Concert Crave and Spacebar Recording brought an Artist Spotlight Showcase to House of Independents. There was 32 acts doing seven minutes each competing for some cool prizes including opening up for a headlining act.
I decided to check it out since I’m always looking for new and interesting music to cover. It was more crowded then I anticipated with the snow and brutal cold hitting the area. Each act had a hometown crowd of friends and family to root them on which was cool to see.
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Here is the complete photo gallery from the event:
Up until Saturday night I had only heard about Mackenzie Brown but was very interested in hearing and seeing her perform. MACK as she is called in the music world had her EP release show at The Saint in Asbury Park, NJ. Her EP Balance is a collection of a few songs that really shows her rage as a young artist. She resides in New Jersey and works as a music instructor at the Lakehouse Music Academy which is home and work to many bands and musicians from the area. Mackenzie’s voice is extremely refreshing and has a cool stage performance as well as she was backed up with some seasoned local musicians. Her EP Balance is available on iTunes and spotify I totally recommend giving her tunes a listen.
All images taken by Jeff Crespi and Delaney Bouton
Sometimes I go through the venue schedule of events and say who are some of these bands. I hate to admit it but Voivod was one of those bands for me. What I love is seeing the chatter on social media about certain area show coming up, that’s what excites me to cover bands I never followed or even listened to back in the day. Voivod was a stellar surprise as I was blown away by the headbanging cult following crowd that came out to the legendary Stone Pone Pony. I was front and center with my camera in hand clicking away like a madman. An amazing display of thrash metal close up in your face take it or leave it. The crowd was filled with a lot of old school hardcore metal fans that stayed well after the show ended to meet Snake and the band. It was definitely a worth while trip to Asbury Park, NJ on a bitterly cold night.
Lost in Society has been one of my favorite local Asbury Park bands who seem to keep striving towards bigger and better things. They are incredibly energetic on stage and pump out some cool punk songs to go along with their punk ass personalities. They have some cool stuff coming up like a new record “Modern Illusions” coming out February 26th 2016. There song “I Want To Know” is available now via streaming at Substream Magazine
They have some awesome shows coming up and was added to an already amazing lineup for the Panic State Records show Jan. 30th at Starland Ballroom with Catch 22.
Kelsea Ballerini brought her country cuteness to Starland Ballroom to a sea of fans. Kelsea has been doing some great things along the way she has been named Billboard’s top new country artist of 2015. She has been performing with some very big artists and is on her way to becoming a huge country star. She has the voice, the look and a stage performance to make it all happen. Her debut album “The First Time” is available now on her site http://kelseaballerini.com/
Kelsea is definitely an act to watch for in the coming years. You can check out my photo gallery from her Starland Ballroom show here: