The Nadas

Nitefall On The River Presents:

The Nadas

Tom Fuller Band

Sat, June 10, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Simon Estes Amphitheater

Des Moines, IA

$20.00 - $25.00

This event is all ages

The Nadas
The Nadas
Despite never having had a commercial hit in their 23 years, The Nadas have independently cultivated a career by relying on solid song writing, memorable lyrics, outstanding musicianship and a fiercely loyal fan base. The Nadas, Iowa’s signature alt-rock-country band, fronted by founding members Mike Butterworth (vocals, guitar) and Jason Walsmith (vocals, guitar) who have deftly handled co-lead and co-writing roles since forming in 1993, are superbly backed by Neil Stoffregen (keys), Brandon Stone (percussion) and Brian Duffey (horns and bass).

The Nadas are releasing ICYMI (In Case You Missed It), a greatest “hits” album featuring 20 fan favorites and one new track, via Authentic Records on March 4. “When we first started, we didn’t really have a goal. After we did it for a while we started realizing that maybe we were on to something” said Walsmith. The Nadas are still on to something as they release their 13thstudio album.

Rather than simply releasing an album of original versions in greatest hits packaging, the band opted to re-record and re-work the songs as they have evolved and are currently performed. Several of the songs on ICYMI do not regularly make the set list and were “new” for Stoffregen, Stone and Duffey, who all joined the band within the last four years. “As a fan turned band member, it’s an honor to be able to play on a greatest hits album” said Duffey. The choice to re-record was born out of a desire to leverage the addition of new musicians and necessity. Recently on Iowa Public Radio’s Live from Studio One, Walsmith acknowledged that on some of the early songs “…I still had my junior high choir boy voice. It hadn’t been beat up and soaked in whiskey and driven thousands of miles. We just wanted to do new versions of those old songs.”

And on ICYMI, that is exactly what you get. Re-worked songs rooted in the originals penned by Butterworth and Walsmith. They seamlessly weave covers into their originals and bring a live feel to a studio performance. Stone adds steady and nuanced percussion, while Duffey is able to reimagine the originals with the addition of trumpet and flugelhorn. And then there is Stoffregen and his veritable bag of tricks adding Hammond organ, piano, electric piano, mandolin, melodica, electric guitar, slide guitar and banjo-tar on the album.

For any listener, old or new, this album is a treat. Featuring classics like “Dancing Lucinda”, “River”, “Templeton Rye” and “Cry” alongside deeper cuts like “Life in a Bucket” and “Rock Star” and even a cover of Jackopierce’s “Vineyard”, which has become a staple at live shows.

All 21 tracks on ICYMI have been re-recorded, reimagined and reinvigorated. For a band that is pushing towards their silver anniversary they have perspective and in the liner notes of ICYMI, dedicate the album to their family, friends, fans, former bandmates, crew, staff, agents, publicists, managers and volunteers and thank those who have allowed them to make and play music for over 20 years. This is the kind of humble hat-tip you expect from a veteran band, who also don’t take themselves too seriously, poking a little fun at themselves by stating that they “…threw in one new song so you know we are still making new music.” That new song, “Born Bad” is the first new music since 2013’s Lovejoy Revival.
What’s next? The Nadas will play their usual summer festivals and regional shows and toss in a few house concerts a bit further from home. “As long as there are people who want to listen, we’ll keep making music” said Butterworth. ICYMI is a gift to the fans and a chance to reach those who may have missed it, the first time around.

ICYMI by The Nadas was released March 4, 2016 on Authentic Records and is available on iTunes.
Tom Fuller Band
Tom Fuller Band
Tom Fuller Band "Kick ass and take names" – it's a saying that they like to use in Chicago, the birthplace of the Tom Fuller Band, to describe how to get the job done. Not in an Al Capone way you understand. Although Tom's grandmother did work for the notorious gangster. But rather by enlisting some of the biggest names in the music industry to produce Fuller's third studio album Ask.

On first listen you can't help but be decadently seduced by the voodoo drums of the opening track Lovers, hooked on the impossibly contagious title track Ask and carried away by the closing magical escapism of Garden Dreaming Days. Ask is an album that continually manages to surprise, challenge, captivate and inspire.

Tom Fuller is a maverick and a troubadour. He's also the same guy who, as a kid buying his first Paul McCartney album, never imagined that he would wind up recording the new album with two of his band members, Abe Laboriel, Jr. and Brian Ray.

Produced by the studio maestro Rick Chudacoff, (Alison Krauss, Smokey Robinson), and mixed by Cenzo Townsend and Dave Bascombe (U2, Bon Jovi, Kaiser Chiefs), the widescreen cinematic vision of Fuller's music continues to flourish, as was evident on his 2005 debut album Chasing An Illusion and 2009's subsequent sophomore album Abstract Man.

After trailblazing a path across America, the addition of new band members, and recording in both LA and Chicago, comes this life affirming album that is at once emotional and engaging.

'It's been a one hell of a journey," says Fuller. "The new album's like a songbook that's accompanied me all along the trail. Every track means so much to me. I think it's my strongest collection of songs to date."

Hailing from the Windy City, the Tom Fuller Band embodies the soul and creative energy of the city's rich musical heritage – from Chicago's finest rhythm and blues, through Cheap Trick to late period Wilco. The songs embrace Fuller's distinctive blend of innovative melodies and chord structures, alongside lyrics that engage, uplift and resonate with passion and truth.

Tom Fuller – Guitar/Vocals
John Lewis – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Joel Masters – Bass Guitar
Ryan Veitch – keyboards/guitar
Jordan Kozer – Drums
Venue Information:
Simon Estes Amphitheater
75 E. Locust St.
Des Moines, IA, 50309