The Damn Torpedoes - A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with guest vocalist Brooke Alyson

Sam's Burger Joint Presents:

The Damn Torpedoes - A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with guest vocalist Brooke Alyson

Matt McCormack

Sat, September 8, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00 - $45.00

This event is 18 and over

NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $10 Advance/ $13 Day of Show/ $45 Reserved Booth

The Damn Torpedoes - A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Damn Torpedoes - A Tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
The Damn Torpedoes have it: attitude, mojo, chemistry, skill, determination…and use those qualities to pay tribute to an American band who for nearly 4 decades have been the pure embodiment of the same, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Since the mid-70s, Tom and his Heartbreakers have churned out unforgettable classic rock gems. From “American Girl” and “Into the Great Wide Open” to “Free Falling”, “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” and beyond, they have left an indelible mark on the American pop cultural landscape. Such staying power is a testament to the fact that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. While no one will argue with the fact that Tom Petty is one of our greatest songwriters, Tom himself would tell you that he couldn’t have done it without his band. Amazing musicians like Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench have contributed to a sound that’s unmistakable Heartbreakers.

The Damn Torpedoes, whose name is a play on the seminal ’79 Petty album, Damn the Torpedoes, are long-time Austin musicians who have fashioned themselves in that mold: guys that have been around the block but attack the Petty hits like a hungry, young band out to conquer the world. By emphasizing intangibles like chemistry and staying power, The Damn Torpedoes recreate the sound and feel of one of the world’s greatest bands. Painstaking attention to detail - tones, arrangements, harmonies, performance and look - will give the audience an experience that’s as close to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers as you’re going to find.
Matt McCormack
Matt McCormack
Matt McCormack is a unique blend of Native American heritage, a soulful Memphis upbringing and his original Austin/San Antonio style of well-crafted songwriting. At age 17, McCormack got his first dose of rock-n-roll chaos as the opening act for Blind Melon. Soon after, McCormack really got his musical feet wet as the van driver for Todd Snider’s first US tour. Matt’s appreciation and affinity for songwriting stems from listening to Todd’s record collection.

McCormack then moved to Austin, TX with childhood friend and current Miranda Lambert guitarist, Alex Weeden. Their band Choker Montana was a fierce mix of country rock and alternative folk that paved an original sound amongst the Austin, TX 6th Street scene.

McCormack later went solo with his album Tonopah, soon landing him on the “Best Of” list on AAA station KGSR as well as being named on the ‘Best New Act’ poll in the Austin Chronicle. McCormack’s band often boasted powerful line-ups including Austin elites Will Sexton, Stephen Doster and Bill Carter. “Here We Go Again”, McCormack’s second effort was soon shelved due to a contractual agreement with KISS’ Gene Simmons. They collaborated on a soon-to-be released single titled “Pride.”

Although never officially released, “Here We Go Again” spawned “Easy For You”, a song that was featured in the LionsGate film “Dead Of Winter.” There was also commercial placement for another track called “Lucky Tonight”. During that same time, shows with Ian Moore, Raul Malo, Alejandro Escovedo, Double Trouble, Doyle Bramhall 2, Charlie Sexton, and Todd Snider (just to name a few) broadened new horizons for McCormack as a performer and artist.

McCormack’s next venture was his brainchild Rock Bottom Choir. RBC included a solid Austin lineup produced by Will Sexton. The George Harrison-inspired record gained a cult following with its live shows and infectious country+rock melodies. The focus and spirit of the band was to raise money and feed the homeless. The Rock Bottom Choir was responsible for generating 250,000 meals and an album appropriately titled “For All The Saints.”

McCormack moved to LA in 2006 where he continued to play both full band and solo acoustic shows in Southern California. A residency in Nashville was born as McCormack dove into songwriting and experimented with different artistic formulas. The Nashville jaunt matured Matt as an artist and left him with a stack of unreleased material.

In 2012, McCormack transitioned into artist management for friends and cohorts Bill Carter and Will Sexton. These efforts led to worldwide press chops, including an appearance on David Letterman for Bill Carter and Johnny Depp. Soon after, a devastating and traumatic home flood derailed McCormack’s musical endeavors. Bob Dylan’s guitarist, Charlie Sexton, quickly made a public announcement in support of a benefit show for Matt and his family. The SIMS foundation in Austin has helped McCormack regain solid ground and afforded him the foundation to move forward.

“Life In Stereo” is the upcoming release that showcases McCormack’s strengths in melodic storytelling. The first single “Pride,” is a collaborative co-write with Gene Simmons of KISS, one of McCormack’s childhood heroes. As Matt moves forward into unchartered waters, he is optimistic and inspired.
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215
http://samsburgerjoint.com/