Well, with some hard work from the guys from Sound Efx, they cleared the stage for Mila Mason, and a good thing -- this girl can sing. Wow! I donít know who taught this girl, but they did it right. She is a real cool entertainer. Before she left the stage, I was amazed at her energy and sweet voice.
Once again, Sound Efx managed to maintain sanity through total chaos, and when they fired up Steve Warinnerís guitar, it was smokiní. Steve, I play a little guitar and bass and things with string and, ya know, youíre a way cool, tasty guitar player. Man, you must practice a lot. Steve, you sing and entertain the way it should be -- up front and cool. Iíve been waiting ten years to hear you live, so my hat's off to you, Steve Warinner, for all your hard work and effort in makiní music.
The lights got dim, and then the stage erupted with John Michael Montgomery, and he was dynamite from the opening song Ďtil the close and two encores. Thanks, John. What a talent -- he sings with one of the sweetest voices in music. Wow! What a show. Iíd like to see more.
P.S. Linda Davis had a lovely 3-song acoustic guitar set of her
own music, and wow! Just wow! Thanks to everyone involved in YesFest.
I am happy to report that I was not disappointed, as their live sound was immense! The guitarwork was outstanding, the vocals crisp, and the sound near perfect. Running through a host of cuts from the new Wake of Magellan album, along with plenty of favorites from Gutter, Thorns, and Dead, Savatage played absolutely brilliantly. I highly recommend you check them out, if they ever get back to Michigan, and if not, theyíre worth traveling for.
Without a doubt, one of the best live performances Iíve ever witnessed, and I have seen a lot of shows.
After the show, the band was more than willing to meet and greet the fans, signing autographs, shaking hands, and shooting the breeze. From their albums to their live performance to their down-to-earth personalities, there is nothing not to love about this band... flawless!
If you'd like Shane Copher to catch your show, call him at (517) 694-5625.
Saturday, May 30 saw Skull Buzz ripping it up with cuts from their recent CD. Acoustic C.P.R. (Jim Cott, Lynn Parks, and Les Rout) turned their folk-oriented set up a notch with the addition of Bill Baschler playing some tasty lead guitar licks. Sue Hirt played a very quick set of acoustic-oriented originals, as well, before The Notorious Smith Brothers blasted out some home-grown blues. A dance troupe shook and shimmied before we commenced to begin rockiní again with Rope Trick. Comfort Road played a great set of country and rock covers. Axis played a tremendous set of soul and R&B covers before Rare Earth finally graced the stage with their hit-filled set of great songs.
Sunday, May 31 saw Colt 45 play a great second set of what they do best. Life on Earth played a way cool set of their original material. Blade's Brigade played their own brand of contemporary blues, and Powerlight finally closed out the proceedings with their hour long set of great soul music. Hey, people, letís do it again.
Saw a fabulous Christian rock band that call themselves The Wash
Kings the first weekend of August down at Riverfront Park. They were
great! These guys played 45 minutes of their own tunes, as well as an updated
version of the Cream classic "Sunshine of Your Life." I hope to see these
guys again very, very soon.
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On its way is the new CD coming from Lansing, Michiganís Fruitflies.
With the departure of vocalist Matt "Ray Ray" Monroe, Lansingís Uncle Chuck continues on. Chris "Crazy Grady" Hall grabs the helm while continuing to provide the guitar riffs for this funky metal outfit.
After running into a small legal snag, the debut CD from East Lansingís Setritual will be going to press.
On Saturday, February 20th, The Automatic Blues Band will be recording its show at Jambalaya's for its debut CD, Live at Jambalaya's. There will also be a video crew filming the show.
Bands: Read the "Hey Bands" section for information on how to be included in the Lansing Music News section.