I have always said that music heals. That has been proven over and over to Rockwell Anderson and myself working with charities over the years, but more recently it hit home, literally. We lost our home in the Silver Fire near Banning, CA on Wednesday evening August 7th and the music community rallied around us within 24 hours of our house burning. We had a number of people donate food and material necessities plus nearly 50 bands that wanted to help. Benefit shows began to be organized and the first of those shows was "LA Rockers Celebrate ROCwell UnScene" which was held September 1st at Paladino's in the San Fernando Valley.
Thanks to TnT Productions (Terri Bonds), Hollywood Rock Underground TV (Lisa Sunshine and crew), and Paladino's for hosting a day and night of epic music. The line-up was face melting and included: American Maniacs (from San Diego), Blatant, Shaufrau, Orpheus, Critical Mass, Deep Pink, Bad Boy Eddy (from San Francisco), The Raven Black Project, Dive Bomber (from San Diego) and closing the night was Heaven Below. The Emcee duties for the evening were performed by The Fabulous Miss Wendy. If you missed the show here is a flashback of what went down.
The event began at 1:00 pm with music starting at 2:00 pm and going past midnight. That said, people came and went to come out and support their bands. For us (ROCKwell UnScene) it was a mixture of bands we have seen and supported before and bands that were new to us.
American Maniacs kicked the day off. Out of San Diego this band changes what you think you know about the San Diego music scene. They are not your stereotypical laid back, sit at the beach and get stoned beach band. They are hard, face-melting, kickass Rock. If you have not heard of them and you like good old Rock 'n Roll take a listen to them.
Blatant: there name says it all. This bands sound has a mix of Rock and and old school Punk. They are aggressive in lyrics and in sound. "Freek Show" on vocals is an amazing front man and demands attention from the crowd. It was my first time seeing this band but it won't be my last.
Shaufrau was like nothing I have heard before. This soulful duo of Khristian (Vocals/Guitar) and Heather (Vocals) have a captivating sound. I was blown away at this duo and put them as my number 1 for duos I have seen. Their show is whimsical, witty, and hypnotizing. Their songs are about everyday life and that is where the whimsical and whit come in. They are a must see duo that are great to relax to and get lost in. Tune in with them.
Orpheus is a band we have seen many times and for good reason; we are fans. They have a Progressive Metal/Rock sound with thoughtful lyrics. This band has elements of Metallica, Dream Theater, and System of a Down. If that is your flavor of music this is your band. Unfortunately for the world of music, this was one of their last live performances because a member of the band has since moved to Texas and rather continue with a different line up, the members decided to continue with other projects. You can still get the full length album we listed as our top album of 2012, "The Reckoning", online.
Critical Mass is good old fashioned Hard Rock 'n Roll. Bobby Anderson, Tony Lepre and their motley crew of veteran Rockers filled Paladino's with heavy blues laden licks set to Mr. Anderson's epic vocal talents. This was our first time seeing Critical Mass but most likely will not be our last. If you have an appreciation for solid Rock, check out Critical Mass.
Deep Pink features two very talented ladies (lead vocals and drums) and two equally talented men (bass and guitar) who rocked Paladino's with soulful renditions of several 1960's & 70's cover songs. Although new to us, this band (specifically their members) is not new to the music industry or Paladino's. If you're in the mood to see and listen to a Classic Rock cover band that nails every song they perform, check out Deep Pink.
Bad Boy Eddy calls the Sacramento/San Francisco Bay area home and traveled all the way to SoCal to play a benefit show for strangers. This was my first time seeing this band but I fell hard for them. They play original 1980's arena style Hard Rock. “We are veterans of Bay Area hard rock acts that have come together to Rock Your World with energetic, melodic, heart- thumping and fist-pumping, sleazy, sexy ROCK and ROLL!!!” I could not agree more. They are ear thumping, fist-pumping, and well to sum it up; ass Kicking. This band performed a killer set. I loved everything, from the leather to the Rock 'n Roll. If you are a Classic Hard Rock fan this band is a must see and hear. I know I will make it a point to see them again. If you can't make it to a show pick up their new album and thank me later!
The Raven Black Project puts Sexy in Metal. Lead singer Raven is tiny in stature, but don’t let that fool you. Her vocals fill a room. She is a mix of Janis Joplin meets The Butcher Babies. I confess I am a fan of Raven Black, but I can say the band has won me over with their Rock/Metal edge style and sound. If you have not seen this band take the stage you need to get to a show now.
Dive Bomber, as I've said in the past, is an explosion on stage. Not only visually (the "Painted Man"), Dive Bomber also explodes in sound playing Heavy Metal Groove/Hard Rock originals and 1 cover (that will blow your mind). If you take a dash of Hendrix and a splash of Iron Maiden you have Dive Bomber. Yeah they are that good. After seeing more shows than I can count I can only sum them up by saying Epic.
Closing the night was Heavean Below. This band is in my top 5 Rock bands and I love all their music but their new album is my favorite. It is called the “Dead Light Sessions” and unlike their normally Hard Rock infused albums, this is an acoustic album. As I like to say they put the balls in acoustic. Any singer that can go from hard core to spot on acoustic vocals and fill the room with their voice and hit every note and well, nail it, has true talent. Props to Patrick Kennison for his epic vocals. They usually do not play these acoustic songs live but they did for our benefit show. Playing “No More Heroes” and “The Needle Lies Again” made me tear up. I love not only the fact that they have the talent to sing and perform their acoustic songs live, but the lyrics of every song they do are deep, thoughtful and dripping with emotion. Get to a venue and see them now.
The whole day was an emotional roller coaster of music and friends old and new. We met so many people and so many band stopped by just to hang out. It truly was a day of healing and we cannot thank everyone enough for this. It will not bring back what we lost but it has shown us that we are blessed, and that music heals.
Written by: Melissa Anderson http://www.ROCKwellUnScene.com
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