This past weekend brought the big tents, lights and bands to a little ball park facility, in Ft. Myers, FL. Local radio station, 96.1 KRock, Spot Magazine and many other local entities brought Rockwave Festival 2013 to town and what great music it provided! Hats off to all involved for a seriously enjoyable roster.
Rockwave built itself up into the perfect rip curl wave of sound from start to final curtain, as some of the finest in local and regional acts got to share and open this grand stage for the more seasoned, featured national professionals to follow. Job well done to: Before the Fire, Sunshine and Bullets and Anberlin for laying out a regional trifecta of opening music, most importantly, thanks to those fans that got out there early to support these musicians in an opportunity of a possible and eventual career. You just never know...
Congratulations to Before the Fire for winning their spot in the Battle of the Bands competition to unleash their brand upon the big stage, this fan felt it more fitting to have waited for this type of opportunity to capture them and it was the correct call. They lit up that stage and were right at home! I'm sure there were 'jitters' but nothing showed one bit and they definitely brought it to Rockwave, laying out a lovely original set and all simply on mark! Josh is a grand front man and this foursome are creating their own wave of sound and it's a breath of fresh, hard air that has been missed locally and is gaining new life regionally, as well, so keep your ears open for Before the Fire...you do not want to miss their show!
Good seeing Rich Keane and Sunshine and Bullets, as always on a stage! We shall also see you in St. Pete Beach next week also. This three piece lays out some serious rock and Rich on guitar is a promised treat to deliver every time. Anberlin was next on the bill with their edge on a version of pop-rock almost, but packing a serious punch indeed! This was a nice change up in the line up and a great little warm up for Filter to take that baton into their bass infused, synth-sampled joy ride of a show!
Richard Patrick and Filter were next on the stage and launched the featured national act portion of this bill rather well! Their show is tight at the moment and Patrick's prediction of it being this band's year may not be that far off. The new music is just as pungent and identifiable as Filter music has ever been, so strap in Filter fans as this foursome may remain on the road for a spell and a return through Florida may not be impossible! They wove in some new selections rather well with all their famed favorites in their set, Richard came into the pit to take video with a fan's phone for that personal touch. Of course the closing was the finale when they ripped into "Hey Man, Nice Shot!" and laid it out like nobody's business!!
Chevelle is another band that never disappoints in a live performance and this fan has never missed a stop of theirs along our grand sand bar. This band of merry three sounds great recorded but they are a band to take in live no question about it! The build up of music bursts within their songs can be experienced more in a live show and this one delivered ten fold. Chevelle worked the crowd like a headliner and audience singing participation could have been taken in along I-75. Chevelle has always been good to Florida crowds and it was shared right back from this loving gathering beyond the pit. This band could have played all evening and this fan would have been very pleased.
Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington is a winning combo any way it is diced! Of course fans of STP were curious, if not doubting they'd enjoy the show with a different vocalist...but this works and was the right choice for this line up to hit the road. Chester brings a paralelled vocal style to the favorites and adds his own touches that work well -- he fits into the band and does not come in as the 'front man'. Kudos to STP as this show did not miss one thing! This band, their show and Robert DeLeo on stage is still a ticket to catch! The members of this line up are doing the right thing in keeping the music playing and the show rolling along, it is what this circus is all about right? Well done on all set list selections also, not a bad twist on any one thing.
What can I say about Jane's Addiction? Other than there was no better way to close this bill! This band is in a nice creative pocket live, anyway. All any fan can hope for is that this run lasts and more Jane's music continues to grace us. This set was the anticipated one of many fans there, as they played all their classic knowables and some old school staples as well and did so in such a sense of the word smooth that there is no other adjective available. This show is tight and these pros make it look like a walk in the park! Being allowed in the pit for three songs, this fan sacrificed one when "Mountain Song" was second on the list...it simply could not be avoided, as I have seen this band live since the late 80's woven into my Philly roots and this time around it is like "BUDDAH"! Catch Jane's Addicition anyway you can, you will seek no treatment, this fan guarantees!
Special thanks to: Clay Busch, 96 K Rock, Spot Magazine, Before the Fire, Sunshine and Bullets, Anberlin, Filter, Chevelle, STP, Jane's Addiction and all involved for this grand day of music and imagery! Thanks to everyone for a bucket list shoot all event long!
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ROCK ON!! WELL DONE LOCAL TALENT!!