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Ron Gallo and Becca Mancari tickets at 7th St Entry in Minneapolis
Tue Oct 5, 2021 - 8:00 PM

First Avenue presents

Ron Gallo and Becca Mancari

with Chickpee
7th St Entry, Minneapolis, MN Ages: 18 & Over with Valid Government ID

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First Avenue presents

First Avenue presents

Ron Gallo and Becca Mancari

with Chickpee

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7th St Entry
701 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Tue Oct 5, 2021 - 8:00 PM
Ages: 18 & Over with Valid Government ID
Doors Open: 7:00 PM
Door Price: $18.00
Onsale: Fri Jun 18, 2021 - 11:00 AM
This event has enhanced protocols at the artist or band’s request. For this show, you must present either proof of a full series of COVID-19 vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 48-hours of the show.
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Bio: Ron Gallo

An Open Letter from Ron Gallo to Humanity: 

(Shredding. Speaking. Writing. Thinking. Reading.) 

I straddle the fence between two mindsets – 

1. The world is completely fucked and, 

2. The universe is inside you. 

I have probably spent too much time being pissed off and upset with humanity; how far we’ve let ourselves go. Just another millennial guy with large hair trying in earnest to take on the weight of the world; taking passionate and hypercritical walks down city blocks, somehow totally aware and above the illusion, overflowing with informed negativity to destroy the illusion and only feeding it. 

Besides a couple of years of emotional and mental turmoil, loss, confusion, breakdown and internal growth what did all of that ever 
get me? Well, it gave me this record called “HEAVY META” and it is the first few findings from my guerilla treasure hunt for bullshit, both outside and within. Ethos meets pathos. 

There is nothing about reading this bio that will achieve its only goal - to further acquaint you with the music. I suggest you put the phone down, come to a show and make up your own mind. You work hard, or don’t work at all; but the search for purpose and meaning is real and the need to relate, release and rage is just as visceral. And though I can’t control what you think, maybe, JUST MAYBE, I can spark some emotion that might unite us in tacit understanding through the language of music – where the words “fuck yeah” say everything. 

Just the existence of a biography in someway makes it seem like my life is more interesting than your life - far from the truth. I am more interested in YOU, and how we connect that to the WE; that is the reason why I put this stuff out there. These songs - whether they’re about the time I saw a mother’s cigarette ash falling onto her child’s head in a stroller, or the wars we start within ourselves or, the domestication of punks - they immortalize images and moments in this singular existence that seem to hold a more universal truth than what is taken at face value. And for all this I have nothing but gratitude for the process that lead me to create this album - the 4,929,647 album of all time. 

RG 

HEAVY META LP 

...is 11 tracks of lyrical confrontation and laughter for cynics laid down roughly on a bed of fuzz, chaotic structures and primal sounds evoked from a red Fender jaguar electric guitar - there is bass, there are drums and not much else besides the occasional icing (no artificial colors or dyes). It’s not comfortable and easily pinpointed and I’m sure that will create an issue for the desire for neat little boxes we have grown to love. On my shelf currently there is a Mahalia Jackson record sandwiched between “Funhouse” by The Stooges and Minor Threat. Lately on long drives, we’ve been deep into the Eckhart Tolle audiobook for “A New Earth”, a variety of comedy podcasts (specify), our friends and bands in our new adopted home of Nashville, stand-up specials and revisiting 90’s hits - oh, and listening to our own record a lot to make sure the mixes are right on car speakers. My bedroom window curtains are orange. We tour in a maroon SUV. The band, RG3, consists of Joe Bisirri on bass and Dylan Sevey on drums. 

If you’ve made it this far, now might be a good time to go over some pretty boring backstory to create further context for the “assets” of my “brand”: 

I was in a band called Toy Soldiers for about 8 years that started as a drum/guitar duo between my longtime friend from middle school and I, fluctuated into a 12- piece freak show and then eventually a solid 5-piece rock and roll group. I consider that brand my musical training wheels. It was the reason one night in 2007 I realized in a low ceiling south Philadelphia basement that maybe one day I could be a singer. We barreled around the country many times, made many mistakes, had good times and eventually played our last show in August of 2014. Shortly thereafter I started a label called American Diamond Recordings and put out a record called “RONNY”, the cover is my face with a slice of pizza on it and it sounds like an island vacation. I didn’t know what I was doing when I made it. I still don’t know what I’m doing and I plan on keeping it that way. 

The only thing I do know is that I want to use music to reflect the times and as a primary outlet for me to become a total psychopath on stage, challenge myself and talk about potentially heavy real world things, call you out, then maybe we can even hug after the show. I am forever grateful for this life and anyone that ever comes to a show, buys a record and wants to have a real conversation. I have no idea where things are going, but I know it’s best to grow with them and be okay with whatever happens. As for right now, it seems like a great time to WAKE UP, put all of ourselves into it, acknowledge our own personal limitless value and beauty and if I can be any part in that, well then, awesome. Thank you.

Bio: Becca Mancari

Becca Mancari is rewriting the rules. Born in Staten Island, New York, to an Italian-Irish preacher and a Puerto Rican mother, Mancari has lived a life of transition - from working as a janitor in South Florida, to writing songs with train hoppers in the Blue Ridge Mountains and seeking spirituality in India. But it was her time in Virginia and Nashville where she found roots where she could evolve personally and musically to a seasoned artist beyond her years.

Her anticipated debut album, Good Woman, is hauntingly lonesome, with dustcloud swells of electric guitar and don't-look-back lyrics revealing scenes from Mancari’s well-travelled story. Since her music is the landscape of all she's seen, Good Woman evokes the sound of city grit and the mountain music of her youth, swirling into a fresh, nostalgic sound.

In reference to her evolving sound, Mancari explains that on Good Woman, “We played with atmospheric tones and textures, with a lot of space-like reverb, to create a sort of soundscape.” It's these planetary frontiers, along with the powerful fragility in her voice, that make Mancari's music stand beyond easy categorizations.

Perhaps more striking than Mancari’s sound is the tender honesty and vulnerability present in each of her songs. Ann Powers describes Mancari’s writing as "lyrical and raw," commenting on the "great personality in her songs." Her strong sense of self enables her to be a spokeswoman to the outcast and the misfit, helping her redefine the categories that so often divide people.

As a gay woman in the south, she has had to face her own set of divisions and has fought hard to reconcile her spiritual beliefs with her sexuality. Though she’s faced her own struggles, she has only emerged stronger: When Mancari sings, she shines with charisma and compassion. She walks the line between the masculine and the feminine, and it is this spirit that is paving a new path in music today.

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