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311 was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Neb., by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. The band now resides in Southern California. 311 mix rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique hybrid sound and have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining and dynamic live bands in the U.S. 311 has sold more than 9 million albums in the U.S. alone. 311’s last 10 consecutive albums reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts, and they’ve had nine Top 10 radio hits, including three that went to No. 1. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You” and “Sunset In July.” 311’s celebratory live shows and incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide.
Formed in 1984, punk-rock band The Offspring met as Orange County, Calif., high school classmates. The group released its self-titled debut album in 1989, and in 1992, released its second album, Ignition, which sold more than 1 million albums worldwide. 1994’s Smash featured the hits “Come Out and Play (Keep ‘Em Separated), “Self Esteem” and “Gotta Get Away.” This album sold more than 11 million copies worldwide – the most ever for a band on an indie label. Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, The Offspring continued to release music, including hits “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” and “The Kids Aren’t Alright.” The group continues to release new music and tour internationally.
Gym Class Heroes broke into the scene in 2005 with their debut The Papercut Chronicles, a classic coming-of-age album that spawned the Platinum, record-setting Top 40 No. 1 single "Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast in America." Papercut served up a fresh, new palette for hip-hop: live instruments, slyly humorous lyrics and eerie melodies that illuminated rapper Travie McCoy’s dark, personal subject matter. Since then, Gym Class Heroes has established themselves as one of the most exciting bands in pop music, topping the radio charts with hit singles, touring the world, making countless national television appearances, and winning multiple music awards, including the MTV VMA for Best New Artist in 2007.