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International Vibes Rock Scout Bar in October

Get ready, Clear Lake: the international rock and metal vibe continues in October at Scout Bar! The venue since its inception earned the reputation of bringing to the stage the best up-and-coming and established acts from not just all over the nation, but the world, something that will carry over in a big way though the coming weeks. 

“I’m super excited about the international acts we have coming,” said Roland Belmarez, promoter/booking at Scout Bar. “We’ve been doing great with American acts in the progressive metal category, like Angel Vivaldi, who we also have on December 12. But bringing international acts into the mix makes it even better, because they always have something a little different to offer. I call it flare or flavor,” he said.

Indeed, Scout Bar has already hosted German and Swedish death metal this month (Obscura and Dark Tranquility, respectively). But wait, as they say—there’s more! Scout welcomes Brazilian power metal masters skyhar as part of their 2018 OMNI World Tour in early October.
The São Paulo-based band, which formed in the early ’90s, boasts numerous awards, eight studio albums, and millions of fans all around the globe, particularly in Europe and Japan, and are not to be missed on October 10, along with openers Apocalyptic and Scrollkeeper.

Hailing from Japan, the rock band [Alexandros] will hit the stage just a week later. Though they have been gaining worldwide notoriety since 2001, they began to play to sold-out crowds since a big break at SXSW in Austin only a few years ago. [Alexandros] are currently touted as one of the most original bands to come from the “land of the rising sun,” and will bring their sound to Scout on October 15.

“I want to say this might be the first Japanese alternative/pop punk artist we’ve had in the club,” said Belmarez. “But this one should be off the charts also. These guys are more up my alley for sure. I am super excited about this one!”

Finally, Skyharbor will round out the global rock scene for the month at Scout on October 18. An Indian/American band which counts groups like the Deftones as influences, Skyharbor is composed of members from New Delhi and Mumbai, India, as well as Cleveland, Ohio, and has been rocking stages with their unique brand of progressive metal since 2011. 

“It’s always great for the Scout Bar crowd to see something they like, but with little bit of a twist, and something different. I don’t know if people see or know how diverse Scout Bar is, but we go from Brazil to Japan and India within months with all of these upcoming acts,” Belmarez said. 

With such a variety of global acts descending on Scout Bar in October, it’s time to start planning several nights out with eclectic live music—and when you go, make sure to tell them The SCENE sent you! 

By Sarah Piña