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The Growlers at Fox Theater


Fox Theater - Oakland
1807 Telegraph Ave 94612 Oakland United States
THE GROWLERS: Wet Dreams Summer Tour 2016 will hit the Fox Theater in Oakland on Saturday, June 11th with very special guest Jonathan Richman featuring Tommy Larkins on the drums!

Tickets are on sale NOW through the Fox Theater's official website, www.TheFoxOakland.com.



Years ago when I first started watching The Growlers perform, The Couples recordings had just transitioned into their Are You In Or Out? LP. The first time I interviewed singer Brooks Nielsen, the boys were just experiencing their first of many national tours. Every time they returned home from their latest musical excursion, their local fans seemed to be exponentially multiplying.

Then came the birth of The Observatory concert venue rehabilitated from the remains of the fading Galaxy Theatre. From that modest first Beach Goth festival of only 15 local bands on the bill blossomed many more sold-out shows and three more Beach Goth festivals, each much bigger than the last. By 2013, the Growlers substantiated their musical collection with their release, Hung At Heart, which was followed by Gilded Pleasures late in the same year. By the time Chinese Fountain hit shelves in 2014, The Growlers had become ambassadors of the Orange County music scene with a fan-base so big that their back-to-back Valentine’s weekend shows of their 2016 tour quickly sold out in their local county.

With every move he made, Nielsen inspired a response from spectators, like a melodic ringleader backed by an artillery of best friends whom have now been around the world together in the name of music. Most times, a song would start and the entire room of bodies would become lost in the music, chanting along word for word while twisting in rhythmic motions. Every song, like “Dull Boy,” carries a story of some sort, and people were stirred by the emotion that wafted from the speakers and out onto them, causing an equivalent reaction in audience members. .” It was obvious The Growlers were grateful, as depicted by Nielsen's wide grin as he bid his admirers goodnight with admiration. As we exited the venue, it seemed like the warm Santa Ana winds had started to swirl, as if the band had somehow incited a warm climate change during their set.