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Brick and Mortar build a solid foundation in Jersey
Bruce Springsteen. Bon Jovi. Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons. Brick and Mortar. What do all these artists have in common? They've all garnered a notable amount of success since their formation, and are hailed as part of the musical and artistic culture of the state of New Jersey. But for Brick and Mortar, especially, this young band is still laying the foundation that will guarantee success for years to come.
Comprised of frontman Brandon Asraf (bass guitar, vocals) and John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals), Brick and Mortar (also known as Brick + Mortar) gained a groundswell of support in the Asbury Park section of the state, becoming the first electronic drum and bass pop duo to have success in that area. Before long they had branched out, playing up and down the coast in packed venues night after night.
It was 2010 when Brick and Mortar released their debut studio album, recorded independently and called "7 Years in the Mystic Room." Praised by critics and fans, the album was the catalyst to an invite from Sony/Jive Records to a showcase performance at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Though the duo didn't come out of that venue with a record deal in hand, they did sign to Anchor & Hope Music, gaining a spot in the "No Pulp Music" showcase in the CMJ Music Marathon.
Brick + Mortar has released a number of singles and performance videos over the last few years, and was invited to perform at the SXSW Music Conference at the "House of Creatives" showcase. Their latest EP, "Bangs," was released through Photo Finish Records.
The band is now touring relentlessly, opening for the likes of Imagine Dragons, Icona Pop, and Jimmy Eat World. They've also been performing in the summer festival circuit at mainstays including Made in America, Loufest, and Lollapalooza.
Brick + Mortar currently has dates booked through February 2015 as part of the CTTM10 Tour.
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Brick + Mortar Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 02/18/2015 Boise ID Knitting Factory - Boise 02/13/2015 Colorado Springs CO The Black Sheep
Brick + Mortar Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/29/2014 Asbury Park NJ Asbury Lanes 11/17/2014 Cambridge MA The Sinclair 11/01/2014 Vancouver BC Electric Owl 10/29/2014 Portland OR Mississippi Studios 10/26/2014 West Hollywood CA The Roxy Theatre 10/20/2014 Kansas City MO The Riot Room 10/19/2014 Saint Louis MO The Demo 10/01/2014 New Haven CT BAR 09/30/2014 Washington DC Rock and Roll Hotel 09/18/2014 Toledo OH Frankies 08/22/2014 New York NY Bowery Ballroom 08/07/2014 Birmingham AL Iron City 07/25/2014 Akron OH Musica 07/22/2014 Dekalb IL The House Cafe 07/21/2014 Grand Rapids MI The Intersection 07/17/2014 Columbia MO Rose Music Hall 07/11/2014 Cincinnati OH Sawyer Point 06/30/2014 Kansas City MO Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 06/24/2014 Kalamazoo MI District Square 05/20/2014 New York NY The Studio at Webster Hall 05/16/2014 Hamden CT The Outer Space 05/15/2014 South Burlington VT Showcase Lounge 05/11/2014 Kansas City MO The Riot Room 05/08/2014 Chicago IL Subterranean 05/07/2014 Nashville TN The End 05/04/2014 Richmond VA The Camel 03/27/2014 Albuquerque NM Launchpad 03/15/2014 Baltimore MD Ottobar 03/09/2014 Indianapolis IN The Vogue 03/08/2014 Kansas City MO Czar Bar 03/04/2014 Salt Lake City UT Murray Theater 02/27/2014 Portland OR Branx 02/26/2014 Chico CA Senator Theatre 02/09/2014 Toledo OH Frankies 01/29/2014 New Haven CT BAR
Brick + Mortar Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/21/2013 Philadelphia PA Kung Fu Necktie 11/22/2013 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theatre 11/19/2013 San Luis Obispo CA SLO Brewing Co. 10/17/2013 New York NY The Studio at Webster Hall 09/08/2013 Saint Louis MO Central Field Forest Park 08/28/2013 New Haven CT BAR 08/02/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/02/2013 Chicago IL Grant Park 08/01/2013 Saint Louis MO The Pageant 07/30/2013 Akron OH Musica 02/13/2013 Philadelphia PA The Fire
Brick + Mortar Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/13/2012 Baltimore MD Rams Head Live 11/04/2012 Cambridge MA The Middle East 11/03/2012 Hoboken NJ Maxwells 11/02/2012 Philadelphia PA MilkBoy 10/31/2012 Pittsburgh PA The Smiling Moose 10/30/2012 Pontiac MI The Crofoot-Pike Room 10/28/2012 Saint Louis MO Cicero's 10/21/2012 Rochester NY Dub Land Underground 07/21/2012 New York NY Bowery Ballroom