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:
High in the Mid 80’s came to perform at Roxy and Dukes in Dunellen New Jersey. This show was a fundraiser hosted by the Jerzey Derby Brigade roller derby team.
High in the Mid 80’s is an 80’s dance band that performs all the greatest hits of one of the best era’s of music and fashion. With a costume contest in place the fans came dressed to impress.
It was a great night and a lot of fun, everyone was dancing the night away.
Chris Conley (Saves the Day), Dan Andriano (Alkaline Trio), Matt Pryor (The Get up Kids), Anthony Raneri (Bayside) and Andy Jackson (Hot Rod Circuit) came to the House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ for an acoustic unrehearsed show that seems to have set off some negative reviews due to an emotional breakdown by Chris. Chris was acting intoxicated and was upset that there was some talking going on in the crowd while they were playing so he called them out and yelled to them shut the F**k up. He left the stage and didn’t return causing some friction between him and the other performers. I was at the show and have to say so what. A live show is meant to be and feel real. I am so damn tired of people putting musicians as well as other entertainers and pro athletes on pedestals. These are people not robots they have feelings and emotions like we do. We expect them to act professional but yet we can act like assholes and be okay with it because we are not in the public eye. The show was awesome with great music fun conversations and realism which is exactly what I love to see at live shows especially ones like this. I heard fans screaming out the musicians names in awe and singing aloud to their favorite songs. The place was filled with a few hundred fans who were there because they wanted to be there.
I love seeing musicians just being themselves onstage and how they interact with each other especially when something unplanned happens. I hope the House of Independents brings more shows like this one in the near future.
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.
Metal powerhouse Lamb of God came to Starland Ballroom with support from Anthrax, Deaf Heaven and Power Trip. I have had the opportunity to cover Lamb of God twice once outside at PNC Bank Arts Center and now inside at Starland Ballroom. Both settings were extremely interesting but the Starland Ballroom show was over the top. I always feel like I’m part of the show not just covering it. Being withing arms reach of a band to me is way more exciting because you never know where or when something is going to happen right by you. I love being at a show with such an intense crowd. Vocalist Randy shows so much emotion on stage that you can’t help but show the same emotion in the crowd.
check out my complete Lamb of God photo gallery here
Anthrax opened up for Lamb of God another major metal band who still shows amazing emotion and passion on stage. The sound just echos through your body and forces you to move and shake.
check out my complete Anthrax gallery here
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: