Whitey's Metal Rock Review:

I got to go see my favorite band with my son in a great club show the same night The Big 4 was at Yankee Stadium. Sevendust is a band from Atlanta, GA that come out in the late 90s. They have 8 studio albums and a loyal fan base. It is a privilege to be part of a Sevendust show. I've seen them about a dozen times and this would be the 4th time for this album.

The Uproar Festival this year was a great lineup again. I saw the show in Scranton, PA at Montage Mountain the same weekend Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast. It was cloudy and rainy all morning on the day of the show and I was worried it was going to get cancelled because of the hurricane.

Well the show went on and I got there in the middle of the first band, Hell Or Highwater. I didn't really get a chance to get into them. Next was, Art of Dying and then Black Tide. Both got the crowd going with songs heard on Sirius Radio. Then the sky opened up and it poured!

My favorite band was about to start. Sevendust.

August 23, 2011
by Dale Varley Sr.
Blues Enthusiast

For those of you fortunate enough to be at the Portsmouth Music Hall Tuesday night, Professor Buddy Guy presented his electrified version of Blues 101.

One of the last remaining links of the great Chicago blues men, not only did he bring the enthusiastic crowd through a history of blues classics from the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Albert King, he played his own material as well.

"I Put a Spell on You": A Bucketbot is Born

Review and Photography by Rachel Lange.

I know the exact moment I crossed over and became a Bucketbot.  It was at Buckethead's September 10th show at Washington DC's 9:30 Club.  Halfway through his set, he shuffled over to my end of the stage, stood at its edge, his left hand fluttering along his guitar's fretboard like Anne Sullivan signing furious messages of guitar glory into the palms of Helen Keller, while he reached a ghoulish right hand out over the crowd.  The teenage boys surrounding me immediately leaned toward him like iron filings drawn to a giant magnet, but I stood momentarily hypnotized, my hands on my cheeks and a dopey grin on my face.  His eyes passed over me for a second and I spent the rest of the show wishing he would hypnotize me all the time.  I was in love with every second of his performance; I couldn't remember the last time I had so much fun at a show.  But it's worse than that: I was doomed.  Buckethead — the white mask-wearing, KFC bucket-sporting, toy-distributing, horror-film loving guitar god with the mad nunchacku and robot skills — gave life to a 37-year-old behemoth fan.

Review and Photography by Micah Gummel.

On July 25th, I made the rainy drive to Hampton Beach filled with anticipation for the evening. Staind's Aaron Lewis was performing an acoustic show at the Hampton beach casino ballroom!

Picture this: Aaron walks on stage, sporting a black Hatebreed t-shirt, a camo baseball cap and jeans, takes his guitar and sits down on a stool. The setting reminded me of VH1 Storytellers, with a rug in the middle of the stage, a couple of stools, his cigarettes, a couple microphones and guitar cases and several Figi water bottles near by. This was perfect for the ballroom set-up. People were singing along, shouting out song requests with the comedic Aaron answering them back or singing a couple lines.

 

We caught Ray Mason at the Thirsty Mind in South Hadley, MA, last night. He continues to be a great showman with original songs, funny stories, audience engagement and most importantly, master guitar work. People were smiling, laughing and some toes were tapping as Mr. Mason used his unique vocals with his signature mix of folk, rock and upside down blues themes. His history brings the love of music throughout the years, the Yardbirds, Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, and to me, he sounds like a brighter version of Neil Young with an uptempo guitar style. He has toured with NRBQ and currently plays in the band he's lead for 20 years, The Lonesome Brothers.

TRAIN at Tanglewood, MA, August 8th, 2011
Photography by Cheryl Puerling.
Tanglewood Catering by Valerie Jensen-Lefevre at Kitchen Therapy.

This is the second time I've seen Train live. I caught their show at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton last year. It was an in the moment  decision, but I'm glad that I went. The show shined with its new album, 'Save Me San Francisco,' mixed with favorites from their multiple records, and added some great covers of classic rock hits from Van Halen and Led Zeppelin. Who wouldn't want a re-run of that?

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