Social Distortion

Social Distortion

Jade Jackson

Sat, March 18, 2017

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

$39.50 - $140.00

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Social Distortion
Social Distortion
In the late 1970s the first raw, sloppy, speeding guitar chords began to blare from the garages and backrooms of a Southern California suburb called Orange County. They echoed a sound forged in the preceding years in the seminal punk undergrounds of New York City and London.

In 1979, 17-year old Mike Ness formed Social Distortion with drummer Casey Royer and brothers Rikk and Frank Agnew. The band's world centered around Mike's one-bedroom pad, dubbed "the black hole" (later immortalized by the The Adolescents with the song "Kids Of The Black Hole"), in a nondescript Fullerton, CA apartment complex.

After meeting Dennis Danell, whose brother worked in West Hollywood at The Starwood, (a club instrumental in the careers of Black Flag, The Germs, The Go-Gos and many more) Ness insisted Danell, who at the time didn't play an instrument, join the band on bass. Royer and the Agnew's soon split from the band and eventually formed The Adolescents.

Local Los Angeles KROQ-FM deejay Rodney Bingenheimer embraced Orange County music, playing many bands from the scene on his Sunday night radio show. In 1981, Social Distortion released their first single, "Mainliner/Playpen," on the Posh Boy label. Around the same time, Mike Ness developed a reputation as a brawler resulting in a chunk of his left ear being bitten off during a confrontation at the Cuckoo's Nest bar.

In 1982 Social Distortion embarked on their first cross-continental tour in a run down old school bus. Joined by LA's Youth Brigade and DC's Minor Threat, the tour became the subject of the now legendary documentary "Another State of Mind." Much madness ensued, due in no small part to Ness's growing heroin habit.

By late 1983, Social Distortion's line up consisted of Mike Ness, Danell (now on rhythm guitar), bassist Brent Liles, and drummer Derek O'Brien. Their debut album Mommy's Little Monster was released on the 13th Floor label and gained the band a national name in punk circles. By this point Ness's heroin use had become a full-fledged addiction and resulted in Brent Liles and Derek O'Brien bailing out of the band in the middle of a New Year's Eve 1983 show.
Jade Jackson
Jade Jackson
Jade Jackson is a young singer-songwriter from a small town in central California with a talent for conveying an emotional intensity well beyond her years. With parents who abstained from the modern distractions of computers and television, and a local downtown boasting less than a block of stores, Jackson's childhood fascination focused solely on her father's record collection. Inspired by the music of Johnny Cash, George Jones and Hank Williams, she picked up a guitar and began writing songs at 13. By the time she was 14 Jackson was already performing live. While in her teens, she found influence in the evocative sounds of The Cure, The Gun Club, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Smiths. The otherwise cheerful teenager was soon attracting a local fan-base with a sad and immensely beautiful sound. "I just really love sad songs," Jackson says. "I've always been a happy person. Maybe it's because I get it out in my music. And it probably has to do with all of the Hank Williams I listened to growing up."

Waiting tables at the family restaurant, Jackson was able to self record two albums worth of material while still a teenager. Upon attending the prestigious Cal Arts college outside of Los Angeles, her sphere of influence was exponentially expanded to include the sounds of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, acclaimed songwriter Jason Isbell (Drive By Truckers), classic cowpunks Tex & the Horseheads, Mazzy Star and California punk rock and rollers Social Distortion. When it came time to form a band, Jackson chose to enlist a cadre of talented musicians she knew from back home on the Central Coast. The lineup includes guitarist Andrew Rebel, bassist Jake Vukovich and drummer Tyler Miller. "This is a real band," she declares. "And they're also my best friends." Jackson has so far shared stages with such prominent artists as Merle Haggard, Rosie Flores, Dwight Yokam, The White Buffalo, Phil Vassar and others. The group is soon to be in the studio recording with Mike Ness of Social Distortion serving as producer. Ness calls Jackson "a twenty-three year old with the voice of an old soul" and "one of the most prolific songwriters I've met" before adding, "When I first heard the songs she recorded I told myself, I have to be involved with this!"
Venue Information:
The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall
2036 University Avenue
near Downtown Berkeley BART
Berkeley, CA, 94704
http://www.theuctheatre.org/