JORDY is an up and coming pop artist based in Los Angeles. Within his first year of putting out music, the young artist has accumulated over 10 million streams across platforms. His debut single, "Be With Me", found placement on Spotify’s ‘Fresh Finds’, 'Fresh Pop, and 'Bae' playlists which jump started his heart-on-sleeve approach to modern pop music. His recently released EP, ‘WELCOME TO THE FRIEND ZONE’, explores themes of rejection and loneliness through the lens of hope and empowerment. The EP features the single “Just Friends” that was premiered on Billboard, who also named him the #1 LGBTQ artist to watch for in 2019. "Just Friends" has surpassed 1 million Spotify streams alone. JORDY played his EP release show at the Peppermint Club in West Hollywood in April and also opened for Brooke Candy at this year’s QueerX Festival at the iconic Whisky a Go Go. The artist plans to release an incredible amount of music in the upcoming year as well as playing more live shows across the country.
The Crofoot Presents Presale: Thursday, November 21 @ 10:00am – 10:00pm
General Onsale: Friday, November 22 @ 10:00am
For Chicago-based singer/rapper, dying in designer, 2018 was the hardest year of his life. Fully-consumed by a toxic relationship that ultimately led to immense pain, heartbreak, depression and suicidal thoughts, vocalist Bobby O’Brien, used every ounce of pain and sorrow to create music that pulled him back into the world. The result is a lyrically gut-wrenching, honest, raw portrait of emotion backed by catchy melodies, cathartic 808s and breakdowns.
Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, dying in designer’s early influences came from bands like Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday, and Silverstein. He played in several emo and hardcore bands throughout high school. At the same time, dying in designer became fully-engulfed in rap and the Chicago drill scene (Chief Keef, Lil Durk). Throwing down cyphers in the high school cafeteria and writing his own bars, dying in designer cemented his unique style, blending pop punk, emo, rap, and trap to create a melodic sound that is all his own.
This unique blend of styles shines through in “Devil’s Callin’,” the melodic, uplifting single that hits hard with a false bravado. Feeling broken, and anxious, dying in designer uses these feelings of pain, anger, and sadness as fuel toward something therapeutic and cathartic. On the meaning behind the song, dying in designer explains, “The song is about saying you feel better about moving on from a past relationship, when in reality, you really don’t want to move on at all.” Following that theme, “Gerard Way,” deals with missing someone after they are completely out of your life, wrestling with the good and bad moments, and ultimately admitting that “you’re not okay.”
On “Lately” - the first track to hit over a million streams, dying in designer laments, “This was my worst fucking year. I could drown in my own tears.” Stripping out all pretension and leaving raw vulnerability, dying in designer admits freely to dealing with suicidal thoughts.. “Lately was written like a suicide note. I was in a very toxic relationship, which put me in an extremely dark place,” dying in designer shares. “I want to help people who feel the way I have felt. I want to be a role model to these broken kids around the world. I want these kids to know that it’s okay to feel down sometimes - emotions are real and will always be universal. I want my music to save lives.”
Please note : Door time is 7:00 pm. Show time is 8:00 pm.
Gold Circle VIP includes early entry, best seats PLUS photo opportunity with Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Films.
Now he’s just him, and a whole rack of songs…. and a moving truck full of synths, pianos, tape machines and sequencers. After quitting the music industry in december of 2019 he’s back and some would say backer than ever. Ready to play all your favorite songs in completely unfamiliar ways, and all his new songs in the only way he knows how, J Roddy Walston is out to meet himself again, and do it in front of other people. Join him as he shares a single dose of strangeness.
Please note : Door time is 5:00 pm. Show time is 6:00 pm.
Gold Circle VIP includes early entry, best seats PLUS photo opportunity with Lloyd Kaufman of Troma Films
- Spotify Presale: Monday, September 16 @ 12:00 PM - Thursday, September 19 @ 11:59 PM
- Seated Fan Club Presale: Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 AM - Friday, September 20 @ 9:59 AM
- The Crofoot Presents Presale: Wednesday, September 18 @ 10:00 AM - Thursday, Sept. 19 @ 10:00 pm
- General On Sale: Friday, September 20 at 10:00 AM
Raffoul has been fairly certain of what he wanted to do with his life from a young age. He grew up in a creative family in the small farming town of Leamington, Ontario. His mother is an artist, writer, and teacher and his father Jody Raffoul is a solo artist and hometown hero who has opened for everyone from Joe Cocker to Bon Jovi. Raffoul's earliest musical influences come from his dad. "The Beatles were like Jesus in our house," he recalls, adding that he also listened to soul singers like Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. On his tenth birthday, Billy received a 'British Invasion'-inspired guitar with a Union Jack on its front from Jody and started teaching himself to play. By 16, had bought his first real guitar -- a 1968 Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty. "It's the same model and year as the only one Jimi Hendrix was ever photographed playing," Raffoul says.
When Raffoul was in high school, he watched his dad headline a show for 4,000 people at his school's stadium. "I remember in that moment thinking, 'This is cool,'" he says. "I had appreciated music and written songs up until then, but I didn't think I wanted to be a live performer until that one show." Raffoul's first paying gig was playing to long-haul drivers at a local truck stop. "For the next three or four years I just put everything into it, playing out four and five nights a week in bars from Leamington to Detroit and back."
Every so often Raffoul would get a gig singing demos for hire. "Just getting paid hourly to be the vocalist," he explains. "One day I went into the studio to sing on some Kid Rock demos. The guys heard my voice in the booth and asked if I had any original stuff. I played them two acoustic songs. They shot an iPhone video and sent it to my now-manager, who used to work with Kid Rock. The next day we drove down to Nashville."
As he gears up to finish his debut album, Raffoul is also eager to tour and see the world. "I'm putting everything into this record," he says, "but I want to build my career on the live show. I want to be a true working musician." He knows that makes him sound like a traditionalist and he's fine with that. "It's more of the old school way of doing things," he says. "But I think that even in this ever-changing music business there will always be a thirst for live performance and that's what I want to do. That's always been the goal. Connect with people, one room at a time."
• The Crofoot Presents Presale: Thursday, December 12, 2019 – 10:00 AM - Friday, December 13 @ 10:00 AM
• On-Sale: Friday, December 13, 2019 – 10:00 AM
- "The Crofoot Presents" presale : Wednesday, October 23 @ 10:00 AM - Thursday, October 24 @ 10:00 PM
- General Onsale : Friday, October 25 @ 10:00 AM