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Natalie Stovall and the Drive – Three shows – 8/8, 8/11, 8/15/2013

If anyone knows me they know I’m not much of a “country” music fan, but if you play a fiddle and can rock out with the best rock bands out there, I’m probably going to like you. Natalie Stovall is a fiddle playing genius, she ranks right up there with the great Charlie Daniels, and even does a mean remake of “Devil went down to Georgia” on the fiddle.

Natalie has toured tons of college campuses, and in 2012 was named the 2012 Entertainer of the Year by the voters of Campus Activities Magazine.

Natalie Stovall and the Drive just got signed to a record deal here last month with HitShop Records, and they are currently in the studio recording songs for their next EP. That doesn’t mean Natalie doesn’t have CD’s already out, she has made a few in her day, and toured all over the country, as well as overseas to the soldiers of the armed forces, which she performed a song that she wrote for the soldiers entitled “Missed you the Most”.  Natalie got her band together back in 2007 and hasn’t looked back ever since, with Miguel Cancino – Guitar, Joel Dormer – Guitar/Banjo/Mandolin, Zach Morse – Bass and James Bavendam – Drums, (who also happens to be Natalies husband) they make up one fiddle shredding good time. This review spans over a few days, we traveled to see Natalie, in Indianapolis, Springfield, Ill, and Chicago.

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Natalie and the Drive took the stage at the Rathskeller around 9pm and opened up with a song from her current EP “Standing my Ground” which contains the title track along with “Even Alaska” which she did perform, as well as “Sound of Goodbye”, “Whatever it Takes” and “Step by Step”. She finished off the first half of her set with a “Fiddle Palozza” sort of speak, where she plays random rock songs with a fiddle twist, she did sing a couple covers, a beautiful acoustic version of Adele’s, “Someone like You”, and Reba McEntire’s “Fancy”, she also fiddled out Charlie Daniels “Devil went down to Georgia” . A few new songs were also played that are coming out on her upcoming EP,  “Bones” is one that is especially awesome, according to her the first single will drop January of 2014, so hopefully there will be physical copies of it before then, but not sure how that will work. She closed out her two hour set with “Without You” which was the perfect ending to a great night of live music.

The opening band for Natalie at the Rathskeller was another country rock band from Nashville called Mockingbirdsun, they were really good, got to met the guitarist afterward, overall they put on a great show as well, and we will be seeing them again in November at Bub City.

Show number two for Natalie Stovall and the Drive was at the Illinois State Fair, they were playing in the Happy Hollow area of the Illinois State Fair, they took the stage at 5:30pm after a Magic Show performance, they were the last band on that stage, and the only band that I went to see.  It was a hot day Sunday August 11th, for that one, again there wasn’t many folks that showed up, but Natalie and the band put on one rocking performance.  There was some technical issues that involved losing power for a good twenty minutes, I guess you can’t have a ton of stuff hooked up on a hot day. After the first power outage, Natalie didn’t miss a beat and decided to treat everyone to an acoustic set.

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Also got an acoustic video of a new song off of the upcoming EP. The song is called “Bones”

Natalie Stovall and the Drive – Bones Acoustic

There was another short power outage, but it didn’t last long, they just started back up where they left off. Overall there wasn’t more than thirty people at the state fair for there show, but it didn’t matter it was an intimate performance that won’t be forgotten, overall they do an amazing job every time they step on stage. The set list remained the same for the State Fair, as it did for the Rathskeller, it was switched up in Chicago, which was the next show on our list of the Natalie Stovall and the Drive tour.

Next up, was Chicago and Bub City. I’ve never been to Bub City, but did ask Natalie what it was like at the State Fair, she said the food was fabulous and it was, the BBQ Bacon to die for. Bub City is located on Clark Street in downtown Chicago, it’s easy to get to, just take your Ohio Street exit to Clark Street and turn right, two blocks down is Bub City, and a convenient parking garage is a block away. They are knows for BBQ in Chicago, and country music as well. Natalie and the band took the stage around 9:30pm. The stage set up was extremely small for her and the band, but they managed to make the best of it and put on another amazing performance.

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Was also able to get a live version of Bones although it doesn’t sound the greatest, it’s worth viewing. Overall it was a great evening of good food and great music, the band is always so friendly and hugs were given all around. They did have folks there from there record label since they did recently get signed, they mentioned to us that they seen us singing over there, of course we were singing. The Set list did get switched up, as there was two sets, in the second set Joel, and Zach did some singing on a few songs, “Copperhead Road”, “Friends in Low Places”, and “No Huggy, No Kissy” which of course made folks get up and dance, there was a small dance floor which got used, but everyone was singing and having a good time.

Natalie Stovall and the Drive – Bones live at Bub City

Overall a great concert trek by Natalie Stovall and the Drive, they are a great little band and will go far in the future. I can’t wait for the new EP to be released, and for them to be played all over the world, and of course more shows to be announced, and more journey’s to be taken.

Shinedown, Bush & Airborne – Prairie Capital Convention Center – Springfield, IL – 05-07-2013

In the thirteen years that I have been a fan of Shinedown, I don’t think I have ever had one of the best performances that I had last night in Springfield, Illinois. Brent and crew sounded amazing, clear, crisp, on point. It was by far one of there best performances I’ve seen in all my thirteen years as a fan. I’m not saying it’s the only one, way back when they first started there was some. I love being able to “hear” Brent’s voice, and last night it was heard loud and clear.

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My friend and I got to the venue around 2:30pm, and there wasn’t very many folks there, there was a couple guys that arrived around 9am, they were from Iowa, but overall there wasn’t a whole lot of folks. Both bands did have meet and greet and VIP access, so as usual those folks got in early, and took up most of the rail in front of the stage. But no worries, we were able to get to the side of the rail, and get a good view of what would be an awesome show.

The opening band wasn’t much, but I’ll say that Airborne sounded along the lines of AC/DC mixed with screams and mullets. I wasn’t a fan, they were from Australia and they rocked out, just not to the excitement of the crowd.

Bush was the second band, and they promptly took the stage at 8pm, to an hour set, roughly a little more. Gavin looked awesome and sounded great. I don’t know whether it’s the acoustics in the Prairie Capital Convention Center or what, but both bands sounded clear and crisp, even though I had about ten huge speakers in front of me, I could hear there voices over them. Gavin and crew started out with “Testosterone” to get the crowd moving, they also sang two brand new songs, which I’m assuming will be on an up coming album, they were titled: “Loneliness is a killer” and “This House is on Fire” the set list was as follows:

  1. Testosterone
  2. Machinehead
  3. The Chemicals Between Us
  4. Loneliness is a killer
  5. The Sound of Winter
  6. Everything Zen
  7. This House is on Fire
  8. Greedy Fly
  9. Come Together (Beatles Cover)
  10. Little Things
  11. Glycerine
  12. Comedown

During “Come Together” Gavin left the stage and made his way around the entire venue, singing the song. It was pretty cool, as I knew eventually at some point he would leave the stage, he had done it once earlier in a song, and I did manage to snap this photo:

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Bush put on a great show and with this being my third time seeing Gavin, they never disappoint. Excellent performance indeed.

Shinedown was up next and they took the stage around 9:30pm, and earlier in the day listening to there sound check I thought oh great, it’s going to be one of those shows where the music drowns out Brent’s voice, but that wasn’t the case, Brent sounded loud and clear, it was awesome. You could hear every word, and even hear Eric Bass singing who’s mic stand was almost right in front of us.

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Shinedown opened up with “Enemies” with an astounding vocal performance from Brent, they quickly moved into “Devour” which is always a favorite. I’ve seen Shinedown live many times, and through many stages of Brent’s life, there has been ups and downs, but here lately there is nothing but ups. He has really grown into an amazing musician you can tell he’s changed for the better on stage. The guys were all decked out in suits and ties, and granted they were sweating, that didn’t stop them from rocking out in a suit.

The set list is below:

  1. Enemies
  2. Devour
  3. Unity
  4. The Crow & the Butterfly
  5. Save Me
  6. I’ll Follow you
  7. Diamond Eyes
  8. If you Only Knew
  9. Amaryllis
  10. 45
  11. Sound of Madness
  12. Second Chance
  13. Simple Man
  14. Bully

Overall it was one of the most memorable performances I’ve seen of Shinedown, hearing Brent’s voice over the music just made it extra special.. I’m so glad that it wasn’t a music blast out, excellent job guys.

In This Moment – Boondocks – Springfield, IL – 03-28-2013

What a show, when you start a review with ‘what a show’ for me it means I’m hurting beyond belief. I’ve been to some rough shows in my concert going career, but when a venue doesn’t use a “proper” rail in front of the stage, you pay the price, and I paid the price last night.

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This was my second time seeing In This Moment, and they never disappoint they always put on a good rock show, and this was no exception. Maria and company didn’t have much stage to work with, but she made it work, props and all. I had gotten to the venue, Boondocks as they called it way early, there wasn’t anyone there, I was waiting for a couple friends who were roughly three hours away to get there before going in, around 4pm they made it and we went into the building which was just a bar, all be it a nice bar, it’s fairly brand new and we waited by these two sliding wood doors to go into the concert area, which by the way,  had the maximum capacity of 800 people.

The doors opened a little after 6pm, and we made our way to the front of the stage where this black bike rake looking rail was, granted it was sturdy, but you get 700 people behind you pushing the sturdiness goes away, but that’s beside the point. There was only two bands, as the second band didn’t make it, and honestly I thought the lead singer of the first band looked familiar, he was roaming around earlier and I’m like I’ve seen this guy somewhere. Well low and behold it was Brian “head” Welch from KORN, yes, he was the opening act. Love & Death, his band, or rather “his baby” as he called it, was the opening act for In this Moment. Mind you I’m a huge Korn fan, love Korn seen Brian with Korn, so it was cool to get to see him sing and play with his band, and he did announce he was getting back with Korn, and played a “korn medley” of sorts, along with “Blindt” as his closing number, I can’t quite remember all that he sang, but he did an excellent job, it was his first time headlining and he had never seen In This Moment before, he said “he was rather excited to get to see them play”. Overall Love & Death put on a great little performance, props given to Brian.

The local Radio station WQLZ made a statement before he took the stage, that they did a video of him going around and seeing all the “Lincoln” sites, since Springfield, IL is the home of Abraham Lincoln, the video is located below, follow the link:

WQLZ Video of Brian Head Welch

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In This Moment took the stage shortly after 9pm, opening with “Rise with Me” and it was epic, from what I could gather. The pushing started and several folks started body surfing, but In This Moment’s security quickly had them pushed back down as they tried to come over the crowd. The rail wasn’t holding up, it wasn’t a rail that could hold up to the rush of a crowd, right after the first song, security guards came down and pushed there backs against the rail, with feet on the stage, to prevent it from making it’s way onto the stage. Maria has a huge set up right in front, as seen here in this photo:

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So, you can imagine I was almost touching that, in fact I could touch it, but didn’t want to if I didn’t have to. There was a box between the rail and the stage, but it wasn’t holding off the rush. First off if you are a concert venue and you know you are going to have a rock show, get a RAIL that is stable enough to hold the force of 800 people, I felt like I had been ran over by a herd of bulls, I’m positive I’ve bruised a rib as it hurts when I breathe, so that’s the price I pay, but I’m not complaining, I’d do it again in heart beat mind you.

In this Moment, sang songs from there album that was released in 2011, titled “Blood”, they have released two albums prior to Blood, but it seems Blood has put them on the band map. The set list consisted of:

  • Rise with Me
  • Adrenalize
  • Blazin
  • Whore
  • Beat Within
  • Burn
  • The Gun Show
  • Maria’s Dance
  • Blood Legion
  • Blood

Overall a great performance by In This Moment, I would have loved to have enjoyed it more, but being slammed up against sort of takes the enjoyment out of it, singing was pretty much all I could do, but regardless of that, a great concert was had.

The venue was called “Boondocks” and is located in Springfield, IL, which is roughly a couple hours away from my house. I would recommend going there as it’s a small bar type club, only holds 800 people, and is a good place for a rock concert, but they do need to install some sort of support rail, a rail that doesn’t sway, and is either heavy metal, or bolted to the floor. You can’t have a venue and put on rock shows without a major piece of equipment, so I suggest they get one after last night. You can’t guarantee that people won’t push, they always push, more so when liquor is involved, but it is what it is.  I never really know how bad I’m hurt at the time, once the adrenaline wares off, then I realize “oh, yeah that rail sucked”…….good rock show indeed.

Carnival of Madness Tour 07/31/2012: Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL

Carnival of Madness Tour 2012

Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL

Words/Photos by Concertchk

The Carnival of Madness Tour rolled into Springfield Illinois last night (07/31/12) and what a show is was. It was five bands, new songs and a ton of nerves all adding up for a truly memorable evening. The trek featured Evanescence, Chevelle, Halestorm, New Medicine and Cavo. As you probably know by reading my past confessions, I have seen all of these bands with the exception of Cavo numerous times. Yet since this was only 90 minutes away from home I figured why not check them out again?  As usual I got there early but thankfully the wait was not too bad with doors set to open at 5:30.  There are two sets of doors to the Prairie Capital Convention Center, and I was first in line at one of the doors which gave me time to make friends as I waited for two of my friends to show up. The venue was recently remodeled and was the perfect place for a show like this. Plenty of seats for shoes who want them and a big open floor for those who love to get down and dirty in the pit.   Once doors did open I ran past things like the official Chevelle gray Chevelle automobile in order to get to the rail (and yes I made it right in front of the stage) I was ready for the Carnival of Madness to begin.

New Medicine went on first, and as usual they put on a great performance. They seemed rushed probably as a result of the RV issues they tweeted about earlier in the day. They didn’t play all of the songs one would want to hear, but the songs they did play  included “War”, “Little Sister”, “Laid”, “Race you to the Bottom”, and “Rich Kids.” Granted I feel that their set could have been a bit longer, they did a good job for the amount of time they had and I look forward to seeing them again down the road.

Cavo was next and I didn’t know what to expect as I am not very familiar with their music. Personally I feel that they should have played first, but perhaps since New Medicine had transportation issues the lineup was altered?  Cavo is a small band from St. Louis Missouri, and they are very popular down there in the clubs.  From where I was, I was unable to make out a word the lead singer was singing. I did recognize their one semi-hit “Champagne” but I wasn’t very impressed.  If it would have been in a different setting perhaps I would have enjoyed it more, but on this particular night it simply wasn’t happening.

Halestorm was up next and of course Lzzy and crew kicked a hole in the roof. Lzzy Hale worked the vocal pipes for a good performance as she led the group through songs from their latest album “Strange Case of Halestorm.” Highlights included “Love Bites, So Do I”, “Freak Like Me”, “Rock Show” “I Miss the Misery”, “American Boys”, and “Here’s to Us.” One of the highlights came from the group’s first album as they played an incredible version of “Familiar Taste of Poison”. Perhaps most impressive is that Lzzy does all this decked out in four inch heels. As always, Halestorm came and destroyed.


Up next was Chevelle. One of my favorites, I was delighted as the boys made their set feel like a carnival. The stage featured a back drop that looked like the old time red and gold circus colors, with their name on it.  Then above that was a screen of a bunch of dare I say creepy carnie types looking in. They also they managed to put a huge bull statue on stage which was rather awesome. Compared to how they normally stand on stage, they switched the places of Pete and Dean, and also put Sam to the side. This was a GREAT set up, as they were the only band out of all five that made you feel like you were actually at the Carnival. As always, Chevelle rocked musically and you could tell they were nervous for some reason unknown to me. Pete’s foot was shaking trying to hit the guitar pedals and there was just a weird almost indescribable feeling in the air.  As a huge fan, the performance was epic as always. The three piece performed songs off of their current album “Hats Off To The Bull” such as “Face To The Floor”, “The Meddler” and of course the title track. They also made sure to bust out the big guns from yesteryear including “The Red,” “Sleep Apnea” and “Jars.” Always a great time with these guys and I can’t wait to be front row for them again in the not so distant future.

Evanescence performed last, being the co-headliner on this tour. I would have thought Amy Lee and crew could have at least did some sort of Carnival theme but apparently not., The outfit she wore was close to the same thing as what she wore when I saw the band a few months ago. I wanted circus garb but instead we got the same outfit with different colored tights. As far as performance goes Evanescence did well, Amy’s voice sounded really good echoing through the Prairie Capital Convention Center, and the band behind her sounded solid. With a lack of stage banter, the group mainly stuck to songs from their latest self-titled release.  Songs such as “What You Want,” “My Heart Is Broken,” “The Other Side.” and “The Change” made it into the set. Have no fear, there were classic Evanescence hits including “Call Me When You’re Sober,” “My Immortal,” Bring Me To Life” and “Going Under.” The band even performed a new song which I believe is called “Disappear.” In a rare moment of talking to the ground, Amy Lee informed us that we would be a guinea pig which was fine with the crowd. Even with an assistant bringing throat spray and water to Lee (I can understand the need to keep the vocals well  taken care of with all this dry August heat) the group sounded much better than the last time I saw them and were a perfect way to close out the evening.

Overall the Carnival of Madness opening night wasn’t bad. While I feel there could have been more done to make it feel like a Carnival there is always room for improvement. At least Chevelle came through on that theme.  Perhaps there will be more theatrics later down the road when I catch this tour in both Milwaukee and Bridgeview Illinois.

PREVIEW: Quixotic’s Halloween Ball feat. MarchFourth Marching Band

Quixotic Fusion will be performing with MarchFourth Marching Band for a few special Halloween Balls across the midwest. The three city trek will hit Lawrence, KS at Liberty Hall on Oct 28St. Louis, MO at The Pageant on Oct 29 and Springfield, MO at Gillioz Theatre on Halloween night. These two groups define the term “performance art” and both bands feature some damn talented musicians as well, this will be a spectacle NOT to be missed!

For the past five years, Kansas City’s Quixotic has created a full spectrum of music with sounds rich in electronic tones that soar and twist from emotive rich classical string progressions to driving tribal dance music. Composer Anthony Magliano, along with an award winning band including violinist Shane Borth, keyboardist/vocalist Laura Scarborough, drummer Brandon Draper and Rick Willoughby on Bass, create music with instrumental foundations and diversity that is meant to inspire movement within the group’s other half; dancers, multi media designers, and aerialists. Quixotic’s use of effects, synths and laptops harness technology in a unique way that’s never been seen, or heard before.

The innovative musical technology is combined with the fierce and organic rhythm section to create a marriage between two musical worlds within the five-piece band. This musical combination creates a foundation for the dancers, aerialists and multi media designers to freely explore themselves creatively. Thus resulting in a full sensory experience like none other. www.QuixoticFusion.com

MarchFourth Marching Band (known as M4 by fans) is a large band and performance troupe from Portland, OR that was formed in 2003. M4 is hard to describe, and though the music can stand alone, the live show is unparalleled, unexpected, and uplifting. MarchFourth Marching Band connects with so many different types of audiences that they have been invited to play a huge variety of events over the past seven years–everything from the music festival main stage to the elementary school gymnasium to the streets of a town near you. www.MarchFourthMarchingBand.com

Aside from two of the most unique performances you will ever witness, there will also be a costume contest for all fans in attendance with a chance to WIN TICKETS TO NEXT YEARS WAKARUSA FESTIVAL, where this year Quixotic had their own stage featuring a set each night immediately following the main stage headliner.

For more information check out the Facebook Event Page.

 

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