Our Events

The Rocket Summer – DO YOU FEEL 10 Year Anniversary Tour with 888

08/12/2017 Doors 7:00 PM    Show 8:00 PM 17 & Over
The Rocket Summer

The Rocket Summer

Avary became musically active in his early teens, teaching himself to play a variety of instruments and joining his first band at the age of 14, before breaking away to play acoustic solo sets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. At 16, he issued his first EP as a limited-edition indie release, adopting the identity of the Rocket Summer; the name was borrowed from Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi classic The Martian Chronicles.

“I always liked the idea of releasing it under a moniker other than my own name,” Avary explains. “Even though it was just me on the record, it created an atmosphere of something bigger than one person, something that people could feel more a part of and I’ve stuck with that ever since.”

The Rocket Summer’s first full-length album, Calendar Days, won considerable national attention in 2003. It was followed by 2005’s Hello, Good Friend, which peaked at No. 26 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. The latter disc generated sufficient fan interest to allow Avary to assemble a live band and tour in the U.S. and Japan.

The Rocket Summer’s indie success helped to win Avary a deal with Island/Def Jam, which released Do You Feel in 2007. That album reached the Top 50 on the Billboard album charts and #16 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums charts, while spawning a pair of popular singles in “So Much Love” and “Do You Feel.” Of Men and Angels followed in 2010, debuting at #1 on iTunes and producing a pair of hits in “Walls” and “You Gotta Believe.” The same year, Avary branched out to write “Stomping The Roses” for American Idol alumnus David Archuleta. In 2011, Avary released the live acoustic album Bryce Avary, His Instruments and Your Voices for free via the Rocket Summer’s website which had over 50,000 downloads on the day of its release.

Avary moved from Island/Def Jam to his own label, Aviate, for the Rocket Summer’s 2012 album Life Will Write the Words. Despite being an independent release, the album debuted at #58 on the Billboard Top 200 and #12 on Billboard’s Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums chart, and was supported by the Rocket Summer’s most successful tour to date.

Although Avary built his reputation as a studio-based visionary, the Rocket Summer has also earned an impressive reputation as a live act, expanding into a full-band lineup to sell out venues in the U.S., Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France and Japan, while performing at such prestigious festivals as Glastonbury, Soundwave, Austin City Limits, Bamboozle, the Vans Warped Tour and SXSW.

Now, with Zoetic raising the musical stakes, Avary is looking forward to the challenge of translating his new material to live performance after a break from touring to focus on this album.

Also Playing

888

888

Resting confidently within layers of synthesizers and demonstrative drums, The Critical Mistakes EP, the debut release from Denver, Colorado-based 888, rests a poignant and reoccurring message- “Don’t give up.” Throughout the course of the infectious Alternative-Electro EP, road-tested frontman Danny Stillman repeatedly reaffirms the significance and impact of staying the course. Regardless of life’s accomplishments and catastrophes, the band, rounded out by (keyboardist) Aaron Rothe and (drummer) Danny Cooper, defiantly accentuate the importance of continuing on. The Critical Mistakes EP opening track and lead single “Critical Mistakes” professes “Come wake me up before I die and never get to live,” before adding “let the tide wash away my critical mistakes”. Unwilling to rest easy, 888 is pushing forward and reaching for more.

That tenacity bleeds through the entirety of their self-produced EP. Combining the enlightenment that complements growing into our own skin, The Critical Mistakes EP explores the drive to succeed and change in relationships that accompany this era of life.“Young and In Love” explores temporary infatuation and limitless possibility before life-altering responsibilities settle in. Each track solidifies the band’s impetuous intentions to live in the moment and to experience each occasion wholeheartedly. Placed impeccably over an ambiance of optimistic and animated orchestration, a contrast of hope and reality are flawlessly achieved. The band has come of age as a collective who’ve together spent over a decade conquering numerous styles of music in several different bands. The blending experience with personal growth in both musical taste and talents has culminated into a spry and animated explosion of sound.

“Critical Mistakes” has quickly turned heads, spreading internationally and become a top pick for prominent playlists. The trio won KTCL’s 2015 “Hometown For The Holidays” competition in both fan voting and live performance categories, cementing their place in Denver’s burgeoning music scene and garnering the attention of radio stations all across the country. 888 are readied to manufacture beyond their previous success with Drop, Dead Gorgeous and Bleach Blonde, with The Critical Mistakes EP situated to make 2017 their most prevalent year to date.

Twitter   @thebottomlounge

  • Loading ...

Upcoming Shows

  • SHE WANTS REVENGE

    SHE WANTS REVENGE... View Now

  • THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – No Sun / No Moon Tour * VEIL OF MAYA * THOUSAND BELOW

    THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – No Sun / No Moon... View Now

  • LORDS OF ACID * COMBICHRIST * CHRISTIAN DEATH * EN ESCH * WICCID

    LORDS OF ACID * COMBICHRIST * CHRISTIAN DE... View Now

  • BRUJERIA * VOODOO GLOW SKULLS * PIÑATA PROTEST

    BRUJERIA * VOODOO GLOW SKULLS * PIÑATA PR... View Now

  • LA FEMME

    LA FEMME... View Now

  • MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT with DJ Bud Sweet

    MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT with DJ ... View Now

  • BEACH FOSSILS * RAENER

    BEACH FOSSILS * RAENER... View Now

  • PINBACK – NIGHT TWO with PAPER MICE

    PINBACK – NIGHT TWO with PAPER MICE... View Now

  • PINBACK – NIGHT ONE (Autumn of the Seraphs 10th Anniversary Show) with DRAGON DROP

    PINBACK – NIGHT ONE (Autumn of the Serap... View Now

  • Alt Nation Presents: ATLAS GENIUS * FLOR * HALF THE ANIMAL

    Alt Nation Presents: ATLAS GENIUS * FLOR *... View Now

1375 W. LAKE ST. CHICAGO IL 60607
312.666.6775