Tag: Bloomington

Hard Drive Live Tour – Kyng, We as Human – 07/15/2014 Castle Theater, Bloomington, IL

 

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When you know the bands, and the bands know you, it’s always going to be a fun concert. This is my fifth time seeing We as Human and my fourth time seeing Kyng.  Black Stone Cherry was also on the bill, but I only went for Kyng and We as Human as my friend from Alabama, made the journey to join the show. It’s always a good time, when your friend is one of the bands BFF’s.

Kyng was the opener in Bloomington with We as Human playing the second spot, and they did not disappoint. Eddie Veliz is the lead singer and guitar master for the band, along with Pepe Clark (drums) and Tony Castaneda (bass/backup vocals). They are from Los Angeles hair swinging, heavy guitar playing rock and roll is their thing.

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They recently released there second album entitled “Burn the Serum” with the single “Electric Halo” getting plenty of air time on the rock radios. I first met Eddie two years ago when they opened up for Seether and he’s a character, he will call you out from the stage if you aren’t at least moving to the music, do something.. it’s rock and roll for crying out loud.

There Set list for last night consisted of songs from there first album: “Trampled Sun” which was released back in 2011, and songs off of this current CD as well.

  • Burn the Serum
  • Lost Ones
  • Pushing and Pulling
  • Electric Halo
  • Trails
  •  I Don’t Believe
  • Hot for Teacher
  • Falling Down

I managed to get “Hot for Teacher” on video, the sound quality isn’t the greatest, but you can hear them guitars.

What can I say, they did a great job even though I still say Eddie looks like Rob Zombie, he is a sweetheart and we get our “selfie’s” after the show, this makes the third time.  I even managed to get him to make a normal face for once, it took two photos, but I’ll take it.

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Kyng is on the road for quite sometime this summer, they are opening for “Black Label Society” and hitting the road with “Chevelle” for a few dates, be sure to check them out at any of those shows, you won’t be disappointed.

 
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We as Human was up next and how can I describe a rocking, crowd singing good time. These boys are from Nashville and they bring it every time they hit the stage. Justin Cordle, is the lead singer of this crew, along with Justin Forshaw, Jake Jones (guitarist), Adam Osborne (drums) and Dave Draggoo (bass), they get the crowd going every time.

They have a self entitled CD named “We as Human” and it’s chocked full of heavy guitar riffs, pounding beats, and songs with a message that everyone can relate to, there current single “Take the Bullet’s away” is #17 on the Mainstream Rock Songs Billboard Chart, and with “Lacy Mosley” former lead singer of the band “Flyleaf” on it, you can see why.  We as Human’s set lists consisted of:

  • Sever
  • Zombie
  • Double Life
  • Bring to Life
  • Take the Bullets
  • Away
  • I Stand
  • Dead Man
  • Strike Back

 

They are a Christian Rock inspired band, and all the songs have a message behind them, though heavy in the music, exceptional in the lyrics, my favorite song off of there CD is “We Fall Apart”, the lyrics are beautiful, it’s worth a listen. We as Human are touring the Hard Drive Tour, and then hitting up a few festivals, this summer, check them out if you get the chance.

I did manage to get a video of “Double Life”, but again the sound quality isn’t the greatest, that’s what happens when you video tape from the front of the stage.

Overall a great night of music and friends, I didn’t stay for Black Stone Cherry, as I really wasn’t there to see them, but if the chance comes up again, I will definitely give them a shot.

 

 

 

 

 

Candlebox – The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL 6-18-2013

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I will admit this was my first time seeing Candlebox live in concert, but I have known and listened to them for the amount of time they have been out, over 20 years according to Kevin Martin, as he did say “this will be the last time you hear me scream this, I’m taking a break” during one of there songs. They do put on a great performance, but I was also there to see The Miggs.

We got to the venue around 5:30pm as we had been roaming around Bloomington all afternoon, knowing that 6:30pm we were going to do a meet and greet with Miggs, we hung out by the door. Candlebox was doing a meet and greet with the local radio station inside the doors, my friend Beth nearly died. She did attempt to go into the venue and present Kevin with her ticket to sign, but was kicked out by the lady that was running the meet and greet. Luckily, Kevin had to come out the front door to head to the bus, so she was able to get her meet and greet after all.

After doing a meet and greet with the Miggs, we went to stand in line, granted we were in the front of the line, but being in the middle wasn’t so bad it was worth it. We were able to get down front right to the left side of the stage, so no worries.

Open Air Stereo was the first band on stage and they started at 8:00pm, a small band from LA, they were pretty good, had an upbeat sound and got the crowd into it before the Miggs came on. I couldn’t tell you what they played as it was my first time seeing them, but they did do an excellent job.

The Miggs took the stage around 8:45pm, my friend and I had seen them open up for Scott Weiland here while back,  they announced on there Facebook page that they would be doing a small meet and greet for each of the shows they were opening for Candlebox, I took the opportunity to sign up for one of those meet and greets and Beth and I were the only two that showed up for Bloomington, which was alright by us. We had an awesome time hanging on Miggs tour bus, and listening to an acoustic performance of two songs, the guys are really sweet and I appreciate the time they took to allow us fans the chance to step inside there world.

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The Miggs are amazing live, they put on a great show with intense energy and wicked guitar riffs, John Luzzi is awesome on the guitar, along with Walker Adams (drums), Michael Lombardo (bass) and Don Miggs as the lead singer, they rock, literally. They played songs off of there recent album “15th and Hope”.

There set list is as follows:

MIGGS Set List

Candlebox took the stage around 10:15pm. Kevin made the comment that they were going to go back to 1993 and bring it into the future with there current CD. We ended up having Sean Hennesy, and Adam Kury right in front of us, peddle boards and all. One girl to the left of me kept on touching Sean’s leg, like she couldn’t actually believe he was right in front of her, although alcohol could have been her motivation. Candlebox’s set list consisted of 20 songs, even a few new ones. The set list:

Candlebox Set List

By the time “Far Behind” came around, the crowd was pretty wasted in a sense, and Kevin was pretty tired, it was a great show. Since it was my first time seeing them live, and Beth had seen them several times, they did a pretty good job. Overall a great night of music and memories, as when you hear one of there songs, it takes you back to the first time you heard it, way back some 20 years ago. After all it was there 20th Anniversary Tour. Kevin thanked the crowd for the 20 plus years of listening to them, and someone shouted out, “another 20 years”, he said “no, you will be lucky to get 10 more years from this group, he said, I’m tired”.

It was a great evening, and practice for the amount of concerts I have coming up, even though we didn’t have a rail, I did manage to make it through. It was definitely a night I’ll never forgot.

 

Natalie Stovall – Six Strings Club, Bloomington, IL – 02-16-2013

Some of you may not even know who I’m talking about when I say Natalie Stovall, but let me say this, once you see her live you will know.

Natalie is from Nashville Tennessee and started playing the violin at a young age. I don’t know much about her childhood nor do I know how she got to where she is today, but I do know she can play a fiddle like no one else, she will be Charlie Daniels predecessor after he’s gone, and rightfully so, the way she plays the fiddle makes anyone believe that.

This was my first time seeing Natalie in concert, my friend had seen her once before, so we ventured off to Bloomington, Illinois to the Six String Club to enjoy the show. Natalie wasn’t scheduled to go on until 10:15pm, and that was fine we would set in the bar and wait patiently. My friend Cheri Hargis is a diehard fan, so we knew when she arrived in Bloomington, but the doors of the club didn’t open until 7pm, so we would be the first in the door.

There weren’t many that got to the club early, Bloomington Illinois is attached to Normal Illinois which is a college town, home of Illinois State University, and so you can imagine the crowd. Quite a few 21-25 year olds drinking more alcohol then there bodies should consume, and displaying the “college town” persona.

Anyway, Natalie started off the night with a variety of music, she played “Bones” by Gary Allen, “Fancy” by Reba McIntyre, several Black Crowes songs, along with her fiddle take on Adele’s “Someone like Me” she even did “Living on the Edge” by Aerosmith, and “Hell on Heels”, by Pistol Annie, as well as “Fiddlepalooza” which consisted of a fiddle version of “Beat it” by MJ, which was epic. Natalie just doesn’t remake songs, she does have a few CD’s out of her own material, she sang her current single “Standing my Ground” off of her EP entitled “Natalie Stovall”, she was named Entertainer of the Year in 2012 by the CAM 2012 Awards, which represent College Campuses, she also travels and play on Military Bases overall a well rounded performer in her own right.

 

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You can’t be a fiddle player without playing at least one of Charlie Daniels songs, and “Devil went down to Georgia” came out in the end; it was a fast pace fiddle extravaganza that was AWESOME. Overall a fun evening, she and her band played one set, and then took a break to meet fans, and chat with friends, and basically rest for a bit, before ending the night with another set, it was a great concert and I hope to see her again here this year.

Overall it was a great time, and the little venue was quite good as well, the Six String club is located in downtown Bloomington, a block away from a free parking garage, and other various spots, it’s a small little club, that has a dance floor, disco ball and even go-go dancer cages on the side of the stage, so they do have live music quite often, it was a great club, and I would go back for sure.

If the chance comes up, go see Natalie Stovall, you won’t be disappointed, she puts on a great show, full of great music, and awesome fiddling, she is the female fiddler of the future.

Chevelle, The Castle Theatre 5-23-12 Bloomington, IL

Chevelle w/ New Medicine 05/23/12

The Castle Theatre – Bloomington, IL

Words/Photos by Concertchk

I’ve been a fan of Chevelle for twelve years and I’ve seen them many, many times. Yet each time still feels like the first time. For me Chevelle is all about the lyrics of singer/guitarist Pete Loeffler. When I see the band live what makes the experience so special to me is standing there singing his inspirational lyrics right along with him. Last night in Bloomington Illinois at the Castle Theatre was no exception as they rocked the house to a sold out crowd.

The Castle Theatre in Bloomington Illinois just started having concerts. Word on the street is that it used to be a theatre, then was turned into a comedy club and finally a music venue. It’s not a big venue, sure it has a balcony but the bike rack as the guard rail was a bit comical. No doubt I will definitely go back as it’s only an hour and half from my house. I tend to get to shows way earlier than the normal person, and it’s my feelings that if it is a sold out show you should be in line at 1pm, right?, I guess not as it was just me and a spider in line. By this point in the day, Chevelle’s bus and yellow Penske truck were already at the venue unloading for the nights show. I was impressed that the band and their humble crew were unloading all the equipment, but then again after having their gear stolen a few years ago perhaps that is the best way to go about things.  At this point the band knows who I am. Drummer Sam Loeffler (yes he is Pete’s brother) thought it was a good idea that I was there saving spots for friends coming from Ohio and Michigan.

Chevelle had two opening acts on this particular evening. One I honestly can’t remember the name of, a small local band that clearly didn’t leave much impression on me. New Medicine was the other opener on this night. Hailing from Minnesota I have seen these guys a few times and they never fail to put on a great opening set.

Chevelle started the evening with “The Clincher” and continued on playing hits from their six studio albums. They even went back far enough to play “Forfeit” which always gets the crowd going.  To me it seems that in a Chevelle PIT everyone wants to “fight”.  It’s hard to put into words the feelings I get when I was the three guys armed with guitars, bass and drums do their thing on stage. They may not be a big band, but they do put out a huge sound. Pete doesn’t try to sing exactly like the CD, he changes things up, and does different riffs, and they give each show their own unique twist. I suppose that’s why I go, you know you’re going to get a genuine performance. A one of a kind event with genuine tunes from three men who live to make rock music.

Chevelle does have a warped sense of humor with a tad bit of sarcasm thrown in there or good measure. Dean last night looked at me with eyes wide open walking toward me, and I just opened my eyes and looked right back at him. He walked up to me, and rested his head up against mine as he played bass. It was quite comical as he was dripping wet with sweat and so was I. Dean doesn’t say much on stage, but he is a good bass player and being used as a pillow made was the payoff of waiting out front since 1pm. You are not going to touch the stage if you show up after the openers have left the stage that is for sure. I had also decided that I wanted one of Sam’s drum sticks. In the twelve years that I have been seeing Chevelle, I’ve never gotten a stick. So I kindly asked him on twitter, figured heck if it worked for Morgan Rose from Sevendust, why shouldn’t it work for Sam Loeffler? Well it did, he rolled a couple out toward me and after grabbing and fighting with the guy next to me, it was mine. Yes it was a brutal fight but I hung in there and it was worth it.

The Set list from last night consisted of, but I think I’m missing a couple songs, I know I am, but the majority is listed below.

Set List
“The Clincher”
“Letter From A Thief”
“Forfeit”
“Vitamin R”
“Hats Off To The Bull”
“Sleep Apnea”
“Jars”
“The Meddler”
“I Get It”
“Envy”
“Send The Pain Below”
“The Red”
“Face To The Floor”

 

Eventually they will play “Safer Waters” I’ve been asking them to play it ever since the album came out several years ago. It’s off their fourth album Vena Sera it’s a beautiful song, but they need to practice it before they play it. Pete mentioned last night he was nervous playing “The Meddler” off of their sixth album, but managed to get through it.

After a Chevelle show, you never leave if you are a true fan as they will come out and hang with you, chat, heck I’ve even met their Mother and wives. They are truly a bunch of great guys. Sam and Pete asked us last night what songs we wanted to hear on the upcoming Carnival of Madness tour, they are coheadlining with Evanescence. Pete also shared some of the production plans they have for the trek.

Overall epic show, and already the second time I’ve seen them this year. No doubt there will be a third and a fourth and if I am really lucky a fifth. One of my favorite bands, I never get tired of rocking out to Chevelle from the front row.

 



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