Calendar of Events

October 2023
October 14, 2023
The Dollyrots / Chaser Eight
Show Starts:
9:00 pm
Show End:
11:55 pm
Doors will open approximately 30minutes prior to show start time.
Entry Fee:
and up allowed
About the Show and the Artist:
  1. The Dollyrots won’t be confused for The Partridge Family anytime soon, but it took the addition of their two youngest traveling cohorts — son River and daughter Daisy — to turn their Punk Rock roadshow into a grownup family affair.

    “Sometimes you get bored with the party,” says bassist/vocalist/mom Kelly Ogden. “We toured for over a decade being ridiculous, drinking too much, being crazy. Honestly, I was ready to throw in the towel more than once.” Things have changed since that earlier pre-parental era of the band, the longstanding artistic collaboration between Kelly and her husband, guitarist/dad Luis Cabezas. 

    “Our kids are totally normal at home but are so easy on tour. They just know what to do. It’s a part of them.”

    The next adventure on the now-expanded Dollyrots caravan is a couple brand new singles and tours ahead of their eighth full length studio album due this October. In February 2023 the band toured the UK with an exclusive early release of “Still Holding On” on Wicked Cool Records, a digital single which saw a US release in April followed by the digital single "Missing You (I Can't Wait)". The latter found its way onto NPR Music's New Music Friday Playlist.

    The first physical US release from the upcoming album sessions, the 7-inch single “Hey Girl”, was co-produced with Steven Van Zandt at his Renegade Studios in NYC, with Geoff Sanoff Engineering. The single was released during the band’s “Hey Girl” Spring US tour. The B-Side “I Touch Myself” - a cover of the Divinyls 1990 hit - was co-Produced by longtime collaborator John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, All Time Low, Meet Me At the Altar), who is responsible for the bulk of Production credit on the upcoming full-length LP. “John Fields is our George Martin,” says Kelly. “He’s pretty much our bandmate that doesn’t tour.”

    The Dollyrots are no stranger to success. On the charts their last studio album Daydream Explosion debuted at #7 on Billboard's Heatseekers. The prior LP Whiplash Splash also made a splash in Billboard, debuting on the Heatseekers chart at #13 and on the Independent Albums chart at #31. The band’s 2016 live album/DVD Family Vacation: Live In Los Angeles hit #15 on Heatseekers, while previous studio album Barefoot And Pregnant peaked at #7 on the same chart.

    Long a staple in rotation on Little Steven’s Underground Garage, the band’s consistent output perked up the ears of Wicked Cool founder Stevie Van Zandt. “Their songwriting has reached a consistent level of greatness,” he says.

    The alliance with Wicked Cool, which began with the singles “Get Radical” in 2018 and “Everything” in Spring 2019 was a return to a label after several DIY, fan-funded releases since 2012. Their 2004 debut was released by legendary Punk label Lookout! while the next two came out through Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records.

    The partnership with Wicked Cool has also extended to the radio, where Kelly has held down the position of morning show DJ since 2019 on The Underground Garage, another Stevie Van Zandt creation. The Kelly Ogden Program airs every weekday morning on Sirius/XM Channel 21. In addition to fronting The Dollyrots, Ogden has also appeared in or shared her voice in TV and film as has the band, including Netflix's Nimona, ABC’s SchooledCSI: NYGreek, Disney’s BraveEasy AThe Price Is Right and Girl Trash: All Night Long, amongst many more. She also shares a side project with Bowling For Soup frontman Jaret Reddick called Jaret and Kelly.

    Always active on the live circuit, the band is currently in the midst of extensive Summer and Fall 2023 tour plans. “At the core of this,” Luis says, “we are a married couple with two kids and a band that means a ton to a super passionate core audience. So these days, we balance daytime life with those nighttime moments where we can create and tap into that indescribable thing that helps us create music.” The upcoming album, Night Owls, taps into that energy. Kelly remarks, “Making this album took the longest of any yet. We struggled to find creative time during the pandemic, with 2 kids at home for a full school year. And in the end, I couldn’t be more proud of the end result." Night Owls is set for a Worldwide street date of Friday, October 13th via Wicked Cool Records.

    For the past decade, Connecticut-based alternative rock band Chaser Eight have been evolving. 

    During this evolution they’ve twice been voted New England’s Best Alt-Rock band in The Deli magazine’s year-end poll, and opened for the likes of Panic! at the Disco, Buckcherry, and The Dollyrots. 

    What they’re most proud of, however, is the impressive catalog of music they’ve created. 

    Chaser Eight – which consists of founding members *AUDRA* (vocals/guitar), and Pat Walsh (guitar), and is rounded out by Brennan DiLerna (bass), Ben Kubie (drums), and Jess Wolfer (backing vocals) – has released 6 EPs, 5 standalone singles, and two full-length albums. 

    The band will be adding to this legacy this spring with the release of their seventh EP, Wide Awake, the creation of which began when the entire world stopped. 

    The year was 2020, and while live shows had been taken off the table for, at that point, an unknown period of time, Chaser Eight couldn’t stand the stagnancy. By the time June rolled around they were ready to continue their evolution, and create new music. 

    “We’ve been practicing once a week, every week, for 10 years,” *AUDRA* explains, “so continuing to write, and create was super important to us during such a crazy time. It brought a sense of normalcy, and allowed for a uniquely creative environment.” 

    It also brought about something different in their lyrics. *AUDRA* notes that on Wide Awake, “There’s a real sense of urgency, and despair in a lot of these lyrics. There is a longing in every song, too. These songs are about wanting, and being aware of the wanting. They are calling out.” 

    The juxtaposition between the lyrics and cover art, the latter of which was co-conceived by the band, and local artist Katie Matican., is completely intentional. “These songs are putting it all out there,” *AUDRA* says, “and the title Wide Awake is so aware, and then the art is closed off. It’s a forceful shutting out of the truth. One eye closed, and one eye being blocked. There must be some statement about existentialism there, right? We are deeper than just a rock band that likes to have fun … but we do like to have fun. A lot of fun.” 

    Lifelong friends, *AUDRA* and Pat have plenty of experience creating good times together. The duo can actually trace their friendship all the way back to being in the same day care as toddlers. 

    Even being friends since day one, however, *AUDRA* and Pat’s musical influences differ quite a bit. *AUDRA*’s mother raised her on a steady diet of The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, and Pink Floyd, while Pat was heavily influenced by his older brothers’ love of ‘90s rock – including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Beck – eventually getting into indie rock as a teenager. 

    The duo began working on music together in grade school, recording on 4-track tape recorders, and MiniDiscs. From this, they would form their first band, Audra and Blackwater, before founding Chaser Eight. 

     When it comes to their extended run, and current 10 year anniversary as Chaser Eight, *AUDRA* says, “Between having the stamina to produce 10 years of new things, and the commitment to actually stay together for this long, I feel grateful.” 

     Grateful, and Wide Awake for the next step in their musical evolution.