State Theatre Portland
Blacktop Mojo

Rock 106.3 presents

Blacktop Mojo

Fifth Freedom

Tue, August 22, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Port City Music Hall

Portland, ME

$8

This event is 18 and over

Buy tickets in person at the Port City Music Hall box office (504 Congress Street) Wednesday-Friday 10AM-5PM, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online right here. PCMH box office will open one hour before doors night of show.

Blacktop Mojo
Blacktop Mojo
Blacktop Mojo is a hard rock band from Palestine, Texas that channels a heavy, gritty sound that seamlessly blends melody and adrenaline. With sludgy, rigid guitar lines and soaring, ariose vocal runs, twisted around psychedelic story-telling; Blacktop Mojo's songs deal with everything from ballads of love and loss, to epic tales of overcoming death itself, all delivered in the package of staunch, hard rock.

Blacktop Mojo was formed in September 2012 by lead vocalist Matt James, drummer Nathan Gillis. Armed with a demo EP and a dream, the band set out to play as many shows as they could, anywhere that they could, playing any type of music they could think of to hone their craft and find their sound. In their short time together, playing shows across the state, the band has shared the stage with a range of touring artists including Aaron Lewis, Candlebox, Drowning Pool, Puddle of Mudd, Whiskey Myers, Dirty River Boys, and The Bigsbys, among others.

Through touring, the band was introduced to their fifth member, lead guitarist, Ryan Kiefer. Through a series of impromptu sessions at the band’s infamous “Jam Shack”, Kiefer fell right into place with the band. He liked the same music, had the same taste in off-color humor, and most importantly, his style of guitar playing fit flawlessly into place with Irwin’s brand of shredding to form a specially blended dual guitar attack

While the band enjoys playing their favorite cover songs, they are truly impassioned with crafting their own original music. "The thing that makes us different from a lot of bands today is that ALL of us write the songs," says drummer Nathan Gillis. "My best five songs have to beat out Matt's 5 songs. Matt's best 5 have to beat out Ryan's best, and so on. It makes us really versatile in our styles and how we write. The thing that I also love about this band,” Gillis continues, “is that we can all sit in a room and write songs TOGETHER as well.”

Through many months of this type of collaboration, between playing shows, the band put together their first Full-Length album, titled, “I AM”. The album was recorded and mastered at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, Texas with the help of Producer Philip Mosley, Staff Engineer Drew Hall, and Mixing Engineer Austin Deptula. “We titled this album, ‘I Am’ because it makes a statement about who we are as a band, which is taking a crazy group of scatterbrained guys, with different writing and playing styles, sitting down in a room together with all of our separate thoughts and approaches to writing songs, and turning that into a singular energy, that we can all be proud of,” says vocalist Matt James.
Fifth Freedom
Fifth Freedom brings a modern attack to classically rooted rock with bluesy swagger while maintaining the tightness and dynamics of a modern hard rock sensibility. This style has allowed the band to traverse a wide spectrum of listeners from hard rock, southern rock, blues and metal fans alike.

In 2014, Fifth Freedom Released their self-titled debut record which debuting at No.1 at Bull Moose music (a 12 location New England record store chain), The band embarked on a two month tour across the United States on tour supporting the internationally known group Black Stone Cherry which earned the band national attention and airplay on both college and terrestrial radio.

Long-time members Alan Jones (vocals/guitars) and Gary Marston (drums) stayed the course while the band endured several line-up changes. In 2015, the band was joined by Ian Dyer on guitars and Seth McClellan on bass which activated a new energy and focus within Fifth Freedom that transposed into powerful new material. In the winter of 2016 the band entered the studio to track their sophomore full-length record titled: “Heartbreak & Hellfire" with Jon Wyman at The Halo Studios. The album includes a full breadth of songs that range from heavy rock anthems to earnest bluesy ballads that shout from the depths of front man Alan Jones' soul. The album was mastered by the Grammy Award winning mastering engineer Adam Ayan and the renowned Gateway Mastering Studios in Portland, ME and is slated for release for summer 2016.
Venue Information:
Port City Music Hall
504 Congress St
Portland, ME, 04101