Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus

Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus


Wed 4/11

8:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Allison Iraheta & Halo Circus
Allison Iraheta + Halo Circus is a critically-acclaimed bilingual
alternative rock band, featuring its star singer Allison Iraheta.
Crafting “anthems for introverts,” Iraheta digs deep into dark places
and transforms this anguish into lush, unforgettable melodies.

Halo Circus’ debut earned instant acclaim, with LA Magazine
declaring, "Allison Iraheta has moved beyond reality TV, forming a group that Duran Duran bassist John Taylor called ‘the best live band in the U.S.A.’ Think: dark, anthemic rock with a knack for soaring hooks."

Halo Circus quickly earned a reputation for their impressive live
performances, which led to a series of high profile bookings,
including: The Grammys "Women Who Rock ­ Festival At Sea" with Heart, Emmylou Harris, and other iconic female singers; a four­week Friday night residency at the prestigious Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles; and "Say It Loud! A Night of Cultural Disruption" at the legendary Troubadour. Iraheta also performed on The Tonight Show, making history as the only guest vocalist to sing with the show’s band for an entire week.

On February 8, 2016, Halo Circus shocked the music industry by
announcing, via Billboard, the first fully crowd­sourced American tour ever to be attempted on such a large scale. Through Road Nation, the band declared that any town in America that raises $600 would get Halo Circus to play there this summer and fall. Nine weeks later, the campaign reached 100% backing by fans, making music history with the first successful US crowd­funded tour to date, with 30 cities confirmed.

Next up is the release of Halo Circus’ highly anticipated debut album, Bunny, produced by Matthew Hager and mixed by multiple Grammy Award-winner Craig Bauer (Kanye West, Smashing Pumpkins). Iraheta explains, “our aim was high: play as much as possible, and try to develop a reputation as a great live band before releasing an album. Somehow along the way we learned how to play these songs to an audience and the band actually started to take on a life of its own.”

She continues, “We decided to re­record what we recorded a year
before. We wanted to capture the evolution of our live sound. We
wanted Halo Circus to have the opportunity to record an album with
the same quality and attention to detail that was given to bands in the 90’s.” And this band’s effort for perfection is paying off. The first single off the album, "Desire (Lo Que Vale La Pena)" was downloaded 647,000 times in its first week of release in a promotion with BitTorrent Bundle. The album, entitled Bunny will be released on June 24.

For Allison Iraheta, life before and with Halo Circus is like night and
day. The daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, she was raised in
South Central L.A., with Spanish as her native language. She draws from her background as inspiration for Halo Circus’ most popular songs: “Yo Me Voy,” “All I Have,” and “Desire (Lo Que Vale La Pena).”

Individually, the members of Halo Circus are veteran musicians. Prior to forming Halo Circus, bassist/keyboardist Matthew Hager was a No.1 Billboard multi­platinum producer who crossed multiple genres working with the likes of Duran Duran, Scott Weiland, Mindi Abair, and Mandy Moore. In addition to being an accomplished Cantonese and orchestral drummer, Veronica Bellino’s previous work with Jeff Beck and DMC of Run DMC has helped to shape her live performances with Halo Circus. Brian Stead is a relentless guitar aficionado who evokes energy and charisma. He is a thoughtful guitarist with his own voice, one that makes him unique.

Together, the band is one unstoppable force to be reckoned with as
they continue down the rabbit hole and embark on the next chapter of
their sound. Iraheta concludes, “Magic happens in this band. It
happened when we were writing, when we were recording, and when
we were failing. The only thing that mattered was keeping it honest and getting it right, whatever that means. We may be inconvenient,
but we continue to attract believers.”

Venue Information:
Bourbon and Branch
705 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123

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