Fire The Cannon, The Giving Moon

Fri · March 9, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $38.00

This event is 21 and over

Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City's heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album "Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)" Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status.

Sponge's follow up CD, the critically lauded “Wax Ecstatic” (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including "Wax Ecstatic" and "Have You Seen Mary?" The band’s music was also featured in popular movies “The Craft,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records.” Sponge’s star continued to rise with network appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.”

Sponge’s subsequent releases “New Pop Sunday,” “For All The Drugs in The World,” “The Man,” “Galore Galore,” and “Destroy the Boy,” showcased the band’s swirling sonic attack, rooted in 70's glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but still sounding distinctly like no one else.

“Plowed” continues to be the band’s signature rock track, having been spotlighted on Guitar Hero’s “Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack” – and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2, in addition to the soundtrack for the Gerard Butler surf movie “Chasing Mavericks.”

Sponge is now touring in support of a brand new release – “Stop the Bleeding.” The full-length disc incorporates the traditional “Sponge sound” in addition to exploring edgier, industrial grooves, most apparent on the band’s twisted cover of “Time in a Bottle.”

Having shared stages the world over with Guns N’ Roses, Nickelback, Iggy Pop, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Kiss, to name just a few, Sponge continues to be one of rock’s most sought after live acts. Front man Vinnie Dombroski captivates audiences with his powerful voice, heart-on-his-sleeve lyrics and high-octane stage presence.

Now as part of the stellar Summerland Tour – hitting sheds and amphitheatres across the U.S. this summer, Sponge is poised to bring its potent brand of Detroit rock to the masses, once again proving that rock never stops.
Fire The Cannon
Fire The Cannon
​Andrew Gallagher the lead guitarist for Fire the Canon! He is a Chicago born die-hard rock and blues fan who takes a musical influence from his favorite bands such as Peter Gabriel, Genesis, The Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, and Radiohead. After initially trying the drums, Andrew turned to YouTube to try his luck on the guitar and it quickly turned into a passion. His Great Uncle then gave him an old acoustic guitar that Andrew played until he bought his own electric guitar. Having never taken a professional lesson, Andrew’s self made guitar style is the result of the what he found online and his natural abilities. His mother, Michelle Mikolay, has been a professional singer since she was 17 and fully supports Andrew in his musical endeavors. By recruiting his brother Ryan and a couple friends, Andrew is credited with the initial spark that created the band we know today. This “perfect storm” of rockers are looking to continue their love for music by growing and expanding the influence of Fire the Canon!

Ryan Gallagher come to a show and you'll surely see he brings the BOOM! to Fire The Canon! Ryan is simply amazing. Ryan started banging on the drums at the age of 2 with some help from his Dad... Completely self taught he keeps the heartbeat of Fire The Canon. He is influenced by Genesis and Phil Collins as well as Neil Peart and John Bonham. Sometimes we think he has John Bonham trapped in his body!

Bass Guitar
Ryan King, the bassist of Fire the Canon, truly brings the rhythm and groove with complex basslines beyond his years. Dedicated to his music, Ryan picks up the bass guitar everyday in his home music studio. Although Ryan is very passionate about the bass, he started on the guitar at age nine. Ryan quickly realized that music and the bass guitar were his true calling. Today, he continuously impresses his band members with his unique bass lines for their originals such as “Donut Girl” and “Conflicted”. His major influences are his father, Charlie King who Ryan loves to jam with on a regular basis, Geddy Lee from Rush, and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Ryan also has a background in jazz, playing bass with his school’s jazz program for two years. He began listening to all types of music at a very young age with his parent’s influence on the piano and guitar. Ryan’s variety of influences can be seen in his shifts of style and technique; although, he prefers really heavy, groovy bass. His talent, texture, and tone as a bass player can be appreciated by musicians of all genres.

Vocals & Guitar
Tristan Jewel Abrams is a true Rock star. Born to musician parents, given a stage name “Tristan Jewel” from birth, some could say she was born of music. She has been around music her entire existence and took some of her first steps backstage among Rock Legends such as The GrassRoots, Ides of March and Peter Noone. The Stage is more like home to her, where Sound Engineers and Stage Crew become her family. As a toddler, she would mimic her Dad's stage moves with a little red guitar and put on shows in her front yard. Tristan started playing piano at age three, voice and guitar at age seven, bass guitar at age ten, and alto saxophone at age twelve. She has been a composer, lyricist and poet with ASCAP since age seven. From a family of jazz-trained musicians, her grandfather (piano), father (guitar), and mother (percussion), Tristan found a great interest in jazz. She attended The Music Institute of Chicago where she was one of the youngest students in the Adult Jazz Studies Program. Tristan has also had the privilege of recording in studios such as Engine Studios and playing venues such as The Metro in Chicago with Girls Rock! at the age of eleven, and again at age twelve. Tristan bought her first vinyl album at the Chicagoland Record Show when she was about twelve years old. It was Jefferson Airplane's "Flight Log", and now she sings her own version of "Somebody To Love" with Fire The Canon! She has also performed Jazz shows with greats such as Wayne Messmer. She is excited about and loves her band brothers in Fire The Canon! Nothing but great things in the future.
The Giving Moon
The Giving Moon is an Alternative Rock band from Chicago Illinois. The initial release of the bands first EP titled "The Wild" was released in 2013 which was recorded in Boston Massachusetts at Metronome studio with Producer Gary Hoey. The Giving Moon's First released LP Forever Awake was independently recorded and released in 2017 with announcements of their brand new EP "California Sun" scheduled for release in 2018.
Venue Information:
96 W Main St.
West Dundee, IL, 60118