Friday, March 15, 2019

Candlebox Rocks Central Florida 25 Years After Their Debut Release

March 13, 2019

The Plaza Live
Orlando, Florida

by Michelle Wilson of Rock Legends Photographers

90s post-grunge rockers Candlebox brought their explosive show to a packed house at The Plaza Live in Orlando this past week, and they have never sounded better. "Florida has always been a good state for Candlebox," said frontman Kevin Martin. He is the only original member but has been supported by the same tight band for a few years now. The band's monster, self-titled first record was released in 1993, and they have been touring to honor their masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Even Martin is amazed. "I can't believe this record survived 25 years. I'm about to turn 50. It's freakin' me out!" Backed by guitarists Brian Quinn and Island Styles, bassist Adam Kury and drummer Dave Krusen, the Seattle darlings played a 90-minute blazer to a venue of adoring fans.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Dead & Company Playin' In The Sand#2 Jan 17 - 20 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico - photos and review

Sunshine Daydream

Dead and Company played their first gig of the year, at the destination event Playing in the Sand (Round 2) from January 17th– 20th in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The band includes three original Grateful Dead members: singer/guitarist Bob Weir, drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart along with singer/guitarist John Mayer, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and bassist Oteil Burbridge. John Mayer dressed in the usual trendy wares and barefoot Bob Weir wore his uniform of cropped cargo pants and cutoff muscle shirt showing his guitar guns to the delight of his female fans.

Tickets to this all-inclusive concert vacation went on sale August 20th for Deadheads who attended the 2018 Playing in the Sand and the general public sale started on August 22nd. The excitement was building for months! The unique concert venue was right on the Caribbean, providing a picturesque backdrop for the special event.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Disturbed and Three Days Grace help thaw the Polar Vortex in the Midwest

Peoria Civic Center - Peoria, Illinois January 31st, 2019
Review and Photos by Jeremy Rickman of JKR Photography

Outside temperatures in the negatives didn't stop fans from filling the Peoria Civic Center for the much awaited Evolution Tour. Even after having to be postponed a day by Mother Natures wrath that didn't stop anyone from making it from close and far to rock out to this powerhouse pair of bands.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sublime with Rome with guests Tropidelic stop by Peoria, Illinois

Monarch Music Hall - Peoria, Illinois January 16th, 2019
Review and Photos by Jeremy Rickman of JKR Photography

With cold January temperatures covering the Midwest Sublime with Rome and openers Tropidelic spent their 5th tour night in Peoria, Illinois bringing that West Coast sound to warm up the Monarch Music Hall as well as the fans.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Rockin' the Opera

The rock opera is alive and well;

December 11 in Greensboro, North Carolina the Trans-Siberian Orchestra played the first of two shows in one evening. Scheduled to play Sunday, Dec. 9, they had to delay due to the severe snow storm that hit the east coast. Trans-Siberian Orchestra has been playing seasonal operas to sold-out crowds around the globe. With multiple Platinum-selling albums (10 million units worldwide) they've brought their rock operas to more than 100 million people in eighty plus cities over a twenty year period. Regularly performing up to ten shows in a six-day period, featuring elaborate stage and light shows. With over three dozen alternating musicians, of similar appearance, backup singers, storytellers, and a small seven-person string orchestra drawn from local talent in every city. They leave crowds in awe with over the top performances that last up to two hours and sets that include massive disappearing stages, numerous laser and light banks. Smoke machines, multiple rows of pyro, spark ejectors and massive projection screens round out the $ twenty million dollar production that is equaled only by Pink Floyd.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Higgs
Live at The Foothill Fillmore

Photos By EarthMusic Photography
Story By Leslie Pitts
It's time for the world to meet the Higgs, Southern California's psychedelic jam band sensation that is capturing the attention of concert goers everywhere.  They are the musical manifestation of the Higgs Boson particle, the cosmic glue that holds the whole show together.

"Melting faces, blowing minds" is the motto their fans have unanimously coined, and it's well-earned.  The Higgs are reaching frequencies that have people clutching their hearts, simultaneously in pre-cardiac arrest and/or orgasmic bliss.
As one of those people, this Higgster can testify that it certainly 
feels like ascension.  How many times can a person say "it doesn't get any better than this" and still be believed?  The Higgs are testing the limit with each note.  Yeah, that good.  Let's just say that if they played 3 nights in a row, and you went every night, you would still leave wishing you had more. 

Friday, November 9, 2018

Bob Weir....”Bringing it all Back Home”

 Nov. 08, 2018
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
And with a lil help from my friends.....
Julia Nichols, Deseare Iwin-Gnann, Karen Dismukes-Cooper, and more

The Wolf Brothers (Bob Weir, Jay Lane, Don Was) stopped in at the Ryman Auditorium to pay homage at the “Mother Church” of Americana. Ever since receiving the 2016 Americana Lifetime achievement award Nashville seems to be a special spot for Bob. As Bob said then in his acceptance speech....”You take musical traditions from England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain a little bit, a little bit from France, and blend them together with a rich variety of African musical traditions, and stir it up. You let is simmer for 200 to 300 years and see what happens. This could only happen in a new land. Physically, culturally, and spiritually. That place was and is America.” It was very appropriate to have some special guests that are prominent artists in the Americana genre, Margo Price, John Oates, and Buddy Miller to join in to make it a very special evening.
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