DADA (25th Anniversary Tour)

DADA (25th Anniversary Tour)

Jason Michael

Monday, March 6, 2017

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

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is 18 and over

Since the release of dada’s groundbreaking 1992 debut Puzzle, the trio has created an array of songs boasting progressive rock musicianship, dazzling vocal harmonies and melodic power pop layered with inspired psychedelic and experimental rock impulses. Adding to the trio’s groundbreaking line of attack are the marathon-length shows that deliver on the promise that every performance is the only one of its kind.

Two decades after the Los Angeles outfit embarked on its singular journey, singer-guitarist Michael Gurley, singer-bassist Joie Calio and drummer Phil Leavitt are celebrating dada’s 25th anniversary with plans for a national tour deemed the “dada Forever Tour” in 2017.

“dada is about digging into our roots, examining and celebrating it.” Says Calio

Puzzle was released on September 8, 1992, and it didn’t take long for the band’s sonic imprint to find an audience. The album’s first single “Dizz Knee Land” found widespread airplay on alternative and mainstream rock outlets cracking the Top 5 on the Modern Rock Single's chart and pushing the album's sales to over 1,000,000 worldwide. The band was soon touring around the globe, opening for the celebrated likes of Crowded House, Depeche Mode and Sting.

“People always ask, ‘Do you still talk to each other after all these years?’ So that’s really why I wanted to commemorate it because no matter the size of the career if you can stick together and still have a desire to play music together you have accomplished something” explains Leavitt.

Dada was founded when Gurley and Calio began writing songs and performing as an acoustic duo in the late ‘80s. But from the beginning, their approach was unique amidst the onslaught of ‘90s bands featuring lead singers and mostly generic backing bands.

“Joie and I were both lead singers. But we really found quickly that harmonies were going to be a big strength for us,” recalled Gurley, noting both he and Calio are fans of Simon & Garfunkel’s pioneering harmonies.

Gurley noted that once they recruited Leavitt, they were able to blend the thunderous power of trios such as Cream with the artful harmony-minded songcraft of Simon & Garfunkel.

The success of Puzzle was followed in 1994 by American Highway Flower, featuring the ambitious “Ask the Dust” and astounding “Feet to the Sun,” dada has gone on to create a magnificent discography featuring a half-dozen full-length albums and an EP. The trio has also issued a number of solo efforts and offshoot projects along the way exploring a range of styles including folk, blues, jazz and rock. Gurley and Leavitt were both members of Butterfly Jones while dada was on hiatus in the early ‘00s; Calio has released several solo discs and with X Levitation Cult. Mike Gurley and the Nightcaps are a popular jazz group in Southern California.

Additionally, Leavitt has stepped out from behind the drum set as lead singer and Calio is playing guitar in 7Horse, a psychedelic blues project that has released 3 albums to date. Bringing a stripped-down approach, 7Horse cuts to the bone and identifies core feelings and phrases in their music. Their latest effort Livin’ In A Bitch of A World was released earlier this year. Their debut album Let The 7Horse Run spawned the hit song Meth Lab Zoso Sticker, which was chosen by Martin Scorsese for his film The Wolf of Wall Street. Since then, it’s had over 1.2 million views, 5.5 million streams and over 100,000 downloads.

Long-time and new fans of dada all have one thing in common; they are passionate about the band and have a deep connection with its three members.
Jason Michael
Jason Michael
Born in England but raised in Texas, Jason Michael has been a performer since the age of fifteen when his first band played at the local skating rink. In 1989, at age seventeen, he left Texas with his newly formed band, Aristaya, on a tour that took them all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A few years later, Aristaya evolved into Ice Cold July. Until 1994, they traveled and played as many as 300 shows a year and were rewarded with a record contract, radio play and an ever expanding fan base.
The tide shifted away from traditional rock in the mid 1990’s, and Jason began to explore new genres of music. He developed a unique singing and songwriting style that combined his rock roots with his love of folk, rhythm and blues. In 1996, Jason teamed up with a new group of musicians to form the Roadside Poets. Known to fans as “Roadside,” they performed frequently in venues all over Texas. In 1997, they were invited to record an album in Seattle with producer Rick Parasher, who was responsible for the albums that brought fame to Pearl Jam, Blind Melon, and Nickelback.
Restlessness and a desire to further expand on his talent fueled Jason’s decision to move to Los Angeles in 1998. He recruited former band member Mick Tinsley (of Aristaya and Ice Cold July) to play guitar for a new group called “Jones.” The Jones old R&B meets new funk sound was alarmingly unique to the L.A. scene. Jones shows were always fresh and entertaining and they drew surprisingly loyal fans from the usually fickle LA music crowd.
In 2000, Jones was selected by the City of Los Angeles mayor’s office to play in downtown on opening day of the Democratic National Convention. The following year, Jones played thirty shows on the 2001 Warped Tour. Jones went on to play shows with Maroon 5, Johnny Lang, Jeff Healey, Common Sense, Tina Marie, and Uncle Cracker. While in LA, Jason was also hired to record the Emmy-winning theme song to Clifford the Big Red Dog, a children’s cartoon show on PBS.
Jones continued to play to West Coast audiences until 2003, when Jason made the decision to return to Texas. Dallas fans have welcomed him back, and they continue to support his ever advancing musical talent. Mick Tinsley also returned to Texas, to reform Jones with gifted musicians, Lou Canakes (drums), Rickey Carthen (percussion & harmonica), and Wade Campbell (bass). You can find them playing venues like The House of Blues and the Granada Theater, with acts such as Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, and Tower of Power. In 2008, Jones was, once again, invited to play at the Democratic National Convention, in Denver, Colorado. Jason continues to play acoustic solo performance around Texas, as well as duos, trios, and full band show. He is well-connected in the Texas music community and are unafraid to experiment. He often surprises audiences by including performers on sax, violin, and piano. Jason has a generous talent that encompasses all that is possible. After witnessing a performance, it is easy to understand why he is loved by many and respected by all.
Venue Information:
Three Links
2704 Elm Street
Dallas, TX, 75226