Bringing it Home
Everclear lead singer and Pasadena resident Art Alexakis makes a local tour stop at the House of Blues next Thursday
By Carl Kozlowski 07/11/2014
In a rock-and-roll world where some bands can't stay popular for 20 months, Art Alexakis is in the midst of celebrating 20 years with his band Everclear. As its lead singer and songwriter, he rode to stardom with three platinum CDs and eight Top 10 hits including “Wonderful” and “Santa Monica,” but when the band faded in popularity, he maintained a passionate fan base and branched out into teaching songwriting.
In fact, Alexakis is teaching at the Los Angeles College of Music, located in Pasadena. He's also living here, having moved to the Crown City a few years ago in search of a way to be near LA without being overwhelmed by the constant distractions of celebrity culture.
Next Thursday, July 17, he'll be able to bring his band life and personal life together when he plays an area show at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. Joining him and the band will be fellow ’90s survivors Soul Asylum (who are celebrating their 30th anniversary, Eve 6 and Spacehog as they play one of 40 shows nationwide on their third annual Summerland Tour.
Rolling Stone named the tour one of the 10 hottest summer package tours of 2012, the year Summerland launched. And with both Everclear and Soul Asylum preparing to release new albums in the fall, it's a perfect time for rock nostalgia buffs to have a fun night out.
Everclear headlines the Summerland Tour featuring Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. Tickets are $40.50. Visit livenation.com.