The Life, Hawthorne Heights decided to rename their previous musical endeavor due to lineup changes and evolving musical styles. With the final lineup in place, Hawthorne Heights began playing out on several self-booked tours, sharing stages with bands like Descendents, From Autumn To Ashes and Coheed And Cambria.
The band was formed from big dreams - its members wanted to play music they were passionate about and take a shot at being a full-time band. In two years, they have become much more than that; they have staked their claim as one of the leaders of the new rock scene. Their debut, The Silence in Black and White, hit the music world with a bang in 2004. Silence In Black And White contains songs of frustration, personal growth, and romance. The album continues its march toward platinum certification, supported by non-stop touring, television appearances, and massive video support from MTV, Fuse and online giants Yahoo! Music and America Online. Earlier this year, Hawthorne Heights presented their DVD, This Is Who We Are, featuring live concerts, behind the scenes footage, and much more. The DVD sets the stage for the release of If Only You Were Lonely, their powerful sophomore album, which appeared in stores February 2006.
Stroke 9 is a San Francisco-based rock band whose career thus far has followed the indie-rock work ethic to the letter. They formed in high school, released two albums themselves, booked their own national tour, and eventually made so much noise that they got signed.
It's what comes next that will be really interesting: the band's Cherry/Universal debut album, Nasty Little Thoughts, is loaded with 3-to-4-minute harmony-loaded pop-rock songs which are so addictive that stardom seems like a foregone conclusion. The group is a tight and powerful rock band, but wisely never lets anything get in the way of melodies like the ones in "Little Black Backpack," "Letters" or "Washin' and Wonderin'." The album was co-produced by ex-
Talking Heads keyboard whiz Jerry Harrison (Live, the Verve Pipe, Kenny Wayne Shepherd) and Rupert Hine (Duncan Sheik, Howard Jones, The Fixx), who gave the band a radio-ready sound without sacrificing any of the energy.