Ministry & Death Grips
DOORS: 7:30/ SHOW: 8:30PM
Tickets on-sale Friday 7/21 at 10am CDT
Al “Fucking” Jourgensen, is the undisputed king of Industrial music. The Godfather of a genre he helped to create and mold into something millions of fans have grown to love throughout its 30+ years in development. You can’t say his name without thinking of heavy guitar riffs, crushing drum beats and unmistakable samples. Even his image is iconic and recognizable. You immediately think of a man in black, with top hat and flowing dreadlocks. And lets not forget his wild life and crazy antics that make Motley Crue look like school boys. Alejandro Ramirez Casa was born in Havana Cuba in October of 1958 to Cuban - American parents. He lived there just a short time before moving with his mother to the United States to the suburbs of Chicago. She remarried a Norwegian stock car mechanic and driver named Jourgensen from which he would be immortalized under. This won’t be the last time for a name change as we have learned throughout his illustrious career of bands and new personas that seem to grow from each. He bounced back and forth between Colorado and Chicago during his early years for school before truly calling Chicago his home. Jourgensen was a DJ and musician from an early age. Starting in college as a club DJ then in the late 70’s he and fellow industrial icon Frankie Nardiello (AKA Groovie Mann) and Harry Rushakoff formed Special Affect. This was short lived and only produced an album and 7” EP. They worked together for a couple years before separating ways. Nardiello going on to create My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Rushakoff off to form Concrete Blonde. Jourgensen of course left to create his soon to be life long baby, Ministry. Jourgensen has helped to spawn several great groups since the beginning, these being just a couple. His influence spread like wildfire.
Originally formed in 2010 in Sacramento, California, Death Grips is an American experimental hip hop group that is currently signed to Third Worlds. They have a very unique, one of a kind sound as they specialize in a vast variety of musical genres such as experimental hip hop, punk, punk-rap, and industrial hip hop. The group is made up of rapper / vocalist Stefan Burnett (also known by his stage name MC Ride), producer / drummer Zach Hill, and co-producer Andy Morin (also known by his stage name Flatlander). The group has cultivated a large collection of loyal fans and followers including over 250 thousand likes on their Facebook page, over 75 thousand followers on their SoundCloud account, over 90 thousand subscribers to their YouTube channel, and their music videos have been viewed millions of times online, including their video for the song “Guillotine” which has individually racked up over 3.8 million views on YouTube. In January of 2016 it was announced that they were one of the acts chosen to perform at the very popular and massive music festival Coachella 2016 in Southern California. Since first breaking out on to the music scene in 2010, Death Grips has released a total of 6 full length studio albums, while their 7th album “Bottomless Pit” is slated to be released sometime in 2016. The group’s work has been very much loved and appreciated by fans and critics alike, as their 6th album “The Powers That B” reached #3 on the US Tastemaker Chart, #4 on the US Independent Album Chart, #8 on the US Rap Album Chart, and #9 on the US Alternative Album Chart. They are becoming a force to be reckoned with in the hip hop world, as their popularity and fan base are continuing to rapidly grow larger by the day. Expect big things in the future from Death Grips.