Friday, May 24th, 2013 – Dallas Rocks! And so Does the Orange

The House of Blues was hosting another one of their Dallas Rocks! concert series, and this one seemed to come together rather last minute. But when a show is free (if you get tickets from the bands in advance), it doesn’t matter how last minute it is, and even if does happen to be at the start of a holiday weekend, people are going to show up.

The first of the five bands was the Fort Worth based Animal Spirit, who did the shortest set of the night, clocking in at 22-minutes.

“We’re here to remind you that your beautiful and that you matter and that we can spread love through music!” said bassist Joe Prankster after the band took the stage. It was quite the statement to begin a show, and definitely got your attention, even if there were only several handfuls of people scattered about the venue this early on.

During their short time on stage they played a few tracks that will presumably be on their debut record due out this year, and guitarist Andrew Stroheker did most of the singing on their first song, though he was occasionally aided by front woman Sam Wuehermann . With some riffs on the guitar, Andrew wound them right into their next song, after which they did a new single of theirs. “This song’s called House on a Hill.” Joe said, viciously slapping his as they started up the song.

If I’d heard the song before, I didn’t recall it, but it certainly left an impression on me this night. It was another song that was co-sung, though the best part of it was the lengthy instrumental portions. Drummer Parker Anderson, Andrew and Joe rocked out on their instruments, all the while Sam was kind of dancing along to the music and shaking a tambourine. It’s a very well written song, in every aspect, and it’s guaranteed to get your attention.

I think they did one more after that, and then got to what is probably their lead single, the highly original “The Planets a Lie”, another song that finds both Sam and Andrew singing together, though not quite harmonizing, and each of their distinctive voices mesh well together. And that was that.

Their set seemed to pass by too quickly, but so long as you’re enjoying a show it doesn’t matter how fast it goes by, I guess.

They are a rock group, but they are very creative with their music, and if you see them there will be at least one song they do that’s sounds unlike anything you’ve heard before. This was the third time I’ve seen them, and they are growing on me more and more each time, and you should check them out while they are still a relatively new band.

Keep an eye on their CALENDAR for upcoming concert announcements, as well as their FACCEBOOK PAGE for any info in general, like the progress of their record. In the meantime, head over to their BANDCAMP PAGE to download their single of “House On a Hill” for free.

It wasn’t even 8:30 and the first act was already done and the next band was getting setup, and around 8:45 the next band was ready to go, and that was Denton’s The Gypsy Bravado.

Lou Anderson pounded away at his drum kit, kicking off the first of many newer songs they did this night, “Make a Man”. “…Did you feel it, tell me did you feel it?” Mo Myles belted, while banging away on his keyboard. That powerful rock number was more than enough to instantly reel in the ever growing audience, and in my opinion it was one of the best songs of their set.

To make sure everyone was on the hook, Lou swiftly wound them into the lead track from their “Through the Rabbit Hole” EP, “Swagger”. There was even more of a Southern Rock vibe on that one, complete with some soulful and bluesy sounding guitar chords courtesy of Shawn Bratton, and both he and Mo handled the singing of that track. That’s the thing about this band, they have two incredibly capable singers, and even bassist Jeff Dacus throws his voice in from time to time, making some solid three-part harmonies. That was a nice warm-up for their next song, another new one from their forthcoming record, which at one point they mentioned would be out soon. The next number was called “Into the River”, and it had what seemed like an even longer instrumental break then their previous song, where the four instruments wove together harmoniously, and it was set off with fiery blues solo from Shawn.

They kept the music coming, going straight into “Mountaintops”, another track that Mo did the singing on, and during it Shawn got to rocking perhaps a little too hard, breaking one of strings, and upon finishing the song he simply switched to another guitar. “This song’s called Dreams!” shouted Jeff, setting up another song from their debut EP, which is also called “(Through The Rabbit Hole)”. That was one of their longest songs of the night (clocking in at nearly seven minutes on the album), but then again, most of their songs are lengthy, being at least close to six minutes, if not over. Anyway, on that song, almost all of them had their chance to shine, from a drum solo to a keyboard and guitar solo, while Jeff played some strong bass notes while he thrashed around to the music.

The got back to the newer stuff with “Josephine”, and before starting it Mo said, “I guess you could say it’s kind of about animal instinct?“, phrasing it more as a question as he glanced at his band mates to make sure that was an accurate description. They agreed. Shawn took back over vocal duties on that, and Jeff finally got a true solo, throwing down on his bass. To close out their 50-minute long set, they did a favorite from the “Through the Rabbit Hole” EP, “Dillinger (Rebel Son)”. At one point during it, almost as if to make sure they would leave an impression on all their potential new fans, Lou stood up from his stool for a few moments, still playing some beats on his kit, before sitting back down. During their instrumental jam, Shawn again broke a string on his axe, which he quickly fixed by getting yet another replacement, and they finished in a very strong fashion.

I had only seen them once before, at least recently, and while they were good then, you could tell they brought their A-game here at the House of Blues. They were on fire, bolting right out of the gate, and with each song they just became more of an unstoppable force and I don’t see how anyone in attendance could not have had their eyes glued to the stage, soaking in the pure rock sounds they were churning out and enjoying the lively show that accompanied it.

Honestly, when they were done I found myself wondering, “If they’re like this all the time, why don’t I see them more often???”

I’m gonna have to try to fix that, I guess.

They’ll be back here at the House of Blues on July 6th for a battle of the bands style show, where the winner will perform at this years BFD, opening for acts like Megadeth, Slash and many more, so go support them. Also, while you’re waiting for their new record to come out, go into iTUNES and check out their old one, it’s well worth picking up.

After them was the headliner, even though they were going on at almost ten o’clock. The band was Ducado Vega, a duo who incorporates multiple genres into their sound, though they predominately consider themselves a funk outfit.

I’d heard great things about them, though I was a bit skeptical, since it is a genre I’m not a huge fan of, nevertheless, I was curious to see them live.

“Seven” was their opening number, a heavily synthesized track where most of the vocals had been pre-recorded and were playing as part of the sample track. I wasn’t too fond of that, and even though singer and guitarist Ducado Vega and keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Zenya Vi were doing some singing, it was overpowered by the backing track. Things did get better with the next song, one of many new tracks they unleashed on their fans this night, which I believe was titled “Define Beautiful”. It still wasn’t my cup of tea, but I did find it a little more appealing.

Zenya took over singing on their next song, and while Ducado was tearing it up on his guitar, he broke a string, which caused a bit of a delay.

He mentioned the guitar was a pretty new addition, being very proud of it and the furry pink strap he had on it and asked if one of the other musicians could restring it for him so he could continue using it. “…I don’t even know what string broke…” he said, letting everyone in on a “secret” that he can’t read music, pointing out he just plays it. Eventually a stagehand came and got it from him, and after Ducado grabbed his spare guitar, he told everyone that he and Zenya were going to do something a little different for Ducado Vega.

Different, indeed. The song was “I Dare You”, another new one, and it was performed more as a rap. For what it was, I guess it was good, though I was unable to get into that. They kept the music flowing with “Love Freak”, which found Zenya playing some beats on the drums, before again singing on the following song, and during that one Ducado collapsed to the floor, picking at his guitar while he lay there, completely engulfed in the moment.

Things proceeded to get a little more funky with “Sex in Da Club” and “Help Me”, with another song being sandwiched in between those two. On the next song, they again switched things up, with Zenya playing the guitar (by this time Shawn of the Gypsy Bravado had brought out one of his guitars as Ducado’s replacement, adding the pink strap onto it), while Ducado added some bass lines, and about halfway through it they traded off. However, it was their final song that was the most interesting and fun, especially when Ducado jumped into the crowd, saying beforehand that he wanted everyone to “make a train” like they used to as kids in elementary school. He led, and quite a few people joined in as this train/conga line wound its way through the crowd, eventually breaking up as Ducado climbed back on stage to finish out the song and their 65-minute long set.

Performance wise it was a really good show, filled with energy, and considering they were just a two-piece they managed to own the massive stage. Even technically it was great, and Ducado has some serious chops as a guitarist.

However, it’s just not the type of music that appeals to me, being mostly a mix of funk, electronic and rock, and I was never completely drawn into it. Would I mind seeing them again? No. Would I go to a show specifically to see them? Doubtful.

They have a couple EP’s you can pick up in iTUNES, and with the music they played this night it sounds like another record is on the horizon, even if they are just currently writing material for it. As for shows, check out their REVERBNATION PAGE to see when they will have future gigs.

Thus far the night had been fantastic, and now, a little after eleven, it was time for the band that was the primary reason I was there, and that was The Orange.

The bands three core instrumentalists, bassist Jason Jessup, drummer Cody Waits and guitarist Kirk Livesay launched the band into their 45-minute long set, creating a music bed that was somewhat recognizable as the fan favorite “Teleprompters”. Soon Scott Tucker bounded out on stage and song truly got underway. It’s about as explosive as a song can be and I’m loving it being their current opener, as it just gets things off to a sensational start, and throughout it Scott was running about the stage, singing to the audience and making sure to pay equal attention to all sides and sections of the stage.

“This song’s called I Want a Girl!” he declared after getting his guitar, as they moved on to one of their best new songs. They seemed in perfect synch on that one, particularly on the chorus, when Scott, Jason and Kirk plucked the strings of their instruments in exact time with the heavy beats Cody was cranking out. Early on in that song Scott broke a string, though he carried on and paid it little attention until the song was over when he switched to another.

Cody started them off on another newer track, the trippy sounding “Valium”, which was followed by one of their most epic songs, “Cityscapes”. Jason and Cody definitely pulled their weight on that one, and out of all their songs I believe it was that one that had the loudest rhythm section of the night, and a very cohesive one at that. There are some long instrumental pieces on that song where the group rocked out, and near the end Scott dropped to the floor and shredded on his axe, in true rock star fashion.

They invited one of their friends on stage for their next song, and, as Scott said, it was a man who came all the way from Chicago, Chicago Dan. “What do you want to do for ‘em, Dan?” Scott asked him while he tuned his guitar. Dan, who stood at stage left mic, already had his weapon of choice, a harmonica, out. “How about some doomsday.” He said. They did just that, busting out one of their classics, “Doomsday for Mr. Denton”, which seemed to be a real crowd pleaser. Some of that might have had something to do with the fact that the fans seem to love Dan in general, but all the same, that’s a killer song.

The number of people on stage grew as blues guitarist Buddy Neighbors joined the mix, as did Scotts’ sister Melissa Tucker who played a tambourine. Scott informed everyone that this next song was the single from their forthcoming album, which they are working on with producer Eric Delegard, whom Scott shouted out, saying he had seen him walking around this night. The song was “Mr. Moneymaker”, which is extremely catchy and upbeat, definitely worthy of being the lead single for their long awaited full-length record.

Everybody stayed pretty much where they were, well, for the most part, as Cody and Scott swapped places. “…I never imagined I’d be playing drums on stage at the House of Blues…” Scott stated, evidently still finding this to be a surreal experience. Cody did the singing on this one, and while there’s a completely different sound from his voice and Scott’s, it still sounds great, growing on me each time I hear it, and it’s especially appropriate for the song he wrote, which I believe was “Dead Nation”. Afterwards, they returned to their normal posts and the quartet, along with the three essentially honorary members of The Orange, ended with the most dynamic song they could have, “Blow Up”.

It was another extraordinary show by The Orange, one of the best I’ve seen them do, even though Scott was a little more subdued and didn’t jump onto the drum kit this night.

All joking aside, they were phenomenal this night, and you could tell they were not only wanting to make an impression on the crowd but also the higher ups who could bring them back as an opener for future big shows at the House of Blues. I definitely think The Orange accomplished that.

They gave it 110% on stage, both wowing old fans, and from some of the chatter I overheard, won over some new ones, too.

They have at least one show on the books for the summer, and that will be on July 5th at the Kessler Theater in Dallas. They’ll be headlining that one, so don’t miss it. Also, head over to iTUNES to pick up their first EP, especially since they are sold out of hard copies of it, so online is the only place to get it.

There was one final band up this night, Nerdface, whom I didn’t stick around for. Sure, it was still relatively early, but the ticket I got for the parking lot I parked in expired around midnight, and here it was about ten minutes after, so, to make sure I didn’t get a ticket or anything, I went ahead and called it a night.

I can’t say I really regret leaving, though, because after the show The Orange put on I don’t see how this night could have gotten any better. Besides, it had already been an amazing night anyway.

Saturday, January 19th, 2013 – The Bedlam Brothers

At this point it had been just barely over two weeks since the last concert I saw, and I was in desperate need of a fix.

There were a couple shows going on, and I opted for the one at my favorite Deep Ellum haunt, the Curtain Club.

Gorilla Productions was putting on a show here, which had spanned most of the day, beginning at five that afternoon, but of course most of the better acts had been saved for later in the night, such as The Bedlam Brothers, which was the band I was most interested in.

When I first arrived, there was a rapper on stage, and poor one at that. Granted, I’m not at all a fan of that genre, but I can at least be objective and admit when someone has talent, regardless of my personal opinions. But I found this guy to be just plain bad.

A trio called The Ones You Loved took the stage next, consisting of husband and wife duo, Tyler and Camille De Larm, plus one. Tyler was the guitarist and lead singer, while Camille played the keys and offered some backing vocals, and rounding out the lineup was a bassist.

They did look a little out of place in this venue that primarily hosts rock bands, but hey, you should never judge a book by its cover. But of course it’s okay to judge it by its contents, and in this case, the “contents” were less than stellar.

Tyler has no real vocal talent, and about all he could muster was a whiney singing voice that was far from appealing to me. I wasn’t too crazy about the music either, which was dominated by the keys/synthesizers, and I guess could be called electro-pop. Luckily their set was short, only about five or six songs, and despite some of their fans asking for more, time did not permit for it.

I have to give them credit, though, because despite my opinions about them, they did put on as energetic a show as they knew how. I believe it was before their second tune that Tyler encouraged everyone to dance to, “…But no one will be dancing more than men.” He stated. Camille did her part, too, and was often jumping up and down while banging on the keys.

I return to what I first said about them seeming out of place, and there were some times during their set that to me seemed a bit awkward, and oddly enough, that ended up being a rather endearing quality for The Ones You Loved.

Okay, I didn’t like them all that much, but maybe you will. They have a couple of records available in iTunes, if you’d like to give them a listen.

Up next was the Austin trio, The Bedlam Brothers, who were the main reason I was out this night.

The intro that began their set helped give the impression that they were the most professional band of the night. The sample track was rather beautiful, and soon after it started, Ben Buono, who was the groups fill-in drummer for the night, made his way on stage and got behind the kit, where he proceeded to pound out some beats. Eventually, Craig McLaughlin rounded out the rhythm section, adding some nice bass riffs to the mix, but things really sprang to life when singer and guitarist, Nick Santa Maria, started playing some notes and ran out on stage. They launched into a 42-minute long set, starting with a couple newer songs of theirs (Note: I don’t know how “new” they actually are, but they are that are yet to be released.) During the second song, Nick was rocking out so much that he knocked the cord of his guitar, as it suddenly fell silent. He didn’t seem to worried by it, though, and just shrugged before picking it up and plugging it back in, then got right back to business. In between songs, they were often conversion with the crowd, which was pretty decent sized, and at this point formally announced who they were and where they hailed from. “…But we call Dallas home…” Nick said, stating that they all come from the area, and have a lot of friends and family up here, who were obviously out to support them. The next song, “Not Enough”, might have made Ben feel a little nostalgic, as it was one he and Nick had done in their previous band, Skylines, but has been tweaked since, and now mines the Southern Rock genre. One thing was for sure, though, Ben appeared more happy on that one than any other this night, which is saying a lot, because he was always sporting a smile. They tackled a newer song next, which Nick mentioned they had debuted at their last Dallas gig, before asking the audience if they’d help out. The song was titled “Mary Rose”, and he belted out the name of this fictitious girl a few times before they began the song, coaching the crowd on what to say after that. It was simple, but only a few people joined in shouting out, “Mary was a tortured soul!” It’s one of the tracks that will be on their forthcoming album, and I have to say, I was blown away by it. It’s on a whole new level than some of their other stuff, and is really amazing. Afterwards, they plugged their little merch table, which had quite a few free download cards as well as some wristbands that had both the band’s name and album title on them. “…It’s over yonder…” said Craig, when pointing fans in the general direction. That got Nick’s attention. “…I’ve known you for almost ten years, and I’ve never heard you say the word, “yonder.” He said, looking a bit baffled. That made for a humorous little interlude, before they tore back into another song, which I believe was called “First Time”. Also, and I don’t remember exactly, but I think it was also around this point where they did their catchy song, “240 Miles”. Anyway, after one of those songs, Nick started having some slight technical difficulties, then asked for a light on the stage. “…I feel like a jackass…” he said, saying he had misplaced his capo and had to look for it. “…I always lose my stuff. It’s something my mom’s been trying to fix for almost twenty-four years…” he said, laughing, and added he didn’t think it would ever change. He needed that capo for another new one, which was also the one they were offering a free download of. It was “We Ride Tonight”, and also required some participation from the fans. It’s a stellar song, with some killer guitar riffs, and ended up being the highlight of their set. They had a couple left at this point, and after one, “Save Me”, Nick mentioned that he and Craig had first played the Curtain when they were about fifteen. “…We thought we were good…” he said. Then noted that more of their friends seemed to stick around for them once they were of age to drink, proving drinks really do make bands sound better… At least maybe to some people. That led them to the final song of the night, which Nick pointed out was the first song he and Craig started working on when The Bedlam Brothers were first conceived. It was a classic from Nick’s song catalog, and one that I don’t think reached its full potential until this band. It was “My 9 to 5”, and is still an excellent way to cap a show off.

I had finally seen The Bedlam Brothers for the first time nearly three months ago, and in that time, they’ve really improved.

I was impressed before, but tonight I was just blown away. They polished things up, and their stage show was much more tight and all around better. Part of that could be attributed to the larger stage of the Curtain Club, verses the more intimate Liquid Lounge, which allowed both Craig and Nick to be more active. Then you have Ben, who was a great addition to the group, even if it was just a onetime thing, and had some chemistry with the others, too. Oh, and those new songs they cranked out are something else, and if they are any indicator, then their “Saddle Up” record is going to be a must listen.

Speaking of that, they’ll be right back here at the Curtain on March 8th to celebrate the release of said album. It’s probably going to be an night not to forget, so don’t miss out on it.

The Unlikely Candidates
were on next. They’ve been around for a little while, 2008 to be exact, and while I’ve often heard the name, I had never seen them or listened to their stuff… And after seeing their set, I’m really regretting that.

Their an Indie Rock/Pop band, whose songs are pretty infectious, and about halfway through their opener I felt myself drawn towards the front of the stage. They kept things pretty short and sweet, bouncing from one song to the next, which vocalist, Kyle, said was “Hate to Love Me”. After another, they did what was arguably the best song of their all too short 28-minute long set, “Follow My Feet”. It’s got the hook, and had a few people dancing along to it while they sang along. To set up their next song, Kyle asked if there was anyone who was a fan of The Strokes, and more than a few people cheered at that. “Oh, well good. The you might find this cover somewhat enjoyable…” he said. He pointed out that not only are they his favorite band, but this was his favorite song of theirs. The track was “Someday”, and they did an absolutely amazing rendition of it. Possible even better than The Strokes themselves. I believe it was after that they did what Kyle said was their most philosophical song. At this point I don’t remember all the different layers he said it covered, as he described it all in pretty deep detail, but I think he began with something like it was about how insignificant one can feel when looking up and seeing all the stars. They had only one more after finishing it, and then that was their show.

I was a little disappointed, not by the band, but because I was enjoying their music so much I wanted them to play much longer.

It was still a great set, though, and I love their sound. Along with the typical guitar, bass and drums, they also had an acoustic guitar player. Now a lot of times, an acoustic can be drowned out by the louder, more dominate instruments, which was what I thought would happen with them. Not the case. Instead, it came through rather well, and added a gorgeous texture to all of their songs.

They have a show coming up in February 2nd at The Door in Dallas, and supposedly you should also be able to see them back at the Curtain on March 8th, for The Bedlam Brothers CD release show.

There was one last band scheduled at the Curtain Club, but I didn’t stick around for them. Instead, I crossed the patio over to the Liquid Lounge, where Denton’s own, The Gypsy Bravado was headlining.

I had actually seen the group once before, a little over two years ago. And while I had wanted to see them since, it just never worked out. And I wondered how good this show would be, because I heard from a friend, photographer, Jessy Huff, that the band had been drinking all day. That meant the show could go either way.

To say they were drunk would be an understatement, and even though I was standing pretty far back, you could tell from their eyes that they were beyond wasted.

Now, I have seen another band where at least one of their members was pretty far gone at one show, and it turned out to be one of the funniest and best shows I’ve seen said group do. But there’s a fine line between being a entertaining drunk and a sloppy one, and I was curious which side The Gypsy Bravado would come down on this night.

They opened with a very soulful song, that found keyboard player and primary singer, Mo Myles, guitarist, Shawn Bratton, and bassist, Jeff Dacus, all singing and harmonizing. It was an extraordinary number, and the way their voices intertwined with each other was dazzling. It also became immediately clear that whatever their state of inebriation, their music wasn’t going to suffer. In fact, I think it had the total opposite effect and made it sound even better. After another newer song of theirs, Mo announced to anyone who didn’t know it, that they had “…Been drinking all day…”. He didn’t hang on the subject long, though, and soon said they were going to play “What I Need”. It was a groovy one (that’s not an outdated term to use, is it?) with a sweet guitar solo/breakdown, which was perfectly balanced with some fiery parts on the keys. They did something a little different with their next song, and welcomed a friend of theirs on stage, who also happened to be a rapper (my apologies, as I don’t recall his name.) He walked up on stage with them. “I have something to tell you all.” He said, though it was barely audible, as the main mic had stopped working. It took them a minute, but they got the cable plugged back into it, and their friend revealed his words of wisdom. “…Always make sure the mic is plugged in.” he said, laughing. I was skeptical at first, because I’m not a big fan of how he was undoubtedly going to sing, or rather rhyme, but it turned out to be fairly good. He was talented in his chosen craft, as he busted out the lines of “California Zone”, and towards the end he even seemed to be free styling it, and doing a great job of it at that. He left them once it was finished, allowing the group to return to their Rock ‘n’ Roll jams, which included what seemed like the longest song of their set, “Mountain Tops”. It had a couple different layers to it, starting a bit slower, before working its way into a powerful song. And while it did seem pretty long, it didn’t drag. Possibly the funniest thing of their set was the fact that you could often hear them asking one another what song they wanted to do next. I mean, that happened at least every other song, and they’d quickly discuss. So next up, they opted for a new one. “It was written back in 1979” said one of the guys, possibly Jeff. They had been going for awhile at this point, and they stopped to ask the sound guy how much time they had left. His response, “One long one or two short ones.” Jeff was ready to do a couple more, but then drummer, Lou Anderson, spoke up. “Fuck it! Let’s do a long one!”here was no argument or anything, instead they just went with it and did a song from their “Through the Rabbit Hole” EP, “Dillinger (Rebel Son)”. It was another great example of how epic their music is, beginning with somewhat of a dreamy quality to it, before the drumbeats helped it explode into something you could really rock out to, and was rounded out with both a bass and guitar solo. That might not sound like it was a very long set, but in all it totaled 45-minutes.

I really don’t remember much from the other time I saw these guys, other than thinking they were alright. They were from alright this night, though… In a good way.

Granted, I don’t know what is par for these guys, but they seemed to be in rare form this night. And not only is the stage show pretty entertaining, but they also allow the music to speak for itself, and it will not doubt reel you in.

Check ‘em out, because regardless of your preference in music, chances are The Gypsy Bravado has at least one song that will appeal to you. And speaking of that, hopefully they’ll get some of those record in the near future.

In the meantime, you can get their EP in ITUNES, and even get a couple of FREE downloads from their REVERBNATION PAGE. They also have a show lined up for February 1st at Hailey’s up in Denton.

This was a pretty good night. I saw one band I like and became even more of a fan of theirs, and then got pulled in by a couple of others who I knew nothing or very little about beforehand. That’s a win in my opinion… At least it was until my car broke down on the drive home. But that’s another story.

November 20, 2010 - Club Hoppin’ In Denton

There were a couple good shows going down in Denton this night. And luckily the bands I wanted to see were timed just right that I could make both.

The night started at Rubber Gloves, where Gutterth Productions had orchestrated a free show. Most of the bands I’d never heard of, except for Spooky Folk, who kicked the night off here. They made a good impression on me back in July at the DOMA Showcase, but that’s been a ways back, and all I really remembered was I liked them. But this show made me like them a WHOLE lot more. Their opening song, I think it was “My Niagara Heart”, had me unsure about them at first, due to the songs soft beginning. But after it picked up and got going it was more like the Spooky Folk I recalled. They did another song or two before encountering some trouble when bassist, Scarlett Wright, broke a string. “How did that even happen?” singer and guitarist, Kaleo, asked her. “I thought that was impossible to do!” She began asking if any of the other bass players would lend her their bass, and and after a moment one of them did, and then they got things back on track. They did a couple more songs, one being “Polaroid”, which might be my favorite song of theirs. One guy in the audience had been shouting out, asking for ”Resurrect!”, in between every song they’d done so far. And finally he got his request, as Kaleo responded “Okay.” So lead guitarist, Jesse Perry, said his guitar down and took the bass from Scarlett, who picked up the instrument that is key to this songs sound. The melodica. It really does make the song, and it’s part, to me, sounds like something you’d hear from an Italian accordion player. Unfortunately they did have a shorter set, so they only got to do a couple more songs, and worse still was neither of them were “Bible Belt”. Kinda a let down since you expect to hear bands do their “hit” songs, but what are gonna do. I absolutely see why there is so much fuss about this band, cause they have carved out their on little, somewhat unique, genre. Which is helped out by violinist, Petra Kelly. Cause you just don’t see many violinists in rock or inide bands, even though it can add a killer layer to the music.

The other acts at RGRS I’m sure were good, but seeing Spooky Folk and finally getting their album, were more than worth it. So after they finished it was time to head over to the town square, and Andy’s Bar.

To no surprise the first band, These Mad Dogs of Glory, was already done by the time we got there. But even though I’d seen them just the night before, I was kinda hoping to catch some of their set tonight.

The Gypsy Bravado was getting their gear set up when we got there, and soon launched into their set. These guys were pretty good, and they had a little Southern Rock sound going for them. I was enjoying their set when they were suddenly told they had 5 minutes left. I think they’d only done 5 or 6 songs at this point, and they only got to do one more. But they handled it great, when fans begun shouting out for more songs. “We need to be respectful of the other bands and let them have the time they deserve.” their singer said in response. Their show was good, and I like them a little more after listening to their demo CD I got. Which features some cuts from their forthcoming EP, and I think their singer said that’s due out in the next month or so.

Next up was another band I’d seen the previous night. THe BAcksliders. And to nights show was MUCH better. The set list was cut down quite a bit from their headlining version, but they kept most of the best songs in play. And while on the subject of the set, I’m a bit shocked that this band A.) doesn’t use a set list and B.) has the set so well memorized. I guess that just means they’ve played them enough they have the song order etched into their brains. Anyways, to nights show was heads and tails better than the one the night before. They emitted a real stage presence, as well as put on a great show. At one point guitarist, Chris Bonner, “fell” down on his back and just shredded on his guitar. Then, not too long after he got up, he played his ax with his teeth for a bit. They brought their A game tonight, and I loved it.

Headlining this show was Denton’s mighty duo, RTB2. It didn’t seem like they played a very long set, maybe somewhere around 45 minutes. But since they were headlining I was expecting more like an hour plus set. They played most of the songs I’m familiar with though, as well as some that I liked even more. These guys definitely take the cake for best duo band that I’ve seen. Not only does their music sound just as good as any full band, but you can really see the chemistry between Ryan Becker and Gary Sandlin.