It's winter in Detroit and there was a slight Halestorm in the area. Not the kind that will break your car windows, the kind that will break your eardrums!
|Lzzy Hale Fronts Halestorm|
Opening the show at The Royal Oak Music Theatre was Redlight King. Fronted by Mark "Kaz" Kasprzyk out of Ontario Canada, they feature a perfect mix of rock and a splash of hip hop. After a very solid debut album titled, "Something for the Pain", the band has recently released it's second album, "Irons in the Fire". Redlight King brings a real Rock show. Guitar, Bass, and drums, nothing else is necessary. It's a traditional rock sound which seems to get lost in the current era of rock music.
|Mark "Kaz" Kasprzyk fronts Redlight King|
Do yourself a favor and check out Redlight King. Frontman Kaz says, “My songs are written about real issues, real experiences. I like to bring listeners in deep, and give them time to look around". Whether you are just in it for some hard rock music, or you are into the deeper lyrical meaning of a song, you will not be disappointed with these guys. Check out Redlight King at http://www.redlightkingmusic.com/ and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedlightKing
Check out my photos of Redlight King HERE
Redlight King Setlist 12-5-13 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI. Click the name of the song to see the video if available.
- Built To Last
- City Life
- Caught In The Middle
- Devil's Dance
- Born To Rise
- Bullet In My Hand
The headliner of this show was Halestorm. Coming from the town of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, and fresh off a grammy win earlier this year the band does not disappoint. The brother and sister team of Lzzy & Arejay Hale, along with Josh Smith and Joe Hottinger bring a high energy, unforgettable style rock show.
Fronted by the beautiful Lzzy Hale, who has a stage presence that could be put up against any current frontman-or woman, the band clearly loves playing live, and it shows. Lzzy does not just stand at the mic and look pretty, she wields a guitar patrolling the stage for most of the show. She has a control over the audience similar to that of a conductor over an orchestra. She can bring the crowd up with their hard rock ballads and settle them down on piano driven songs like "Break In". Her brother Arejay's drumming is a show within their show. Tossing his sticks as high as the stage will allow, or catching them being throw from the crew on the side of the stage, he never misses a beat. His drum solo is worth the price of admission. The solo concludes with him playing with some sticks the size of Louisville Sluggers. A must see!
Their powerful set began with their Grammy Award winning song, "Love Bites (So Do I)", and continued to rock through, "Mz. Hyde", "It's Not You", and "Freak Like Me". A surprise in the set was "Break In" a song requested from two fans who became engaged during the preshow meet-and-greet. The song features just Lzzy and her piano. Her voice commands the crowd as the song continues into their other piano heavy song, "A Familiar Taste Of Poison". After Lzzy calms the crowd it's her brother Arejay's drumo solo that rises them up. Placed perfectly in the set it leaves most people saying just one word, wow. The encore includes the hit from their latest release, "I Miss the Misery" and the song they close most of their shows with, "Here's To Us".
A Grammy win is just another notch in the belt for these guys. You can tell they truly love each other and what they do. They are about to begin work on their third album and fans cannot wait to see what comes next. Check out Halestorm at http://www.halestormrocks.com and on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/halestormrocks
Check out my photos of Halestorm HERE
Halestorm Setlist 12-5-13 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI.
- Love Bites (So Do I)
- Mz. Hyde
- It's Not You
- Freak Like Me
- You Call Me A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing
- Don't Know How To Stop
- Daughters Of Darkness
- Rock Show
- Gold Dust Woman (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
- Break In
- Familiar Taste Of Poison
- Drum Solo
- Dissident Aggressor (Judas Priest Cover)
- Nothing To Do With Love
- I Get Off
- Get Luck (Daft Punk Cover)
- I Miss The Misery
- Here's To Us
In support of their most recent output, Forever, the band played a mix of new material and the relatively fresh back catalog that spans entirety of the bands three years together. The mix of the room wasn't ideal for the bombast displayed by the band, but the smoke machines and strobe lights helped to push the feeling of the music. The overall vibe was cold and cutting, with the warble of the Moog synthesizer adding to the unsettling sound.
Bundled in coats and layers of shirts and hoodies, singers Andreas Lagerstrom and Anton Spetze howled through the lights and smoke, a perfect fit for the biting cold of a December night in Detroit. The band spoke little and kept an air of mystery around them as thick as the artificial fog.
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It has been a tough year for Detroit, so Leaders for Kids would like to honor and uplift their amazing and resilient hometown with a Detroit theme. The event will feature local restaurants, vendors and entertainment. Consistent with the theme, all proceeds will benefit the Hamtramck School Based Health Center, which sees thousands of unprivileged patients a year.
Last year’s Cheers for Children event was a HUGE success, pulling in over 500 guests and $117,000, which benefited the foundation. Join us in our mission to raise even more and help children have more days to play, nights to dream and a chance to just be kids!
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It was a pretty lazy week for me watching football and not much else. Of my three most important games, I watched the Lions start strong until the Eagles started taking over the game. How come Detroit seems to have this division and they are being content to try and lose it. I just hope the Cowboys can beat the Bears today. On the college front, I wish I had been in Detroit this weekend to see my alma mater Bowling Green beat up on Northern Illinois. I hate seeing the MAC lose that $8 million from the automatic bid but sometimes school pride has to take over. The same goes for Michigan St crushing Ohio St. I hate seeing Auburn get into the big game and given the SEC another chance for a title but Little Brother played a great game and I'm looking forward to them beating Stanford in the bowl game.
For those not excited about football, or the hew Hobbit movie opening this weekend, here are some cool concerts this week:
Wednesday (12/11) - Tegan and Sara @ The Fillmore, Tab Benoit @ Callahans
Thursday (12/12) - Panic! At The Disco w/Switchfoot @ The Fillmore, Sponge @ Magic Stick
Friday (12/13) - Ragbirds @ The Ark, Three Days Grace @ WFCU Centre (Windsor)
Saturday (12/14) - Hugh Cornwell @ Smalls
Sunday (12/15) - Kenny Rogers @ Ceasars Windsor
Monday (12/16) - Drake @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
SHOW REVIEW: Zoë Keating LIVE in Detroit on 12-6-13 in the Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
Onstage Zoë Keating produced her gorgeously layered, rhythmic cello sound. Keating creates a symphony of sounds using her cello and laptop. She records sounds she produces from the cello and by tapping pedals at her feet her laptop saves the sounds and loops them. This frees her up to play a new musical phrase along with what she just recorded. This is where Zoë layers melodic or rhythmic lines and becomes her own cello section.
Zoë is comfortable in this setting and being solo. As she said on stage that evening, "I get to be myself which is awesome". She loves improvising pieces from show to show and the same song may be played different each night with a suffix such as ".4" added to the song title. Zoë says she doesn't like to listen back to recorded live tracks because she prefers to play in the moment and enjoy the song for that present performance on stage. She feels no need for perfection. A laptop glitch during the show gave way to some advice from Zoë, "Do not write AppleScript during soundcheck." And what Zoë Keating could define as a mistake would most likely go over our heads and just be a new sound expression by the end of the song. And as Zoë said during the show, "good thing I don't have lyrics to my songs."
And here is a live performance clip of Zoë Keating in the Music Box at the Max M. Fisher Music Center...
For more information on Zoë Keating please check out her website at http://www.zoekeating.com/
HazardHead is going out with a BANG and supporting a great cause, Fundraiser for HOPE CENTER OF MACOMB COUNTY. This will be HH's last show of the year. They have big things planned. So, if you're a fan of sleazy, snotty rock n roll, you should spend your Friday the 13th at the I-Rock.
This is HHs last show for a while!. Why? The album is releasing very very soon. Along with music videos and press. So, they are taking a break after the 13th to prepare everything perfectly. They will be sharing this night with The Mud Suns, one of detroits best acts. And Flush, new friends of theirs. HH will go on around 10:5?pm, Dec 13th.
Hope Center of Macomb County is mission is help people get the immediate help they need and transform lives for the good. Their full mission statement. We've all needed a helpful hand sometime during our life, whether it was big or small. Now's the time textend that hand to others.
Here's a little preview:
16350 Harper, Detroit, MI
Cover: $10 and a can of food
Bands and times
The Deal 8-8:35
The Mud Suns 9:45-10:30ish
Black Rose 12:30-ish
DO NOT MISS SHOW TONIGHT: ZOE KEATING – The Music Box at The Max M. Fisher Music Center – Friday 12/6Zoë Keating is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. Zoë is known for both her use of technology — which she uses to sample her cello onstage — and for her DIY ethic which has resulted in the sale of over 60,000 copies of her self-released albums and a devoted following.
The Music Box at The Max M. Fisher Music Center is located at 3711 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48201
$16 at dso.org/mix
$20 at the door
$12 with student ID
Mix, Mingle, & Drink starting at 9PM. Performance begins at 10 PM.
Visit dso.org/mix or call 313.576.5111 to reserve your seats.
Visit Zoë Keating at: http://www.zoekeating.com/
2707 14th Street to be exact
Street parking is available, and we're also a short walk from the bars and restaurants of Corktown- so come wait out the crowd at Slows