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Pop Evil – Skeletons Tour
Tue July 25, 2023 8:00 pm CDT (Doors: 7:00 pm )
$30.00 - $55.00
Doors open at 700 and show time at 800.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of show (if available).  Seated Side Riser tickets are $55 (ltd qty). 

Get adv tickets starting Friday June 2nd at 10am at or by calling 866.777.8932.

Under 18 with a parent only.  Anyone under 21 pays $5 surcharge at the door.

All support acts are subject to change without notice.
Pop Evil
Don’t take Skeletons as something macabre or negative. For Pop Evil, the title of their seventh album simply serves as a mission statement.

“First, it’s about our musical identity,” says frontman Leigh Kakaty, who co-founded Pop Evil in 2001 in North Muskegon, Michigan. “This is about us as a band stripping everything down to the bones. It’s more uptempo, it’s got bigger riffs, and we’re trying to capture the energy of our live show.”

“But it’s also a positive message,” he adds. “I know it’s a morbid visual, but behind every skeleton, there’s a story and something worth talking about. Overall, it’s about looking at something in a positive way. And I’m excited for everyone to hear that.”

For the band’s seventh album, Kakaty and his bandmates (lead guitarist Nick Fuelling, rhythm guitarist Dave Grahs, bassist Joey "Chicago" Walser, and drummer Hayley Cramer) certainly channel some pent-up energy stemming from the last two years of general world chaos. It’s an intense album — both sonically and lyrically —  that still finds ways to bring in melodic and uplifting moments.  

Which shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s followed the band’s ascension. Pop Evil first rose to international prominence with Lipstick on the Mirror, initially released on a small indie in 2008 and reissued by Universal Republic the following year. After Kakaty famously tore up the band’s major label contract onstage, Pop Evil signed with MNRK Heavy (formerly eOne Music). 2011’s War of Angels debuted in the Top 10 of the Rock Albums chart and produced the Top 10 singles “Last Man Standing,” “Monster You Made” and “Boss’s Daughter.”

The band’s momentum continued with the addition of new member, Fuelling, for 2013’s Onyx; an album that put Pop Evil in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 for the first time and boasted three No. 1 rock songs. Their next release, Up, was the No. 1 Independent Album in America and made it to #25 on the Billboard 200. It featured several top 5 rock songs (“Ways to Get High,” “Take It All,” and “If Only for Now”) and a chart-topper with “Footsteps.”

Their 2018 self-titled set, featuring the addition of UK-born drummer Cramer, included the hits “Waking Lions” (No. 1 Mainstream Rock), “Be Legendary” (No. 2), and “A Crime to Remember” (No. 7). From there, 2020’s Versatile scored two no. 1 rock songs, “Breathe Again” and “Survivor.” Overall, the band has amassed four Gold singles: “100 In A 55”, “Torn to Pieces”, “Trenches”, and “Footsteps”, and are approaching one billion career streams.

Expect those numbers to grow significantly with Skeletons. The first single, “Eye of the Storm,” is a pummeling, chaotic maelstrom that contains an uplifting message at its center (and a killer chorus). As for the song's lyrical plea, Kakaty explains: "It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, at some point we all face a situation beyond our control. At times, it feels hopeless, but it’s not. There is a path through the chaos and a way out of the confusion. You are stronger and closer than you think you are. The storm will pass. Don’t let it bury you.”

Elsewhere on Skeletons, you’ll find anthems built for stadiums (“Sound of Glory”), contemplative alt-rock (“Who Will We Become”), and collaborations with Devour the Day, Fit for a King, and Zillion, who add some metal, electronic and hip-hop into Pop Evil’s mix.  

Another album highlight comes via “Paranoid (Crash & Burn),” the second single, which oscillates from something more melodic and rhythmic to pure aggression — that “get out of my head” scream is certainly going to resonate. “It’s about the voices in our head — we all have ‘em, but do we act on them?” says Kakaty. “It’s a cautionary tale, about processing those voices in a positive way. It’s very aggro and uptempo, and I think it speaks to the depression and anxiety a lot of us have at this stage in our lives.”

The future radio hit here may arrive with “Worth It,” a catchy midtempo number that nicely encapsulates the album’s uplifting message. “It’s one of my favorites,” says the singer. “It’s a reminder to every brother, sister, kid, father, and mother — there’s something positive out there and a reason for you to gut it out.”

Skeletons sees the band once again working with producer Drew Fulk (Disturbed, Papa Roach, Motionless in White), a friend and collaborator on a few previous albums. “With Versatile, we had a bunch of producers, but for this album, we just wanted to work with one person and get back to our roots,” says Kakaty. “There’s an energy he and I have, and he’s been great at helping us build these songs and work around some collective themes.”

Before the new album’s release, Pop Evil was able to hit the road and introduce fans to bassist Joey Walser, the band’s newest addition. “Joey’s incredible — he’s made me excited about our live show,” says Kakaty. “I think now we’re really taking it up a notch and I’m excited for the future of the band. We’re ready to show people that rock’n’roll is alive and well.”

Even before the official release of Skeletons, the band’s new music is already going over well with fans. Notes Kakaty: “It’s great seeing people respond at our shows— I think they see what we sing about with something like ‘Eye of the Storm’ is very relatable. We all have hardships and mood swings; this is our way to show that you’re not alone. A lot of Pop Evil, it’s about inspiring positivity and giving back.”
If you think rock n’ roll fairy tales are a thing of the past, you haven’t met Eva Under Fire. These Detroit rock upstarts got their start five years ago and instantly began cutting their teeth in the underground rock scene, building an enthusiastic fanbase the old-fashioned way. However the band’s trajectory shifted toward the stratosphere when they sent an unsolicited demo to Better Noise Music, who recognized the band’s hybrid of rock, metal, pop and classic rock as something wholly unique. Inspired by everyone from the Deftones to Duran Duran, TBA combines soaring melodies and relentless riffing with the powerful pipes of vocalist Amanda Lyberg, who passionately spreads the band’s inclusive message of hope during these uncertain times.
That said, it took a lot of hard work for them to get to this point. The group’s roots go back to 2015 when Amanda, guitarists Chris Slapnik and Rob Lyberg, bassist Ed Joseph and drummer Corey Newsom, decided to get together and write music that represented their diverse set of influences. The chemistry clicked and after releasing a well received full-length and two EPs, the band signed to Better Noise and  spent the past two years working on TBA, their most ambitious and fully realized release to date. “We really wanted to challenge ourselves with this record and focus on melodies and writing the best material that we could come up with,” Amanda explains. “We really came up with the best of the best when it came to our songwriting. Some songs are fun, others are more emotional.”
For TBA, the band once again teamed up with local collaborators BJ Perry (I Prevail, Escape The Fate) and John Pregler, whose collective attention to detail helped the band fine-tune their sound. “BJ and John made sure everything was really focused and the best it could be, especially the melodies,” Amanda explains. That laser focus allowed the band to create an album that is as creative as it is authentic. “My biggest influence is probably Deftones because they have such an innovative mix of sounds,” Chris explains, “and Amanda’s voice is so powerful that she can sing anything. The album is basically a mix of everything we all listen to from classic rock to modern metal.” Amanda, who got her start singing along to show tunes and pop music before discovering acts like Evanescence and Breaking Benjamin, agrees. “It’s really a combination of a lot of different influences from all ends of the musical spectrum.”
From the syncopated, distortion-drenched groove of the opener “Misery” to the palm-muted riffs and massive hooks of “Blow” and explosive anthemics of “Unstoppable,” TBA has plenty of moments of guitar-driven grandeur. However that aggression is balanced by gripping ballads such as “The Strong” and “Give Me A Reason,” which are as inspiring as they are impactful. Then there’s “Heroin(e),” an electronica-infused, arena-ready rocker that holds special resonance for Amanda. “I wrote that song from a personal space and the music was built around the lyrics,” she explains about the song, which deals with the experience of drug addiction within her family. “I was so grateful that the story could remain intact because it was so powerful, but it was so close to me that I wasn’t sure if it should go on the record or not.” Once the label heard the song they not only embraced it but included it in the upcoming Better Noise film, Sno Babies.
That balance of style and substance lies at the core of Eva Under Fire. For that reason they weren’t scared to try new things on TBA, whether that was using Talk Box guitar effects, integrating shredding guitar solos or putting their stamp on the 1993 Duran Duran hit, “Come Undone.” Simply put, this collection of songs couldn’t have come from anyone else. “There’s a lot of grit in the vocals on this album and that’s because the aggression, anger and sadness are real,” Amanda explains. “In the studio I was able to tap into those real emotions on demand because I knew that this was important. This is our platform where you need to show how real and true it is—whether you’re having a blast in the moment or you’re on the verge of tears, that’s what you want to convey. I think our producers did a great job of making us feel at home.”
“I’m really happy because this album isn’t twelve songs of the exact same style, there’s a variety where you can hear the different influences and that’s important to me,” Chris summarizes. “We wave a flag of humanity and I think this record is encouraging in the sense that whoever listens to this record will find something that will speak to them in its own way,” Amanda adds. “We worked so hard to get to where we are today, but we made it. I think this album will really bring a lot of people together and that’s so needed now,” she adds. “I can’t wait to see what that will translate to when we’re finally about to get out there and tour again.”
Lines of Loyalty