The day has finally arrived! FRIDAY!! I hear the chorus of rejoice throughout the 757 and I can see you looking at the clock waiting for it to hit your exit time. Well, while you’re waiting for that hour to hit, I’ll hand you a little musical treat to help you pass the hours by. It’s Live Music Friday and our featured artist this week is Corbin Dallas. A rockin’ alt-country band that formed several years ago, they have been tearing up the local scene with their great southern soul sound. They will be one of the performers at this year’s Localpalooza in October and you can catch them tomorrow night at Winston’s Cafe in Chesapeake. As promised, here’s their entire two song performance.
FM99 played a blast from the past this afternoon. ’Heroine’ from Sea Of Souls was blaring through the airwaves and was quickly started making the social media rounds. The legendary band owned the local rock scene for the ’90′s and early 2000′s and I have been hearing rumors that a one-off reunion show with as many SOS lineups as possible is in the works. Nothing concrete to confirm but if it happens you will hear it here first.
UPDATE: Sea Of Souls with Andrew McNeely (Bass, Vocals), Noel Winslow (Guitar), John O’Neil (Guitar) and Steve Archer (Drums, Vocals) will perform LIVE at The NorVA Friday, Sept. 20.
Speaking of FM99, they are hosting Pillbuster’s CD release show tomorrow night at the Jewish Mother Hilltop. Tickets are just $10 and I’m hearing that it’s close to selling out, so get there early.
That’s it for me. Have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you next week. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC!
It’s Tuesday and that’s the day that is usually reserved for the newly released and today local hard rock band Pillbuster dropped their debut album. The guys spent the better part of the year recording and polishing off their tunes down in Raleigh at Osceola Recording and now the day has arrived for them to be released to the masses. Shelley from FM99 is hosting their CD Release Show this Saturday at The Jewish Mother with special guest Saltine and Synesthia. Tickets are $10 and the doors open st 8pm. You can check them out here and their brand spankin’ new record is available on iTunes and Amazon.
A special shout-out to our friends, Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos, who took home the top prize at the Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival in Roanoke. They will represent the Blue Ridge Society at next year’s International Blues Competition in Memphis. They competed in this event last year and reached the semi-finals, so they have a real good shot at going all the way.
That’s it for today. I’ll catch up with later this week. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC
The NorVa will be packed tomorrow with screaming fans as Emblem3 comes to town in support of their debut album Nothing to Lose (Columbia Records). Brothers Keaton and Wesley Stromberg and good buddy Drew Chadwick formed the trio in their hometown of Sequim, WA, about 3 hours outside of Seattle. They relocated to Southern California and were quickly packing venues along the Sunset Strip before getting to audition for The X-Factor. While they didn’t make it to the finals, they had already amassed a huge fan following. They scored a record deal with Columbia Records and went into the studio with famed producer Savan Kotecha (Maroon 5, Usher, One Direction) to record their debut album, Nothing To Lose.
Their single, Chloe, is racing up the charts and before they head out to tour with Selena Gomez, they will be performing live at The NorVA tomorrow night. Tickets are selling fast and the show will sellout but thanks to the awesome people at Columbia Records, I have two pairs of tickets to give away. All you have to do is shoot me an email at Kyle.Bloom@wavy.com and tell me that you want the tickets. I will randomly select two winners by 12p tomorrow.
It’s Friday and the weekend is almost upon us. First off, I would like to welcome the newest member of our Team AM family. My great friends (and huge supporter of this blog) Katie Collett and her husband Will welcomed their son Liam to the world Wednesday afternoon. A healthy and big (10lbs 4 oz) boy, I just want to wish Liam a very Happy Birthday!
Our studio was filled with the sweet, swampy tonk sounds of The Wet Boys as they were our Live Music Friday featured artist. An eclectic sound with a nice blend of folk, groove and a side of knuckle punch. They will be performing Monday night at Gordon Biersch as part of An Evening To Benefit Rachelle Friedman. It starts at 6p and 15% of all drink and meal proceeds will go to Rachelle to help with her medical bills. To find out more about this great event, check out this link. If you missed The Wet Boys performance on the show, no worries, I have you covered...just click here.
Our good friend Skye Zentz is about to embark on a tour of the east coast. Skye will be partning up with Kelsie McNair for their Autumn Wander tour. They will kick things off in Norfolk at Cure Coffehouse Friday, Sept. 6th then they will be up and down 95 and 40.
Skye Zentz and Kelsie McNair’s Autumn Wander Tour 2013
Friday Sep 6th- Norfolk, VA (Cure Coffeehouse-SENDOFF SHOW!)
Thursday Sep 12th- Durham, NC (Beyu Caffe)
Friday Sep 13th- Asheville, NC (Havana Comida Latina)
Saturday Sep 14th- Charlottesville, VA (Millie-Joe Gelato)
Monday Sep 16th- Frederick, MD (Frederick Coffee Company)
Tuesday Sep 17th- Philadelphia, PA (Sine Studios-Invite Only, Message us for an invite)
Wednesday Sep 18th- North Adams, MA (The Parlor Cafe)
Thursday Sep 19th- Cambridge, MA (Life Alive)
Friday Sep 20th- New York, NY (Goodbye Blue Monday)
Saturday Sep 21st- Washington, DC (Ebenezer’s Coffeehouse)
That’s it for me today. Get out and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC!
For me, it’s hard to get excited about new music these days especially from the rock genera. Majority of music out there is full of autotunes, synthetic percussion and the same beats over and over. Granted it is catching and my foot will stomp with the beats but it doesn’t make me jump out of my seat and yell ‘YESSS!!”.
When I first heard of the formation of The Winery Dogs, I started to get excited. The thought of a power trio consisting of Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater ), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) and Richie Kotzen (Poison, Mr. Big) got me even more excited. Then I heard Elevate….and I got really excited. A flurry of drums and double tapping bass and guitars open this gem of an album and it gets your senses ready for a journey it hasn’t been on in quite a while.
13 songs of pure awesomeness take you away for a ride that you don’t want to end. The soulful range in Richie’s voice easily transitions from the bluesy sounds of The Dying to the rocking Six Feet Deeper. Billy’s bass reigns supreme throughout the record as not only bringing in the low end but wonderfully accompanying the pickless, tele-sounds of Richie’s guitar.
The Winery Dogs is not just the record of the year but one of the best records PERIOD. This is a must-have in your collection. It is available now via Loud and Proud Records and they are currently on tour in South American then hitting the US for a few stops. No word yet if a Norfolk/Virginia Beach stop is in works.
The work week is back in full force and I always dream that the weekend could just go by as slow as the week does. Oh well, last week our Live Music Friday featured artist was Brandon Jarod. A fellow OLHS grad, Brandon is gearing up for the release of his debut EP, The Age Of Zero, which is due out this Fall. Brandon was joined by drumming extraordinaire, DJ Smith and they didn’t hesitate to crank it to 11. If you missed his performance, you can check it out by clicking this sentence.
The blues are alive and well in Hampton this week as the inaugural Hampton Blues Camp takes place. Created by Chicago blues master Dr. Fernando Jones, who has been holding camps in Texas, California and Minnesota, the camp is designed to bring the essence of the blues to the youth of our area…and it’s all FREE. Our very own Jackie Scott was detrimental in bringing the camp here and she’s hoping with the success of this week will turn into Hampton being the East Coast home for Dr. Jones’ Blues Camp. Jackie and Dr. Jones will be on The Hampton Roads Show this Friday to talk about the camp and fill the THRS stage with the sounds of the blues. Find out more about the camp here.
I don’t know about you but it is a hot one out there! Today’s title is brought to by the great David Lee Roth and a classic cut from his Eat ‘Em and Smile record. Hopefully you’re finding a way to stay cool from the heat.
Last week our Live Music Friday featured artist was Major and the Monbacks, a great group of 20 something musicians who are bringing the classic Norfolk Sound back made famous by Gary U.S. Bonds. A pretty sizable group that featured three vocals, three guitars, drums, percussion, a bass, a sax and a trumpet. The debut a brand new song written by their newest member Harry Schloeder called Be My Baby. Check out their performance here and if you want to check them out live, they’ll be playing The Belmont this Saturday night along with Logan Vath.
Speaking of our good friend, Logan just received a flock of new fans after his album was featured on the New and Notable section of Noisetrade. Only about a million people a day view that site, so Better Man Or Ghost should hit platinum status in no time. Logan isn’t wasting any time basking in his glory, he is busy doing what he does best and that’s write some sweet tunes. He recently just recorded a demo that needs a title. So take a listen or two here and come up with your best title for the song. I’ll forward all suggestions to Logan….and no Thunder Run, that’s been taken.
If you’re in the mood for some blues tonight, head on down to downtown Hampton and to the Hampton History Museum to check out the great Bobby BlackHat Waters. He and his red shoes will be joined by William MoBetta Ledbetter and our very own Don Roberts. The show is free for members of the museum and just three bones for non-members. It all goes down from 6-8p.
That’s all for me today. Stay cool and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC!
Back in April, Rolling Stone magazine published their “Venues The Rock: The Best Big Rooms in America” list. The list was compiled from musicians and industry folk from around the country and our own little NorVa was selected the 16th best in the Land of The Free. Along with the “big rooms”, they also conducted lists for rock clubs, amphitheaters, dance clubs, arenas and stadiums and a reader’s choice category for Best Music Venue in America. Well, that list was unveiled yesterday afternoon and The NorVa came out on top! Numero Uno!
The artists love the NorVa because of the unique backstage amenities; racquet ball/basketball court, pool tables and the infamous hot tub among other things, but for the fans it offers them a big room, yet still intimate setting to seeing their favorite acts. For me, the best part of the NorVa is the open arms approach to our local music scene. Any local band is invited to play the NorVa. Repeat: ANY LOCAL BAND CAN PLAY THE NORVA (Just shoot them an email at email@example.com). Try doing that at the Beacon Theater. One of the best local shows that I saw there was back in August of 2011 when The Aragona Project headlined with The Dahus debuting as the opening act, followed by The Vicars, Parade (now Brother Speak) and a little band called Bison.
It will also be a part of a memory that I will hold forever because I took my son, Carson, to his very first concert at there. I didn’t know how long he would last at the Kishi Bashi show but not only did he last the entire show, he didn’t want to leave! Each time he sees the marquee, he says ” I saw a rock-n-roll show there, Daddy”
Congrats to Bill, Rick, Chris and the entire staff of Rising Tide Productions and The NorVa! A well deserved honor!
It’s another hot one there, so I hope everyone out at the Warped Tour is keeping cool and well hydrated. Warped Tour is always a scorcher and that’s part of the fun it; heat, sweat, music and good times. If you couldn’t make it out there or if you miss any concert you wanted to attend, you’ll probably search YouTube for clips and the web for those great professional pictures that seem to capture every bit of the essence of the event. Today’s blog is focusing on that: The art of concert photographing. Of course, I could easily go down the list and name the greats; Zlozower, Halfin, Rock, but this is a local music blog so I’m focusing on the great LOCAL rock photographers.
There are several photography studios and freelance photographers that will feature band photography in their portfolio but I want to feature two in particular. One who just shot her 500th show and the other who just shot her 1st.
Sherry Boylan has been in the pit for a while and just shot her 500th show. You’ll see her within the masses of every local venue capturing every sweat-dripping-on-fret, over-biting solo and head banging drum beat. Sherry recently published a coffee table book titled ” 52 Weeks Of Music”, where she spent a year photographer 90 different acts across Hampton Roads. She is currently working on “52 Weeks Of Music Vol. 2″ where she plans on capturing the moment of 150 bands (Check out her pic of Brandon Bower below). You can find out more about Sherry and her company, Chesbay 360 and pick up your copy of “52 Weeks” here.
The new kid on the block is Danielle Cote, who just shot her 1st show. Danielle is the owner of Danielle Cote Photography and has primarily been focusing on portraits and outdoor shooting, so concert shooting with the variable lighting and movement would be the last thing on her list. When the opportunity came about to shoot LMF alums Revery and Like A Storm, she was a little apprehensive but went for it and the results speak for themselves. You can check out them out here and after seeing them, I’m pretty sure that many more shows are in her future.
I hope everyone had a great and safe 4th of July. I worked in the morning then headed out to the beach with the fam and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon outside with the kids, grilling out and listening to some great local tunes. Today is the first Friday in July and in Downtown Norfolk they are kicking it off in style with their first First Friday’s Block Party. A free event that takes place at the TCC Plaza on Granby Street, each Friday will have a featured musical act performing and the original King of Norfolk, Gary U.S. Bonds will kick off the inaugural event. Gary is out promoting his memoir, “By U.S. Bonds: That’s My Story”, and stopped by the studio today to sing the accompanying single, “That’s My Story”. You can check out the exclusive WAVY.com performance here. The party starts at 6 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m. Gary is scheduled to hit the stage at 7 with LMF’s The UnXpected opening up and the best part is that it’s FREE.
Our Live Music Friday featured artist today was Skye Zentz and The Gents. Skye performed her new song, The Tide, which she hopes will become the official anthem for the city of Norfolk. So Mr. Fraim, if you’re reading this check it out and give her a buzz. You can check her entire two song performance here:
That’s it for me! Get out there and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC!