Sunday August 3, 2014 Jonny Lang along with The Stone Foxes rocked Cargo Reno inside the Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno. This show was totally sold out. Attendance was over 500+ fans. It was not the normal set up at the venue as there was seating for this show, the venue normally holds around 1000 (standing room only). Fans lined up all the way around the block from Cargo to get in.
Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. Lang's music is notable for both his unusual voice, which at 13 was compared to that of a 40-year-old blues veteran and for his guitar solos. His solo patterns have especially been noted for his frequent use of wide vibratos. He has five albums that charted on the top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart and has won a Grammy Award for Turn Around.
Lang was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He started playing the guitar at the age of twelve. He got his start playing guitar for his friends on the Vallager's porch at their lake place. He would play everything from modern hits to the classics, even performing an astounding rendition of Jimi Hendrix's take on the National Anthem that gave the campground security reason to pause and not interrupt him. After his father took him to see the Bad Medicine Blues Band, one of the few blues bands in Fargo. Lang soon started taking guitar lessons from Ted Larsen, the band's guitar player. Several months after Lang began, he joined the band, which was then renamed Kid Jonny Lang & The Big Bang.
Current band members include, Jonny Lang (vocals, lead guitar), Barry Alexander (drums), James Anton (bass), Akil Thompson (guitar) and Dwan Hill (keys).
Langs set lasted around 90 minutes and went something like this,
"Blew Up (The House)", "Don't Stop (For Anything)", "A Quitter Never Wins" (Tinsley Ellis cover), "Red Light", (Band Intros), "Everything Is Going To Be Alright", "Living For The City" (Stevie Wonder cover), "That Great Day", "Angel Of Mercy" and four encore songs, "We Are The Same", "Forty Days And Forty Nights" (Muddy Waters cover), "Breakin' Me", (guitar solo) and "Lie To Me".
Lang poured his heart and soul into this show and it showed as he had everyone in attendance mesmerized the entire set. His soulful voice and shredding guitar were awesome from the very first song to the last. The whole band killed it.
Starting the night off was The Stone Foxes. The band is touring on their latest album Small Fires released in February of 2013
The Stone Foxes originated in the sleepy foothills of California’s Central Valley where members Aaron Mort, and brothers Spence Koehler (guitarist) and Shannon Koehler (drummer) grew up. After high school, they went to college at San Francisco State University.
A couple of years later, after living with the three founding members and discovering their similar musical tastes, Avi Vinocur (guitarist and bassist) joins the band.
Formed in late 2005, The Stone Foxes spent their first few years together working on balancing out their musical style. The end product (for now) is a style infused with country, rock, blues, and a touch of San Francisco. The group’s songs are full of classic blues structures and shout-along moments.
This examiner asked Stone Foxes member Shannon Koehler in an on-line interview what had happened to Aaron Mort & Avi Vinocur, two of the bands original members. His reply was, "Avi left the band 5 years ago, Aaron left a year and a half ago. We just needed to go in different directions, nothing personal".
Current band members are, Shannon Koehler (harmonica, vocals, drums), Spence Koehler (lead guitar), Vince Dewald (bass, vocals, guitar), Ben Andrews (lead guitar, violin), Brian "Buff" Bakalian (drums, bass) and Elliott Peltzman (keys).
The bands set lasted around 40 minutes and went like this,
"Cotto", "This Town", "Ulysses Jones", "Spoonful", "Reno", "Cold Like A Killer", "Everybody Knows" and "Stomp".
These guys were the perfect opener for Lang as they blew the roof off the joint with a very high energy set, the boys were all over the stage. The band had the entire venue rockin' out on every song. Very impressive.
Both bands were very good, don't miss either one any chance you get, you won't be disappointed.
This was the biggest show this examiner has covered at Cargo thus far and I assume it only gets better from here. To see what's next, (click here)
A good time was had by all.
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "The Photos Are What It's All About", so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by JOHN TUCKNESS
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