Social Distortion- SOLD OUT
Tue, March 7, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)Ventura Theater
This event is all ageshttp://www.venturatheater.net/event/1415821/
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.
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!"
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001