Saturday, February 17, 2018

AJR: The Click Tour Rolls Into Central Florida

February 13, 2018

House of Blues, Orlando
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

by Michelle Wilson of Rock Legends Photographers

Indie pop darlings AJR blew the roof off House of Blues, Orlando during their sold-out performance the day before Valentine's Day. Brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met played for 2,100 screaming tweeners, my own daughter included, and the New York-based siblings enthralled the crowd for their entire 80-minute set. Supported by stellar 25-minute offerings from openers Hundred Handed and Grizfolk, it was an evening of sheer joy for the eclectic mix of fans. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

An Evening With America In Central Florida

January 25, 2018

Peabody Auditorium
Daytona Beach, Florida

by Michelle Wilson of Rock Legends Photographers

On a rather chilly Thursday evening in Florida's world-famous Daytona Beach, the charming Peabody Auditorium treated fans to an unforgettable evening with America. Growing up in military families stationed in England, founding members Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, along with the late Dan Peek, formed their acoustic trio with killer harmonies in London, 1970 while attending high school together. They chose the name, "America," to set them apart from their British counterparts. By their fourth album, they had enlisted the brilliant production skills of George Martin, who proceeded to produce a total of four albums for them. 48 years later, Bunnell and Beckley are still doing it, and doing it brilliantly, although as Beckley quipped during the show, "48 years wasn't really part of Plan A." Nevertheless, the band has endured and thrived, performing approximately 100 shows annually. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Avenged Sevenfold "The Stage" Tour dominates Central Illinois

Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL January 25th, 2018
Review and Photos by Jeremy Rickman of JKR Photography

Peoria, Illinois is the 9th stop on Avenged Sevenfold's "The Stage" World Tour with guests Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. The Peoria Civic Center was packed to the rafters with fans from all over the Midwest for the return of A7X to Central Illinois since 2011. The surge of energy from this almost sold out show was felt by everyone walking into the arena on the chilly January evening.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lee "Scratch" Perry & Subatomic Sound System Upset States

Lee "Scratch" Perry
Dub pioneer, The Upsetter, Lee "Scratch" Perry with his band Subatomic Sound System made their debut appearances in North Carolina along their ongoing U.S. tour including a January 19 performance at Asheville's newest nightclub, Ellington Underground.  At 81 years young, Lee Perry greeted the crowd of the sold out show bright eyed and brightly dressed.  Upbeat and engaging, Lee "Scratch" Perry with his band Subatomic Sound System played late into the night.  Emch aka Seicntifik provides the backbone to the sound for Subatomic Sound System, with Talia Bentson on vocals, Larry McDonald on percussion, and Troy Simms on saxophone.  Born Rainford Hugh Perry in Jamaica 1936, Lee "Scratch" Perry took times during his performance to partake before passing on to the crowd. 

Jonny Lang Brings His Musical Passion to House of Blues, Orlando

January 19, 2018

House of Blues, Orlando
Lake Buena Vista, Florida

by Michelle Wilson of Rock Legends Photographers

Once in a while there is a concert that pulls you in from the moment you arrive, wrapping you in an almost visceral cloak of unbridled joy. Jonny Lang's performance at House of Blues, Orlando, was just such a show. There was a special vibe coursing throughout the Central Florida venue, one that would endure for the entire evening. Perhaps it was due to the brilliant pre-show music playing from Doyle Bramhall II's latest release, Rich Man. Perhaps it was the visage of Lang himself, lost in the profound hypnosis of his own guitar reverie, as if he knew a secret that no one else knew. Perhaps it was the knowledge that night after night, year after year, the child guitar prodigy with the 40-year-old gritty vocals, Kid Jonny Lang, morphed into the international blues-drenched Christian rocker sensation of today. Perhaps it was all of these thoughts spinning in the minds of the packed crowd, but whatever it was, Lang was on fire and the audience knew it from the first note.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Hot Tuna kicks off 2018 Tour at City Winery Nashville

January 12, 2018
Nashville, TN

Story By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo
Photos By Butch Worrell of One Heart Photo

Hot Tuna kicked off their 2018 tour to a sold out crowd at Nashville's City Winery last night. Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady have been performing together as Hot Tuna ever since 1969 in both acoustic and electric modes.

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