Dance Gavin Dance headline the Downtown Battle Mountain Tour 2011 in their hometown with iwrestledabearonce, In Fear and Faith, Close To Home, and Just Like Vinyl.

April 8th, 2011 at the Ace of Spades in Sacramento, CA

Dance Gavin Dance

About Dance Gavin Dance

Dance Gavin Dance is a California-based American rock band formed in 2005. It features vocalists Jon Mess and Tilian Pearson, lead guitarist Will Swan, rhythm guitarist Andrew Wells, and drummer Matthew Mingus. Over time, the band has had many lineup changes with Swan and Mingus being the only constant members.

The band began their music career by releasing their first EP in 2006, and promptly signed with Rise Records. Over the years, they have produced 10 studio albums to date. In addition, their efforts have been acknowledged in the US, where some of their albums have charted.

The band is known for being one of the top post-hardcore groups and has had four albums reach the top 20 in the US, with one reaching the top 10. Tim Feerick, the former bassist, passed away in 2022 prior to the release of “Jackpot Juicer,” with Sergio Medina taking over on bass for live performances.


Iwrestledabearonce formed in 2007 and is a metalcore band from Shreveport, Louisiana. Guitarist Steven Bradley had previously played in a mathcore band called Statuescrybleeding. After meeting vocalist Krysta Cameron, they formed Iwrestledabearonce with other local musicians. The band’s name comes from a comment inspired by Gary Busey on Comedy Central.

Bradley described the band’s album, “Ruining It for Everybody,” as “heavier, catchier, and better organized.” During Warped Tour 2012, Courtney LaPlante replaced original vocalist Krysta Cameron, but LaPlante later left the band due to wanting to do something different.

LaPlante and her husband Mike Stringer currently perform in the band Spiritbox, while Bradley works as a photographer and social media manager and Martin runs a YouTube channel.

Close To Home
In Fear And Faith

About Close To Home

Close to Home was a post-hardcore band from Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, formed in 2005. They released 3 EPs (including 1 demo) and 3 full-length albums. Close to Home toured the US and Europe with bands like Silverstein and We Came as Romans; moreover, they played in the Scream It Like You Mean It tours of 2010 and 2012, and the Dance Gavin Dance Downtown Battle Mountain Tour featured on this page.

They signed with Artery Recordings in 2010 but their contract has since ended. Once their contract expired, Close To Home chose to retire their name and continue as Actual Villains when founding member Josh Wells quit the band.

About In Fear And Faith

In Fear and Faith was a post-hardcore band from San Diego, California, formed in 2006. Eventually, the band signed to Rise Records and released 3 studio albums and 2 EPs. Their debut album, “Your World on Fire,” reached No. 193 on the Billboard 200. However, their second album, “Imperial,” did not, however, it did chart on Top Heatseekers and the US Indie chart.

The band had many lineup changes through the years and only vocalist Scott Barnes performed on all the albums, despite not being an original member. Bassist Tyler McElhany was a founding member, but was did not contribute from 2011-2014 or on their third album.

Dance Gavin Dance Tour 2011 poster flyer

About the Venue

Ace of Spades, a music venue located in the bustling R Street Corridor of downtown Sacramento, opened its doors in 2011. It has played a crucial role in the growth of R Street as an entertainment district, offering a wide range of concerts alongside a vibrant collection of bars, restaurants, shops, and lofts.


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