If you’ve been hip to the underbelly of the L.A. scene, found yourself at the Sunset Jubilee in May (not the Silverlake Jubilee) or you’ve got a constant hankering for drums – you might be familiar with the artist Eli James. If not, you’re response to an Eli James question might just be “Who the fuck is Eli James?”
Well, this below video should do a lot more justice to explaining that than the words I write – but suffice it to say James is part of a new breed of musicians. More than just a drummer – he is a multi-talented DJ, engineer, storyteller and performer. A one-man, skin beating, bass drum stomping, dance floor wrecking drummer.
With LED lights synched to his kit, a James performance is a total sensory experience. Its also a walk through pop nostalgia as he pops off personalized live remixes of chart toppers like Kanye West, Katy Perry, Nine Inch Nails and more. He takes his sensory overloading performance around the country this summer starting next week when he kicks off his Pump Up The Jam Tour 2011 in San Antonio, TX that ultimately delivers him to Los Angeles and the Sunset Strip for the esteemed Sunset Strip Music Festival where he will play Friday night at The Viper Room and Saturday on the main block.
PUMP UP THE JAM TOUR 2011
Date City Venue
July 19 San Antonio, TX Boneshakers
July 20 Austin, TX Beauty Bar
July 21 Houston, TX Super Happy Fun Land
July 22 New Orleans, LA TBD*
July 23 Birmingham, AL The Nick
July 25 Atlanta, GA Eastside Lounge
July 27 Worcester, MA Lucky Dog Music Hall
July 29 NYC, NY Pianos
July 31 Philadelphia, PA Dockside Bar
Aug 3 Madison, WI The Frequency
Aug 5 St Louis, MO 2720 Cherokee**
Aug 6 Warrensburg, MO 400 Bar
Aug 11 Denver, CO Moe’s Tavern
Aug 13 Las Vegas, NV Artifice
Aug 19 West Hollywood, CA The Viper Room – SSMF
Aug 20 West Hollywood, CA Sunset Strip Music Festival
** playing with Freq Nasty
Check out these other drum driven remakes by James!