February 16, 2017 — Michigan act POP EVIL took time out of their tour schedule to visit with some special fans at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee recently. The band was invited by the hospital as part of Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, an initiative that mobilizes the music community – artists, fans, corporate partners and sponsors – to join in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
“Playing for the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was a career highlight,” says Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty. “Whenever you can help bring inspiration and positivity to children in need it makes it all worthwhile. Being able to bring smiles to both the kids and their families was humbling and something we hope we can do more of in the future.”
The band performed some of their biggest hits like “Footsteps,” and “Take It All.” Video of each performance can be seen below. Bassist Matt DiRito adds, “It has been such an honor to be able to work hand in hand with the staff and families at St Jude. Those kids have touched our lives in a way that is so incredibly powerful and different from anything we have experienced in our travels across the world.”
POP EVIL is currently in the last few weeks on their headlining tour, “ROCK ‘N‘ ROLL NOW TOUR: RIGHT NOW,” with support fromBadflower. The band recently spoke to LOUDWIRE about the tour, their ten years since their first record contract and plans for a new record.
Click HERE to listen to “If Only For Now,” the fourth single from UP.
Pop Evil are enjoying more success at radio. Their current single, “If Only For Now” is currently Top 15 and climbing. Be sure to find drummer Hayley Cramer is also featured in the February 2017 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine.
Remaining Tour Dates:
2/16/2017 Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
2/17/2017 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
2/18/2017 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
2/19/2017 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
2/22/2017 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Centre
2/23/2017 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
2/24/2017 Detroit, MI Fillmore
2/25/2017 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
2/26/2017 Marie, MI Dreammakers Theater
POP EVIL released UP in 2015 and saw the release land at #1 on the Billboard Indie Chart in the week of its release. The LP pulled in at #25 Billboard Top 200, #16 Overall and #3 Top Hard Music albums.
UP was released with some serious critical accolades. Blabbermouth called it “an album that will rock the socks (and other clothes, no doubt) off their fans.” Huffington Post said the new LP “finds the Michigan band is in fine form.” News powerhouse USA Today even recognized that Pop Evil have “become a familiar presence on rock radio” in a recent feature with vocalist Leigh Kakaty. POP EVIL released a flurry of tracks off their LP before its release. “Footsteps” led the charge with “In Disarray,” “Dead In The Water”and “Ghost Of Muskegon” right behind it.
“The strongest Pop Evil album to date.” – REVOLVER MAGAZINE
“UP is Pop Evil’s most ambitious album so far. It has that mainstream appeal while allowing them to push their musical boundaries a bit. It’s a satisfying album which sports a title that reflects the band’s current career trajectory.” LOUDWIRE
“There is no shortage of boisterous anthems.” TEAM ROCK
About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and we won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook and following us on Twitter.
About Music Gives to St Jude Kids
Music Gives to St. Jude Kids mobilizes the music community – artists, fans, corporate partners and sponsors – to join us in the fight against childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases to raise funds and awareness for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. St. Jude has a long history of support from the music industry since the hospital’s beginning in 1962 when our founder, Danny Thomas, called on entertainers such as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and more to join his cause. Since then, numerous artists and musicians have visited the hospital in support of the St. Jude mission and Danny’s dream that no child should die in the dawn of life. Jason Thomas Gordon, grandson of hospital founder Danny Thomas created Music Gives to continue to bring St. Jude and music together to further his family’s legacy and make a difference in the lives of the kids of St. Jude.