Monday, October 18

Tag: Concert Reviews

(Concert Therapy Reviews):  “Drugs In California” Tour featuring TRANSVIOLET Live at Studio B at Skyway Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota (10/4/2021)
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(Concert Therapy Reviews): “Drugs In California” Tour featuring TRANSVIOLET Live at Studio B at Skyway Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota (10/4/2021)

It was a beautiful Sunday night in Minneapolis packed with just incredible music and a lovely atmosphere in my second hometown.  Transviolet headlined the "Drugs In California" tour with Lorelei Marcell and an exclusive opening set performance by local Minneapolis garage punk band Vial.  Personally, I love it when a local band gets an opportunity to shine.  This tour stopped at Studio B at Skyway Theater which is one of my favorite venues to see a show. It was one of those nights I won't soon forget.  Los Angeles by way of Boston recording artist Lorelei Marcell took the stage. Lorelei Marcell toured based off of her self-titled EP and did a couple of covers originally done by H.E.R. and Hozier(no, it wasn't the "Take Me To Church" song).  It was one of those performance where she c...
(Concert Therapy Reviews):  COLD Live at Underbelly in Jacksonville, Florida (9/25/2021)
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(Concert Therapy Reviews): COLD Live at Underbelly in Jacksonville, Florida (9/25/2021)

It was a beautiful September night in Jacksonville, Florida and people were craving some live music. Cold delivered just that with an amazing set of new songs from the latest album The Things We Can’t Stop as well as several hits that highlight the bands two-decade career. This was a special moment for the band because it was their first hometown show since July of 2015. As the band took the stage, the excitement can be felt as the band comes out while playing an extended intro to the song “Back Home” which is the beginning track of “A Different Kind of Pain”( a little ironic as well since they were “back home”). Scooter Ward, the band’s singer and founding member takes the stage, everyone begins singing every word. He is excited to be home and the audience shares the same energy. Throu...
(Concert Therapy Reviews): Summerland Tour featuring EVERCLEAR, HOOBASTANK & WHEATUS live at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa (9/11/2021)
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(Concert Therapy Reviews): Summerland Tour featuring EVERCLEAR, HOOBASTANK & WHEATUS live at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa (9/11/2021)

A note to touring managers and management in the music industry, never ever schedule a tour date in Iowa when the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game is going on.  A note to bands and recording artists, if the audience size isn't what you expected it to be, play that show as if you sold out a major festival.  Everclear with special guests Hoobastank and Wheatus did just that in front of a pretty intimate audience at Wooly's in Des Moines on September 11th, 2021. Wheatus was crazy good!  I mean I only knew them from their instant classic "Teenage Dirtbag", however they just killed the audience, figuratively not literally.  I love the tongue-in-cheek vibe that Wheatus put on and the humor and sarcasm that the frontman had.  In all seriousness, if you get beyond their "nerd rock" vibe, t...
(Concert Therapy Reviews) ROYAL BLISS with THE BLACK MOODS Live at Chrome Horse Saloon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (8/26/2021)
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(Concert Therapy Reviews) ROYAL BLISS with THE BLACK MOODS Live at Chrome Horse Saloon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (8/26/2021)

Off in the distance, the thunder rolls and the lightning strikes, but no love was growing cold as hard rockers Royal Bliss with special guests The Black Moods and Zach Thomas rocked the Chrome Horse Saloon outdoor stage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa recently. Concertgoers and the owners of the Chrome Horse Saloon weren't exactly sure if the show was going to happen, however, it did happen in spite of threats of severe weather activity. The cool thing about this venue is every food item on the menu is biker themed and the outdoor stage is definitely accommodating for a concert, and the atmosphere made a person feel like you got invited to this really cool exclusive block party.  Plus, they were doing raffles for a local charity to help a child battling cancer and they were selling raffle tickets...
(Concert Therapy Reviews)  “Satellite 20th Anniversary Tour” featuring P.O.D. Live at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa (8/20/2021)
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(Concert Therapy Reviews) “Satellite 20th Anniversary Tour” featuring P.O.D. Live at Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa (8/20/2021)

It was a lovely evening of music at Wooly's in Des Moines, Iowa.  However, something was missing.  It was a sobering night when it was reported earlier in the day that Sleep Signals had to drop off the P.O.D. "Satellite 20th Anniversary Tour" due to their horrific accident.  Our thoughts, prayers and well wishes are with the Sleep Signals camp for a quick and speedy recovery.  Due to the accident, All Good Things were the first band to take the stage. Talk about anthems, talk about our brains being blown away by the positivity and musicianship that All Good Things possess in their music.  They were promoting their album entitled "A Hope In Hell" and the songs in the album tug at the heartstrings and challenge the listener to persevere and pull through.  You could feel what they were...
(Concert Therapy Reviews):  SAM HUNT with JACKIE LEE Live at MUSIKFEST at Wind Creek Steel Stage in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (8/7/2021)
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(Concert Therapy Reviews): SAM HUNT with JACKIE LEE Live at MUSIKFEST at Wind Creek Steel Stage in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (8/7/2021)

Musikfest is back!  After the lost year that was 2020, Musikfest is back in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania!  Fans were clamoring to see the megastar Sam Hunt with special guest Jackie Lee tonight to a sold out crowd at the Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem. Jackie Lee came out with the energy to warm up the crowd.  It has to be a challenge to open for someone like Sam Hunt, but he took the challenge head on, got people to dancing like it was second nature to him.  The crowd thoroughly enjoyed songs such as "Long Year", "Getting Over You" and "Breakfast."  It was a lovely mix of country, a bit of soul and a bit of classic rock.  I foresee Jackie Lee being a full-on crossover sensation in the country music world.  Sam Hunt was ready to take the stage! A person can tell that things ...
(Concert Reviews):  STYX Live at Five Flags Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa (7/3/2021)
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(Concert Reviews): STYX Live at Five Flags Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa (7/3/2021)

How does one encapsulate a 40 plus year career into one evening?  Especially when that band has had historical accomplishments such as playing the pre-game show of Super Bowl XXXV, had a moon named after them by NASA themselves, and have sold millions of records, had chart topping singles and continue to release critically acclaimed albums such as their most recent effort "Crash of the Crown?"  I mean, what else needs to be said about Styx.  They continue to wow audiences and they delivered an amazing performance at the Five Flags Event Center in Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday, July 3rd. After I got through the gate, I stood there for a moment and just took in the atmosphere that we've all dearly missed due to the Covid pandemic.  It was like people took their problems and concerns and caste...
(Concert Review):  The Welcome Back New York Concert featuring THE VELVICKS & FAT HEAVEN- East Riverbank Amphitheater in New York, New York (6/12/2021)
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(Concert Review): The Welcome Back New York Concert featuring THE VELVICKS & FAT HEAVEN- East Riverbank Amphitheater in New York, New York (6/12/2021)

After many long and arduous months it's starting to appear that the world is getting back to "normal". People are outside cycling, barbequing, lounging in the sun and live music is finally putting it's feet into the wading pool to test the waters. This past Saturday LAUNCH featured a small, free and very intimate concert in New York City's East River Ampitheater featuring The Velvicks and Fat Heaven. If you're not familiar with either band, that's ok. I wasn't very familiar with them either not too long ago. First up was Fat Heaven who's pop punk energy rivalled that of a young Green Day. Their songs were catchy and downright FUN. Their set was short, as were most of the songs- but their sound was good. One of the best tunes of the day was Crybaby. Check out their  Bandcamp ...
(Concert Review) SILVERSTEIN & FOUR YEAR STRONG Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (3/7/2020)
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(Concert Review) SILVERSTEIN & FOUR YEAR STRONG Live at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey (3/7/2020)

Luckily, we got to see Silverstein and Four Year Strong as Silverstein celebrated 20 years as a band with three sets with Four Year Strong providing support along with I, The Mighty!  It was a packed house as Silverstein has the reputation of absolutely delivering each and every night live!  Silverstein has also released "A Beautiful Place To Drown" while Four Year Strong is celebrating the recent release of "Brain Pain" via Pure Noise Records.  I, The Mighty was the first band on the bill. San Francisco's I, The Mighty were the perfect crowd to warm up the crowd for Silverstein and Four Year Strong.  Their vocals are soulful and versatile, and the guitars seemed to have provided perfect harmonics in order to create a fantastic alternative rock sound.  The songs "Pet Names", "Failures" an...