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August 14 2014 @ 7:00 pm
The 80s hard rockers known collectively as Tesla come to Stage AE equipped to electrify. Originally performing as City Kidd, the band became Tesla in 1986 around the same time as the release of their first album, Mechanical Resonance. A five-piece band originating in Sacramento, Ca., they came to fame in an era known for glamorous, leather-panted, hairspray-soaked rock stars. Yet Tesla found its own brand of success by remaining relatively humble and dedicated more fully to their music, rather than the extravagant lifestyle for which their peers were so well-known. The band has released numerous platinum albums, and with its 1990’s Five Man Acoustical Jam (a down-to-earth acoustic live album), found themselves in a pole position of influence for MTV’s “Unplugged” series. Impressively, Tesla’s current lineup features four of the five original members, having lost only Tommy Skeoch along the way; he was replaced by current guitarist Dave Rude. American Dog and The Vegabonds are special guests. Doors open at 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore.