Tug on the spandex, lace up the leather, don the denim and pile high the hair — Kicking Karma's Monsters of Rock Tribute will return to the Pub Station Saturday.
The arena metal tribute act has played the venue’s taproom a handful of times and once shared the ballroom stage on a dual ticket with KISS tribute Strangeways, but this weekend, Kicking Karma will rule the ballroom for the first time on their own.
The Monsters of Rock Tribute show was born from the band members' passion for the metal and hair bands of the ‘80s. During their first year together, Kicking Karma spent most of their musical time in a basement, recreating their favorites before venturing out to perform at smaller venues around town.
“If we’re gonna play it, we're gonna play it right,” said lead vocalist and keyboardist Frank Wilson. “We really pay attention to the nuances of the songs.” Respect for the original music and attention to detail make the difference in how well a tribute or cover song is played, he said.
Also in the band are lead guitarist David Gray, rhythm guitarist Rob Eberts, bassist Brad Ross and drummer Bart Barkac. Most of the musicians also lend their voices throughout the show.
Six years after the band’s creation, Wilson said he's looking forward to taking over the larger stage.
“We were musicians, of course, when we booked our first Pub Station show, but when Sean Lynch (the venue’s owner) booked us, he told us we had to make it a show,” the singer recalled.
“I was a ball of nerves, Wilson laughed, “but we pulled it off.”
Early on, Kicking Karma chose to focus on a wide scope of ‘80s rock, rather than mimicking just one band as a tribute band does. That way, the musicians wouldn’t be pigeonholed into one persona or set list. Having created the Monsters of Rock Tribute with a broader stroke of the era also helps Kicking Karma reach more fans.
Even with about 80 songs now in the band's repertoire, “We’re always planning,” Wilson said. Band members meet after every show and decide which new favorites — no fewer than 15 tunes at a time — to add to their rock arsenal.
Saturday’s show will include hits by music legends Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Rush and more. Fans will also be rocked by a Steelheart tribute to the movie “Rock Star.” Kicking Karma will top the show with an extended set of Def Leppard favorites.
Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets for the ages 21 and older show are $10 plus applicable fees and are available at the door or in advance at the Pub Station box office, 2502 First Ave. N.; by calling 877-987-6487; and online at thepubstation.com.
For a sneak peak of Kicking Karma's Monsters of Rock Tribute, go to Kicking Karma's Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/KickingKarma/
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Bugz's Bar & Casino
1341 Main St.
Tanglewood: 9 p.m. Nov. 9-10.
2413 Montana Ave.
Music 7 p.m.-midnight.
RAD, Cain Flores: Nov. 9.
Doug McShane, followed by MOJO: Nov. 10.
Open mic 6-8 p.m., open jam 8-10 p.m. Nov. 14.
MSUB Jazz jam: Nov. 15.
Todd Loughrie, The High Country String Band: Nov. 16.
934 Lewis Ave.
Yellowstone Bluegrass Association jam: 7-10 p.m. Nov. 9. (Upstairs lounge.) Public welcome.
90th Annual Charity Ball: 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Music by the The Magic City Big Band. $15. Benefits Elk Lodge's veteran and youth programs.
637 Anchor Ave.
Little Joe and The Cartwrights: 7 p.m.-midnight Nov. 9 and 2-7 p.m. Nov. 11.
1123 First Ave. N.
Loud & Proud Karaoke with Daniel Pemberton: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Fridays and Wednesdays.
3839 Grand Ave.
Russell Engesser, accordionist: 6-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays.
4912 Laurel Road
Karaoke: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. nightly.
2502 First Ave. N.
Tickets at thepubstation.com, Pub Station Box Office, 2502 First Ave. N. or 877-987-6487.
Ticket price does not include service fees.
The Waiting (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute): Doors 8 p.m. Show 9 p.m. Nov. 9. Ages 21 and older. $25.
Kicking Karma, Monsters of Rock Tribute: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Ages 21 and older. $10.
William Clark Green: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Nov. 12. Ages 21 and older.
Coco Montoya: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Nov. 13. All ages. $20 advance, $25 day of show.
Stryper: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Nov. 14. All ages. $30.
The Devil Makes Three: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Nov. 15. All ages. $25 advance, $30 day of show.
Stabbing Westward: Doors 7 p.m. Show 8 p.m. Nov. 16. All ages. $25 advance, $28 day of show.
Shooters Casino & Sports Bar
1600 Avenue D
Cimarron Band: 8 p.m. Nov. 9.
Stars ‘n’ Stripes Lounge & Casino
4910 Southgate Drive
Karaoke: 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Cocktail Katz: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays.
2700 First Ave. N. 245-9291
Bob Bowman & Scott Jeppesen: 7-10 p.m. Nov. 11.
Yellowstone Cellars & Winery
1335 Holiday Circle, 281-8400
HillBillings: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 9.
Nothin' Yet Trio: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 10
Songwriter Sunday with John Adams: 3-5 p.m. Nov. 11. Featuring the music of Jim Croce.
Open Mic Night: 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information, text Dylan at 406-860-9978.
Teka & Ryan: 7-9 p.m. Nov. 16.