Off the Record Tour: March 9
Sorry, this event has passed. It took place on Monday, March 9, 2015.
The Carolina Theatre of Durham presents

Off the Record Tour

with Tony Lucca, Keaton Simons & Todd Carey
Club Carolina Event
Monday, March 9 | 8PM

This is a general admission standing show in a new, intimate Club Carolina setting in which the stage of Fletcher Hall will be transformed into a unique nightclub space. Go behind the curtain at the Carolina Theatre to see a concert in a whole new way!

He was cast by Justin Timberlake to play "the cool guy" in Timberlake¹s directorial debut. He finished third on The Voice in 2012, won a record deal in the process, and received more press coverage than any contestant on the show that season or any season, for that matter. He made a record with Adam Levine, then toured with Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson. He was cast on the hit show "Parenthood" playing himself as a rock singer, and performed an original song. He even starred in an Aaron Spelling prime-time drama and dated Keri Russell for years, winding up in countless gossip mags. His name is Tony Lucca.

So why isn't he a household name? Maybe he simply hadn't made the right record before. This time, Lucca believes he has. It's his 8th full-length studio album, his first self-titled release, and first entirely self-produced effort. "We went in with the intention of making a record that was as live-sounding as possible. I wanted to close my eyes and be able to visualize the players in the room or up on the stage, actually playing the songs together. One guitar over here, the other guy over there, bass, drums, some keys? I mean, that¹s the rock-n-roll I fell in love with when I was a kid." Lucca pulls inspiration from the heroes he heard on the radio growing up, from Tom Petty, Billy Squier to AC/DC's Angus Young, tapping into a sense of timelessness he places somewhere between The Black Crowes and the Black Keys.

Each of the 12 songs on Tony Lucca are deeply personal. The record kicks off with "Old Girl", Lucca's rebuff to the music business treadmill. On the upbeat "Imagination", Lucca recalls the evening where he met his wife to the best of his ability. Lucca's fans will enjoy the diverse sonic quality of four of his trademark ballads ­ the epic and sweeping piano-driven "North Star", the optimistic "Smoke 'Em", the push and pull of love lost and found in "Right On Time", and the sweet album closer that bares his daughter's name, "Sparrow".

Funded by a very successful Kickstarter campaign (one that hit its $25K funding goal just inside of 30 hours), Lucca feels strongly that his fans stepped up so that he could make the best record he possibly could one he could finally feel comfortable releasing with his own name as the title. To that point, Lucca says, "this record is pure. And honest. And hopefully completely refreshing to its listeners."

Tony Lucca was born on the outskirts of Detroit on the heels of Motown¹s heyday, raised within the loving confines of an enormous family of musicians; his mom was the 10th of 12 kids who all sang and played. At the ripe old age of 12, Tony had his first paying gig as a musician at a Jr. High School dance and by the age of 15, he parlayed his childhood rock-n-roll fantasy into a legitimate career, getting cast among an extraordinary group of newcomers on The All New Mickey Mouse Club, along with Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears.

Shortly after graduating high school, Lucca wound up in LA and embarked upon an independent recording career that would span over 20 years. Along the way he¹s toured with artists as colossal as Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, *NSYNC and Marc Anthony, as well as several of his fellow Hotel Cafe kin including Josh Kelley, Sara Bareilles, Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids), Gabe Dixon and Andrew Belle. Lucca won the LA Music Award for best male singer/songwriter in 2001 and appeared numerous times on Last Call with Carson Daly, as well as The Wayne Brady Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Also in 2013, Lucca was the sole entertainment for FOX¹s NFL Thanksgiving Day telecast for the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game.


"I fought for this record," confesses singer-songwriter Todd Carey. The acclaimed artist set out to make a career-defining album with Future Throwback. His quest spanned three years, tracking in four states, shelving three records and feverishly writing 70 songs. The outcome is a euphoric pop record that's playfully irreverent and brimming with sleek urban beats and swaggering pop hooks. Rarely has an artist been this serious about showing his audience a good time."When I look back on making this album, I feel I achieved my goal as a writer," Carey says. "I sleep well at night because I made this record."

The New York-based artist previously hit the top forty iTunes charts with his 2010 EP release After the Morning After. In support of his 2007 debut, Watching Waiting (Fontana), he played over 250 dates with sellout shows in Chicago and Wisconsin, dazzling audiences with his pop song smarts, masterful guitar playing and exuberant stage presence. Carey has toured nationally and performed on stage with such diverse artists as Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Brendan James, Jason Reeves, Keaton Simons and Matt Duke. Since 2010 he has been a fixture at the annual Hotel Carolina music festival. His music has been featured in MTV's The Real World and movies such as Palo Alto and True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet.

Future Throwback is the culmination of all this past work and the album feels like a celebration of self-realization. It¹s Todd Carey in Technicolor, the purest and most vibrant representation of his live show, charming, flirtatious, frisky and bubbling over with good vibes.The leadoff single "Nintendo" is the invitation to the party. On it, Todd flows sugary rhymes and, with 1980s retro whimsy, name checks Captain Crunch, Battleship, and shoes with pumps. "We wanted to keep things sexy with the grooves and beats and fun with those throwback lyrics," Carey says of the tune¹s intent. "Those references, mixed with the modern sensibility of the track, create a really cool modern/retro juxtaposition that lives throughout the record."

Overall, it's an assured and expansive album. Carey emancipates himself from genre confines and applies his refined songcraft to a mix of beat-driven pop, brawny rock riffage, intimate singer-songwriter moments and a potpourri of urban-flavored blends. He smolders on the R&B-flavored mid tempo "Dead and Gone," eases back with balmy reggaeton on "Light Her Up" and swanks on the stadium rocker "Forget Ya."

During the writing process, Carey found a complimentary talent in top-line writer and lyricist K Nita. The two were introduced via Kanye West recording engineer Ken Lewis and forged an instant connection. "The Eureka" moment was writing "Light Her Up" together in 30 minutes. We knew we had something great and just kept collaborating after that," he explains. "Together we brought out the melody, humor, pocket and style necessary to create the body of work I was looking for."

Though Future Throwback is meticulously modern, its origins are old school organic. Each track Carey wrote in the studio, he would debut live to gauge its potency. He thoroughly road tested 70 songs and carved out an eleven-song album from the tracks that had that instant jolt of artist-to-audience electricity. Taken as a whole, the album is refreshingly eclectic, a distinct mélange of urban bounce and pop-rock strut. To make his vision seamless, Carey oversaw production duties alongside varied but compatible producers Adam Smith (Jason Reeves, Jordin Sparks, Danny Gokey) and Aaron Johnson (Secondhand Serenade, Katie Herzig, Eve6, The Fray).

"I set out to make an album that reflects me, playing these songs makes me feel alive. This has been the most painstaking, frustrating and, ultimately, rewarding artistic process," Carey says. "It has established my identity for the rest of my life."


Upon meeting Keaton Simons, it becomes clear why the blues/rock guitarist, singer and songwriter from Los Angeles is now creating some of the best music of his career. Keaton's warm and relaxed demeanor is something you'd expect from a guy who's nestled himself by the beach, but it's his fearlessness and excitable energy that reveal an artist who in many ways has done it all, and in others has only just begun. At this stage in Keaton's seasoned career, with the many hats he's worn laid out in front of him, it's truly all about uninhibited music.

Keaton Simons has enjoyed international recognition for his role in the singer-songwriter/pop world while on major labels Maverick and CBS Records. The Los Angeles Times described the voice of their native son as having a "lived-in quality that will echo in our minds and hearts for years to come." In 2008 Keaton released his first full-length album, Can You Hear Me, co-produced with David Bianco (Tom Petty, Bob Dylan) and in 2013 followed with Beautiful Pain, co-produced with Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz). No Depression said of his sophomore release, "If the dictionary had a listing under perfect pop, it's very likely that Keaton Simons would have his photo displayed there prominently... Keaton purveys intellect, intuition and a brilliant twist of the phrase that turns everyday expressions into lyrics that are thoughtful and worthy of consideration."

Anyone who's seen Keaton perform live knows why the crowd erupts when he picks up a guitar from his arsenal on stage (usually consisting of a customized DeTemple Stellacasta, fretless guitar, baritone and acoustic). Premier Guitar magazine has welcomed Keaton as a guest guitar teacher on their website and says, "Simons can play. Imagine John Mayer without all the pretentiousness." In addition to being the face of Advanced Guitar for Ubisoft's Rocksmith video game, Keaton shines on guitar and vocals at pop-up jam sessions with legendary musicians, such as drummer Robin DiMaggio (Paul Simon, David Bowie), bassist Alex Al (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder), and percussionist Lenny Castro (Boz Scaggs, Fleetwood Mac) among others.

Proving that genres are just a state of mind, Keaton Simons has even had success in the hip hop world as a writer, musical director, singer, bassist and guitarist with notable acts like Snoop Dogg, Gnarls Barkley, Tre Hardson of The Pharcyde and underground hip hop legend Medusa. He's also performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Call with Carson Daly and most recently, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Keaton's music is regularly placed in feature films and television shows, including Sons of Anarchy, Private Practice, NCIS, Malcolm in the Middle and Numb3rs.

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