MAIN ACT – HAIRBALL
Hairball is more than just a band, and certainly more than a tribute band!
A band puts on a concert – Hairball puts on an event! Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t soon forget. The lights, sound, smoke, fire, bombs, and screaming hoards of avid fans…to merely call it a concert would be like calling Mount Rushmore a roadside attraction!
Vocalists Joe, Kris and Bobby lead the band through a 2+ hour, mind-blowing, and dropdead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith are but a few of the acts fans will see brought to life. The Hairball stage becomes an entirely new rock concert before your very eyes countless times throughout the night.
The motor that drives the Hairball dragster consists of Freaky on the electric bass, Billy on the drums, and Happy on the lead guitar. These Rock & Roll soldiers pride themselves on nailing some of the most memorable licks and chops of all time, while adding their own style and flare that they’ve cultivated over decades of tireless performing. This isn’t a side job. These guys eat, sleep and breathe Rock & Roll!
2018 finds Hairball celebrating its 18th year of rocking hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Constantly adding more characters, more pyrotechnics, more lights, more sound, more props, more surprises…more everything! While Happy often tells the audience “Today is the first day is the rest of your life!” Hairball performs every show as though it could be their last. Every night is a 100% full-on, no-holds-barred, exciting, chaotic, fiery party that has to be experienced to be believed!
As important to Hairball as the music, are its fans. While many bands claim to have the best fans in the world, Hairball actually has! Whether they are 10 years old or 100, Hairball fans bring an unparalleled enthusiasm and energy to the show that enhances the arena experience. Hairball knows it wouldn’t exist without its fans and takes every opportunity to let them know that. Whether it’s a pre-show meet and greet, hanging out at the merch booth, or chatting online, Hairball has a lot in common with its fans and it’s always a good time when they get together.
Don’t confuse Hairball with the countless “80’s Tribute” bands across the country. Hairball is an experience, an attitude, and expression of music that isn’t simply a retro flashback. It’s a way of life, and it’s not going anywhere soon!
OPENING ACT – FREAKABOUT
Lincoln four-piece rock band FREAKABOUT signals at monumental changes with its supercharged sophomore record BABEZOOKA, a brisk 32-minute romp packing a bold lyrical attitude and mind-bending density. Entrancing harmonies, snake-charming leads and pounding rhythms swirl around each other in a kaleidoscopic cloud of smoke. It crushes as hard as Black Sabbath while injecting technical nuance and a healthy amount of blues influence to color each song differently.
FREAKABOUT’s potential as a torrential force owes itself to both its founding pair and its most recent additions. Cortney Kirby and Aaron Galvan make a molten on-stage pair, the former’s show-stopping vocals and the latter’s iron-heavy riffing positively smolder. Bassist Ben Frerichs adds a burst of pulsing energy while drummer Ian Francis is piston-like and precise. In its best moments, the quartet finds a groove and rides it out to often spectacular conclusions.
Babezooka provides various moments for its players to own the spotlight. Francis, often straightforward on the record, flashes some flare on the head-bobbing “Waste” and strongly boulders his way through “Love Cocaine.” Frerichs shines during the quiet moments of “Waste” and dons the bus driver hat for “Predator.” “Yellow Light” showcases Aaron Galvan’s searing guitar work and Cortney Kirby’s powerful, booming vocal abilities.
Kirby — who has leveled-up as both a vocalist and songwriter since 2015 debut Don’t We All — flexes a more dynamic range on songs like “Queen of the Dust” and “Predator.” Her voice is authoritative and cathartic at its highest points, a fact which helps underscore the subtle and, at times, chilling social and political themes she addresses.
Altogether, BABEZOOKA is as explosive and enticing as its title and as soulful and psychedelic as its Hendrix-recalling cover. More than that, it announces FREAKABOUT as a muscular motor capable of wowing home crowds and taking the road by storm.
– Andrew Stellmon
Atlantic is excited to welcome HAIRBALL and FREAKABOUT for a FREE show in the entertainment area in Downtown Atlantic on July 21st 2019!