Brogue Wave Album Release Party

with Tony Cummins, Sara Petite, Sweet Tooth

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Sun May 19

Brogue Wave Album Release Party

with Tony Cummins, Sara Petite, Sweet Tooth

Doors: 6:30 pm
Start: 7:00 pm
Age: Ages 21+ Only

The Irish folk rock band will celebrate their album release party here joined by some other incredible musical acts homegrown right here in San Diego!

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Genre: folk

Ticket Price: $10 advanced / $12 day of show / $18 reserved loft seating (loft seating is available over the phone or in person at our box office)

Brogue Wave

Brogue Wave is a high-energy band of misfits based out of Southern California. They play Celtic folk, traditional Irish tunes with a bit of old timey music for good measure - one unholy union.

They were named a couple of years ago on Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise somewhere in the blue waters of the Caribbean. A chance wave hit - sending Tim and his Irish pipes flying. Matt said "rogue wave!" The crowd yelled “Why not!?” Recently headlining the sell-out Bogman Festival here at the Belly Up, the crowd swayed and chanted along with Southern California’s most authentic Irish band.

Tony Cummins

Irish Music Association 2010 award nominee
“Top Solo Performer in a pub venue (US, IRE, EU, UK)”.

From the The Desert Shamrock - Phoenix, Arizona
Written by George O'Brien
New CD by Tony Cummins
Not every Irish musician enjoys playing pubs. Some refuse to. Others do it only because there are not many alternatives that pay anything. Only a few performers seem to be comfortable playing pubs.

Then there is Tony Cummins. He seems born to play pubs. A Tony Cummins performance is a high energy, rollicking, explosion of outrageous silliness. Tony does more drinking songs than any performer around and is always insisting someone “drink it down”. Hecklers? Not in the audience! Tony heckles the audience. He not only gets members of the audience to sing along, but get into crazy contests and everyone standing on chairs.

No CD could possibly capture the insanity of a Tony Cummins performance, but Cummins and Goins is a good attempt. Several of the cuts were performed at the Dubliner and for the song, Drunken Sailor he credits “Phoenix Arizona—Background Vocals”. All of his live tracks were recorded at the Dubliner. The energy is just as infectious for songs like The D.T.s, The Irish Rover, Lannigans Ball, Patricia the Stripper, Drunken Sailor and his own composition Eucalyptus Tree. (It's about getting drunk and running into one.) Along with fine renditions of old favorites Dirty Old Town and The Old Triangle, this is what you expect from a Tony Cummins performance and he does not disappoint.

It is doubtful that Tony will become famous for doing slow ballads, but he does them with feeling. Thousands Are Sailing, The Green Fields of France and Isle of Hope are not simply a change of pace. The Green Fields of France is a very powerful song and he does it credit.

Sara Petite

Sara Petite is a gritty Pollyanna, Minnie Pearl type Bruce Springsteen rocker with an Outlaw-Classic Country style. Raised in a Tulip farming town in Washington she resides in San Diego, CA. A gifted singer-songwriter who possesses the unique ability to reach the hearts and souls of fans young and old. She has the rare gift to craft songs that appeal equally, but are interpreted differently by fans of diverse perspectives. This comes through in her live performances as well. A true original, 's music does not conveniently fit into any one musical genre or sub-category, but rather traces her influences in country, bluegrass, rock and folk, and emerges into a sound completely her own. As welcome in senior citizen centers as she is in biker bars, nightclub venues and festivals, Sara is as American as apple pie and Harley Davidson. She is gritty, she is wild, she is tender with a soul of a child.

Petite has been putting out albums since 2006. Coming Home, a single from her first album Tiger Mountain was in Universal Music of France’s COUNTRY compilation album alongside of artists such Lucinda Williams, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire and more. The same song also won the Portland songwriting contest that same year. In 2008 she put out her 2nd album Lead the Parade. 2010 Doghouse Rose climbed to #22 on the Americana Charts and #9 on Roots Rock Report. In 2013, Circus Comes to Town came out which was an honest look at a live well lived but full of heartache. She had gone through personal tragedies and was struggling to come out the other side. The title track won her a songwriting award at Merle Fest and for the 4th time she was a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest. Road Less Traveled, her newest CD comes out May 19th. I Will Rise, a song from the album is currently a finalist in the International Songwriting Contest.

Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth is Jacob Schrimpf (vocals/guitar), Trevor Barber (bass/vocals) and Kevin Bingham (drums). The band are a straightforward rock band who released a three-song EP Caviar.

The band get going with “Foreign Man.” They takes cues from a band like The White Stripes mixed with the start and stop action of a song like “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash. It’s a no frills rock song. Bingham’s style on the drums seemed to be more influenced by a drummer like John Bonham. The guitar and bass style aligns with the aforementioned bands and Schrimpf delivers on vocals. Out of the three songs “Foreign Man” felt the most derivative.

“Sunday Best” takes a slightly different approach. The first thirty-seconds sounds like a near perfect combination of blues rock mixed with The Beatles. The changes are a little jarring and unexpected. For example the light clean guitar that launches into a more distorted section. It was a formidable attempt at merging dynamics and range.

“Light Years” was the highlight to my ears. The song felt fluid, seamless and had a great groove. I also thought the hooks were on point along with the guitar solo. On top of that I had a harder time picking up on specific influences which I think is a good thing.

Caviar was a solid three-song EP that got my attention. The band still has a lot to prove but the songs were all well written and delivered. I think the band is probably still sorting out their sound a bit or this EP was supposed to display some of their versatility.

Overall, I think this is a band fans of a broad range of older rock will appreciate. Take a listen.