It was a Friday night in Des Moines, Iowa and tucked away in the college district of Des Moines, Iowa is an intimate concert venue called Lefty’s Live Music.  This past Friday night, Shim(which features the original vocalist of Sick Puppies) with special guests Madame Mayhem and Iowa local bands Caught In The Crypt and Alter Within took the stage.  As a side note, you will get to read about Madame Mayhem in a separate interview and review, so be on the look out for that this week!

Caught In The Crypt and Alter Within both showed how Iowa gets down with their brand of local hard rock.  They both did a solid job representing the local scene and exemplifying what it means to be a local band supporting a touring act.  I saw one of the members of Caught In The Crypt offer to help tear down after Madame Mayhem’s set.  Local bands, it is critical that you all support the scene and support the touring bands.  I’m anxious to see what the future is in store for both Caught In The Crypt and Alter Within.

After Madame Mayhem’s set, Shim took the stage.  Shim just seemed to be happy with wiping the slate clean with a fresh start on new music from his new band Shim.  It allows him and the band to explore a new direction creatively and to pursue new avenues in their music.  That was evident as the crowd responded really well to some of their new music with the singles “Hallelujah” and “Crucified”, which the latter is appropriately titled given the nature of Shimon Moore’s career.  Shim also treated the crowd with a few Sick Puppies cuts, including “Riptide”, “You’re Going Down”, and my personal favorite Sick Puppies song “Odd One”.  Although the crowd was small for a Friday night, you could tell that Shim was genuinely appreciative for every fan that bought a ticket to the show.

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Fans can check out the remaining dates of “The Crucified Tour” featuring SHIM with special guest Madame Mayhem at the following dates below:

Sun. 3/10- Route 20 in Sturtevant, Wisconsin

Mon. 3/11- RocHaus in West Dundee, Illinois

Tue. 3/12- The Forge in Joliet, Illinois

Wed. 3/13- The Annex in Madison, Wisconsin

Thu. 3/14- Diesel Concerts in Chesterfield, Michigan

Fri. 3/15- Muddy Creek Saloon in Heath, Ohio

Sat. 3/16- The Empire Concert Club in Akron, Ohio

Sun. 3/17- Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tue. 3/19- Chameleon Club in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Wed. 3/20- DC9 Nightclub in Washington D.C.

Sat. 3/23- Canal Club in Richmond, Virginia

Sun. 3/24- The Blind Tiger in Greensboro, North Carolina

Tue. 3/26- Amos’ Southend in Charlotte, North Carolina

Wed. 3/27- The End in Nashville, Tennessee

Thu. 3/28- Revolution Music Room in Little Rock, Arkansas

For tickets and further information on any of the dates of “The Crucified Tour”, click here.

Fans can find SHIM at the following locations:

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