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Watch a video of Brian Marquis performing a Ryan Adams cover with Billy the Kid from this past summer’s Vans Warped Tour Acoustic Basement.


I did a Ryan Adams cover of “To Be Young” with my friend Billy the Kid this summer on the Vans Warped Tour Acoustic Basement stage. It was a lot of fun doing this song with Billy all summer. Check it out: 

Video by: Maggie K Ward

Comedian Erik Griffin (Montez from Comedy Central’s hit show Workaholics) will be performing a special live set June 22 at the Mountain View, CA stop of the Vans Warped Tour at the Acoustic Basement stage.

Make sure to come check out his set and hang out with him at the Side One Dummy Records tent. Check out some of his clips below:

Erik as Montez on Workaholics:

Erik as Montez in a Workaholics music video:

Erik stand-up clip from his Comedy Central special:

Another from his Comedy Central special:

POZ Stream: I Can Make A Mess - “Adaptation Cell”

Listen to “Adaptation Cell” from I CAN MAKE A MESS’ (Ace Enders of The Early November) new album ENOLA now at PropertyOfZack! Pre-order now at:

Catch I Can Make A Mess all summer long on the Acoustic Basement Stage at Vans Warped Tour June 15-Aug 4



I Can Make A Mess will be releasing Enola on June 11th via Rise Records. We wrote about the new album in our Most Anticipated feature for June and in our First Impressions series, so it’s clear that PropertyOfZack is a big fan of the release, which is why we’re so stoked to be streaming a new song from record.

Ace will be on Warped Tour all summer long with The Early November, but will be playing I Can Make A Mess songs at the Acoustic Basement every day as well. Pre-order Enola here and stream a brand new song called ”Adaptation Cell” below!

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On Monday May 20th, Full Sail University Acoustic Basement artist Monte Pittman (guitarist of Madonna) will jam with students at Pio Pico Middle School in Los Angeles, which is participating in the free Little Kids Rock music program. 

In addition he will be arriving with free instruments for the students, courtesy of Moksha Yoga LA’s 30-day “Sweat For Change” fundraising Crowdrise challenge, which raised nearly $115,000 for Little Kids Rock to restore and revitalize music education in under-served public schools nationwide.

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Just added: Charlotte Sometimes (NBC’s The Voice), Joey Briggs (The Briggs), Travis Alexander (Ghost Thrower, Therefore I Am), American Opera (ex-Your Best Friend) and more artists announced for Full Sail University’s Acoustic Basement Stage on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. See below for specific dates and full list of added artists:

Charlotte Sometimes 7/6, 7/7, 7/10, 7/16
Joey Briggs 6/15-6/21, 6/23-6/28
Travis Alexander 7/11-7/14
American Opera 7/17-7/20
Tidewater 8/2-8/4
McDougall 6/15-6/16
Mandolyn Mae 7/23-7/24
City of Ghosts 7/31
Tess Dunn 6/22
Tyler Matl 7/25

Full Sail University’s Acoustic Basement stage returns for Vans Warped Tour 2013:

Last summer, the Acoustic Basement presented by Full Sail University was a part of the Vans Warped Tour for the first time. The intimate, tented stage quickly became a popular spot for fans to get out of the sun and enjoy an acoustic set from some of their favorite Warped Tour artists. We’re happy to announce the that the Full Sail University Acoustic Basement will return for another summer on the Warped Tour, which kicks off June 15 in Seattle, Washington…(Read the full blog post here: )

Win a chance to play Full Sail University’s Acoustic Basement Stage at Vans Warped Tour

Ernie Ball’s 17th Annual Battle of the Bands includes a chance to play Full Sail University’s Acoustic Basement Stage. 1 winner per date will be chosen to open up the Acoustic Basement Stage on each date. Go to http// sign up and select Acoustic Basement Stage and then start spreading the word to get votes. 

2013 Vans Warped Tour Acoustic Basement Lineup Announcement Video from Brian Marquis.

The Full Sail University Acoustic Basement Stage returns for Vans Warped Tour 2013! The all-acoustic stage, presented by Full Sail University,made its debut last summer and enthusiasm from concertgoers was so positive that we are doing it bigger and better for 2013!

This summer the stage will feature Craig Owens of Chiodos, I Can Make A Mess (Ace Enders of The Early November), William Beckett of  The Academy Is…, Vinnie Caruana of The Movielife/I Am the Avalanche, Alcoa (Derek of Defeater), Matt Embree of RX Bandits, The American Scene, Allison Weiss, Kevin Seconds, Monte Pittman of Madonna, Austin Lucas, Brian Marquis, Charlie Simpson, Owen Plant, The Tower and The Fool (ex-Boys Like Girls/Therefore I Am) and Billy the Kid.

Each date will also feature impromptu performances by other artists on the tour and special guests. Last year we had surprise guests like Yellowcard, Sleeping With Sirens, Anti-Flag, John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday and more - so, you never know who you might catch at the Acoustic Basement! We also listened to your feedback and made some improvements for this year. We increased the size of the tent, raised the stage for better visibility and will have a more powerful sound system to make sure your experience is the best it can be!

Want a chance to play the Full Sail University Acoustic Basement?! Ernie Ball’s Battle of the Bands will feature a chance for 1 winner per date to play the Acoustic Basement along with their yearly contest to play the Ernie Ball Stage. Go to to sign up! Want to know more about Full Sail University? Check us out here:





Vans Warped Tour are thrilled to present the Acoustic Basement Tour, which will hit the road this coming February. The tour will feature a handful of incredibly talented musicians: Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche), A Loss For Words, Koji, and Brian Marquis (Therefore I Am). Fans of the Vans Warped Tour are already familiar with the concept, as The Acoustic Basement made its debut this past summer on the tour, bringing a fresh and innovative area for acoustic music at the primarily punk and alternative festival. A limited number of VIP tickets for each date will go on sale December 18th through All other tickets will be available at .

After the breakup of his band, Therefore I Am, Acoustic Basement producer and performer Brian Marquis approached Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman with the idea of an acoustic stage in the fall of 2011. He hoped to find a new home for artists wanting to showcase their music in a more stripped down setting. The stage was a hit, garnering crowds of up to 1000 people at each date of the Vans Warped Tour. “I think people really connected with the stage on Warped because it offered a raw and honest performance experience. There were no amps or band to hide behind - it was just the artist and their song, their story,” says Marquis of the stage’s success this past summer.

Vans Warped Tour and stands as the main sponsor and supporter of this tour, and are excited to see it stem out on its own this winter as it hits intimate venues throughout the east coast and mid west. Other sponsors include, Run For Cover Records, Green Vans, and The Soroka Agency. The tour is slated to kick off in New York, NY on February 1st, and will culminate in Boston, MA, on February 23rd. Green Vans will also help to provide a van rental for the tour, which all of the artists will be traveling in. 

More information on each of the Acoustic Basement artists can be seen below.

Acoustic Basement Tour Dates:

February 01, 2013 – Hamden, CT - The Space

February 02, 2013 – New York, NY - Marlin Room @ Webster Hall

February 03, 2013 – Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon

February 05, 2013 – Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar

February 06, 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose

February 07, 2013 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

February 08, 2013 – Pontiac, MI – Pike Room  @ The Crofoot

February 09, 2013 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen

February 10, 2013 – St. Louis, MO – Fubar

February 12, 2013 – Nashville, TN – The End

February 13, 2013 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

February 14, 2013 – Jacksonville, FL – Phoenix Taproom

February 15, 2013 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar

February 16, 2013 – Gainesville, FL – High Dive  

February 17, 2013 - Columbia, SC - New Brookland Tavern

February 19, 2013 – Richmond, VA – The Camel

February 20, 2013 – Newark, DE – University of Delaware

February 21, 2013 – Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary  

February 22, 2013 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Wonder Bar

February 23, 2013 – Boston, MA – TT The Bears

For more information, please contact Nicole Orbe at Pep Talk Media:


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Acoustic Basement Artists 2013

Brian Marquis is the producer of and a performer on the Acoustic Basement Stage on the Vans Warped Tour, and the first Acoustic Basement Tour. Marquis was the guitarist/vocalist of Equal Vision Records band Therefore I Am, who were based out of Boston, MA. After their breakup in 2010, Marquis moved to Los Angeles, and started writing solo music. He released his debut EP, Snow Damage, in 2011, and a covers EP, Beneath The Cover Is Earth this past June. He is currently working on a full-length solo record, scheduled for release this coming spring.  Marquis will return as producer and performer on the Acoustic Basement Stage on Warped Tour 2013.

Geoff Rickly is best known for his work as the frontman of New Jersey’s post-hardcore band Thursday, which received many accolades from fans and press, primarily with their 2001 Victory Records release, Full Collapse. The band later signed to Island Records, and continued their tradition of non-stop touring, bringing a unique energy to every stage that they hit and sharing stages with a variety of bands worldwide. Thursday announced that they would no longer be producing music together as a band in 2011, and since then Rickly has toured independently, and released his solo material as a digital mixtape for fans. He is currently on tour with Anthony Green.

Vinnie Caruana is the former singer of seminal pop-punk Long Island, NY, band, The Movielife (1997-2003) and current singer of I Am the Avalanche, a Brooklyn-based punk rock band whose first album was produced by Barett Jones (Foo Fighters). Caruana plans to release his debut solo record this winter on I Surrender/ Run for Cover Records.

A Loss for Words are from Abington, MA, and released their first full-length record in 2009 titled, The Kids Can’t Lose. They signed to Rise Records in 2011, and released their second full-length, No Sanctuary, later that year, bringing their engaging combination of melodic hardcore and pop punk to a whole new level of fans. The band plans to re-release two acoustic EPs, with some additional songs- and possibly some covers-   on the Acoustic Basement tour.

Koji hails from Harrisburg, PA, and has worked as an artist and activist for years, bringing a unique storytelling element to his stage performance. He has released numerous musical efforts, including splits with friends La Dispute and Into It. Over It. He is currently signed to Run For Cover records, and will release his debut full-length on the label early next year. 

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