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Snapdragon Record's I Voted For Kodos.

In Music

Snapdragon Record's Eighty-D.

Snapdragon Records represents Milwaukee on '06 Warped Tour


For the past 12 years, The Vans Warped Tour has torn through the States, and even parts of Canada, each in what feels like an interactive manifestation of a two-month-long skate video.

It’s the largest showcase of punk, ska, emo, indie, metal and hip hop (yes, there have been a few) bands ever, and this year, Milwaukee’s own Snapdragon Records is making sure Brew City bands get an extra large, extra sugary piece of the punk rock pie.

“We have done the Milwaukee date on the tour several times, but we’ve never been invited to do more that that,” says Snapdragon founder Kristan Harris. “This year is our first year that we will get a chance to branch out to other areas. We are doing 32 dates as a label and three of our artists are playing select dates.”

Pop punk bands Eighty-D and I Voted For Kodos are both playing on June 17 in Milwaukee and June 18 in Minneapolis. I Voted For Kodos is also slated for July 30 in Chicago, as is hardcore outfit Until I Bleed Dry. Until I Bleed Dry continues on to represent Snapdragon on August 6 in Old Bridge, NJ.

“We are starting to grow and we are really excited. The fans and bands are happy to have a label represent Milwaukee this year,” says Harris.

Harris launched Snapdragon Records in 2002 as a means of helping bands –- his own included -– get a little rock recognition, and what started then as a one-man, DIY effort has grown into a successful seven-band label. The Red Letter Diaries, a power pop band from Oak Creek, is the latest addition to the Snapdragon Family, officially signing on in February ’06.

“My goal is to get everyone in Milwaukee involved in music, even if it’s not us –- I just want to help our scene thrive. I really would like to push for getting our music -- and other bands that deserve it -- regular radio play at local stations that are keen on helping the scene. I think that everyone needs to chip in their part, from making WAMI open to any band, to getting local bands to open for national acts on the same stage.”

In celebration of its four years in the Milwaukee music scene, Harris is hosting the “Snapdragon Records four-year Anniversary Show” on Saturday, May 27 at the Miramar Theater. It’s an all-ages show (drinking with I.D.) featuring a handful of current Snapdragon bands –- I Voted For Kodos, Red Letter Diaries, Flagship Rebels, Until I Bleed Dry -- Snapdragon alumnus, The Response, as well as other Wisconsin bands -- The Big Mcgaffers, Those Royals, Ceteri, Koala Taxi and The Autumn Fire. The show is $6 in advance and $8 at the door.

Snapdragon’s Web site is snapdragon-records.com.

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OMCreader | June 25, 2006 at 1:55 a.m. (report)

BORING SHITTY AND NOT UNDERGROUND! said: Yea that says it and I mean it!

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OMCreader | May 29, 2006 at 11:07 a.m. (report)

Gavin said: The show was amazing sat.. havent seen that many local kids at a show in a long time!

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OMCreader | May 24, 2006 at 3:33 p.m. (report)

cal said: Total rock!

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OMCreader | May 24, 2006 at 12:37 a.m. (report)

suzie said: for sure gotta see unti i bleed dry

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OMCreader | May 23, 2006 at 7:53 p.m. (report)

88finger louie said: sdr 4 year is gonna rock anyone going??

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