Tag: Louisiana

Nita Strauss and Kore Rozzik

Almost everyone in the rock n roll community and beyond has heard the name Alice Cooper at some point. He’s a legend in metal and rock n roll history having played thousands of shows and released many well known albums and singles. However a lesser known name up until recently in Nita Strauss. Nita is the current guitarist for Alice Cooper and is rapidly rising as one of the most talented metal and rock guitarist in music today. I came across Nita through a close friend and fellow guitarist who also admired her amazing skills. However, playing with Alice Cooper is not the only performing the Nita Strauss does. She also writes her own music with her own self titled solo project and has just wrapped up her tour with the New York City band Kore Rozzik. I was lucky enough to get the chance to shoot one of the stops of this tour when they made their way through Baton Rouge, LA. They played a small theater called the Varsity Theater, which is within only steps from the campus of LSU.

The Varsity Theater in Baton Rouge, LA is one of the few small town venues left in the area for live music. Regardless of how small it is they always seem to draw big name acts such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Cannibal Corpse, Gwar, and Black Label Society. Being a concert photographer and fellow metal head I’m always looking for great acts, local and big name alike, to shoot. The Varsity Theater is one of the few good venues left that not only book amazing acts but also allow cameras without a press or photo pass. However, like many small venues, the lighting at most shows is less than ideal for photographers. Never the less, Nita Strauss and Kore Rozzik tore the house down.

Supporting Nita on this tour was a New York City band named Kore Rozzik. Fronted by a singer known by the same name, Kore Rozzik took the New York City music scene by storm and rapidly rose among artist in the area. Also known as “The Bastard Child of New York”, he and his fellow band mates have created their imagery and stage presence based off of influences from such idols as Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Megadeth. This band, however, was unknown to me before this show and I was skeptical upon first glance. With the face paint, props and outfits I was unsure about them until they began to play. All members of this band are very talented and showcased their talents from the start to the finish of their set making all of my questions vanish. This band is most definitely worth checking out for anyone who likes this type of metal.

If any of my fellow metalheads reading this article are looking for a new act to catch live or some new music to listen to I highly recommend checking out Nita Strauss and Kore Rozzik.





Dirtfoot asking for fans help with Live and In Prison CD/DVD

Written by Bradley Darby

The only front porch, whiskey swillin’, foot stompin’, bean can shakin’, gypsy, punk, country, grumble, boogie band in the land Dirtfoot, who have received previous attention on Concert Confessions and will be supporting Primus for five shows in May, are asking for their fans help to fund their newest creation, Dirtfoot: Live and In Prison recorded live and in front of actual prisoners at the Wade Correctional Center in their home state of Louisiana. The band had to undergo background checks to ensure none had felony backgrounds before being allowed to participate….. its nice to know there are no skeletons in the Dirtfoot closet.

Click Here For Kickstarter Page

The goal is to raise $10,000 in 30 days to finance the production of a live CD and full length DVD featuring a documentary including the performance and short film music video for “Cast My Plans” to be released later this year. Did I mention it stars William Sadler from Shawshank Redemption and Bill and Ted fame as the warden?

For contributing to the project, you are given a special Dirtfoot prize or prize pack, pending on the amount of your donation. You can give as little as $1, but with a $5 donation you will receive a Dirtfoot sticker to show your support. For only $40 you will receive a Dirtfoot Prison T-Shirt and a signed copy of the live CD. Other options include Dirtfoot pirate flags, commemorative golden bean cans, sax-offender Scott Gerardy’s famous gumbo, a private Dirtfoot show, and even the Executive Producer credit on the album if you have $5000 to pony up (also includes Dirtfoot Golden Ticket and all other prizes.)

Meet Dirtfoot

As a big believer in the Dirtfoot movement, II have been following the progress and they have done very well thus far but still need support! At this time they are at just over $3000 with about 20 days to go until their May 4th deadline. If they dont hit their $10K goal, your money won’t be taken. If they exceed the goal, the additional funds will go towards marketing of Live and In Prison as well as expanding their touring range–meaning you may be shakin’ a bean can with the Dirtfoot boys in the near future.

It was also just announced that Dirtfoot will be joining PRIMUS on a five dates this spring, 5/19 – 5/25. You can also catch them at the Summer Camp Music Festival near Chicago May 27-29 or at the Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas June 2-5 where they will be kicking the festival off on the main stage Thursday afternoon and closing it down Sunday night, as well as a stripped down set Friday morning at the Chompdown, a communal breakfast put on by festival-goers featuring live music and good vibes, free of charge.

Here are a few live videos to entice you to donate some money and become believers.Click the link at the top or right here for more informaton on the Kickstarter page.

Folsom Prison Blues

No Good Man

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