Rock'n to Lockn

Rock'n to Lockn

Big Mama Shakes, The Atkinsons, Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos, Mighty Joshua

Fri, April 14, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Broadberry

Richmond, VA

This event is all ages

Big Mama Shakes
Big Mama Shakes
Big Mama Shakes
At its core: Big Mama Shakes is synonymous with rock and roll. I don't mean that in the pretentious "I'm an artistic genius" kind of way that John Lennon or Robbie Robertson might have; I mean it in the most painfully fun and raucously raw way one can experience rock and roll.

Kings of Leon:
Initially embraced as "the Southern Strokes" for their resurrection and reinvention of Dixie-styled rock & roll, Kings of Leon steadily morphed into an experimental rock outfit during the 2000s. The Tennessee-bred quartet debuted in 2003 with the Holy Roller Novocaine EP, whose blend of raw, unpolished boogie rock was further explored on their debut full-length, Youth & Young Manhood. Such revivalist music was matched by a similarly revivalist appearance -- including long hair, mustaches, and tight-fitting denim -- and Kings of Leon experienced immediate popularity in the U.K. (where they would later enjoy platinum album sales, despite an initially lukewarm reception at home). As the band explored different sonic textures with subsequent releases, most notably on 2007's Because of the Times and 2008's Only by the Night, those tenuous links to the Strokes were finally dissolved.
Comprised of three Followill brothers -- Caleb (guitar), Nathan (drums), and Jared (bass) -- as well as first cousin Matthew Followill (guitar), Kings of Leon formed in 2000. The Followill siblings had spent their youth traveling across America's heartland with their evangelist father, decamping at Pentecostal churches and tent revivals for several days at a time before moving onward. When their father resigned from the church and divorced his wife in 1997, the boys relocated to Nashville and embraced the rock music (not to mention the accompanying lifestyle) they'd previously been denied. Cousin Matthew was added to the lineup, and a Southern garage rock sound quickly emerged. RCA took note, signing the band in 2001 and facilitating a partnership with Nashville-based producer Angelo Petraglia, who furthered the band's rock & roll education and co-wrote the material for 2003's Holy Roller Novocaine EP.

Tours across North America and the U.K. coincided with the release of the band's full-length debut, Youth & Young Manhood, that same summer. Thanks to the popular single "Molly's Chambers," the album found moderate success in the U.K. However, it was their sophomore effort, 2004's Aha Shake Heartbreak, that made them European stars, with three songs cracking the U.K. charts. The album saw an American release in February 2005, and Kings of Leon toured the country alongside U2 before retreating to work on their third effort. The darker, expansive Because of the Timesfollowed in 2007. Featuring production from Ethan Johns (who had helmed the band's previous releases as well), the album proved to be the band's biggest release to date, debuting at number 25 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and topping the album charts in the U.K., Ireland, and New Zealand.
Kings of Leon returned one year later with Only by the Night, a colossally popular album whose lead single, "Sex on Fire," gave the band its first number one hit in the U.K. The album itself fared similarly well, topping the U.K. charts upon its release and debuting at number four in America. It eventually gained platinum status in eight countries, including America, and its success allowed the band to tour heavily throughout much of 2008 and 2009. Live at the O2 was released in late 2009, capturing one of the band's midsummer performances in London. Kings of Leon briefly holed up in Manhattan's Avatar Studios to work on a fifth record, but they returned to the road during the summer of 2010, taking the opportunity to play some of their new material in concert. By the time the tour wrapped up in September, the group's newest single, "Radioactive," had already been released. The accompanying album, Come Around Sundown, followed in October. The record was a worldwide hit and reached number one in 15 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia.

Later that year they embarked on a marathon tour; however, a disastrous show in Texas resulted in frontman Caleb walking off the stage without returning for the end of the set. After this incident, the brothers decided to undertake a self-imposed hiatus in 2011 and canceled the rest of the tour while the band attempted to reconcile their personal and group problems. In the time apart, bassist Jared released music with Mona frontman Nick Brownunder the moniker Smoke & Jackal, while Caleb found sobriety after moving to New York and the birth of his son. They returned to the band with a batch of new material and set to work on their sixth record, Mechanical Bull, which appeared in September of 2013. Buoyed by the single "Supersoaker," the album reached number two on the Billboard 200 and garnered a nomination for Best Rock Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
Following the end of the band's 2014-2015 Mechanical Bull tour, Kings of Leon revealed they had already begun work on a follow-up. In 2016, they released their seventh studio album, WALLS. Produced in Los Angeles with Markus Dravs (Florence + the Machine, Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons), the album featured the single "Waste a Moment." - All Music
The Atkinsons
The Atkinsons
The Atkinsons first set foot on Richmond, VA stages in the fall of 2003. What started out as a small acoustic outfit turned into a band that took on a life of its own. The Atkinsons meld roots, country, mountain and rock music into their own style of rambling swing rock & roll. Heartfelt story-telling is at the core of The Atkinsons, and it is complemented with three-part harmonies layered over mandolin, fiddle, drums, bass and electric guitars. With influences ranging from Old 97s to Green Day to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Drive By Truckers, the sound ends up being quite a musical stew.

The first record "American Gothic" was basically a novel set to music. It followed the misfortunes of a troubled character from his early youth until his untimely death. The upbeat musical style balances out the dark undertone of the lyrics, and together makes for a record that's easy to listen to yet hard to describe.

The Atkinsons follow up "American Gothic" with their second release "Mile Marker", which takes the band on a journey through new territories of swampy roots and country swing to Texas Cajun and straight-up rock. Though cut from the same cloth, the new record doesn't pick up where the first album left off. It follows its own path from the back roads to the highways that inevitably lead you back home. "Mile Marker" was released in April 2011 and celebrates where the band has been and where it's headed.

The Atkinsons have been performing regularly each month in the Richmond area since 2003 and have enjoyed a great following of ATK fans. Along with playing their originals, The Atkinsons aim to please by adding many fun, toe-tapping cover songs to their set list. Audiences love their versions of select songs from Old Crow Medicine Show, Old 97's, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, AC/DC, The Beatles, REM, Social Distortion, The Waterboys and the Rolling Stones.

The band has played many venues in and around Richmond including The National, The Hat Factory, Capital Ale House, Ashland Coffee & Tea, Cafe Diem and many more. They've also played at many festivals and events including Floydfest, Camp Barefoot, World Beer Festival, St. Patrick's Church Irish Festival, Crozet Music Festival, Ashland Strawberry Faire, the annual Carytown Watermelon Festival and many more.

They have been honored to share the stage with many great bands such as The Departed, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Scott Miller and the Commonwealth, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Horsehead, Wrinkle Neck Mules, Sons of Bill, Jackass Flats, and many others.
Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos
Funk'n Rock and Soulful Blues
Formed in July, 2012 Anthony and the Conqueroos quickly made a name in the Local and National blues scene. Within days of forming, they won the local nomination, and represented the Natchel Blues Network in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. With TONS of support from their quickly built local following, they made it all the way to the Semi Finals. No small feat for a band only months old ~ on their first trip to Memphis! The band released an Ep called " Live at Tegu" and are working on a full length release for later this year. With Major Festivals booked for the near future and a spot in the 2014 International Blues Challenge representing the Blue Ridge Blues Society, there is no sign of things slowing down anytime soon. The band mixes blues with heavy doses of funk, rock, and jam band influences.If modern blues with a no holds barred drive is your thing, you must check this out!
Featuring Guitar and Vocals by Anthony Rosano, Paul Warren on Bass,
Jack Campbell on Harp, and Scott Smith on Drums ~ they blend a unique style of Funk and Rock and Roll heavily steeped in the Blues tradition. Drawing on varied influences they seamlessly blend these elements into a style that is New and Exciting with the nostalgic feel of classic rock.
Live performances flow from straight ahead Delta blues through 60's Bay area jams into Crescent city second line funk. With a band of musicians this diverse you can cover a lot of ground ~ they also write strong songs with instrumental hooks and lyrics that speak with emotion and depth. Constantly evolving, The CONQUEROOS are always pushing each other to new horizons. Instead of the same formula night after night, The CONQUEROOS will often try new arrangements augmented by inviting out guest musicians. Tweaking the recipe just right for a new show every time. One sure thing you can expect at a CONQUEROOS show is you will leave knowing you just got 100% from the band and can't wait for the next experience... and thats what it is all about not just listening to music but feeling it, so it is a true experience.
Mighty Joshua
Mighty Joshua
Mighty Joshua moves listeners by opening minds and activating bodies through song. He encourages positive change with lyrics that raise consciousness in his community and beyond. With the debut of his first solo album, Joshua expresses himself through a spirited self-titled life inspired compilation.

Experimenting with sound and rhythm, Joshua draws from his musical roots in African percussion. Soon after exposure to Djembe and Djun Djun drums they became a part of his playing repertoire which also includes the Didgeridoo. In 1998 Joshua worked as a manager and D.J. with the company 3 Brothers, 1 Million Records – steadfastly laying the foundation for what has become the vibrant reggae music scene in Richmond today. By 1999 Joshua joined Jah Revelations, and later linked-up with Richmond Dub Collective which transformed over time into the reggae band Antero.

Joshua is an integral part of Antero. In 2008 the group won title of “Favorite New Band” at the first Virginia Reggae Awards. As vocalist and percussionist for the group since 2007, he has helped build the following that made the band a staple on the local music scene in his hometown of Richmond, VA. It is in this role that “Mighty Joshua” was born, and in 2012 he was nominated for Virginia Reggae’s “Best New Artist” award. In 2014 Joshua received awards for being Virginia Reggae's Favorite Artist of the Year, and his debut album was voted Favorite Album of the Year. Joshua has become acquainted with internationally recognized reggae artists through Chris “Peanut” Whitley of Stable Roots Productions who has received many accolades for his role as Music Director/Producer for Corey Harris and touring keyboardist for Corey Harris, Culture, and Eek-A-Mouse. Mighty Joshua played percussion and supplied backing vocals for Corey Harris albums “Father Sun, Mother Earth” and the soon to be released “Fulton Hill Blues.”
Mighty Joshua has had the pleasure of opening for international reggae acts such as Inner Circle, The Itals, Midnite, Tribal Seeds, and The Legendary Culture w/ Kenyatta Hill.

When he’s not living the life of a professional musician, Mighty Joshua dedicates time and energy to working with non-profit organizations like the Makindu Children’s Program in Kenya East Africa. He enjoys integrating music for social awareness and celebrating the impact individual people make.
Venue Information:
The Broadberry
2729 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thebroadberry.com