Social Distortion

Luckyman Concerts & The Rialto Theatre Present

Social Distortion

Jade Jackson

Apr 05 Wed

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

The Rialto Theatre

$40 - $140

This event is all ages

General Admission, VIP

Social Distortion
Social Distortion
"Ness is one of the most underrated pure songwriters in rock." – Los Angeles Times

Here's how you know you've made it in the music business: You've stayed strong for three decades on your own terms, on your own time, by your own rules, and over that time your influence has only grown. Each of your albums has been stronger than your last. You've been brought onstage by Bruce Springsteen, because he wanted to play one of your songs. You've seen high times and low ones, good days and tragic days, but every night you give 100%, and every morning you wake up still swinging.

This is the short version of the Social Distortion bio — the long version could be a 10-part mini-series. But over the past 30 years, the punk godfathers in the band have all but trademarked their sound, a brand of hard rockabilly/punk that's cut with the melodic, road-tested lyrics of frontman Mike Ness. Their searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in '82, as do Ness' hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned. "The most common thing I hear is, 'Man, your music got me through some hard times,'" Ness says. "And I just say, 'Me too.'"

Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes (produced, for the first time, by Ness himself) is the band's first record since 2004. For a band with a career spanning over 30 years, Social Distortion experienced a significant amount of firsts in 2011. For starters, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was the highest debut that the band has yet seen. Hard Times was also the #1 Independent Album and the #2 Modern Rock/Alternative Album week of release. The band also made their late night television debut when they performed "Machine Gun Blues" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and later played for Conan on Hard Times' release date. Taking their successes to the road, Social Distortion played European festivals including Reading and Leeds for the first time. They also booked their first tours of Australia and South America. And finally, Social Distortion played Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, and Coachella – all of these for the first time.

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes has Social Distortion's key components — their patented mix of punk, bluesy rock n' roll and outlaw country — while also stretching the boundaries of their signature sound. Social Distortion is a blend of potent power that appeals to all ages. They are honored to have been able to reach as many people as they have so far. "I write songs for myself, and I hope that other people will like them too," Ness says. "I think every record you make is showing people what you've learned over the past few years. It's showing people, 'This is what I know.' "

Now in their fourth decade, Ness and Social Distortion have officially achieved one of the most non-punk things possible: They've failed to burn out.
Jade Jackson
Jade Jackson is a young singer-songwriter from a small town in central California with a talent for conveying an emotional intensity well beyond her years. With parents who abstained from the modern distractions of computers and television, and a local downtown boasting less than a block of stores, Jackson's childhood fascination focused solely on her father's record collection. Inspired by the music of Johnny Cash, George Jones and Hank Williams, she picked up a guitar and began writing songs at 13. By the time she was 14 Jackson was already performing live. While in her teens, she found influence in the evocative sounds of The Cure, The Gun Club, Echo and the Bunnymen and The Smiths. The otherwise cheerful teenager was soon attracting a local fan-base with a sad and immensely beautiful sound. "I just really love sad songs," Jackson says. "I've always been a happy person. Maybe it's because I get it out in my music. And it probably has to do with all of the Hank Williams I listened to growing up."

Waiting tables at the family restaurant, Jackson was able to self record two albums worth of material while still a teenager. Upon attending the prestigious Cal Arts college outside of Los Angeles, her sphere of influence was exponentially expanded to include the sounds of Tom Waits, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris, acclaimed songwriter Jason Isbell (Drive By Truckers), classic cowpunks Tex & the Horseheads, Mazzy Star and California punk rock and rollers Social Distortion. When it came time to form a band, Jackson chose to enlist a cadre of talented musicians she knew from back home on the Central Coast. The lineup includes guitarist Andrew Rebel, bassist Jake Vukovich and drummer Tyler Miller. "This is a real band," she declares. "And they're also my best friends." Jackson has so far shared stages with such prominent artists as Merle Haggard, Rosie Flores, Dwight Yokam, The White Buffalo, Phil Vassar and others. The group is soon to be in the studio recording with Mike Ness of Social Distortion serving as producer. Ness calls Jackson "a twenty-three year old with the voice of an old soul" and "one of the most prolific songwriters I've met" before adding, "When I first heard the songs she recorded I told myself, I have to be involved with this!"