After opening last night’s 90-minute concert at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica with mid-tempo rockers “Closer to Me” and “Heartbeat,” the Fray singer-pianist Isaac Slade, who, with his shaved head, looked a lot like former R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, apparently decided the crowd of about 3,000 wasn’t properly engaged with the music. Judging by the fact that security personnel didn’t seem to anticipate his antics, he apparently called an audible and jumped off the stage and ran through the seated area on the floor of the pavilion to stand on a table where he could serenade the audience in the bleachers as he sang “All at Once.” From that point on, the audience was hooked (and Slade miraculously didn’t fall as he leap frogged across floor seats to go back to the stage). Thanks to his enthusiasm, patrons stood for the rest of the show.
Hot on the heels of a critically acclaimed acoustic tour, Sevendust plugged back in for the first in a series of electric shows last night at House of Blues. Starting 20 minutes late due to a second sound check, the show began with a long intro tape that fueled the rabid audience with anxious anticipation. This band excels when it plays fast and furious. The technically precise, intricate, and raging rhythms mixed perfectly with the vocal prowess and dominating yet humble aura of Lajon Witherspoon. The man is so much more than a metal screamer. The dynamics of his voice, combined with his confident and charismatic stage presence, has elevated Sevendust into one of the best bands of the nu metal genre.
Sevendust, Gemini Syndrome, and Silent Season Performing at House of Blues
Some stars turn bitter when only a portion of their discography is regularly recognized. Not singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet. Last night, Sweet tore through a raucous set at the Beachland Ballroom, pulling largely from his most commercially successful release, Girlfriend. Sweet and his touring band have spent the past several years banging out tracks exclusively from Girlfriend the band simply seems to have fun playing the tracks that fans want to hear.
15 Photos of Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keane Performing at Beachland Ballroom
Like an old man or woman who’s traded in his or her significant other for a younger, more attractive version, prog rockers Yes have really benefited from the addition of singer Jon Davison, who replaced original singer Jon Anderson in 2012. You’ve gotta wonder if the other members of the band — guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, keyboardist Geoff Downes and drummer Alan White — wish the guy would dye his long brown hair gray just to fit in and not make them look so fricking old. But with Davison at the helm, the group capably revisited two of its classic albums, 1972’s Close to the Edge and 1971’s Fragile last night at Hard Rock Live before a capacity crowd. While the two-hour concert started rather slow, it picked up steam as the band delved into Fragile, and the group seemed to really thrive on the capacity crowd’s enthusiasm as it delivered a livelier concert than last year’s performance at Cain Park.
Yes Performing at Hard Rock Live
When you’ve been around for more than 40 years, you’re not supposed to sound as good as Bad Company sounded last night at Blossom Music Center. But when you’ve got Paul Rodgers as your vocalist, the deck is definitely going to be stacked in your favor.
Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd Performing at Blossom
Music Awards ceremonies can be rather formal affairs with rock stars dressed up in tuxes and designer dresses. Not the inaugural Alternative Press Music Awards, which took place last night at Voinovich Park behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The irreverent event launched with a red carpet meet-and-greet in front of the Rock Hall. Starting in the late afternoon, several hundred teens gathered to catch a glimpse of celebrities such as Paramore singer Hayley Williams (who looked great with bright blue hair), Slash (who, of course, wore his signature hat) and the Misfits (who were decked out in make-up and cartoonish outfits) as they walked to the event.
Photos from the Alternative Press Music Awards
“We should play into a freeway more often,” exclaimed a jubilant Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, during her band’s incendiary set on Sunday evening, the third and final day of Louisville, Kentucky’s Forecastle Festival, which took place this past weekend in the city’s Waterfront Park along the banks of the Ohio River. I-64 does run above the middle of the festival grounds, but to the tens of thousands of music fans who traveled throughout the country to hear four stages of music, it didn’t matter. Forecastle delivered a diverse lineup that pulled greatly from the state’s rich bluegrass and folk heritage but managed to successfully mix in current bands from rock, rap and even EDM.