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MMRBQ 2017: Godsmack, Live, Bush, The Pretty Reckless @ BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ

WMMR 93.3 FM is Philly is a rarity in this time: A terrestrial radio station with a rock format. Every year they put on the MMRBQ, a summer show in Camden, NJ. This year’s lineup features Godsmack, LĪVE, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, The Struts, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons and Dinosaur Pileup. It’s an all day event, with doors opening at 12 I believe. Excuse my tardiness tonight as there isn’t a bus that goes the full three hours from Staten Island to Camden directly. Still found ourselves on the Lawn (The Lundy Lawn!) by the time the Pretty Reckless was about to hit the stage.

The first I heard of The Pretty Reckless was on Concert Confessions and judging by their set I’m glad I did. Taylor Momsen is from Gossip Girl, but we’re not going to hold that against her because her band rocks. They can range from twangyish to shreddyness (yes, both of those words are made up) on the turn of a dime. You’ll notice there’s not a picture of the band above this. That’s because I believe I was actively sabotaged by some dude living the #VapeLife and blowing thick clouds of smoke in front of my camera. Jersey. At the end of their set, they covered “Like A Stone” for Chris Cornell. You could see Momsen wiping tears from her face throughout the rendition.

You ever see a band you like and leave saying “Wow, that was way more fulfilling than I thought it would be?” Well that’s Bush. Man do I miss Bush. In so many more ways than one. Came out with a blistering ‘Machinehead’. I caught that on the rail as I made my way around the massive (Lundy) Lawn trying to find good angles (which apparently never happened) for pictures and stuff. I moved back to the side to record ‘The Sound of Winter’ before I headed back mid-lawn to my peeps. While there, Bush continued to kick ass. I managed to find my way back to the far side to tape an amazing ‘Comedown’. I hadn’t been checking the set lists but Bush covering REM was pretty neat. Mixed in a Black Hole Sun tease. Was really good. I must have slipped into some sort of alternative universe when they played ‘Glycerine’ because I can’t quite remember when they played it.

Live and Ed Kowalczyk have kissed and made up. They’re back together. Slotted between Bush and Godsmack here in the one of the homicide capitals of America, Live managed to come out and kill it in their allotted time on a long day with tons of bands and moving parts involved. Opened things up with ‘All Over You’, Live was out here with tons of energy on a quickly cooling Camden evening. All the big ones tonight: ‘Selling The Drama’, ‘I Alone’ had the entire (Lundy) Lawn jumping. They explained how they’re kind of local, being from a “little town in Pennsylvania known for the Peppermint Patty among other things”.

Highlight of the evening was Live covering Audioslave’s  ‘I Am The Highway’ in honor of the late great Chris Cornell. This has been a tough week for all of us. It’s cool that bands pay tribute to their peers and allow us fans to partake in those moments. When Live did this, when the Pretty Reckless did ‘Like A Stone’ earlier in the night, those were precious moments that we as fans needed to help us see some hope in this strange thing called life and who is taken from us and who gets to stay on this earth. Seeing that was well worth the price of admission alone. They closed with ‘Lightning Crashes’.

If you would have said to me a year ago “Hey Jay, you’re gonna be at the Godsmack concert next year” I would have told you that you’re crazy. Then again, there’s a lot of things you could have told me a year ago that would be happening now that I wouldn’t have believed, the world is a crazy place.
If you were starting a band specifically to fit the tastes of Beavis & Butthead, that band would be Godsmack. They  opened their set up with a monstrous “I’m Awake” that included some cool pyro. It only took about two songs for me to turn to the people to the left and right of me and think “Yo, Godsmack freaking rocks!” The thing about Godsmack is that they have enough hits to keep a simple mind like mine entertained for the duration of their 75 minutes (or so) while simultaneously keep the Jersey fist pumpers pumping and doing that bald-headed head bang you see all the time. Fortunately, we didn’t see any mosh pits break out on the lawn. The Lundy Lawn.
You’ll notice I keep saying the Lundy Lawn. There’s a law firm that sponsors the venue called Lindy Law. So they call it the ‘Lundy Lawn’ as a play on words. Personally, if I was a lawyer, I don’t think I’d want to take on the liability that weekly rock concerts contained drunk and high people listening to heavy music would bring. I’ve seen too many episodes of Law and Order.
  Checking in as songs I actually knew before tonight is ‘Voodoo’. They mixed in a medley of covers. Had a big spot with two drummers going towards the end where they flips sticks and beat the heck out of stuff. It was rad. Covered the Beatles “Come Together”. Godsmack. Covered the Beatles. That was a thing that happened. Ended the night with lots of crowd participation for ‘I Stand Alone’ in which my camera died during filming.  A very enjoyable day of music. MMRBQ does it again.

Summerland 2013 With Everclear, Live, Filter and Sponge

Summerlandd 2013

We’re at a point now where we cannot promise that this will be the last 90s nostalgic tour for this summer, but we can promise this was the big one last year. Summerland 2013! That’s right I said it.

“Last year’s Summerland was a blast,” Everclear frontman Art Alexakis said in a statement. “This year, we’ve brought a decidedly edgier flavor bill to satisfy all of the fans of Nineties rock & roll out there.  It’s going to be an amazing summer night every night on Summerland 2013: Alternative Guitars”

Alternative Guitars indeed. Joining Everclear this year will be Live (without their lead singer that looks like Micheal Stipe), Filter (Doesn’t get nearly enough credit for Hey Man Nice Shot) and Sponge. So remember, now you only have about 17 choices of 90s throwback concerts to attend this summer. Check out the dates below:

Summerland 2013 Tour Dates:

5/29 – Ft. Myers, FL // Lee County Civic Center
5/30 – St. Petersburg, FL // Mahaffey Theatre
5/31 – Raleigh, NC // Red Hat Amphitheatre
6/1 – Alpharetta, GA // Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
6/2 – Charlotte, NC // Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
6/5 – Glen Allen, VA  // Innsbrook After Hours
6/7 – Fairfax, VA // Celebrate Fairfax
6/8 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC // House of Blues
6/11 – New Brunswick, NJ // State Theatre
6/12 – Westbury, NY // Theatre at Westbury
6/14 – Moncton, NB // Casino New Brunswick
6/15 – Boston, MA // House of Blues
6/16 – Jim Thorpe, PA // Penn’s Peak
6/19 – Pittsburgh, PA // Stage AE
6/20 – Philadelphia, PA // Electric Factory
6/21 – Columbus, OH // LC Pavilion
6/22 – Hammond, IN // Horseshoe Casino
6/23 – St. Paul, MN // Myth Live
6/26 – Denver, CO // Ogden Theatre
6/28 – Los Angeles, CA // Wiltern Theatre
6/30 – Bakersfield, CA // Brighthouse Networks Amphitheatre
7/2 – San Diego, CA // Humphrey’s
7/5 – Laughlin, NV // Avi Casino
7/6 – Tempe, AZ // The Marquee
7/11 – Lake Charles, LA // L’Auberge Casino Pool Stage
7/12 – Dallas, TX // TBA
7/13 – Austin, TX // ACL Live, Moody Theatre
7/16 – Nashville, TN // Wildhorse Saloon
7/19 – Danbury, CT // Ives Concert Park
7/20 – Hampton Beach, NH // Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
7/21 – Port Chester, NY // Capitol Theatre
7/28 – Kansas City, MO // Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Dessa Gives St. Louis Their 14 Dollars Worth At The Firebird, St. Louis, MO

Dessa, A. Wolf and Her Claws, Farout and Dj Mahf
Words/Photo’s by BeezNutzSTL

Each year thousands of artist converge on Austin, Tx for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival. Many of them book shows throughout the midwest en route to the Music Fest each year. This year Dessa announced a show at The Firebird in St. Louis, and I made sure I had that night off. The day started off rainy, and very gloomy, a normal wet and cold St. Louis afternoon. My day got better as the night went on, by 9 p.m I was parked outside The Firebird. I got inside in time to check out Farout and DJ Mahf, whom are two of my favorite local acts. There was a rather nice sized crowd on a Monday night. I found a good spot and rocked out upfront with Farout. I have been privileged to have see him and the rest of the Indy Ground Crew on numerous occasions. They always come to rock and put on great shows,
Farout has a new project ” Brett Gretzsky ” with another artist, ” J. Bomb ” which drops next week. You should download it at the link provided below. (It’s Free). They rocked the stage for 30 minutes, DJ Mahf was extra funky backing up Farout with scratches and cuts. Each time I see the
m they impress me. Farout is constantly improving, I am very excited to hear this Brett Gretzsky album when it drops, make sure you check it out.


Next to the stage was Aby Wolf, also know as A.Wolf And Her Claws, I was very excited to see her. After a very brief soundcheck, she launched into what would turn out to be a shining, impressive set from the Minneapolis, Minnesota native. She had a very unique, powerful voice, and blended it beautifully with the music. She played tracks from her two releases that can be find at the links below.The crowd grew as her set progressed, by the time she finished her 30 minute set, the crowd had doubled in size and sent her off stage with a loud applause.


Dessa took the stage dressed in a super dope red leather jacket, and rocking a fierce hip hop attitude that can not be put into words. She started the night off with ” Alibi ” from the 2010 release ” A Badly Broken Code ” and had everyone packing closer and closer in to the stage. Dessa hails from Minneapolis, MN and has the kind of stage prescence that only comes after countless performances. Between songs she would often talk to the crowd, and made sure to reconize the dedication of one loyal fan who came to the show on crutches.


The four piece band backing her really made the show special, live music is always better. It was a Monday night, and Dessa promised the crowd a $14 dollar show for the low price of their $12 dollar admissions. By playing a great mix of old and new songs Dessa kept the set fresh, and it was great to see her talent focused in the spotlight. The song ” Into The Spin ” from the 2011 release ” Castor, The Twin ” was another highlight of the night for me. She shows such beauty, depth, range and just inspiring creativity when she performs, it is something to see live.


For the majority of the show I occupied the front row, and enjoyed every second of that spot. However, about midway through the show, some guy pushed his way up front and stood right in front of this girl whom had been standing there the whole time. Being nice, I gave the girl my spot and watched the rest of the show from a few feet back. It made me feel good, and she got to continue to watch the rest of the show from a good spot. The show was just as great from the back of the crowd as it was from right up front. Dessa and her band put forth amazing effort to make sure everyone indeed, did get there 12 dollars worth, and that we did.


Aby Wolf helped out on back up vocals, and sounded just perfect alongside Dessa. Between songs, Dessa remarked the two had been singing together for a very long time, and it showed on stage they had awesome stage chemistry. I was very surprised when Dessa covered ” Going Down ” by Bruce Springsteen, the cover was nothing short of amazing. She ended the night on a high note closing the set with ” Chaconne ” with her and Aby performing from the crowd. The crowd loved it and it ended the show on a very high note. She told the crowd she would be racing us all to the bar after the song ended, such a great all around performance, Dessa and her band were incredible. Go see this show, or else you will be missing out.


I stuck around afterwords and chatted a bit for a bit, and rumor has it DoomTree just might be in your town this summer. So be sure to keep up with them online, you don’t want to miss that. Dessa took time for each fan and was super friendly signing T-shirts, Cds and Vinyl with stopping to pose for photo’s. For those of you that didn’t get your Dessa fix on Monday, this upcoming Friday (3/21) she will be in Columbia, MO so fuel up that car. Its road tripping time. Thanks to everyone who made this night so great, go support these great artist by clicking on some of the links below.

Dessa’s Upcoming Shows

Houston, TX

New Orleans, LA

Atlanta, GA

Nashville, TN

Columbia, MO

Thanks for reading, until next time…..

Thank You to : Mary T, Dessa, The Firebird and their awesome staff, Aby Wolf, Farout, DJ Mahf (that Steddy P, is jamming in my stereo), Adam, Jessica, and everyone else that made this night special, thank you. Oh yeah, thanks to the girl on crutches, you rock!!!!




A. WOLF and Her Claws


Official Site – http://www.doomtree.net/dessa/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/dessadarling
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/dessadarling
Instagram – http://instagram.com/dessa


Road To Paid Dues, The Gramophone, 03/05/13
Photo’s/Words : BeezNutzSTL


Paid Dues is a independent hip hop festival held annually in Pomona, California. This week some of my favorite artist came out to rock The Gramophone in St. Louis on The Road To Paid Dues tour. Thanks to my good friends Kathy and Curtis, I have known about and been a fan of Prof for years now.


My friends Kathy, Curtis and I all decided to meet up and ride downtown together. That way we would save that gas money for better things, such as drinks and merch. We got to The Gramophone around 9:30, went inside and headed straight to the bar. Which was where I met my new friend Anna. We had both came to the show to see Prof and we ended up hanging out most of the night. A beer later I found my spot just in time for Black Cloud Music who was taking the stage.


Black Cloud Music is a indepedent record label based in Island Empire, California founded in 2006. They were represented by two of the members Noa James ” The Intelligent, Elegant, Elephant ” and Curtiss King who made a reference to himself looking like Sinbad which was funny. They both were dope, had great lyrics and played well off each other. I watched the entire set and was very impressed. Noa commanded everyone’s attention and respect when he rapped acapella and his words boomed off the back brick walls.


They rocked for 30 plus minutes and got the crowd hyped up. It was a nice sized crowd packed into the smaller venue. We headed outside for a minute to cool off between acts. Fashawn was the next man to the stage. As soon as Fashawn touched the mic he got right to work. My friends and I all liked him, and you could hear people around us remarking how dope he was between songs. He rapped about life, California, weed and girls. Fashawn started ” G’s Up ” by asking ” By a show of hands who knows where the good weed is in St. Louis? ”


Fashawn made a lot of fans, my friends and I included. After Fashawn left the stage I held down our spots while everyone went for merch and drinks. Anna came back with beers, and shots. While Curtis and Kathy went and got some merch including a fresh Dj Fundo T-shirt. As soon as Dj Fundo walked out and started scratching records the party was on. Prof has a unmatched energy level on stage and his shows are just crazy start to finish. He opened with ” Gampo ” off his newest official release ” King Gampo ” which had the people that knew him rapping along, while everyone else was bouncing.


Prof has so much fun with his music and it spread like fire through the small venue. One of my favorite songs ” President ” was in the midway through the set and was a highlight of the show for me. During a song break Anna got Prof’s attention and told him she bought him Jameson. He was super excited and said she looked like a mob daugther. She promised him that her mob father wouldn’t put a hit on him, if he hit on her. In exchange for the shots Prof personally thanked her and then serenaded her with some R. Kelly. Then they both slammed down the shots, made for a very memorable part of the show. As always Dj Fundo, kept it fun on the Turntables chiming in with funny stage banter throughout the night.


Everytime Prof comes back around the crowd is bigger, and he has stepped it up. Two of my favorite Prof tracks closed out the set ” On My Way ” which was on the first Prof cd I ever got. He followed that up with my favorite track off King Gampo ” Yeah Buddy ” which got a great crowd response each chorus. This show made me feel great, and it wasn’t even over yet. I looked over and Anna was glowing, her night was made. The look of amazement was spread evenly across the room. Just wait till he comes back through he will have a lot more St. Louis fans and be in a bigger venue.

My fans are like pyros spreadin’ fires you already heard about him ” – PROF – AMAZING


Coming into this show, my knowledge was extremely limited on the headliner of the evening Murs. The Los Angeles based rapper has been making music since 1995 and has a long track record of appearances, and features. He walked on stage backed by Dj Foundation and won me over immediately, he has a awesome stage presence and his music was dope. The song ” Better Than The Best ” featured some awesome word play and a catchy beat. I also really enjoyed the ” O.J ” song which was about breakups. During one point he slowed down the song to talk to the crowd about relationships before bouncing back into the rest of the song remixed with a outkast beat. He also paid respect to the legend Nate Dogg by doing a brief piano backed cover of ” Regulators “. The crowd sang every word and we all stopped for a second to remember Nate Dogg, R.I.P.


He brought back out Fashawn again, which was cool. Fashawn really impressed me so it was a welcome sight to have him back on stage. Together Murs and Fashawn teamed up for some really great live hiphop. Everyone in my group with the exception of myself had to work the next morning. Which meant for me that we had to leave before Murs finished his set. I wanted to stay, but it was time to roll. We said our goodbyes and hit the door.


The show front to back was solid, the definition of live hip hop at its very best. You owe it to yourself to check this tour out when it rolls through your town. Be sure to check out the links below and show these artist some love. The Gramophone did a great job with this show, the lights, sound and staff were all on top of their game. This easily was one of my favorite shows of the year.

Till Next Time…..


Thank you!!!: Stophouse, Black Cloud Music, Fashawn, Murs, The Gramophone, Curtis, Kathy, Devon, Thank you Anna for the Beer! Thank you to everyone who read and shared this.














Soul Asylum Kicks Off 2013 Tour With a Party In St. Louis!!!

Soul Asylum The Old Rock House 1/30/13
Words/Photos By BeezNutzStl

I have always liked Soul Asylum, they remind me of good times in my childhood. I never got to see them during the 90’s and missed them every time since. They had just came out with a new album last year. When I heard they were coming to one of my favorite places in St. Louis, I jumped on the chance to go. The Old Rock House is the perfect place for a band like them, big enough to sell a bunch of tickets. Yet small enough so its a big party, it’s a awesome venue for music. Featuring 3 Levels, 2 Bars, and 2 Bathrooms makes it comfortable to see a show. They have always been extra nice to me, and its always a good time there.


Soul Asylum fronted by founding member Dave Pirner took to the stage a little before 10 p.m while a lot of the crowd was finding the way inside. They started the set with ” Somebody To Shove ” off of the mutli-platinum album ” Grave Dancers Union ” which came out in 1992. It was hard to believe it had been that long, they played a diverse set list and had the crowd feeling the music. I saw so many smiles it was unbelievable. Prior to the show I had bought and listened to the new album and they did a few of my favorite songs from it. The new album is called ” Delayed Reaction ” and it is instores now if you would like to hear it.


Up next they tried a new song on us ” Gravity ” which is from the new album ” Delayed Reaction . They really sound good together on this new stuff and the band plays off each other well. Dave was rocking some thrashed up jeans that looked as if they must of came from the 90’s and drummer Michael Bland was rocking a sick mo-hawk. They all looked really cool, and just as you would expect them to.


Dave’s voice sounded great live, just like you remembered it on the radio. They played the songs ” Pipe Dream ” and ” Into The Light ” which are both new songs. It was cool to hear the difference in the old and new material. I would recommend getting the new album. I am glad I did, made the show more enjoyable to me.


Dave is quite the joker on stage, he has a lot of fun with the crowd. Which should make for a interesting rest of these exhausting tour dates. They followed the new stuff up with some classics ” Black Gold ” was up next and had everyone singing along, dancing and it felt amazing to be part of. Next he said they just came up with a new song on the bus that day, and played ” Runaway Train ” the crowd ate it up. It was so great to be in that room at that moment, so many people just had this euphoric look on their faces. It was priceless, nowhere else I would rather be.


After a few more song they left the stage briefly, they came back up and Dave started talking about how he wrote the next song about our state. The crowd laughed and we knew that ” Misery ” was up next. That song is from the album ” Let Your Dim Light Shine ” which came out in 95. They chose to end the set with another song from that album ” Just Like Anyone ” which closed out the night and sent people paying their bar tabs.


After the show I was feeling incredible. Soul Asylum really made it into a party and played a great show. Everyone left happy, I waited around after the show and talked to Dave. We talked about his ripped up jeans, music, and just a bunch of fun things. He was really easy to talk to and enjoyed being around his fans. He posed for pictures and signed autographs for as many people that wanted one. He went out of his way to be cool to everyone he met. I hope I see them back here soon, I can’t wait to see them again.


Make sure you go check out the new album ” Delayed Reaction ” you will be glad you did. You can find it online, instores or at one of the many, many shows they have booked across America this year. For a list of tour dates you can find Soul Asylum here:


Go check out the new album ” Delayed Reaction ” You will be glad you did.


Soul Asylum 01/30/13 The Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO.

1. Somebody To Shove
2. I Will Still Be Laughing
3. Can’t Even Tell
4. Lately
5. Whatcha Need
6. Oxygen
7. Leave This Town
8. Gravity
9. Pipe Dream
10. Into The Light
11. The Streets
12. Without A Trace
13. Black Gold
14. Runaway Train
15. Closer To The Stars
16. Made To Be Broken
17. Stand Up And Be Strong
18. Misery
19. Just Like Home.

Till next time.



Thank You to : Wes, The Old Rock House, Dave, Soul Asylum, Airika, Bradley and everyone that came out. Thanks.

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