Lights Over Bridgeport is a rock band formed by four friends who grew up on punk rock and metal. We write music for anyone who aspires to make a better life for themselves and the ones they care for. Through wholesale lineup changes and various personal challenges, we have continued to make music that we believe in with all our hearts.
Inspired by the lurching riffs of Helmet and the soft-loud vocal dynamics of Tool, Chicago-based trio Chevelle formed in 1995 with an aggressive, heavy sound. Comprising brothers Sam (drums), Pete (vocals, guitar), and Joe Loeffler (bass), the band began playing parties and outdoor events, which quickly led to bookings at Chicago clubs when youngest member Joe was just 14 years old. In 1999, Chevelle released their Steve Albini-produced debut album, Point #1, on Squint Entertainment. Three years later — and following tours with bands like Filter, Sevendust, Powerman 5000, and Machine Head — the band had inked a deal with Epic and issued Wonder What’s Next, released in August 2002. The album went platinum by the following summer, propelled in part by its second single, “Send the Pain Below,” which became a number one hit on modern rock and mainstream radio. Main stage dates with the annual Ozzfest tour followed that summer, and 2003 brought a concert album, Live from the Road.
Chevelle returned in the fall of 2004 with their third full-length effort, This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In), and with it came another hit song, “Vitamin R (Leading Us Along).” Joe parted ways with his brothers in July 2005, and though he was replaced on bass a month later by Dean Bernardini, Chevelle remained a family affair, since Bernardini was the siblings’ brother-in-law. With the new member came a newfound energy and optimism that replaced the internal bickering of the past, and the guys carried that spirit into the recording of their next two albums, 2007’s Vena Sera and 2009’s Sci-Fi Crimes. The following year, the band celebrated its ten-year anniversary in the music business with a pair of live shows in Chicago, later released on the DVD Any Last Words.
In 2011, Chevelle announced that they were taking a break from touring to head into the studio, eventually releasing their sixth album, Hats Off to the Bull, in the winter of that year. Following the touring cycle for that album, they went back into the studio with Joe Barresi (Kyuss, Tool, Queens of the Stone Age), utilizing the producer’s vast collection of percussion instruments to subtly reinvent their sound once again. Arriving in early 2014, their next release was the groovy, aggressive single “Take Out the Gunman,” from their seventh album, La Gárgola, which followed in April of that year. Two years later, the band released its eighth album, North Corridor. The heavier direction — once again produced by Joe Barresi — was showcased by lead single “Joyride (Omens).”
One of the more distinctive rap artists to emerge in the mid-’90s, Nas put an emphasis on gritty, poetic storytelling. His dense, percussive mixes, which didn’t preclude savvy pop moves, won him both commercial success and critical support. The son of masterful jazz cornetist and songwriter Olu Dara, with whom he has sometimes recorded, Nas was raised in the Queensbridge Houses, a massive Queens housing project that hip-hop pioneers Marley Marl and MC Shan also called home. As a child, he wrote short stories about his life in the projects and conceived his own comic books and screenplays, taking inspiration from the films of Martin Scorsese and George Lucas. He got his break as a rapper when MC Serch (formerly of the group 3rd Bass) picked his tune “Halftime” for inclusion on the soundtrack to the independent film Zebrahead (1992). A deal with Columbia followed, and in 1994 Nas released his debut album, Illmatic (#12 pop, #2 R&B, 1994). Two years later, the followup It Was Written (#1 pop and R&B, 1996), featuring collaborations with Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, and Havoc of Mobb Deep, premiered at the top of the charts and went double platinum. Nas charted highest with the singles “Street Dreams” (#22 pop, #18 R&B, 1996) and “Head Over Heels” (#35 pop, #17 R&B, 1997), on which he guested with Allure. In 1998 he starred in Belly, a gangsta-rap drama from video director Hype Williams.
During 1999 he released two albums. I Am… (#1 pop and R&B, 1999) charted highest, fueled by the singles “Nas Is Like” (#86 pop, #30 R&B, 1999) and “Hate Me Now” (#62 pop, #18 R&B, 1999), a duet with Sean Combs. The latter tune featured a sample from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and achieved notoriety when Combs was arrested for allegedly beating Nas’ manager, Steve Stoute, over a scene in the song’s video in which Combs is depicted nailed to a cross. The video was revised, Combs paid Stoute $50,000, and charges were dropped. After appearing as a guest on Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott’s “Hot Boyz” (#5 pop, #1 R&B, 1999), Nas released Nastradamus (#7 pop, #2 R&B, 1999).
The void left by the passing of Biggie Smalls lead many to question who would now assume superiority over New York’s hip hop world. Stillmatic, released in 2001, spoke directly to the rivalry that was developing between Nas and Jay-Z and featured the heavily circulated singles “One Mic” and “Get Ur Self A…”, which swapped pointed lyrical responses with Jay-Z’s Blueprint. Nas continued with God’s Son in late 2002, followed by the double-disc Street Disciple in 2004. The rapper continued to produce tracks with his esteemed social and intellectual awareness, while taking and dealing out taunts with the new presence of 50 Cent and G-Unit. After signing with Def Jam in January of 2006 (which suggests a reconciliation with Jay-Z), he released the controversially-titled Hip Hop Is Dead.
Tone-Loc (born Anthony Smith) soared from obscurity into pop stardom in 1989 when his hoarse voice and unmistakable delivery made the song “Wild Thing” (using a sample from Van Halen’s “Jamie’s Cryin'”) a massive hit. The song was co-written by Marvin Young, better known as Young MC, as was the second single smash, “Funky Cold Medina.” The album Loc-ed After Dark became the second rap release ever to top the pop charts. Tone-Loc expanded his horizons into acting in 1992 and 1993, appearing a few times on the Fox sitcom Roc. He was also in the films Posse and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, and in 1991 returned to recording with Cool Hand Loc.