Black Tooth Grin Is all Smiles

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When Black Tooth Grin bandmates Justin Arthur and Jeremy Schmidt started talking about doing some out-of-town shows, they tossed around going to Portland or Seattle until Schmidt said, "Let's play the Whisky a Go Go." Arthur laughed, but Schmidt wasn't kidding. "Fuck it," Schmidt said. "If we're gonna go, let's go big."

So they did. Schmidt emailed the Whisky and shortly thereafter, BTG was booked. The band decided to turn the trip into a family vacation and, with donations from BTG's fiercely loyal fans—some of whom will be at the show, and some of whom bought tickets even though they aren't going—, the four members of the band and their families headed to Hollywood, where BTG is on the bill tonight at the famed rock venue.

"So many huge bands have played the Whisky," Schmidt said, the awe in his voice apparent. "We will forever be cosmically linked with Led Zeppelin."

(We'll have more with BTG in the coming weeks.)