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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Get down with The Dirty Heads

The Dirty Heads will return to The Star Bar for one huge night of live music on Thursday, April 1, and that's no April Fools' joke. Last in town for the sold-out Sundance Pre-Party, the band is currently enjoying its breakthrough success with the hit single "Lay Me Down," which has been added to more than 70 radio markets throughout the country.

Before heading up Parley's Canyon on Thursday, the band will do a half-hour "End Zone" performance on 101.9 KEZN ion Salt Lake. They will perform live at the station before an audience of contest winners and also take questions from the fans. Then it's up to the Star Bar for what should be the loudest April Fools' Day party in town.

Rooted in the Orange County community of Huntington Beach, the Dirty Heads burst onto the Southern California music scene with their signature blend of acoustic infused hip-hop and classic reggae in 1996. Founding band members Jared Watson and guitarist/vocalist Dustin Bushnell met while in high school and embarked on a friendship based on a shared love for music, surfing, skating and the endless party of the laid-back SoCal lifestyle.

The Dirty Heads' first smash single, "Lay Me Down," features Rome of the band Sublime with Rome. Their latest album, "Any Port in a Storm," also features one of the final recordings of the late music industry icon Billy Preston. Frequently referred to as "The Fifth Beatle," Preston played on three tracks, including "Stand Tall," "Chelsea," and "Driftin.'" Additionalspecial guests on the album include drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Sting, The Vandals), and veteran session percussionist Alex Acuna, whose A-list musician resume includes working with Peter Gabriel, Johnny Clegg, and Jackson Browne.

Recently, the band's music has been attracting attention throughout the entertainment world. They have been featured on Fuel TV and their songs have been chosen for the movie and soundtrack for "Surf's Up" (Sony), as well as the television drama "Shark" (CBS). Actor Matthew McConaughey selected the band's music to be in his film, "Surfer Dude." In addition, the Dirty Heads can be heard in Tony Hawk's "Downhill Jam" video game (Activision) and several other music compilations and surf/skate videos. On the marketing side, the Dirty Heads' music has appeared in campaigns for Etnies Jeans, Vestal Watches, Hurley, Skullcandy and more.

Dirty Heads vocalist Jared Watson sums up their fun, uncomplicated style in a few words: "We want to be positive and entertain," he says. "We just want to make you feel good."

People who are into feeling good can check out the music prior to the show at Doors open at 9 p.m. for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $10 in advance at or $15 at the door, with half-price admission for anyone who shows up in a clown costume or makeup.


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