Demon Waffle at Wild Wing Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee

I had the opportunity on Friday, June 14, 2019, to catch the performance of Demon Waffle at Wild Wing Café in Johnson City, Tennessee.  Demon Waffle is a fun, high energy band from Knoxville and Johnson City, Tennessee that blends reggae, rock, punk, soul and funk which consists of the lineup of Tyler Parkhill on vocals, Donnie Barnett on guitar, Evan Rice on bass, Andrew Oliver on Sax, Matt Dougherty on drums, Tim Lester on Trombone and Matthew Sykes on trumpet.  They entertained the crowd with tracks from their latest album Drink Your Dinner and many other tunes.  They brought a great crowd that was enjoying the music and dancing.  I am glad to catch their performance and looking forward to hearing their CD.

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Cold Mountain Valley, Gipsy Danger and Archaic Knowledge at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee

Last night June 15, 2019, was local band night at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee with Cold Mountain Valley, Gipsy Danger, and Archaic Knowledge.  I got in a little early and had the opportunity to first talk to the members of Cold Mountain Valley and hear their soundcheck.  Cold Mountain Valley is a stoner/doom band from East Tennessee consisting of Fairy on vocals, Caleb Smith on bass and vocals, Greg Glessing on guitar and vocals and Milby Shaffer on drums.  Their sound was a mixture of heavy and psychedelic rock with dark sounding vocals reminding me of the days of Janis Joplin and Grace Slick.  They did a great job in their performance doing covers and originals.  Next up was Gipsy Danger, a three-man rock band from Bristol, Virginia with the lineup of John Sheets on guitar and lead vocals, Chris Sennet on bass and vocals, and Elliott Tench on drums.  They had a great sound for a three-piece band.  They played tracks from their album Schoolyard Demos which is on Bandcamp.  Finally on stage is the band Archaic Knowledge, a groove/heavy metal band from Johnson City, Tennessee consisting of Tim Whitaker on vocals, Greg Glessing on guitar (Greg also plays with Cold Mountain Valley), Joshua Herald on bass and Zane Cioffe on drums.  They played tracks from their album Blade of the Judge, now available digitally on Apple Music, Google Play, Spotify, Tidal, Bandcamp, Reverbnation, and many more, plus physical copies available from Amazon.  They did an awesome job and looking forward to hearing more bands at this venue.

 

Hinder, Saving Abel and The Adarna at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee

Last night June 14, 2019, was an enjoyable and high energy evening at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee with the sold-out show featuring Hinder, Saving Abel and The Adarna.  When the doors opened I had the opportunity to speak to a couple of the bands that I had communicated with on Facebook and discussed previous reviews I have done.  This band to hit the stage Seattle, Washington based band The Adarna consisting of William Moore on vocals and guitar, Andreka Jasek on lead guitar and vocals, Oliver “O-Town” Spencer on bass and vocals and Murdock on drums.  They put on an amazing show with tracks from their Road To Resonance (which I reviewed last month) and tracks from their previous albums.  Next up is the band Saving Abel, a southern rock band with members from Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky with their current lineup of Jason Null on lead guitar and backing vocals, Scotty Austin on lead vocals, Scott Bartlett on rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Scott Wilson on bass, and Steven Pulley on drums.  They entertained the audience with tracks from their numerous albums.  They put on a great show and I am looking forward to hearing their albums in the future.  After a short break, It was time for the headlining act based Multi-platinum rockers Hinder,  an American rock band from Oklahoma with Marshal Dutton on vocals, Joe ‘Blower’ Garvey on guitar, Mark King on guitar, Mike Rodden on bass, and Cody Hanson on drums.  They put on a great show with tracks such as their newest release Halo from an upcoming album, Lips Of An Angel which is a 2006 hit for them and many other tracks from 2005 to present.  The only disappointment is that there was no music at their merchandise table. Since I did not know till the last minute that I would be able to attend, I did not order any albums in advance to get them to sign and I thought they would have some signed at their table.  Otherwise, the experience was awesome and I enjoyed meeting the bands and getting the opportunity to talk to the members.  Also, the friendliness of Capone’s staff made me feel welcome.  Finally, I want to thank Tommy Breese and George Leonard for making this review happen.  I am looking forward to listening to and reviewing the bands they booked for tonight.

Badflower, Deal Casino and Fencer at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee

A couple nights ago on May 7, 2019, I enjoyed an evening of great music and meeting new friends as I attended a great concert at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee with the line up of Badflower, Deal Casino and Fencer. Two of the bands I have had contact with prior to this performance and had the opportunity to hear some of their music.  The evening started with the performance by Los Angeles, California rock band Fencer comprising of Field Cate, Cameron Sauve, and Scott Sauve.  This three piece band gave a great performance of songs that will be on their upcoming album which at this time does not have a release date.  Next up on the stage is Deal Casino is an American alternative rock band formed in Sparta, New Jersey consisting of Joe Parella on lead vocals, guitar, Jozii Cowell on guitar, Jon Rodney on bass, and Christopher Donofrio on drums.  This four-piece band gave an amazing performance with great vocals and driving instrumental backup with tracks from their debut album Deal Casino and their current album LLC and numerous Ep’s they have recorded.  After these two great bands did an amazing job warming up the crowd, the headliner Badflower, an American rock band founded in Los Angeles, California took the stage. The band is composed of singer/guitarist Josh Katz, lead guitarist Joey Morrow, bass guitarist Alex Espiritu, and drummer Anthony Sonetti.  I had previously reviewed their debut studio album OK, I’m Sick and wanted to hear the tracks from this album live and I totally enjoyed it.  All three of these bands I will love to see again.  I will be seeing Badflower again when they will be performing at the Sonic Temple Music Festival in Columbus, Ohio in two weeks.  I wish to thank Rian Rettino and Ashley Lanaux for arranging me to obtain an autographed vinyl copy of the OK, I’m Sick album and a great t-shirt from Badflower, and Deal Casino and their management for the signed copy of LLC and a t-shirt.  I enjoyed meeting all the bands and talking to them for a bit between performances.  Finally, I want to thank Tommy and the staff at Capone’s for an enjoyable evening.  To find out more about these bands and where they will be touring near you,  go to their websites.  For Badflower go to https://www.badflowermusic.com,  for Deal Casino go to https://www.dealcasinomusic.com, and for Fencer go to http://fencerband.com

Dale Ann Bradley at The Down Home in Johnson City, Tennessee

Last month I had the opportunity to review The Hard Way, the March 22, 3019 album by Kentucky based bluegrass artist Dale Ann Bradley on the Pinecastle Records label.  I was so impressed with her work that when I found out she was coming into our area to perform, I felt I must see her live.  Last night I had the opportunity to meet her and see her perform at The Down Home, a 150 seat venue in Johnson City, Tennessee that has been for open for about forty-three years.  It was quite different than many venues that I have been to in the past.  You will not hear metal and heavy rock in this venue.  You will mainly hear Americana, bluegrass, blues and country, mostly acoustic music in this venue where this is a club to actually listen to the music and not party.  Dale Ann gave the audience a great show, performing songs from her latest album The Hard Way as well from her many previous albums.  Along with Matt Leadbetter on slide guitar and backing vocals, Dale Ann shows her ability to tell a story and does so in her music.  She is also very sociable with the audience and tells the audience a story about each song she performed.  I enjoyed her performance and looking forward to hearing her live again and it also wants me to get the opportunity to hear and review her earlier albums so I can see the growth in her music.  The staff at The Down Home was very friendly and made you feel welcome at this venue and I will want to see other acts there in the future.

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The Boogie Knights at Wild Wing Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee

Last night I was brought back to the great memories of my days working as a disc jockey playing disco and funk by listening to a great band called The Boogie Knights out of Knoxville, Tennessee as they played at the Wild Wing Cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee.  This great band comprises of Founder/Front Lady Valerie B. Tippitt, Guitar/Backing Vocals Chris Cook, Bass/Backing Vocals David Peeples, Drums/Vocals Andy Campbell and on keyboards Julius Blue.  I enjoyed their vocals and harmonies along with impressive guitar riffs, thumping bass sounds, and amazing keyboard work with such tracks as their opening number Boogie Nights, I Love The Nightlife, Sir Duke, You Sexy Thing, December 1963 (Oh What A Night), (Ain’t No Mountain) High Enough and so much more.  This band gave the audience a high energy performance and the crowd was dancing.  They were also friendly and fun to talk to.  I learned that a couple of members also play with a hair rock band that I hope to hear one day.  This is also a band that has their sound tight and I would love to hear again.  This venue is spacious, has a great staff, and has great food and drink.  I plan to return to this venue again with my wife to enjoy a nice evening out.

 

Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC Tribute at OT Sports and Social Club in Johnson City, Tennessee

Last night my wife and I experienced something special, an amazing performance by Thunderstruck: America’s AC/DC Tribute, an AC/DC tribute band out of Louisville, Kentucky who performed at the OT Sports and Social Club in Johnson City, Tennessee.  I have been a big fan of the original AC/DC, owning most of their library on vinyl so I was very excited about seeing this show.  We could tell when we arrived, that there was going to be a great turnout for this show with the long line of people waiting to get in. After we were seated at the owner’s table we had our drinks and talked with the club’s owners George and Eric about bands they should try to book in the future.  After an hour and a half wait, the band took the stage.  I was impressed with the decoration of the stage including a canon which represented the album For Those About to Rock We Salute You and a giant bell hanging over the middle of the stage representing the song Hells Bells, and other items.  The sound of the band was exactly like the original with high energy with Dave Moody screeching out the ball breaking vocals of Bon Scott and Brian Johnson and Caleb White bringing to the crowd the sound and image of Angus Young to the stage, complete with a schoolboy uniform and Gibson SG guitar.  Rounding off the band is drummer Jerry Lawson, bassist Chris Jones, and rhythm guitarist Kevin Feller, who keeps the music rocking and keeping the band’s sound tight playing all the hits that we have grown to love such as Thunderstruck, Hells Bells, Highway To Hell, Back In Black, Shoot To Thrill, You Shook Me All Night Long, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and so much more.  There were a couple songs that I hope to hear them play the next time they come in town namely Stiff Upper Lip and Big Balls.  One thing that I was very impressed with was their dedication and toast to the military (with me being a Navy Veteran, I was quite honored), police, firemen, first responders, etc.   After the show, they took time to sign autographs and take photos with the crowd.  We found this band very friendly and enjoyable to talk to.  If you ever get a chance to see this great band, do not pass it up, you will not regret it and will have the time of your life.  The only negative thing about this whole show was that I noticed that had a merchandise table with t-shirts, hats, etc and I was going to buy one but I was told CASH ONLY.  I know there are a lot of people these days that do not carry cash, just credit and debit cards, so for the first concert in a long time, I went home without a t-shirt.   This is my second review at this venue and my wife’s first and she was pleased as well as I with the layout of the club, the friendliness of the staff and owners and the quality of the food and drink.  We are looking forward to seeing more bands at this great venue.  To learn more about this band and find out where you can see them near you, go to their website https://www.thunderstruckus.com

 

 

The March Into Madness Tour featuring From Ashes To New, Ice Nine Kills, Palisades, Afterlife, and Hawk at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee

In the past year, I have been to a lot of concerts at several clubs as well as several festivals.  On April 10, 2019, I went to a concert at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee which I felt was one of the best lineups of bands I have seen in some time.  This particular night the lineup featured From Ashes To New, Ice Nine Kills, Palisades, Afterlife, and Hawk.  Prior to this show, I had received some messages from some of the bands on Facebook and Twitter, so some of the bands knew I was coming to listen to their performances.   The first band that hit the stage was the Lancaster, Pennsylvania metal band Hawk consisting of Rick Armellino on vocals, Jack Esbenshade on guitars, Adam Reed on drums and Bern Stabley on bass.  This band gave an awesome performance with tracks from an album they hope to release sometime in the future.  This was the only band of the lineup without a studio album, but listening to them, I can tell you that when they are able to, that album will go very well with the public. Next up on the stage was West Palm Beach, Florida metal band Afterlife consisting of Tyler Levenson on vocals, Andrew McGuire on guitar, Luke Walkinshaw on drums, and Tristan Edwards on bass.  This band gave a great performance with songs from their January 11, 2019 album Breaking Point with heavy guitar riffs, pounding bass lines and powerful vocals.  After a short break Palisades, an American post-hardcore band from Iselin, New Jersey took the stage with a lineup that features Louis “Lou” Miceli Jr on lead vocals, Xavier Adames on lead guitar, Matthew Marshall on rhythm guitar, Brandon Elgar on bass and Aaron Rosa on drums.  I first saw this band great guitar work and superb vocals at Carolina Rebellion last year and on this performance, they performed tracks from their Ease The Pain album that was released December 28, 2018, plus material from their earlier albums.  After this performance and a short intermission, a band that I have heard so much about and looked like everyone wanted to see with the number of people already wearing their t-shirt before entering the venue.  The band is Ice Nine Kills, an metalcore band from Boston, Massachusetts with the current lineup of Spencer Charnas on lead vocals, Justin DeBlieck on lead guitar and keyboards, Patrick Galante on drums, Joe Occhiuti on bass and Ricky Armellino who I saw earlier that evening playing with the band Hawk on rhythm guitar and backing vocals.  With monster makeup, masks and great costumes they gave an amazing performance with clean and unclean vocals, heavy guitar riffs, and pounding drum beats, they played tracks from their latest album the October 5, 2018 album The Silver Scream and their earlier albums.  They gave a performance that I will remember for a long time.  Finally to hit the stage was the headliner From Ashes to New, an American rock band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania featuring Danny Case on Vocals, Matt Brandyberry on vocals, keyboards and rhythm guitar, Lance Dowdle on lead guitar and Mat Madiro on drums.  Their set was rather short compared to the other bands and they played several tracks from their 20 April 2018 album The Future, ending their night with their major hit Crazy.  Still, they gave a great performance. During the evening I was able to get all my vinyl albums signed by all the bands and the band Hawk signed a poster for me.  The only signature I missed was the lead singer for Ice Nine Kills as he split to his bus after the performance.  All in all, this was a great evening and Capone’s is the place to enjoy good music, good food and drinks, and also have a good time.

Rock The 90’s USA at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee

Last night my wife, my stepson and I entered the music time machine and went back to the 1990s as we experienced the music of the Georgia based 90s tribute band Rock The 90s USA  formerly known as Broadcast 90s as they rocked the stage at Capone’s in Johnson City, Tennessee.  They took us back to the glory days of guitar driven rock with Hugh Hession on Lead/Backing Vocals and keyboards, Lance Rodriguez on lead guitar and backing vocals, Lewis Smith on guitar and vocals, Rob Brown on bass and Bronnie Turner on drums.  From Matchbox Twenty, Stone Temple Pilots, Gin BlossomsGoo Goo Dolls, Green Day and Smashing Pumpkins (a favorite of my deceased stepson that brought back memories) plus other nineties bands.  They treated the crowd to a show that people will be talking about for some time.  The crowd was a little smaller due to race weekend opening day, and they played like it was an auditorium.  They also performed a great classic from the 70’s Drift Away by Dobie Gray.  Their performance sounded so much like the originals with its amazing guitar riffs and powerful vocals and great harmonies.  It was an extremely high-energy show and left us hoarse from singing and exhausted from dancing and just watching the show.  I had the opportunity to chat with lead vocalist Hugh Hession ahead of time on Facebook and told him about my desire to review their performance and this is the second time we have had the opportunity to see them perform.  We had to opportunity to meet and talk with this great band before their performance, and we were gifted with a really cool signed drum head.  This is an incredibly great group of guys and was gracious and friendly throughout and was in touch with the crowd.  From people in their 60s to college teens, everybody had a great time and we look forward to their shows when they come back to the area.  They are as good as any big name band out there.  If you get a chance to see this amazing band, please do so.

 

Saliva, Dirty Soul Revival, Rock and Roll Freak Show and Clockwork Asylum at the OT Sports And Social Club in Johnson City, Tennessee

Last night was an evening of great music, good food and lasting friendships as I attended an event at OT Sports & Social Club in Johnson City, Tennessee with the band Saliva as the headliner and opening up for this band were Clockwork Asylum, Rock And Roll Freak Show and The Dirty Soul Revival.  As I entered this establishment, I was impressed with the friendliness of the front door staff which at some clubs I have been to in the past was not so.  I was also impressed with the size of this club, with the way it was laid out where you can either sit and watch the bands or stand in front of the stage.  I also noticed how well the club was kept neat and clean, even the restrooms.  As I approached the bar to order my first beer, I noticed that had a well-stocked bar and many kinds of beer on tap, not four or five that some clubs has.  The bartenders were friendly and service was fast.  After I got my beer I proceeded to meet the drummer named Turtle for the band Clockwork Asylum who I have chatted with earlier in the day.  He then introduced me to the rest of the band who presented me with a signed copy of their album Eve Of The Eclipse and an xlarge t-shirt.  Then I was introduced to the members of the band The Dirty Soul Revival who presented me with a signed copy of their album Brave New World.  I noticed that many of the tables had a VIP card on them so I found one of the waitresses named Jackie and asked her if there was a place I could sit so I can watch the bands for this review.  She proceeded to take me to one of the owner’s table which I met some of the guests.  In a few minutes, I was introduced to the owners of this fine establishment, George Leonard & Eric Harris, and we discussed what I do and was happy for me to review their club which opened in December 2018 and provides entertainment in many genres with a mixture of local bands and major recording acts. In fact, the night before that had the recording artist Ginuwine performing at this club.  About this time, it was time for the first act to hit the stage Clockwork Asylum, groove metal band out of Knoxville, Tennessee featuring KW Longenstein on vocals, Randy Humphrey and Taylor Fillers on guitars, Brian Michaels on bass and Thomas “Turtle” Tittle on drums.  By then KW was in face paint and showed his powerful clean and unclean vocals which the rest of the band with it heavy guitar riffs, pounding bass lines, and driving drum beats got the crowd warmed up and wanting more as they played tracks from their debut album Eve Of The Eclipse.  I had found out that their female guitar player Taylor Fillers only played on one track on their album before she became an official member of the band.  In addition, I was impressed by how they took The Beatles classic Come Together and made it their own.  After this great performance, it was time for a local cover band called Rock And Roll Freak Show consisting of members Gary Bortz, Scott Alley, Chris Smith, and Scott Javens.  This band played covers of bands such as Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne and much more.  I was told they have a great local following and I can see why.  Soon it was time for an original dirty, gritty rock and roll band from Asheville, North Carolina called The Dirty Soul Revival consisting of Abraham Anderson and Brandon Hill on guitars and vocals, Duste Decay on bass, and Tyler Wedge on drums.  Their style of music leans on the cornerstones of American music. Blues, Country, Rock and roll, and Soul as they played tracks from their October 31, 2017 album Brave New World with great vocals and instrumental backup. From the table where I was sitting, you can see the whole crowd enjoying their performance.  After a short recess, it was time for the headliner act Saliva a hard rock/nu-metal band from Memphis, Tennessee consisting of Bobby Amaru on lead vocals, Wayne Swinny on lead guitar and backing vocals, recent member Tosha Jones on drums, and Brad Stewart on bass.  This powerful band with its awesome vocals, great guitar riffs and amazing drumming by Tosha Jones excited the crowd with tracks from their latest album 10 Lives and their earlier albums including such hits as Click Click Boom, a medley that combined such great tracks as Doperide, Phil Collins hit In The Air Tonight and Pink Floyd’s hit Another Brick In The Wall and other tracks from their eleven albums.  By that time the many people that were sitting at tables were working their way to the stage to get into the groove of this amazing band.  After the show, I went to their merchandise table in hopes of buying one of their albums.  I was disappointed to learn that they forgot to bring any of their eleven CDs to this performance so I just bought a t-shirt.  In fact, that was the only disappointment of the whole night.  The food at this establishment is great.  They had a great menu covering everything from sandwiches, pizza, chicken, mozzarella balls and much more.  I tried the chicken and the mozzarella balls and they were delicious.  The staff was friendly and professional and I will want to attend an event at this venue again.  I again want to thank the owners and staff at the OT Sports & Social Club for a wonderful and enjoyable evening. I will be doing additional reviews on the CDs of these bands in the coming week.  To find out future events and other info about this great venue, go to https://www.otsportsandsocial.com