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KJEE Summer Roundup

Iration, Fitz & The Tantrums, Wolfmother & More

06/03/2016, Santa Barbara Bowl

Reggae-influenced alternative rock band IRATION—currently in the midst of their headlining “Hotting Up Tour 2016” including a handful of massive Southern California appearances headlined KJEE’s 12TH ANNUAL SUMMER ROUND-UP concert at the SANTA BARBARA BOWL on FRIDAY, JUNE 3, also featured sets from Fitz and the Tantrums, Wolfmother and The Strumbellas . IRATION previously performed at the event in 2009 and 2010, but their return this year marked the band’s first time headlining the hometown festival as well as the beautiful Santa Barbara Bowl.  



All Photos : Steve Kennedy       


IRATION continues to tour in support of their latest full-length album HOTTING UP, released last year via Three Prong Records/Caroline. The nine-track album features the radio singles “Reelin”, “Hotting Up” and “867”. HOTTING UP marks the band’s fourth full-length album and follow-up to 2013’s Automatic which helped propel their career to a new level. For the new music, IRATION put together a team of acclaimed collaborators including Grammy Award-nominated producer and co-writer David Manzoor (Lupe Fiasco, R. Kelly, Lloyd), Grammy Award-nominated mixer Mark Needham (Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Fleetwood Mac) and engineer Will Brierre (Imagine Dragons, Youngblood Hawk, Chris Isaak).  


2015 was a landmark year for the Hawaiian-bred, Santa Barbara-based group–Micah Pueschel (lead vocals/guitar), Adam Taylor(bass), Joseph Dickens (drums), Cayson Peterson (keyboard/synth), and Micah Brown (guitar/vocals). Beyond the album release, the band wrapped a successful 28-date fall leg of their “Hotting Up Tour” to a packed house at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles and had an impressive summer burning up the festival scene with performances at Outside Lands, Hangout, Riot Fest Denver, SunFest, Big Guava, Blaze N Glory, Cali Roots and many more.  


2016 got off to quite a start, which IRATION officially kicked off with a pre-game show at the San Francisco 49ers football game January 3 at Levi’s Stadium. The road warriors wrapped a 19-date West Coast co-headlining tour with fellow Hawaiian rockers Pepper dubbed the “Hawaiian Punch Winter Tour” and have a number of big appearances already set for this summer including a performance at BottleRock Napa Valley (5/28), headlining the Santa Barbara Bowl for KJEE’s 12th Annual Summer Round-Up concert (6/3), performing at San Diego’s 91X X-Fest at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre (6/5), back-to-back headlining shows at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, CA (7/9-7/10), presented by KROQ, and performing at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre for Reggae On the Rocks 2016 (8/27).



Santa Barbara Bowl Mission Statement  


The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation actively strives to create the leading outdoor performing arts center in the country. Dedicated community volunteers lead the charge in achieving this goal through pursuing the following major initiatives:  


Facility Enhancement  

Amplify the comfort and enjoyment of patrons and artists by continually enhancing Santa Barbara Bowl facilities and establishing long term-funding sources for ongoing maintenance and repairs.  


Performance Diversity  

Purposefully and continually broaden the musical spectrum of Santa Barbara Bowl performances as a reflection of our patrons’ diverse communities and interests.  


Community Outreach  

Provide support and funding for performing arts education in the Santa Barbara community.  


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