The Bunbury Festival is a 3-day music festival in Cincinnati, Ohio on the banks of the Ohio River. The festival is defiantly one to add to your attendance during the summer months. The fest has something for everyone ranging from Rock and Roll to EDM and anything in between. The line up for the weekend was widely diverse and the weather was perfect to create festival memories and a great way to kick off the summer. The most memorable headline sets of the Weekend had to be from Muse, Wiz Khalifa, and Bassnectar. Wiz opened up the festival on Friday with the headlining spot and didn’t waste time lighting up a blunt and getting right into his crowd favorites. Saturday was all for the bass and by bass I mean Bassnectar. Bassnectar took the stage and sent vibrations through the crowd goers chests with his double rowed speakers and his light show which could be seen from across the river. Finally closing it out was Muse who took the stage with illuminated moving screens and illuminated instruments for a killer 85-minute set filled with crowd favorites. Besides the killer headliners the fest offered strong support from fan favorites such as Flogging Molly, Mutemath, 1975, Jon Bellion, and many more.
John 5 closed out his 36 show "Season of the Witch” tour on Easter Sunday at Reggie's Rock Club. This would be the 2nd time I’ve seen him and it sure seemed like there were more fans at this show.
I was actually surprised at the turnout considering it was a holiday but I should have known better. The venue was packed with hardcore fans who would not be denied. John wastes no time when he takes the stage. One face blistering solo after another. He must be considered one of the best metal guitar players around today. But John can play any genre and really cannot be labeled. A country, Jazz, Metal you name it he can play it. One of my favorites of the night was Behind the Nut Love which is just a smooth mellow country tune. I really wish he would play more of his acoustic songs since he is such an accomplished player.
The stage set up was basically with backdrops on the sides and the drummer in the middle. They set up box type smoke machine in the front of the stage for John stand on and shred. The stage at Reggie’s is small so not too much you can do. John always comes out with his classic make-up, costumes, and really awesome guitars. He pulled out a guitar at the end of the show with red lasers that beamed across the venue which was super cool. This stuff just adds to the whole John 5 Live Experience. John always works for the crowd after every song to get a response. I think he really wants to feel like he is giving the crowd a great show. Watching him play you can see how hard he concentrates on every note he plays. Closing the show with crowd favorite Beat It and then a medley of cover songs you realize that this guy can play anything and play it to perfection. If you are a fan of the guitar and the people who play them John 5 is a must see. As said before I’m my opinion he is one the most talented musicians I have seen a play he guitar. Take the time to listen to his solo albums and you will hear the diverse songs from metal to bluegrass.
THEN GO SEE HIM LIVE.
The California trio Dada arrived at the Park West Thursday night to a packed house of dedicated fans. The Dada Forever tour marks the band's 25th year anniversary. This show was originally to be held at the Double Door but was changed to the Park West ( thank you ). I've always said and I'm sure everyone at this show agrees these guys are totally underrated. This performance was top notch. What I noticed most of all was these guys seemed to really enjoy playing together. Dishing out the fan favorites like Dim, Dizz Knee Land, Posters, Bob the Drummer they also mixed in some oldies but goodies like Feel Me, Feet to the Sun, Playboy From Outer Space and even a cover of Mellow Yellow. The encore included Moon, Here Today Gone Tomorrow and Dorina.
I thought the band played real tight this evening. Michael Gurley is a master of his Strat and was in spectacular form all night. I really liked the extended version of Ask The Dusk. Joie Calio not only plays a great bass he sure showed his chops on the guitar when playing a couple of 7 Horse tunes mid-set. The driving force of drummer Phil Leavitt was evident all night and included a great solo on the song Posters. The band's melodic songs are made even better by great vocals. Let me tell you these men can harmonize with the best of them. I would be remiss in mentioning Joie's vocals on the song Moon tonight. WOW!
I guess you can tell I really love this band and I'm trying to find something I didn't like about this performance but I cannot other than it had to end. This was a great, great show and I hope and pray all us fans get to see this band many more times.
Phil, Joie & Michael
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Hailing from Michigan and Chicago, the alternative rock duo, Vandalay opened Friday night at Double Door in Wicker Park. Unfortunately, to my dismay it was an abbreviated set. Having seen these talented musicians before I was hoping for more. Trust me I am not complaining because what the crowd got were some tunes from latest album “Flicker” mixed in with some of the older greats. These guys rock hard and play hard with a captivating live show that could be seen by the sweat pouring after only a couple songs. To me its a mix of alternative and hard rock music. I am always impressed by the sound these guys produce with just two members. Most of all they have stage presence and talent which is not always the case with some bands. Just a couple of passionate musicians who love what they do. Go see this band if you get a chance. Why…because they jam.
Been gone for awhile frens and it is already a new year! Great things are going to happen this year for Frozen Image Productions! We have great creatitve content coming very soon! On Sunday, we shot at The Wire and met some of the nicest most talented people. We shot Wilde a female fronted rock band who had some great original work. Next we shot The Metro Project who brought duet and saxaphone to life on stage. Soon after we shot David Knackstedt who was an acoustic act with a amazing voice. Next, we had Lex Miller who did an amazing acoustic cover of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean. Lastly, we had our artist Dina Marie hit the stage as the headliner of the event. The crowd was increible and we couldn't be anymore proud of the band themselves. It all came together as a whole! They premiered there first orginal and even got an encore. The Wire show will be a show to remember. Next we are on the way to shoot Vandalay at Double Door! Never stop creating and live for your art!
Hope everyone is having a great holiday! The future is ahead and it will include: concert reviews, music videos, artist interviews, photoshoots, and much more! See you in the New Year!
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