CW San Francisco Events

Alice's Now & Zen 2013

Sunday

Sep 29, 2013 – Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

John F Kennedy Drive & Kezar Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118 Map

  • Plain White T's
  • Walk off the Earth
  • Goo Goo Dolls
  • OneRepublic

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Alice@97.3 is pleased to announce Alice’s Now & Zen Fest, an annual concert in Golden Gate Park, on September 29, 2013 at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park.



Featuring:

OneRepublic – Goo Goo Dolls

Plain White T’s – Walk Off The Earth

Now celebrating 15 years, Alice’s Now & Zen Fest is free again this year! More than a concert, ALICE’S NOW & ZEN FEST combines great music with a day of good vibes and positive ZENergy in the park.

The festivities will include musical talent, gourmet food and more! All ages are welcome and there will be a free bike valet at the main entrance. Doors open at 11:00am.


Alice’s Now & Zen Fest 2013
Sunday, September 29
Noon – 5PM
Sharon Meadow (JFK Drive and Kezar Drive),
Golden Gate Park in San Francisco


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Plain White T's: For almost a decade, the Plain White T’s have been playing to packed audiences craving for that perfect pop-punk punch. Their journey, which began in a small suburban basement playing covers, has taken the band to Warped Tour three times, landed them opening slots for bands like Jimmy Eat World and AFI, and now finds the high-energy five-piece about to kick-off the 2006 Nintendo Fusion Tour with Hawthorne Heights. The Plain White T’s are road warriors in the truest sense and with their first major label album, Every Second Counts, the band is ready to rock in a big way. Call it hard work or call it destiny, one thing's for sure — the Plain White T’s were put on this earth to entertain you. PWT’s story started back in high school, when frontman Tom Higgenson first stepped into Chicago's famed rock club the Metro and saw his future on the stage. With the local music scene exploding nationally courtesy of bands like Smashing Pumpkins and Veruca Salt, he decided the time was ripe for his own dreams to be realized. Armed with paper, pen and guitar, Tom went to task, experimenting with lyrics and melodies on a four-track in his parents' Villa Park, Illinois home. Once he'd reached a level of comfort with his songwriting, he worked up the courage to hand off a tape to Christian Lane, singer of 90s buzz band Loud Lucy, and to his surprise, Christian actually listened to it. "I saw him at a show and he remembered me," Tom recounts. "He told me, 'You should lock yourself in a room with a guitar for a year and you'll be there.' It was very inspirational." Once he’d recruited a group of school pals — including guitarist Dave Tirio—it was only a matter of a couple years before the Plain White T’s, who’d attracted a loyal following thanks to Tom’s ridiculously melodic tales of teen angst and loveless nights, were playing the Metro themselves. “Anytime we could get in front of a bunch of kids who’d never heard of us, we saw that as a huge opportunity,” he says. “Winning over fans, that’s what it’s all about. And even from when we were 16, we always wanted to be successful and have a wide audience.” The music industry took notice of that success and after selling thousands of copies of their self-released 2002 debut, Stop, PWT's were picked up by Fearless Records (home to Sugarcult, At The Drive-In and The Aquabats) who re-issued the album along with 2005's All That We Needed. But it was their heartfelt, acoustic-tinged “Hey There Delilah” that cemented their status as potential hitmakers. "We knew “…Delilah” was going to be something people would like,” says Tom, “and it's turned out to be our biggest song yet." Tom's songwriting evolved after the success of the romantically frank “…Delilah,” which really was a departure for a band known for their energetic power pop. On Hollywood Records debut Every Second Counts, Tom, along with bandmates Mike Retondo (bass and vocals), De'Mar Hamilton (drums), and Tim Lopez (guitar, vocals), continues to turn the personal into the universal. Throughout the album, he sings of hook-ups and break-ups and the emotional rollercoaster in between. A prime example is lead single “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You),” which Tom says is “kind of vindictive, the story of this girl that I liked who just blew me off, but I couldn’t be that mean, so it’s more like I’m pissed off. That’s what the ‘I Really Don’t Like You’ line is about.” In a similar vein, the lyrics for “Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk” also showcases Tom’s offbeat take on love and life, while its melody sucks you in with every turn of phrase. “It’s about a girl who would only call me when she was drunk,” says Tom. “Then, when she was sober and we’d hang out, she wanted nothing to do with me.” Delving slightly deeper into emotional territory are upbeat tracks like “Our Time Now” and “Come Back To Me” as well as one of the album’s quieter numbers, “Write You A Song.” “Love is what everyone wants,” says Tom. “It’s what people think and obsess about and I’m no different. Relationships make you crazy sometimes.” Of course, this all begs the question: what’s up with his love life? “It’s more of a ‘like’ life,” he quips. “As in, the ones I like never like me.” But don’t cry for the Plain White T’s. Like their album title says, this band is making every second count and thoroughly enjoying the ride. “Things are moving faster than expected and we are proceeding with caution,” says Tom. “But we’re not going to change. Whether we’re playing a small club or an arena, we’re gonna sweat the same. And if it gets really big, maybe we can finally have a light show!”

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.. ..About Walk Off the Earth.. Hailing from Burlington, Ontario Walk Off the Earth are comprised of 3 members, all with extensive backgrounds in the Canadian music scene - usually behind the scenes as writers or producers. In two short years, the band sold over 2000 CD’s through their own label, SlapDash Records while sharing the stage with noteworthy outfits like Bedouin Soundclash, K-OS, Ill Scarlett, The Johnstones, and many more! Their sophomore album, ‘My Rock’, is due in 2009 and will take off where their charming reggae-rock debut Smooth Like Stone on a Beach took off! Taking cues from legends before them like; The Clash and The Police - it’s just a matter of time before we’re all humming their infectious melodies down the street on the way to work! Walk Off the Earth will join Warped Tour this year for a few dates and tour their new release. Expect to hear more from these cats.....

“The tracks recorded for Smooth Like Stone On A Beach showcase solid musicianship and a keen sense of pop sensibility but the humour and energy of WOTE’s ska-tinged reggae rock is undeniably infectious. The fact that these guys are professional party makers oozes on every track.” - View Magazine....

Everyone loves a good stoner band, which is why Walk Off The Earth's sophomore album, My Rock, warrants some serious summer spin time. Their smooth reggae music is perfectly chill and collected, best suited for party campfires and backyard barbeques. It's a much stronger effort than their debut, Smooth Like A Stone On The Beach, which was packed with memorable tracks but not the star power of this release. My Rock finds the band moving in a more imaginative and solid direction, where the reggae is balanced with soothing melodies, smart lyrics and tangy guitars. "Money Tree" best emphasizes their harmonious side, "Julia" and the re-recorded "Broke" show off their penchant for summer beats, and their cover of Treble Charger's "Red" shows their ability to take something beautiful and add their flavour. This is definitely a record to bring to the cottage this summer. (SlapDash) .... .... ..Booking Inquiries.. Ryan Heerschap - Underground Operations.. ..ryan[at]undergroundoperations.com...... .. .. .. .. ...... .. .. ...... .. .. .. .. ...... .. .. .. .. ...... .. .. .. .. ...... .. .. .. ..

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Goo Goo Dolls: Not only were the Goo Goo Dolls an iconic alt rock band in the 90s, but their hit sound is also entertaining audiences on new albums and renowned tour dates. The Goo Goo Dolls entered the mainstream with their album, Dizzy Up the Girl, the singles from which became huge mainstays on the radio. After four years without releasing an album, the Goo Goo Dolls released Something for the Rest of Us in 2010, to the delight of fans around the world. The band is giving its fans even more Goo Goo Dolls this summer as they travel the US on 2011 tour dates.

Initially called The Sex Maggots, the Goo Goo Dolls was formed when friends George Tutuska and Robby Takac met John Rzeznik when he was playing in a band with Takac's cousin. Initially, Takac was the lead singer as Rzeznik was too shy and they released three albums before the widely noticed Superstar Car Wash in 1993. With the release of the album, Rzeznik officially became the lead singer and the band shed their metal/punk sound in exchange for an alt/college rock style. Unfortunately for drummer George Tutuska, he was replaced by Mike Malinin shortly before their 1995 record, A Boy Named Goo, was released. While the album's success paled in comparison to what the Goo Goo Dolls would soon experience, it did go double platinum and allowed the band to play extensive tour dates.

Dizzy Up the Girl became the Goo Goo Dolls breakthrough album and featured their earlier hit single and soundtrack contribution, "Iris." The album's singles topped the charts and experienced heavy rotation on the radio, the album itself eventually going triple platinum. The Goo Goo Dolls' next two albums -- Gutterflower and Let Love In -- experienced almost similar success as the band continued to dominate the alt rock scene. For the next few years, the Goo Goo Dolls played tour dates, on talk shows, and on soundtracks until the release of Something For the Rest of Us in 2010. John Rzeznik has stated that fans won't have to wait as long for another new album, as he is already working on new material.

In honor of their return to the public eye, the Goo Goo Dolls are headed out on 2011 US tour dates this summer, beginning at the Summer Celebration in Muskegon, MI on July 7. Their concert schedule will cover most of the country and will include a number of smaller music festival performances. The Goo Goo Dolls' summer tour dates in 2011 will end at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on August 27, so buy your tickets soon.

OneRepublic: To those who do not know the full story on OneRepublic, they may see a talented pop-rock group propelled to “overnight” success after being discovered by one of the world’s most celebrated super-producers. The band’s first single, “Apologize,” which was remixed by Timbaland, has been Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten consecutive weeks, rocketing all the way to 1 on the Pop 100. The song has sold "over" 8 million legal downloads-the most singles sold of any song in the digital era- maintained its 1 position on the Top 40 chart for two months, and entered the history books by shattering the record for the most spins at radio in just one week with over 10,600 spins. All of which adds up to one of the most eagerly-anticipated CDs of the year- Dreaming Out Loud – OneRepublic’s Mosley Music Group/Interscope debut.

However, explaining away the success of this band as an overnight sensation would be short-sighted and inaccurate. The story of the band’s road to success, and how that journey is expressed in the inspiring lyrical content of this album, would be lost, as well. Facing opposition and disappointment, OneRepublic has clung to its dreams – and that tenacity is finally paying off.

While OneRepublic might be the first rock band on Mosley Music group, it isn’t the first time that OneRepublic’s frontman, Ryan Tedder, and Timbaland’s paths have crossed. OneRepublic has had a circuitous journey from then to now. That journey began in 2001. Tedder was living in Nashville and nabbed a record deal for winning a singer-songwriter contest; a validation for someone who strove to be a songwriter who could write ”more than just a catchy tune. There’s nothing like a good pop song, but there’s a fine line between accessibility and credibility,” says Tedder.

Thanks to a mutual friend, Tedder got a call from Timbaland, who wanted him to come work with him. Just like in the movies, 21-year-old Tedder quit his day job, sold his car to buy equipment, and enrolled in “Production 101 at the University of Timbaland.” Taken under the A-list producer’s wing, Tedder was given the opportunity to get behind the boards in state-of-the-art studios from Miami to NY to LA; “It was a dream come true.” Despite the invaluable education, it was clear that while Tedder wanted to become an artist, his mentor wanted to develop Tedder as a producer. After two years, and with Timbaland’s blessing, Tedder moved on and soon became that guy. Working under the nom de plume “Alias,” Tedder racked up production/songwriter credits for artists ranging from techno star Paul Oakenfold, pop/R&B singers Leona Lewis and Natasha Bedingfield, and rapper Bubba Sparxxx. In fact, just this past year, Tedder penned and produced three international 1’s, a top 10, and two top 40’s, including Jennifer Lopez’s Top 20 banger, “Do It Well.”

Yet, Tedder’s desire to be the guy in front of the mic was still burning. In 2002, he returned to Colorado Springs, Colorado, and looked up high school friend, guitarist Zach Filkins, who had spent his childhood studying classical guitar in Barcelona, Spain and then moved to Colorado Springs.

In 2003, Tedder and Filkins moved to Los Angeles to put a band together. They soon found out that doing that is not so easy, and had to figure out how to get by. At points, there was not even enough money to buy groceries. Hard times made it difficult to keep a band together and the membership kept changing- until Tedder and Filkins connected with Drew Brown (guitar), Brent Kutzle (bass, cello), and Eddie Fisher (drums).

Now solidified, OneRepublic got a major label deal, but for various reasons it fell through, and they were left in limbo and demoralized. “After all that time trying to get to where we were, getting dropped took the wind out of my sails,” Tedder says. “We weren’t sure if we wanted to go on (with the band).” At that time, however, their MySpace page started getting thousands of hits, making them the biggest band on the site. “Maybe the music climate changed,” Filkins explains. “All of a sudden, we were getting e-mails from kids saying that because of one of our songs, they didn’t commit suicide or they got through their parents’ divorce. We finally connected with the audience. We said to ourselves, ‘we can’t quit now.’”

Soon enough, the labels came knocking, including Timbaland, with his Mosley Music Group label. Timbaland knew first-hand the depth of Tedder’s talent and OneRepublic’s potential. So everything came full circle when Tim brought OneRepublic into the Mosley Music Group family, making them the first rock band on his label, and executive-producing Dreaming Out Loud.

The success OneRepublic has achieved since then might have taken some by surprise, but not the group’s singer/songwriter. The toughest thing to do is write a hit song,“ says Tedder, “but sometimes you just know when you’ve written something special. ‘Apologize’ gave me goose bumps as soon as I finished it.”

The first clue that his instincts were right came early in 2007, when Timbaland’s “Apologize” remix (both that and the original version are featured on Dreaming Out Loud) appeared on his platinum plus Timbaland Presents: Shock Value.

“Ryan is a great person, a great songwriter and just so musically talented,” Timbaland says. “OneRepublic bring something out of each other. They work so well together and it’s a very natural chemistry.”

Largely produced by Greg Wells (Rufus Wainwright, Pink, Mika) and with a couple tracks produced by Tedder, that chemistry is evident in the songs, such as the second single, “Stop And Stare,” a fusion of anthemic guitars and insistent vocals, and the hushed ballad “Come Home” (one of three songs on the album produced by Tedder). Dreaming Out Loud introduces a group committed to the idea that people want real songs, with real truths, not marketing strategies.

Folks talk a lot about fate and timing; two things OneRepublic knows quite well. Having ricocheted back-and-forth between near-success, disappointment, and fruition, OneRepublic has stayed true to their dreams - and seen them come true in ways they could never have imagined. Tedder holds that “there are certain things that are within your control and that’s how hard you work, how determined you are, how much you want it, but you can’t control timing. It’s going to happen when it’s meant to happen, and right now, that’s how it is for OneRepublic. It took a long time but all of this has come at the right time.”

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