the rocket summer and paradise fears at valley bar nov 2015

    On November 10th, 2015 The Valley Bar located in Downtown Phoenix welcomed The Rocket Summer to a sold out show. Doors were opened for a meet and greet with Bryce Avery himself. Opening acts then included The Breaking Pattern, and Paradise Fears. The show started a bit rocky but then undoubtedly kicked into gear once Paradise Fears hit the stage. Lead vocalist Sam Miller of Paradise Fears knew exactly how to embrace the crowd and get them going.




Sam Miller

Cole Andre

Jordan Merrigan

Michael Walker

Marcus Sand


Formed in a small town in South Dakota, a state not widely recognized for its contributions to the world of music, PARADISE FEARS has set out with a unique mission: tell a real story. “We wanted to write songs that matter,” says lead singer Sam Miller. “Simple as that.”


Now a 5-piece, 10-instrument alternative rock outfit, the moniker has served them well: despite never being represented by a manager or a label, the band has built a remarkably widespread and loyal following, with hundreds of thousands of fans subscribed online and millions of streams on Spotify and YouTube. Eager to earn their chops on the road, the band opened for radio rock mainstays Parachute and The Cab before heading out on their own 2014 headlining tour. Following their 2014 signing to Digsin Records, the band released “Who We Were With,” quickly becoming their fastest-growing single, with over 3,000,000 streams, and announced a 2015 tour with Andy Grammer and Alex & Sierra. Their enormous touring and online audiences serve as a testament to the band’s tireless ethic and complete control of their own creative process.
The group began with high school friends, their first recordings paid for by their full time jobs at grocery stores and sandwich shops. After two years of touring and two albums, the band is still evolving and perfecting their unique brand of theatrical alternative pop, infusing orchestral soundscapes and even spoken word, their central tenant as remained the same: honest lyrics and “songs that matter.”




    The stage changed and lights went out. All you can hear was the cheers of the crowd welcoming The Rocket Summer. From old to new songs to sing-a-longs, Bryce Avery blew the roof off with an incredible show. Overall I was quite impressed with the turn out and am glad I was able to cover this amazing show.




Bryce Avary

The Rocket Summer is the solo-project of Bryce Avary who is based in Dallas–Fort Worth, Texas. Avary is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer. He writes and produces every song on his records, and plays every instrument on them.

He has released five studio albums and several EPs. His fifth release in 2012, Life Will Write the Words, was 58 on The Billboard 200 and 12 on Billboard Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums as well as 12 on Top Independent Albums.[1] His fourth release, Of Men and Angels, held the No. 1 Top Album spot on iTunes upon its release in 2010.[2]AP Magazine called him one of “100 bands you need to know.


Write up, and coverage provided by: Beverly Shumway of AZ Snapz

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