Bantam Foxes, The Dozens, Five Shot Jack

Bantam Foxes

The Dozens

Five Shot Jack

Fri · April 7, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 10:00 pm

$6.00 - $8.00

This event is 21 and over

Bantam Foxes
Bantam Foxes
Rock and Roll from New Orleans LA

Bantam Foxes’ formation in October 2011 arrived with a promising challenge: “We are building a religion / We are making a brand,” sang Cake’s frontman John McCrea as he guided a well-earned cult at New Orleans’ Mahalia Jackson theater. Jared Marcell and Collin McCabe watched side-by-side in press seats – gifts from local music writers who saw promise in their pairing. Two days later, Collin’s brother Sam joined the debate: How does a band build a religion? How much work is required to form a cult in front of you?

Bantam Foxes’ aesthetic borrows from elements they believe answer these questions. They combine the fuzz and fervor of garage rock, the dirty emotional grit of the blues, and the pop tendencies of the late 90’s alternative rock movement. The McCabe twins Sam and Collin front the band on guitar and bass, respectively, splitting control of lead vocals while sprinkling in the occasional electric mandolin and analog synthesizer. Jared Marcell drums behind them, providing intermittent vocal support.

Waiting for no outside directive at its formation, the trio immediately established themselves as a well-oiled machine. In the three years between their formation and the McCabes’ college graduation, constant content release reinforced their energetic, unpredictable, polished live show. In that short time, Bantam Foxes produced their full-length album Triumph, a myriad of singles and music videos, and 3 EPs including the CMJ-Top-200-charting Another Image, Another Frame. These releases stacked up while they blazed a staggering trail throughout the deep American South. In just their first three years while persistently growing their recorded catalog, they logged more than 100 shows throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Eastern Texas, and Georgia. Featured among these shows include opening slots for the Whigs and the Features as well as shared bills with Baby Bee, the Boxing Lesson, Purple, and many others.

Collin McCabe // Bass / Mandolin / KORG / Vocals
Sam McCabe // Guitar / Bass / Vocals
Jared Marcell // Drums
The Dozens
The Dozens
Rock, Soul, Blues from Alabama

The Dozens were formed in 2011 by the husband and wife team of Steven and Shelley Butler with the desire to play music with soul and feeling that's not typically found anymore. Shelley was born with deep musical roots, in her youth her family traveled Alabama churches as a Gospel group. But, she's as likely to channel Prince or Wilco's Jeff Tweedy as she is Aretha or Bonnie Raitt. Guitarist/vocalist Travis Posey was a perfect fit with his love of the Blues. One of the best guitar players around, he's logged many hours on southern stages. Chip Dews (guitar) is just too funky to be ignored. He's a master of improvisation and just oozes rhythm. Bass guitarist Brent Irvin is a disciple of some of the greats, Duck Dunn, David Hood, and Paul McCartney are all evident in his playing. The perfect pocket player that knows how, and when to bring it. Speaking of pocket, drummer Steven Butler preaches it. The "less is more" mentality of players like Buddy Miles and Levon Helm are alive and well behind The Dozens drumset. To round out the group, they brought in veteran keyboardist Dan Hocter. One of the few true B3 players around, Dan brings a richness to the sound of the band that cannot be matched.
Five Shot Jack
Five Shot Jack
Americana Rock from Birmingham AL

Five Shot Jack is a four-piece alternative-country/rock band based in Birmingham, AL. This high-energy group of individually-accomplished musicians have become one of The Southeast's favorite live shows. Five Shot Jack is set to release their first full-length album in the Spring of 2017.

From left to right: Sylvia Rose Novak (Bass), Blake Bolton (Drums), Matt Alemany (Guitar), Kelen Rylee (Guitar).
Venue Information:
The Nick
2514 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL, 35205