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Night Beats are an American psychedelic/garage rock band, formed in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. The band consists of lead singer and guitarist Danny "Lee Blackwell" Rajan Billingsley, drummer James Traeger and bassist Jakob Bowden.

The band incorporate elements of early R&B, Texas psychedelic rock, English blues rock, folk and soul and have toured with the likes of The Black Angels (band) (in the UK, Europe and U.S.), Roky Erickson, The Zombies, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strange Boys, Black Lips, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and The Growlers.

Danny "Lee Blackwell" Rajan Billingsley had previously fronted various bands in his hometown of Dallas, Texas including The Old Explosives, White Light Fever and Medicine God Box. With White Light Fever, who were initially called Japanese Auto Clinic, he released debut album Heavy Knife Blues in 2007 and the band were reportedly courted by Columbia Records. A second album Count All Your Father’s Wealth was seemingly abandoned.

Raised Catholic and Hindu, Billingsley moved to Seattle to study comparative religion at the University of Washington. Leaving Dallas, which he saw as "a wasteland of music", he founded Night Beats in 2009. Named after the Sam Cooke album Night Beat, the solo self-recorded Street (Atomic) EP was released that year via Holy Twist Records. After trying out a couple of different lineups, he asked high school friend and former B.B Mercy drummer James Traeger who was studying in Austin, Texas to move to Seattle to join Night Beats. After playing a duo for a while, they recruited bassist Tarek Wegner in January 2010. Wegner, originally from Tacoma, Washington, had previously played with The Drug Purse and Paris Spleen.

The Night Beats toured extensively early on, completing multiple North American tours during 2010 and were signed within weeks of self-releasing the H-Bomb EP. Picked up by Chicago's Trouble in Mind Records (Ty Segall, Fresh and Only's, Hex Dispensers, etc.). The re-release of the EP topped several college radio charts competing with other Artists' full-length efforts.

In 2011, the band released a split EP with The UFO Club on the Austin label The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

In June 2012, The band released a split single with TRMRS on Volcom Vinyl Club.

On September 24, 2013, the band released their second album Sonic Bloom via The Reverberation Appreciation Society. They toured North America, Europe, Israel, South Africa and Australia in support of the album.

In late 2014 Tarek Wegner left the band. No announcement was made, it only becoming apparent when new press shots were released with a different bassist. He has since gone on to release solo material.

In 2015, the band signed to London-based label Heavenly Recordings and released their third album Who Sold My Generation in January 2016. The album featured Black Rebel Motorcycle Club member Robert Levon Been on bass, who also co-produced the album. The band recruited Jakob Bowden to tour the album.

In September 2016, the band embarked on a UK/EU tour without drummer James Traeger. Throughout 2017, drummer Evan Snyder toured with the band.

Through a US tour supporting Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 2018, Jonah Swilley played drums with the band. Traeger's absence from tours hasn't been commented on or acknowledged.

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Night Beats are an American psychedelic/garage rock band, formed in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. The band consists of lead singer and guitarist Danny "Lee Blackwell" Rajan Billingsley, drummer James Traeger and bassist Jakob Bowden.

The band incorporate elements of early R&B, Texas psychedelic rock, English blues rock, folk and soul and have toured with the likes of The Black Angels (band) (in the UK, Europe and U.S.), Roky Erickson, The Zombies, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Strange Boys, Black Lips, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and The Growlers.

Danny "Lee Blackwell" Rajan Billingsley had previously fronted various bands in his hometown of Dallas, Texas including The Old Explosives, White Light Fever and Medicine God Box. With White Light Fever, who were initially called Japanese Auto Clinic, he released debut album Heavy Knife Blues in 2007 and the band were reportedly courted by Columbia Records. A second album Count All Your Father’s Wealth was seemingly abandoned.

Raised Catholic and Hindu, Billingsley moved to Seattle to study comparative religion at the University of Washington. Leaving Dallas, which he saw as "a wasteland of music", he founded Night Beats in 2009. Named after the Sam Cooke album Night Beat, the solo self-recorded Street (Atomic) EP was released that year via Holy Twist Records. After trying out a couple of different lineups, he asked high school friend and former B.B Mercy drummer James Traeger who was studying in Austin, Texas to move to Seattle to join Night Beats. After playing a duo for a while, they recruited bassist Tarek Wegner in January 2010. Wegner, originally from Tacoma, Washington, had previously played with The Drug Purse and Paris Spleen.

The Night Beats toured extensively early on, completing multiple North American tours during 2010 and were signed within weeks of self-releasing the H-Bomb EP. Picked up by Chicago's Trouble in Mind Records (Ty Segall, Fresh and Only's, Hex Dispensers, etc.). The re-release of the EP topped several college radio charts competing with other Artists' full-length efforts.

In 2011, the band released a split EP with The UFO Club on the Austin label The Reverberation Appreciation Society.

In June 2012, The band released a split single with TRMRS on Volcom Vinyl Club.

On September 24, 2013, the band released their second album Sonic Bloom via The Reverberation Appreciation Society. They toured North America, Europe, Israel, South Africa and Australia in support of the album.

In late 2014 Tarek Wegner left the band. No announcement was made, it only becoming apparent when new press shots were released with a different bassist. He has since gone on to release solo material.

In 2015, the band signed to London-based label Heavenly Recordings and released their third album Who Sold My Generation in January 2016. The album featured Black Rebel Motorcycle Club member Robert Levon Been on bass, who also co-produced the album. The band recruited Jakob Bowden to tour the album.

In September 2016, the band embarked on a UK/EU tour without drummer James Traeger. Throughout 2017, drummer Evan Snyder toured with the band.

Through a US tour supporting Black Rebel Motorcycle Club 2018, Jonah Swilley played drums with the band. Traeger's absence from tours hasn't been commented on or acknowledged.

The Night Beats Videos

  • Night Beats - Sunday Mourning - YouTube
  • Night Beats - No Cops (official video) - YouTube
  • Night Beats - Full Performance (Live on KEXP) - YouTube

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  • How to book The Night Beats?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like The Night Beats for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for The Night Beats, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for The Night Beats or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book The Night Beats?

    Booking fees for The Night Beats, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire The Night Beats, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for The Night Beats?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like The Night Beats for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book The Night Beats for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent The Night Beats or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for The Night Beats or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

The Night Beats is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book The Night Beats for your event is available upon request. The Night Beats generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Indigo De Souza, The Nude Party, Wooden Shjips, Tony Levin and Now Now. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling The Night Beats for an upcoming event.

The Night Beats Speaker Videos

  • Night Beats - Sunday Mourning - YouTube
    Night Beats - No Cops (official video) - YouTube
  • Night Beats - Full Performance (Live on KEXP) - YouTube

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