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Finnish bluegrass heavy metal band Steve’n’Seagulls descended upon Newport, Kentucky, last night in what was bound to be an epic concert. The band spent some time in Texas for SxSW last week and played in Nashville Monday night, and have just a handful of US dates remaining, so if they are coming to your area (Chicago, Pittsburgh, DC, New York), you have to see them before they fly away! The set began with their version of GNR’s “Paradise City” and they did not let up for the next hour and a half. I believe all the song from Farm Machine were performed, as well as Megadeth’s “Symphony of Destruction,” and they closed with Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” as an encore. The guys were all smiles while they played, obviously having a blast doing what they do, and the crowd was enthusiastic, singing along with Iron Maiden, AC/DC, and Metallica songs bluegrass style.
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Nashville’s Great Peacock is currently opening for Steve ‘n’ Seagulls for select dates on their short American tour, which ends this weekend. High-energy folk/country/rock songs, and a great opener to get the crowd revved up for the headliner. If you see them on the bill, don’t miss their set.
The gypsy punks from Manhattan, Gogol Bordello stopped by Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tuesday night to promote their latest album, Pura Vida Conspiracy. Eugene Hütz was in top form, entertaining the crowd with every chord he strummed and every word he sang. Violinst Sergey Ryabtsev as a joy to watch on the stage, and the newest member of the group, Pasha Newmer, relished his time on stage playing accordion.
The group played several cuts from the latest album, including “We Rise Again,” “Dig Deep Enough,” “Lost Innocent World,” and “Amen.” The movement on stage was non-stop, and the audience was in a frenzy throughout the show.
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Man Man from Philadelphia invaded Cincinnati Tuesday night, opening for Gogol Bordello at Bogart’s. A high-energy group led by singer/pianist Honus Honus, the band played a lively 45-minute set to get the crowd warmed up for the headliners. Honus Honus, Pow Pow, and the others looked like they were having a ball on the stage, helping to amp up the audience’s enthusiasm.
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The family and I took a day trip to St. Louis to visit the famous Gateway Arch and attend a Cardinals ballgame. This was my first time in St. Louis, and I had a great time. I have now seen twelve different major league teams in their home stadiums, and fifteen different MLB stadiums, over the years.
Our day started at the Gateway Arch, and of course we went to the top so we could see the city, including a view of Busch Stadium from way above.
After the Arch, we walked back to the Busch area and decided to take a walk through the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum.
A number of plaques can be viewed outside the museum, from Stan Musial to Ozzie Smith to Bob Gibson. The Cardinals HOF is brand new, so the class of 2014 is rather large. As a Bob Gibson fan, I snapped a picture of his plaque and his jersey, which was on display inside next to the 1967 World Series trophy.
The Cards also have a number of statues outside Busch Stadium on the sidewalk.
Busch Stadium is a very nice ballpark, as all the retro-style parks are. I was able to take a picture of the Gateway Arch from inside the stadium, stretching over the scoreboard.
Lou Brock was on hand to celebrate his 75th birthday, and threw out the first pitch. During the seventh inning, everyone in the crowd sang “Happy Birthday.” That was pretty cool.
Finally, it was game time…
Between my eleven-year old son and I, we took several hundred photographs. Due to lighting and seat position, not very many turned out as well as I had hoped. Here are a few of the better shots of Michael Wacha, Yadier Molina, Peter Bourjos, Matt Holliday, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Pat Neshek.
And of course a couple of shots of Fredbird!
Photoset: Myrtle Beach Pelicans vs. Salem Red Sox (April 4, 2014 @ TicketReturn.com Field, Myrtle Beach SC)
The family vacation was last week, and of course I took my camera with me. I didn’t catch any concerts (the asking price for Weezer at the House of Blues was just a little too rich for my blood), but we did stop in to see the Myrtle Beach Pelicans play on Friday night. The Pelicans are currently the Class A Advanced team for the Texas Rangers.
Cody Buckel (above) started the game for the Pelicans, while William Cuevas (below) took the mound for the visiting Salem Red Sox. Buckel only allowed one hit in four innings, but was wild and walked four. Cuevas, on the other hand, allowed six hits but didn’t issue any free passes.
One of the big prospects for the Pelicans is catcher Jorge Alfaro, a 20-year old from Colombia who was #41 on the Baseball Prospectus pre-season list. He hit 18 home runs in 2013, went 1-for-4 Friday night against the Sox, and looked comfortable on defense behind the plate. I snapped several photos of Alfaro on offense and defense:
The catcher for the Salem Red Sox is not ranked on any prospect lists. As a 24-year old in his seventh pro season, never playing about Class A Advanced, Carson Blair doesn’t turn many heads. He played well Friday, though, hitting a two-run blast off Cody Ege in the top of the 8th.
The Pelicans ended up losing the game 4-0, but we had a great time watching this young team battle. We had great seats, too…front row, directly behind home plate. I certainly plan to visit the Pelicans again next time we vacation in Myrtle Beach.
Two-piece alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots played to a sold-out crowd at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday, October 25. Another sold-out show is scheduled for Saturday night, but if you’re willing to pay the scalpers’ prices, you won’t be disappointed. Singer Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun put on a high-energy performance, thrilling the packed house who screamed the lyrics—all the lyrics—along with the band.
The show was not limited to the stage, however. On more than one occasion Tyler came out into the crowd, and even Josh got in the act by floating out among the masses on an audience-supported drum platform. The duo changed outfits a few times, sometimes wearing masked hoodies (they were masked during all of the songs I photographed). In fact, the masks did not come off until the photographers left the photo pit, so you won’t see their faces at all below.
With only one major label release under their belt, Twenty One Pilots delighted the crowd with all of their popular songs, including “Holding Onto You,” “Car Radio,” and “House of Gold” (which included a verse of Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl”). They did pull out a few older songs from their independent releases, playing for nearly two hours. One of the most interesting performances was a drum duel between Tyler and Josh, sitting back-to-back, after “Run and Go.”
Special mention should be made of the extensive light show. Twenty One Pilots has employed a creative and precise lighting technician who beautifully and perfectly matched up the effects with the songs. I was already a fan of the band before the show, but seeing the songs performed on stage with the lights going behind them just added to the awesomeness of the record.
My son accompanied me to this show, and he summed up his feelings, “I loved the experience of just having fun, screaming your head off.” He wasn’t the only one.
No one should pass up a chance to see Twenty One Pilots in concert. Check their tour itinerary and make plans to see them.
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After Papa Roach got the crowd warmed up Saturday night at PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, Shinedown came out and blew them away. If the Carnival of Madness tour is coming your way, don’t miss it! High quality bands, high quality rock and roll!
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The Carnival of Madness tour—featuring We As Human, In This Moment, Skillet, Papa Roach, and Shinedown—made a stop in Cincinnati at the PNC Pavilion Saturday night. The sold-out crowd was amped up for Papa Roach as Jacoby Shaddix and company delivered an onslaught of high-energy rock.
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