Polaris, Mates of State – Tickets – College Street Music Hall. – New Haven, CT – May 9th, 2015

Polaris, Mates of State

Manic Productions and Premier Concerts Present:


Mates of State

Mighty Purple

Sat, May 9, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Polaris! Until today they only lived in your tv. Things are about to change….

Polaris is the house band for The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Muggy, Jersey, and Harris Polaris. They open every show and perform much of the music heard in each episode. They made a record, made t shirts, appeared on a cereal box, but they never played a show. Never. That all changed last year in Hollywood. Polaris headlined the Pete and Pete reunion show at the majestic Orpheum Theater and sold it out. The people had waited long enough. They waited for October and now it's here. The Polaris lads are about to do their first ever tour!

Polaris was a one-off musical project in the mid-1990s involving members of the New Haven indie rock band Miracle Legion. The songs were written for the tv show by Mark Mulcahy and the band is Mark, Scott Boutier, and Dave McCaffrey. 'Music from The Adventures of Pete & Pete', released in 1999 on The Mezzotint Label, contains many of the songs Polaris recorded for the show and is the group's only album release.
Mates of State
Mates of State
How does a band keep evolving and moving forward after 15 years? First up, embrace the modern age and the way that people are consuming music these days. "I don't like it, but the long play album format is probably dead," says Mates of State singer/drummer Jason Hammel. "Now we just want the hits. Don't bother me with filler; get me your best songs straightaway."

Rather than lamenting this shift in listening preferences, Hammel and his bandmate Kori Gardner are taking a very KISS-like approach with their new music: you wanted the best, you got the best.

The pair's new self-produced EP 'You're Going To Make It,' then, is nothing but choice cuts; five anthemic and emotionally-rich songs that will quickly take up residence in your mental jukebox; five anthemic songs that wriggle into your every waking hour like the earworms they are.

This new batch of tunes is Mates of State in its purest form. The razor sharp harmonies, shimmering new wave synth melodies, an internal warmth that can only come from a couple that has been musically and romantically involved for nearly two decades, and lyrics that speak to both personal and universal concerns.

On "Beautiful Kids," the band speaks to how, even though we are connected to one another 24/7 thanks to modern technology, a sense of loneliness still pervades. Or as Hammel puts it: "We all just want to be seen, but we won't look up from our screens so that we can be seen." "Gonna Get It" and "I Want To Run" build off the same inspiring notion of the EP's title, encouraging both themselves and their fans to keep striving no matter what the odds. And fist-pumping opener "Staring Contest" connects us to that delicious ache of schoolyard crushes and youthful love.

It's not just the manner in which Mates of State is planning to release music from here on out that is evolving, but also how the band will be presenting them on their upcoming tours of U.S. and Europe. "We're focusing more on performance as a whole and not being stuck behind our instruments," says Hammel. "We're coming to the front of the stage for some songs. Kori plays drums, Jason does some keys. Mixing up the performances in new and exciting ways."

The band is also exploring some new creative avenues this year with the release of 'The Rumperbutts,' a feature film that Hammel and Gardner acted in and composed the score for. Written and directed by Marc Brener, the film will hit theaters on May 22nd.

After a decade and an half of acclaimed albums and live performances, and songs that have become near pop standards for a generation of music fans, it's good to know that Mates of State isn't content with coasting. Hammel and Gardner are working as hard as ever and looking excitedly toward what the future has to offer.

'You're Going To Make It' comes out June 16, 2015 on Barsuk Records.
Mighty Purple
Mighty Purple
Brothers Steve and Jon Rodgers, the song writing team of the long standing band, Mighty Purple have been writing songs together since they were in grade school. The latest batch of songs, convey stories of the brothers' lives, spiritual journeys and friendships. Steve and Jon have a true passion for writing music and connecting with their listeners. The Brothers have a complex story that has been told in small pieces along their songwriting Journey. Their sound has a cross generational appeal with a modern-acoustic, yet timeless and comfortably familiar sound.

Mighty Purple toured for well over 12 years…(2000 + shows) and have released 9 albums with their band Mighty Purple. Mighty Purple gained thousands of fans since they started touring in 1994. Their largest fan base is in their home state of CT , however they also have many pockets across the US where they have small but loyal clusters of listeners.

Steve owns 2 music venues & a craft beer restaurant in Connecticut - The Space & The Outer Space where many national, regional & local acts play.

Jonny now lives in Oregon on a farm and has immersed himself in the world of composed music. He began by studying with Yale composer Padma Newsome (Clogs, The National) and played bass for NYC’s classical-crossover band Awry (now My Brightest Diamond). Jonny began collaborating with many talented musicians from the world of Classical and New Music. Jonnys live show sometimes includes a 9-piece chamber orchestra featuring highly unusual elements, such as Tuned Wine Glasses and Steel Drum. His newest material prominently features Tuned Wine Glasses, Guitars and Electronics with live loops used in unexpected ways.
Venue Information:
College Street Music Hall.
238 College Street
New Haven, CT, 06510

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