The Rock Panda wants YOU for drinks, music, and merriment. The Panda has declared Cinco de Mayo as his holiday, and to celebrate, we’re taking over the Music Farm!
The Panda’s musical guests will be VILLANOVA & ALMOST KINGS on FRI, MAY 5, 2017. Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm at the Music Farm Columbia. Tickets are $10.00 – $12.00.
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More about the bands:
Villanova (formerly Weaving The Fate) turns rock ‘n’ roll upside down. Hailing from Columbia, SC, the band distills elements of rock and pop into a hypnotic hybrid. Villanova prides itself on making music with solid grooves and soulful, dynamic lyrics provided by lead vocalist/guitarist/song writer BC Villanova, fluid and funky bass lines by Bobby Dredd, and turntable wizadry and keyboards by DJ Able One.
Their infectious sound has earned them thousands of fans nationwide. Villanova, currently independent, was previously signed to Universal Republic (now Republic) and recorded their 2012 debut “WTF the EP” in LA with super producer Howard Benson (Papa Roach, Daughtry, Hoobastank, Seether). They have shared the stage with everyone from Korn, Shinedown, Evanescence, Slash, AWOLNATION, Staind, Chevelle, Filter, Crossfade, Dirty Heads, Nappy Roots, REHAB, and the list goes on.
They’ve been called contemporaries of bands such as AWOLNATION, Imagine Dragons, and Panic At The Disco where heavy rebellion meets pop sensibilities. B.C.’s confessional lyrical prose mixed with the band’s technical chops makes for an explosive live experience.
It’s been nearly a decade-long road for Almost Kings, and the band continues to persevere, put out new music, and bring their energetic live show from city to city. Hailing from the dirty south rock clubs of Atlanta, GA, Almost Kings hit the road in 2008 and never looked back. Supporting groups like Rehab, Framing Hanley, and Sevendust through their early releases (“Filthy Nice”, 2009 & “Club Rock”, 2011), AK managed to build a loyal underground following throughout the southeast, up the eastern seaboard, and beyond.
In February 2012, Almost Kings found themselves performing as part of The Grammys in Los Angeles – due to a fan submitting the band into a fan voting-based, CBS-sponsored contest. AK humbly finished the contest on top of 916 acts from around the U.S., and became the first unsigned band to perform as part of the Grammy’s event. Upon their return to Atlanta, the band performed a hometown show to a nearly 3,000-person crowd – numbers not seen often by an unsigned act with minimal radio play.
Almost Kings continued to play 200+ shows each year in 2012, 2013, and 2014, opening for acts ranging from Avenged Sevenfold to Yelawolf to Machine Gun Kelly to Periphery. AK performed at festivals such as Rock USA (2013, 2014), Florida Music Festival (2011, 2012, 2014), Common Ground (2014), Bayfest (2011), Uproar (select 2012 dates), and many more.
“Hear Me Out” was released in summer 2013 and was received extremely well by the fans. Singles like “Shadows” and “Hold On Me” received high view numbers on YouTube and caught occasional radio play. In summer 2014, Almost Kings found themselves at the top of yet another national fan voting-based contest, this time sponsored by ESPN, and the band performed at the X-Games in Austin, TX with Kanye West, Bad Religion, Slightly Stoopid, and Mac Miller. 2014 came to a close with a nearly sold out nationwide House Of Blues tour supporting Bone Thugs n Harmony.
In 2015, Almost Kings hit the studio with Grammy nominated producers Willie Baker and Pete Woodruff, cranking out four tracks to kickstart a new album. Throughout the year, the band finished the album with producer Adam Palka between Atlanta and Detroit. “The Reintroduction” was released on January 26, 2016, and is receiving extremely positive feedback from longtime fans as well as new ones. It is being recognized as AK’s “most mature release to date”, as well as “brutally honest & relatable, lyrically.”
Almost Kings is not signed to a record label, and continues to grind independently. Says guitarist Ryan Yunker, “We are not opposed to getting signed. If the right opportunity comes along that makes sense, we’re open to it. However, until it does, we can and will continue to keep our train rolling forward.” Almost Kings has an undeniable deep resume full of accomplishments, memories, near-death experiences, stories, and more. And they don’t plan on quitting.