The BellRays from Riverside, California, have always been anchored by the team of Bob Vennum and Lisa Kekaula. They continually surround themselves with top-notch cohorts to bring their vision of punk, funk, rock and soul to the world. Teaming up with Mark Cisneros (bass) and Ron Miller (drums), The BellRays made the perfect match between furiousness of punk-rock and deep vibes of jazz/R&B.

Since forming in 1990, The BellRays has been constantly working with touring, live internet shows, writing and recording. Building up their faithful base of true believing music fans. In what is the 8th in the Detroit covers series from I-94 Recordings, The BellRays update The Temptations 1970’s socially conscious classic “Ball of Confusion.”

Explains Lisa Kekaula:

“We were amazed at how timely and current this song still was. So much of the original lyric content was unfortunately still relevant in America like racial tensions and political ineptitude.”

The BellRays “Ball Of Confusion” single artwork
The BellRays “Ball Of Confusion” single artwork

She continues:

“We wanted to bring it into a little more modern focus with the mention of the housing crisis, opioids, gas prices and active shooters. It is our way of building a bridge back to the original intent of the song.”

The flip side has The BellRays’ original (“I Fall Down”) – a mid-tempo burner that will wiggle its way into your eardrum and take up residence for a bit as you will be humming it long after it has stopped playing. The cover of the single was designed by Ben Brown. Pre-order the single coming out this June 3 via I-94 Recordings right here.

North America Tour Dates (w/ Social Distortion):

6/3/2023 – Riverside, CA – Concert Lounge*
6/28/2023 – Oakland, CA – Thee Stork Club*
6/30/2023 – Canby, OR – Clackamas County Fairgrounds
7/1/2023 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
7/2/2023 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
7/3/2023 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
7/5/2023 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
7/6/2023 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
7/8/2023 – Edmonton, AB – Midway Music Hall
7/9/2023 – Edmonton, AB – Midway Music Hall
7/10/2023 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
7/12/2023 – Winnipeg, MB – The Burton Cummings Theatre
7/13/2023 – Minneapolis, MN – Palmer’s Bar*
7/14/2023 – Green Bay, WI – Badger State Brewing Company*
7/15/2023 – Chicago, IL – Livewire Lounge*
7/16/2023 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern*
7/18/2023 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
7/19/2023 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
7/20/2023 – Detroit, MI – Lager House*
7/21/2023 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
7/22/2023 – Toronto, ON – History
7/23/2023 – Montreal, QC – Mtellus
7/25/2023 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
7/26/2023 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
7/27/2023 – Brooklyn, NY – Kingsland*
7/28/2023 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
7/29/2023 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
7/30/2023 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom (Philadelphia media)
8/1/2023 – Norfolk, VA – Norva Theater
8/2/2023 – Charlotte, NC – Fillmore Charlotte
8/3/2023 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
8/4/2023 – Asheville, NC – AVL Festival*
8/5/2023 – Memphis, TN – Mingelwood Hall
8/6/2023 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
8/8/2023 – Albequerque, NM – Revel Entertainment Center
8/9/2023 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater

All dates with Social Distortion except *

The BellRays 2023 tour poster
The BellRays 2023 tour poster

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