Halo Circus, powered by “American Idol” Season 8 fan favorite Allison Iraheta, will headline the Troubadour on Monday, Dec. 14.
The show called “Say it Loud! A Night of Cultural Disruption,” is expected to spotlight multicultural music influenced by Iraheta’s childhood growing up in South Central.
Halo Circus is comprised of singer Iraheta, bassist-producer Matthew Hager (Duran Duran, Scott Weiland, Simply Red), drummer Veronica Bellino (Jeff Beck, DMC of Run DMC) and guitarist Brian Stead.
Halo Circus has played with Heart, Adam Lambert, Emmylou Harris, Orianthi and others.
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Halo Circus is a bilingual alternative rock band with powerhouse vocals. The group is releasing a new album in 2016.
“It’s a bilingual concept album about life seen through the eyes of a girl who was raised by El Salvadorian immigrants,” said Iraheta. “She achieved the impossible to become a witness to a world that she didn’t know existed (from) where she grew up.”
The record was produced by Hager and mixed by Craig Bauer (Kanye West, Ed Sheeran, Smashing Pumpkins).
“Say It Loud!” kicks off at 7 p.m. Bands on the bill include:
— Project N-Fidelikah (featuring Angelo Moore of Fishbone, George Lynch, members of WAR)
— David Garza (famed storyteller and Austin favorite)
— Heliotriope (featuring members of Ozomatli, WAR)
— KC Porter’s Cruzanderos (featuring multi Grammy-award winning producer-songwriter Porter)
Sentimental Show at The Troubadour
Iraheta, whose claim to fame has been “American Idol,” says she feels a bit sentimental to play at The Troubadour.
“Halo Circus played our very first show three years ago at the Troubadour, so it’s a dream come true to have our own night there now,” she said. “In our search to fill out the bill with artists that inspire us, we were humbled by the level of talent that wanted to be included. We discovered that there are geniuses living among us.”
Iraheta said she has noticed a trend in the industry to return to cause-based songwriting.
“Artists are desperate for a return to meaningful lyrics and songs with purpose,” she said. “We’re excited to be a part of ‘Say It Loud!'”