Kelsie Hall, Executive Director
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUICKSIE 98.3 PRESENTS ALTERNATIVE ROCK GROUP TONIC AT THE STATE THEATER
Elizabethtown, KY (April 26, 2018) – The State Theater and Quicksie 98.3 are excited to announce multi GRAMMY®-nominated alternative rock group, Tonic, on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm.
"Quicksie is proud to present live, quality entertainment to the Historic State Theater and our community,” said Greg Milby, WQXE Operations Manager.
To stay up to date on State Theater concert and event announcements, check out The Historic State Theater Complex Facebook page and www.historicstatetheater.org.
Tickets will go on sale Friday, May 4, 2018 at 10:00 am.
Ticket prices* are listed below:
Preferred Floor Seating: $30 Reserved Floor Seating: $20 Balcony Seating: $20
Tickets can be purchased online at www.historicstatetheater.org or by visiting the Historic State Theater in person at 209 West Dixie Avenue downtown Elizabethtown. 50 tickets will be held to sell in-person at the Theater day of ticket sales opening and will only be available in-person for a few hours in case patrons are not able to purchase online. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 270-234-8258.
*Ticket prices listed do NOT include additional ticket fees added at online checkout & box office.
With six top 10 singles, over 4 million records sold, multiple Grammy nominations, platinum albums, hit songs around the world including the #1 most-played rock song of 1998, it is safe to say that Tonic is a musical powerhouse. Merging the raw honesty of rock with their unabashed melodies Tonic have helped usher rock n roll into the new millennium.
Many bands would be content with that sort of history. Tonic breaks the mold. The band is back in the studio after a two-year sabbatical, working on new material to be released in the Fall of 2015.
“When we play music together it feels like going home,” explains singer and guitarist Emerson Hart. “Getting together, playing some rock-n-roll: it’s the best feeling in the world.”
Hart founded Tonic with guitarist Jeff Russo – a childhood friend – adding bassist Dan Lavery shortly after inception. After storming the charts with debut album Lemon Parade and itsmonster hit “If You Could Only See,” the band released two additional studio albums (Sugar, the twice Grammy-nominated Head On Straight and the self-titled Tonic). With multiple soundtrackfeatures, including the lead single from “American Pie” (“You Wanted More”), Tonic garneredthis momentum with the release of their Greatest Hits CD/DVD package in July of 2009.
Tonic, the self-titled fourth studio album, debuted on the Billboard 200 charts, while also appearing in the top 50 on the Billboard Rock Album Charts and top 25 on the BillboardIndependent Album Charts. Their single, “Release Me” climbed the charts reaching top 30 atHot AC.
Tonic’s well-earned reputation as a massive live act came at a price. After finding themselves onthe road for the better part of a decade, the band was ready to take a breather. “We toured relentlessly,” Lavery admits, “It was a whirlwind.”
“We needed a break,” Hart agrees. “We toured for so long – we were on the road for ten years –and everybody needed the room to do something else, work on other projects, and come backstronger.”
In Hart’s case, that meant releasing a critically acclaimed solo album, 2007’s Cigarettes & Gasoline. The album spawned two Top 20 singles and a follow up Beauty in Disrepair in 2014. While Lavery built a recording studio and recorded/toured with a variety of acts including The Fray and the Revisionists, Russo was focused on composing for film and television, including“CSI:Cyber”, “Power”, and “Fargo” receiving an Emmy-nomination.
All three acknowledge the break was a welcome respite. In addition to exploring other creative outlets, the trio focused on their favorite project to date: fatherhood.
“Now that I’m a father, I see the world a little differently,” Hart says. “It affects my lyrics and my music; I’m inspired to work harder. We’re all more mature now, and much strongermusicians for it.
“Of course,” he adds with a laugh, “We’re in a rock band, so that translates to 60% maturity and 40% nine-year-old.”
It wasn’t long before the band was compelled to get back together and start recording. “Tonic is like my baby,” Russo says. “I know Emerson and Dan feel the same way. My other projects arevery important to me, but there’s something both comfortable and exciting about playing together.”
“We’ve been doing this long enough – it feels like it’s what we’re meant to do,” Lavery explains. “And once you find the people that you enjoying doing it with, everything just falls intoplace.”