Another Big Ass Show is in the history books, and I am thankful to everyone who attended. My day started out with a bit of a jolt when I heard that Brendan Urie of Panic! At The Disco was sick with malaria and wasn't going to be there. I have to give that band credit for making sure the show went on. They recruited a few friends to cover for him, including local musican Brogan Kelby, and Ransom Wydner from King Niko. Brogan got to sing "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" and Ransom sang "Nine in the Afternoon." Thanks to everyone for staying to watch the performance even though Brendan wasn't there. Tyler Glenn (another local) from Neon Trees got to sing a few songs with them, and it turned out to be a special event. Brendan Urie is sad that he coulndn't attend, and the band will get back to Salt Lake in full force just as soon as possible. I was particularly thrilled to see Panic's bassist Dallon Weekes take over the lead vocals on a few songs and then treat us to an acoustic version of The Brobecks tune "Love At First Sight."
Another special moment was Switchfoot's performance of "Dare You To Move" when Jon Foreman invited Brogan Kelby onstage to play his guitar and sing along. We had mentioned to the band how important that song was to Brogan and that it really helped him get through some rough times. They were thrilled about it and invited him to play it with them. What a great bunch of guys! The performance was truly amazing, and I've posted a couple different camera angles (from fans) of the song.
It was a special day, and we thank you for your continued support!
Tomorrow is the day! You can still get $20 tickets today at Smith's Tix or Graywhale. They go up to $30 tomorrow at the door and at Smith's Tix.
I've had a long morning. I woke up at 3:30 to take Big Ass Show artist Brogan Kelby to 2 News This Morning. Thanks to everyone at KUTV for helping us out, and to my buddy Mary Nickles for being as awesome as ever. Here is a clip of Brogan Kelby talking about the show and performing live this morning.
Here is the schedule for tomorrow
X96 Big Ass Show schedule Gates open at 11:00 A.M. The Suicycles 12:00p – 12:15p Plaza Stage King Niko 12:20p – 12:50p Gallivan Avenue Stage Group Love 12:55p – 1:25p Plaza Stage Sleeper Agent 1:30p – 2:00p Gallivan Avenue Stage Brogan Kelby 2:05p – 2:35p Plaza Stage She Wants Revenge 2:40p – 3:10p Gallivan Avenue Stage Airborne Toxic Event 3:15p – 3:45p Plaza Stage Switchfoot 3:50p – 4:35p Gallivan Avenue Stage Anberlin 4:40p – 5:25p Plaza Stage Neon Trees 5:30p – 6:15p Gallivan Avenue Stage Panic! At The Disco 6:20p – 7:20p Plaza Stage
See you there!
First, thanks to everyone who submitted and though all are worthy there can only be so many. Here are the 12 bands selected by the judges. You can hear all 12 songs from the bands and start voting at midnight on X96.com and Facebook so get ready to start spamming your friends and family for support. The top five bands will compete on October 1st at Graywhale for the opening spot of the 2011 X96 Big Ass Show at the Gallivan Center.
Riverhead "A Right Time For Everything"
The Suicycles "Speaking in Tongues"
The Last Look "Sengsucht"
Long Distance Operator "Heavy Hands"
Numbskull Trio "She's a Bitch"
Veggie Stew "#1 Fan"
Jupiter "My Addiction"
Iron Birds "Heartless Eyes"
Golden Sun "Leucadia"
Double or Nothing "This Bottle"
Dirty Blonde "Take It All Away"
DDJ "Light It Up"
Thanks again for all of your submissions,