Pop Evil

Tickets starting at $35
  • Thursday, March 30 | 8:00PM
    Hard Rock Event Center

About Pop Evil

Pop Evil is the bridge between life-affirming hard rock hit-making and the burgeoning new frontier of genre-bending postmodern playlists. A crowd-pleasing band unafraid to embrace the heaviest and most melodic ends of the spectrum, with a seemingly endless stream of No. 1 hits veering between fist-pumping anthems and timeless power ballads. 

“Let the Chaos Reign” is the heaviest single the band has ever dropped, a rousing fight song of self-determination and rising to meet any challenge with courage and strength. By contrast, “Work” puts its heavy guitars atop grooving rhythmic punch and EDM flourishes, as it champions the working-class heroes struggling to persevere across all industries today.

“We won’t bore people with the same song over and over,” assures charismatic front man and bandleader Leigh Kakaty, who co-founded the band in Michigan. “When you come to our live show, we feel like there should be an ebb and flow, peaks and valleys, that are similar to real life. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. We like to take people on a journey when they listen to our music or come to see us live.”

Since  2008, The Word Alive have steadily maintained a course towards the forefront of alternative heavy music and have continued their upward trajectory ever since. The Phoenix-based quartet — Telle Smith (vocals), Zack Hansen (guitars), Tony Pizzuti (guitars), Matt Horn (drums) toss and turn between visceral power and entrancing emotionality encased in swathes of otherworldly electronics. It’s a singular sound that has naturally evolved since their debut record, “Deceiver,” and continued through their most recently release of “Violent Noise.” They’ve earned acclaim from the likes of Alternative Press, Revolver, Guitar World, and Modern Drummer and supported I Prevail, Killswitch Engage, A Day To Remember, Motionless In White, among others, and are known for their ability to ignite crowds across the globe. 

Engaging, edgy, erratic, irreverent, wild, vibrant, fun… There's certainly no shortage of adjectives to describe AVOID and their quest to fuel that feeling of being a part of something. Evoking a nostalgia for the kind of music that seeps into your soul, the Seattle five-piece channel the musical legacy synonymous with their hometown while blissfully genre hopping to create something entirely new. Good times with a message of inclusivity, with a drive to bring passion, innovation, and provocation back to heavy music and pull in the community around it. AVOID crackle with the energy of a young act ready to take the world by storm. While the world fell silent in 2020, the band seized the moment to make noise with the release of their attention-grabbing EP “The Burner.” With new tracks “My World”, “COWABUNGA” and “Split (Kill It)” setting the tone for a new era for the band, and their live show reputation building more buzz daily, AVOID are ready to spread their brand of infectious hedonism that injects some magic into the mundane. Bringing twists on the art, and the media and methods of the 90’s to 2000’s into the modern day.

 
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© 2023. Must be at least 21 years old to attend. Limited ADA – accessible seating/viewing. To check availability or for concert questions, please contact our box office at 813.627.6649. Management reserves the rights to modify or cancel this event at any time based on operational and/or business concerns. Persons who have been trespassed or banned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida or those who have opted into the self-exclusion program are not eligible. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, please call 1.888.ADMIT.IT