Casbah and Belly Up present
The White Buffalo - Due to illness, the shows with THE WHITE BUFFALO scheduled for tonight (Friday May 24) and tomorrow night (Saturday May 25) have to be postponed until Monday September 2 and Tuesday September 3. Tickets will be honored.
Fri, May 24, 2019
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA
$25 GA/$44 Loft
This event is 21 and over
Due to illness, the shows with THE WHITE BUFFALO scheduled for tonight (Friday May 24) and tomorrow night (Saturday May 25) have to be postponed until Monday September 2 and Tuesday September 3.
Tickets for the May 24th show will be honored for the September 2nd show and tickets for the May 25th show will be honored for the September 3rd show. If you cannot make the new show date work then refunds will be available at point of purchase.
Tonight the opening act, LA Edwards, will still perform one set at 9pm, and tomorrow night, he will be joined by Ron Blair & The Chris Torres Band, and Nancarrow. All ticket holders for either White Buffalo show are welcome to join us free of charge for either (or both) of these shows."https://www.casbahmusic.com/event/1842294/
Although recorded in Smith's hometown of Los Angeles, where he grew up listening to the country twang of George Jones and the pissed-off punk of Bad Religion, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights looks to the passion and punch of White Buffalo's live shows for inspiration. Smith has been a road warrior for more than a decade, doubling as his own tour manager along the way. Gig after gig, he's built a cult following without a major la-bel's support, boosting his band's international visibility with more than a dozen TV-worthy songs — including the Emmy-nominated "Come Join the Murder"— that were featured on shows like Sons of Anarchy and Californication.
"I'm kind of an island," he says proudly. "We tour on our own and have built our own fanbase, so the idea with this album was to capture that live feel — the passion that we produce in a stage setting — in a studio performance."
Island or not, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights finds Smith reaching far beyond his own experience for a string of detailed, character-driven songs. Many of these tunes explore the gloomy, dangerous corners of America, spinning stories of sinners, crooks, bad de-cisions and broken hearts. On "Border Town/Bury Me in Baja," a drug dealer awaits his death at the hands of the Mexican mafia. "Avalon,"a desperate, driving anthem worthy of Bruce Springsteen, finds its protagonist "wishing he could flip a switch [and] turn his life around.""Nightstalker Blues"— an amped-up blast of harmonica-filled, guitar-fueled roots rock — revolves around the story of serial killer Richard Ramirez, whose murder spree haunted southern California during the mid-Eighties.
As the album's own title promises, though, this is a record about balance. A record about life's ups and downs. "I wanted to hit all the emotional spots," explains Smith, whose voice — a booming, rumbling baritone, with a slight quaver that can sound ominous one minute and warmhearted the next — takes a tender turn during love songs like "Observatory" and "If I Lost My Eyes."
Together, Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights offers up the White Buffalo's strongest material to date, doubling down on Smith's strengths while pushing his sound into new territory. Stripped-down folk. Electrified swamp-soul. Heartland rock. Bluesy boogie-woogie. It's all here, tied together by the super-sized vocals and articulate songwriting of a bandleader whose work is sometimes moody, sometimes menacing, but always melodic
"My hope is that this album will touch people," he says. "Make people feel. The good, the bad, and the ugly. The darkest darks, and the lightest lights."
Belly Up Tavern
143 South Cedros Avenue
Solana Beach, CA, 92075-1963