The Dixie Dance Hall on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont has quite a history. The building once housed the notorious Dixie Hotel where Madam Rita Ainsworth ran her brothel, and now, the historic country saloon is about to get a rock music makeover — at least for a night.
One of the biggest names in the rock circuit, Sevendust, will return to Beaumont to headline a nice, rowdy evening of rock this Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, with special guests Lacuna Coil as doors open at 7 p.m. Advance tickets for this show are $22 and can be purchased at any Florida Tans locations, Guitar & Banjo Studio at 4381 Calder in Beaumont, or online at dixiedancehall.com.
From Atlanta, Sevendust has been throwing down since 1994 and are on the cusp of releasing their ninth studio album, titled Black Out the Sun, on March 28 via their 7Bros. Records label (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). The record’s first single, “Decay,” has already been released to radio.
Sevendust consists of vocalist Lajon Witherspoon, Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), Vince Hornsby (bass/vocals) and John Connolly (guitar/vocals).
Rose said “Decay” was one of the final songs recorded on the new album.
“We were starting to get burnt and we didn’t want to push it,” said Rose. “So we had this riff, and we said, ‘Let’s jam it and see if anything comes of it.’ And before you know it, it became a song that ends up on the record, and everybody listens to it and they end up picking that as the single, which was pretty cool.”
Connolly described the new music as having “a darker vibe … but there’s still plenty of melody. It fits right in with Animosity, Alpha and our self-titled album. Lots of heavy stuff and some more mellow moody songs as well.”
Lowery proclaimed in Guitar World, “There’s a dark turn to the whole thing … in a lot of ways, it’s your typical Sevendust record.” The magazine goes on to declare that the new record “will eclipse its predecessors with its southern-rock brutality and bursts of industrial and reggae.”
With three gold albums, a Sevendust setlist can become very crowded as they’ve produced the hits “Black,” “Denial,” “Live Again,” “Enemy,” “Unraveling,” “Last Breath,” “Driven,” “Ugly” and “Angel’s Son.”
Sharing the stage with the boys of Sevendust will be Italy’s own Lacuna Coil. Moving and powerful, mysterious and serpentine, the music of Lacuna Coil has always been somewhat of a mystery to nail down, or so says their bio. Too brawny to be gothic, yet too melodic to be purely metal, the band has carved a path all its own with unique sound and undeniable songwriting prowess.
The band, which features two lead singers in Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro, has returned to the States to tour in support of their sixth album, Dark Adrenaline on Century Media, which peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 in 2012.
Popular singles include “Trip the Darkness,” “Fire,” “End of Time,” “Our Truth,” “Closer,” “Spellbound,” “I Won’t Tell You” and a remake of the Depeche Mode classic, “Enjoy the Silence.”
Opening the show will be Avatar from Sweden. The five-some are touring in support of last year’s release, Black Waltz.
The Dixie Dance Hall is at 234 Crockett St. For venue and event information, view dixiedancehall.com or call (409) 833-1700.