Tripmaster Monkey Album Release Show w/ Subatlantic
Friday, September 27, 2019 9:00 PM
$12 adv / $15 day of show
8pm / Show:
19+ (minors must be accompanied by parent or guardian)
All tickets are general admission. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a seat.
In 1987 — around the time the Replacements were releasing their Sire Records debut, Pleased to Meet Me
— four skinny, middle-class, high schoolers began their own arc in the history of Midwestern rock.
Calling themselves Tripmaster Monkey (after the book, Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book
, by Maxine Hong Kingston), the group — with far more spirit than expertise — wrote songs that mixed new wave, punk, and garage-pop. They attracted a loyal following of likewise misfit Midwestern kids tired of the pop and classic rock that clogged the airwaves.
In the early 90s, on a fateful trip to NYC, the band caught the attention of legendary Sire founder and president Seymour Stein, and they were soon added to the celebrated label’s roster.
With a new recording contract in hand, Tripmaster set out on several national and international tours as radio looked for the next alt-rock band-of-the-month. The boys busted onto the CMJ charts, and landed a song on the movie soundtrack to Naked in New York
. Their first EP, Faster Than Dwight —
featuring the single “Present Tense” — was released independently in the UK by Che Records, where it received high marks from critics and fans alike, and even garnered several spins on the renowned John Peel Show
Then in 1994, the band began work on their follow up full-length LP, Goodbye Race,
at Fort Apache in Cambridge, MA. Producers Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Uncle Tupelo) were at the helm, fresh off of finishing Hole’s album Live Through This.
On the last day of the mixdown, studio owner Gary Smith ran into the room and announced that Kurt Cobain had died by suicide.
Juxtaposed against the melancholia the star’s death cast over the airwaves, the first track from Goodbye Race
was the pop-rock gem, “Shutter’s Closed.” Again they saw much success, with the single becoming a heat-seeker on college radio and the resulting video entering rotation on MTV’s 120 Minutes
For their 1996 followup, the band decided to take matters into their own hands, and used advance money to build a studio in their 3-story rehearsal space. The result — the 26-song Practice Changes
— weaved in an out of tone and genre and received rave reviews from critics, but it didn’t exactly feed the appetites of major label execs looking for the next big thing.
After a shakeup at Sire parent Warner Brothers Records, the band was shifted to Elektra, where label focus, attention, and funds began to dry up quickly. Unfortunately, their most mature and developed material would fail to gain more than an indie cult following. Tripmaster completed its contract, and split up to pursue other avenues, though continuing to write, perform, and record music.
Now, some 22 years later, the band has rejoined their unique talents to write and record the 11-song album, My East Is Your West
with friend, engineer/producer (and Daytrotter co-founder) Pat Stolley. With a lot more experience, a little more wisdom, a few more pounds, and one more bandmate, Tripmaster Monkey has created a fresh take on the indie rock of their youth while remaining wholly entrenched in present tense zeitgeist. Is it their best stuff to date? They certainly think so.
The Redstone Room at River Music Experience is a standing room only concert venue. All tickets are General Admission unless otherwise stated. For the comfort of our guests, a limited amount of seating is available on a first come first serve basis:
- Reserved Tables: a limited number of tables are for sale in advance, sold through our ticketing service. You will need to add both your General Admission tickets AND your Reserved Tables to the cart for purchase. Reserve Tables come with 4 seats to a table.
- General Admission Tables: A number of tables are available when doors open. First come first serve.
- Disability: If you require handicap accessible seating, you will need to purchase your General Admission ticket first, and then call the box office to reserve up to 2 seats. Tables must be purchased separately.
All tickets for RME events are sold via Eventbrite and all carry applicable transaction fees. Tickets can be purchased the day of event online, at the RME Box office during business hours, and at the door (subject to availability). All tickets purchased with credit cards and/or cash will be subject to all applicable service fees whether the purchase takes place online, over the phone, or at the RME box office. Ticket fees also still apply for admission at the door.
TICKETS MAY BE PURCHASED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS
River Music Experience
129. N. Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801
Tues: 12pm - 6pm
Wed: 12pm - 6pm
Thurs: 12pm - 6pm
Fri: 12pm - 6pm
Sat: 12pm - 6pm
*Box Office hours may vary due to event schedules
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Most shows in the Redstone Room are 19+, unless otherwise noted, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
RME & The Redstone Room are in the heart of downtown Davenport, and accessible by public transportation or cabs & ride-share apps (Uber, Lyft). There is a paid parking garage right next to the RME that only costs a couple of dollars for an evening. When using the ramp, make sure that you prepay at the pay stations in the garage stairwell or on the Parkmobile app. Free street parking is available, but sometimes hard to find on concert nights.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You may call the RME's box office at (563)326-1333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What's the refund policy?
Purchased tickets are nonrefundable.