Elis Fest Approaches!

June 18th, 2013
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If you are in or around Moline, Illinois for this 4th of July and you are a fan of alternative music, you will not want to miss the first ever Elis Fest.

What is Elis Fest, you ask? Elis Fest is a grass roots Christian music festival started by the same team that produced the local hit venue, The Back Door. Local and national bands will be playing this two day festival on two indoor floor stages with no two bands playing at the same time. Find out more about the show and the bands at either the Elis Fest FB Page or EF Website.

Get a van full of your friends and get up/over to Moline! Spread the word.

WHAT: Elis Fest – Music Festival

WHERE: The Back Door – 6128 Airport Rd, Moline, Illinois 61265

WHEN: Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th





The Arc Lane County – Battle of the Bands

April 6th, 2013
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The Arc Lane County - Battle of the Bands

The Arc Lane County announces Battle of the Bands

Saturday, May 4th at 9pm

Luckey’s Club Cigar Store
933 Olive Street
Eugene, OR 97401

$5.00 (or more) Suggested Donation

Come listen and vote on the BEST BAND: Kerosene Tree, Wampus Cat, Ty Bradley Session, Archers Rise and Nine Dice

Luckey’s combines art nouveau decor, saloon sensibilities, serious pool players, cutting edge music, and a chair for everyone in the community. It still has echoes of the sounds, smells, pool games, and conversations from the past 100 years. It’s like a time capsule with a hip twist. www.luckeysclub.com

Clean Your Closet For A Cause Too! LEAVE YOUR DONATIONS AT THE DOOR. We accept all fabric items in any condition! www.arclane.org

More info to come – BOTB Facebook

Raise The Banner Tour 2013

April 3rd, 2013
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Propaganda and Beautiful Eulogy - Raise The Banner Tour May 2013

Raise the Banner Tour featuring Propaganda, Beautiful Eulogy, Eshon Burgundy, & DJ Efechto coming May 2013 – if interested in hosting visit HumbleBeast.com

Interview with Da Mac

March 11th, 2013
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When life hands you lemons, you make…hip hop? For Michael LaCoste, aka Da Mac, his history has become fuel for connecting with people through the medium of rap music. Hailing from St. Louis, Missouri and recently teaming up with Rottweiler Records, Da Mac has been working on diverse projects the likes of Cornerstone, adding live drummer Foday Mashburn and teaming up with rock group Jagged Row.


While many go to college to experience of the free life, you went off to Mizzou and found Jesus, what were the biggest changes in your life at that point?
DM: It’s interesting how that worked out! I was in my sophomore year when I started following Jesus. The biggest changes in my at that point was my daily activities and my circle of friends. I went from going to classes and parties on the weekend to going to weekly Bible studies. I got plugged into a campus ministry, Christian fraternity, and a local church. I even went on my first mission trip during spring break. It really felt like I was a new person because everything around me was new.

You grew up with secular rap and are trying to make your mark in gospel rap, how do you combat the stigma that Christian rap just isn’t up to par with mainstream?
DM: That is an excellent question! I was once on the other side of the spectrum. I grew up listening to Tupac, Ice Cube, Tech N9ne, DMX, and Eminem. A high school teacher once gave me a DC TALK album. Looking back I realize that he was trying to witness to me. I never played the CD because when I was it told that it was Christian rap, I assumed that it was going to be lame. I too was once “that guy”. The best way to combat the stigma is to make high quality music. It’s important, however, never to sacrifice the message. As a Christian rapper, it has to be my mission to not only grow in the Lord everyday, but to also grow in my craft everyday. Once the Christian rap genre takes that approach as a whole, I strongly believe that it will end the stigma. I think Lecrae and his crew are raising the bar and setting that tone.

What have been some of the highlights of your run at the rap game thus far?
DM: It’s been an awesome journey so far! I’ve had some really cool experiences. To name a few – I met rapper Tech N9ne (I’m a childhood fan), I won the New Band Showcase at Cornerstone Music Festival 2011, I performed at Six Flags Great America, I opened for David Crowder, Family Force 5, Tenth Avenue North, Trip Lee, and Jimmy Needham. I will never forget the day that I opened for Christian rap artist Thi’sl. He too is from St. Louis, MO and I look up to him a lot. I opened for him at a church down in Lockport, LA. He watched my entire show and afterwards he came up to me and told me that “I killed it!”. It meant a lot to me.

How would you describe your music?
DM: My music is honest. The thing that I love most about rap is you can literally take your life experiences and lay it on a track. And there is always someone out there who can relate to it. So, when I make music, I always write from the heart and I always deliver it with passion. I try to structure my songs so that the listener can feel like they’re right there with me. I also like to experiment with my music. So, one song might be bass heavy, the next song might sample Johnny Cash. You never know what to expect when you pop in my CD. I think my supporters enjoy that.

As you develop your craft, how do you go about putting the right flow with the best beat?
DM: I hear that everyone’s creative process is different. I don’t know if there is a right or wrong way, but I have been doing it this way for years. I like to map out what I’m going to talk about on songs before I write them. Then, I go to producers and listen through their catalogs. I try to find beats that have the right feeling or sound for specific song ideas. Once I find all of my beats, I start writing songs. I recently finished writing my first Mixtape and I used this process.

You are spear heading a large local production under the title of The Unite In Light Youth Rally, how did this idea come together?
DM: Unite In Light Youth Rally is something that has been on my heart for a long time! I do a lot of concerts and kids usually want to stay connected after the shows. So, they send me friend requests on Facebook. Well, every time I log into Facebook and look at my news feed, I always see several posts from kids talking about how they feel alone, confused, abandoned, and lost. That’s when I realized that something had to be done. I wanted to bring the youth together and encourage them and remind them that God is always with them. That’s when I came up with the idea of Unite In Light Youth Rally. The mission of Unite In Light is to unify the churches of south central Missouri to encourage and enlighten the youth. The key bible verses for Unite In Light is Colossians 3:14 and Deuteronomy 31:8. We’re going to have three professionals bands, a guest speaker, and a worship band. This is the first one ever so we’re excited to see what God has planned for it.

When and where will UILYR be?
DM: The first ever Unite In Light Youth Rally will be April 12 at Genesis Church in West Plains, MO. Unite In Light will feature DA MAC, Jagged Row, Point5, & special guest speaker Brock Caldwell. Doors open at 6pm and the event starts at 7pm. Unite In Light is free and open to the public. We are on Twitter: @uniteinlight13 and we have a promo video on Youtube:

Da Mac aka Da Music About Christ (St. Louis, MS) is Hip Hop currently as part of the Rottweiler Records lineup. See more at wearedamac.com

Phinehas Tour Returns West!

February 13th, 2013
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Phinehas heads West for tour

Get your metal on with Phinehas as they head out on their latest tour. Starting in the Midwest and returning to the Northwest and back down to home in California.

LIKE the band and STAY UP TO DATE with tour locations. Hailing from La Mirada, California these Red Cord Records metal maniacs will be in Washington, Oregon and California in March 2013.

The Back Door // 02.09.13

February 11th, 2013
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The Back Door Live Show Moline Illinois

This is what grass roots looks like…father of four who loves his music loud fulfills lifelong dream of hosting heavy music. Combine that with a church that is willing to open the doors to some chaos and a few fans becomes a few more until the few are on the verge of a movement. The Back Door has hosted bands from the local fields (quite literally being in Moline, IL) and from fields afar.

Catch the bandana clad Brock McConchie manning the gates of The Back Door and keep posted for this years first annual Elis Fest (July 2013). Check out this video from the most recent show with Phinehas, Hello Ramona, Kings, Straight Up and Haddonfield and get your butt to the next show!

The Back Door
6128 Airport Rd
Moline, IL 61264

Tallboy and We Have Guns play WOW Hall

February 9th, 2013
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Tallboy w/ We Have Guns at WOW Hall

On Saturday, March 16, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KFLY proudly welcome We Have Guns back to the WOW Hall along with special guests Tallboy, 30 Pound Test and Audiophobia.

Date: March 16, 2013 – 730pm
Cost: $8 Advance, $10 Door or $8 at the door with canned food donation

More on the WOW Hall Website

Must Build Jacuzzi Interview

February 5th, 2013
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Our first hurdcore.com interview for 2013 brings a genre blast from the past, as we talk the re-emergence of ska with local artists known as Must Build Jacuzzi. Hailing from Peoria, Illinois, these young men are energized to play a medium forgotten by many as they inspire a whole new generation of skankers to circle up for this punk-swing fusion.

What is the story / meaning behind the name of your band?
Caleb Rose (Vocals/Guitar): Well, Bill, Josh, and I were watching “Muppets From Space” when we got to a scene where Gonzo was asleep and his friends were speaking through a fan to make their voices weird sound to hypnotize him. They told him to go build them a jacuzzi. When he got up (still asleep and hypnotized) he said “Must…..Build…..Jacuzzi and we thought that would be a great name for a band, and it stuck.
Bill Allison (Vocals/Guitar): Yeah, basically we thought it’d be an original name for a band, since every idea we thought of was already taken.

Must Build Jacuzzi Illinois Ska

Ska had its hay-day in the late 90’s, but hasn’t been a prime category since, at what point did you all decide that you were going to formalize and take a run at the ska game?
Bill: I decided I wanted to be in a ska band when I was like 14 or 15 years old. Long story short, we formed a crappy teen ska band, which led me to meet Josh and much later we had leveled up enough that we evolved and became MBJ!
Josh Rose (Trumpet): Well at first I didn’t want to. Bill knew my brother, Caleb, and knew that I played trumpet. He asked if I wanted to join his ska band. I was like in 7th grade and didn’t know anything about music, so I was like whats ska? Is that like skat or something? I didn’t know what it would be like playing in a rock band since I had only played in school bands. At first, I didn’t think I would like it, but after a few practices, I was starting to have a lot of fun. I played my first show and I thought I was the coolest kid ever. The End
Keaton Judy (Bass/Sax): I knew I wanted to be in a ska band when I saw a Facebook post about MBJ needing a bass player, haha.
Ben Misslehorn (Trombone): As soon as my first band disbanded I realized I how much I missed playing in a ska band because I can be myself on stage on bring joy to many others! So I joined MBJ! HOORAH!
Chris Walls (Drums): I realized I wanted to be in a ska band when Caleb told me he was in a band and needed a drummer and I realized “I am a drummer, I can join!” Next thing I knew, BAM. In a ska band.

What differences have you observed between fans of ska and fans of other mediums?
Ben: Ska fans like to move around and feel the music! YEAH!
Caleb: I think we get a wide variety of people with different musical interests who come to the shows. Fans of pop/punk, and hardcore seem to be a big audience of ours. Since we usually play shows with many bands from the Peoria hardcore scene, we seem to fit right in with any type of fan.
Keaton: Ska fans are more interactive and they dance.
Bill: People that like ska know how to skank, so we don’t feel lame when we play!
Chris: Ska fans will love to talk to you. You can talk to anyone after the show and they will be willing to talk and next thing you know, you are having a conversation about ANYTHING. We can be talking about how you are playing Borderlands 2 and the weapon system compared to the first Borderlands, and you know, you are just talking to a lot of good people who are also your fans. Do I have to continue this interview?… Borderlands 2 sounds fun right now.
Josh: Ska fans are cool. Fans of other genres are not as cool.

Currently all of your music is available for free download, what are your plans for recording in 2013?
Caleb: Sometime this year (probably the summer), we are planning on heading up to meet up with one of our friends to do some recording for a possible full length. We may re-record a few of our past songs that could use some re-working with our new member line up.
Bill: Yeah, we’ll probably be working on a full length within the next year, since we have like 15 songs just sitting around in our brains. Like, with our next recording, we really want to make it shine and do it as professional as possible, so it’ll probably be pretty legit.

What are some of your favorite jams right now?
Ben: My favorite song right now is “P.S Shock the World” by Less Than Jake!
Caleb: Recently, I’ve been listening to Real Friends who are a pop-punk band from the Chicago area Also, there is this super sweet dance/ska/pop/hardcore band called Paranoia Dance Party that have reeeally been rising up in the play counts.
Keaton: “Anthropology” by Charlie Parker
Bill: I have this huge Mustard Plug addiction right now, and am really digging this Chicago ska band Run and Punch who are awesome! I just got Children 18:3 and Flatfoot’s newest albums too, and those are great.
Josh: “Home For The Fall” by Real Friends
Chris: My favorite song is that one song that goes like, “Aeg eh elf, gyaaaa uh ah ah. whey whoo. wawawawawawawawa wub wub wub. ooraahhh. BWUY YOH WUBWUBWUB”

When they make the blockbuster docudrama about your life, what actors will play you all in the film?
Ben: Jim Carrey as Ben Misselhorn!
Caleb: I think I’d probably be played by Owen Wilson
Chris: The Scout from Team Fortess 2. The documentary would be loved by all and the Hollywood funds would be so great, we could CGI him in for me.
Bill: My last history professor said I looked like Patrick Swazey, so him!
Keaton: Tom Hanks
Josh: Andrew Wilson

What are your best and worst memories from recent shows?
Caleb: I think one of the most fun shows we’ve ever played was in the basement of an old video game store in La Salle. There were a bunch of kids with high energy just having a good time. We also bought a bunch of bananas to throw out during the show and some rad Incredible Hulk party hats Bill and I found at a thrift store. As for worst, oh jeez, we played this show in Bloomington, IL. We just played a really cruddy set.
Josh: Best memory- when we played the radest show ever. Tons of kids from my school came and even they were skankin’ and circle pitting. I even got my friends to dance and get all sweaty. Worst memory- We played a show in Bloomington/Normal and our drummer at the time kinda sucked at playing our music so we just sounded like crap. And the worst part was the singer for The Skatastrophies’ new band was there and probably saw us suck the brown out of poop. And to top it off, Ben, our trombone player wasn’t there.
Bill: Worst was definitely that cruddy set in Bloomington/Normal. Like, we had to change line ups after that show. Like Josh said, the frontman of this old ska band, The Skatastrophes from Ohio (look them up, they’re awesome!), was there with his new band Signals Midwest (check them out, they’re awesome too!), so we looked like goons in front of him. IF YOU READ THIS MAX STERN, WE’RE NOT GOONS, WE JUST HAD PROBLEMS! Best was definitely the big ska show Josh mentioned, which we just played in Peoria with our buds in The Easy Mark, The Suites, and The Skalalitabs! Like 100 people in a super small coffee shop skanking like crazy. Huge blessing.
Keaton: Best- the big ska show Bill and Josh talked about. Worst- Trying to learn a bunch of new music in a week when I first joined the band.
Ben: Best Memory = Crowd surfing at Cornerstone! Worst = Not having my lucky sweat rag during a gig!
Chris: The worst is the one we played with this one band… we will just call them Generic Band. There was like no one there and very sad. The best however, would have to be a basement show we played. There was a circle pit in a moldy basement. The things music make people do, haha!

Must Build Jacuzzi is: Keaton Judy – Bass/Sax, Josh Rose – Trumpet, Ben Misselhorn – Trombone, Chris Walls – Drums, Bill Allison -Vocals/Guitar, and Caleb Rose – Vocals/Guitar. Check them out on Facebook and Bandcamp .

The Back Door – Phinehas & Friends…

January 21st, 2013
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The Back Door Presents…

Phinehas, Hello Ramona, Kings, Straight Up and Searching For Security
Feb 9, 2013 – 530PM
The Back Door – 6128 Airport Rd., Moline, IL 61264
COST: $5

Nothing better than a good ‘ol pop/metal show! Bring your friends and get down!

Phinehas – www.facebook.com/Phinehasrock
Hello Ramona – www.facebook.com/HelloRamona
Kings – www.facebook.com/Kings309
Straight Up – www.facebook.com/straightuup
Searching For Security – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Searching-for-Security

The doors will open at 5:30 pm. The first band will start at 6:00 pm. $5 at the door!

Join The Back Door on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/thebackdoorvenue to keep up on local concerts. Join Elis Fest and prepare for 2 days of music –

Elis Fest

January 19th, 2013
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Elis Fest is a Christian music festival coming this July 4th,5th and possibly 6th.
It is located at 6128 Airport Road, Moline, IL 61265

Right now we are looking into cost and availability of bands and guests.

There will be two stages. Possibly under tents.
Also there will be camping available as well as near by hotels.

As far as the schedule…no two bands will be playing at the same time. We want every band to be seen. Bands will Start playing at 10am on Thursday July 4th.

http://www.facebook.com/ElisFest – join the page and spread the word as more details to come as you help the story unfold.