Iroquois Ampitheater

Coheed and Cambria // Live in Louisville

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COHEED AND CAMBRIA WITH MASTADON AND EVERY TIME I DIE // LIVE AT IROQUOIS AMPHITHEATRE

Coheed and Cambria started out their Unheavenly Skye Tour with Mastadon and Every Time I Die on May 28th in Louisville, KY, kicking things off with a packed venue of passionate fans. The band had Platinum and Gold VIP packages that many fans purchased, allowing for early entry and a meet and greet and photos with the band. Arriving at the venue just before doors for general admission, there was a long line of fans waiting anxiously to get through security and get seats as close to the stage as possible. It was a beautiful day for an outdoor concert, with plenty of sunshine and a cool breeze once the sun went down. As soon as the gates opened, the excitement in the air was electric. All three bands on the bill tonight have been around for several years and have dedicated fan bases, creating a fun and exciting atmosphere this evening. Starting things off was Buffalo, NY metal/hardcore band Every Time I Die. From the first note played, singer Keith Buckley was moving around the stage and engaging the crowd to clap, dance and sing along. Guitarists Andrew Williams and Jordan Buckley and bassist Steve Micciche were full of energy, interacting with each other and with the crowd, engaging in plenty of hair flips, head banging and jump kicks to keep the crowd cheering with their fists in the air. Buckley told the crowd that the band always loves playing Louisville and that the city has been been good to them over the years, with the crowd reciprocating the love back to them. They kicked off the first night of the tour with a bang and got the crowd ready for the evening ahead.

Up next was Atlanta metal band Mastadon. Having formed in 2000, the band has amassed a huge fan base and released 7 studio albums. This tour sees them performing their 4th album Crack The Skye in it’s entirety, much to the crowd’s delight. Awash in gorgeous lights in a variety of hues and several vertical screens behind the stage that displayed different visual components, the band took the stage and started things off with “Bladecatcher”. Bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders chatted a bit with the crowd throughout the set, but the band mainly focused on the songs. Sanders, guitarist/vocalist Brent Hinds, guitarist Bill Kelliher and drummer Brann Dailor are all incredibly talented musicians and many of the songs allow each member to shine on their respective instruments. Along with the vocal parts of each song, each member showcased their immense talent, eliciting plenty of cheers from the audience. As they ended their set with “The Last Baron”, the crowd was eagerly singing along, cheering and screaming as the band walked off stage. Staying behind to address the crowd, drummer Brann Dailor told the crowd how excited the band was to be on tour with Coheed and Cambria and Every Time I Die. He said the bands had been trying to coordinate a tour together for a while and their schedules all finally lined up. He then thanked the fans for coming out before leaving the stage.

Headlining the show this evening was New York progressive rock/metal band Coheed and Cambria. Having formed in 1995, the band has a huge and loyal following and have released 9 studio albums, 8 of which are concept albums based on a science fiction storyline called ‘The Amory Wars’, a series written by singer/guitarist Claudio Sanchez. The storyline has been transcribed into a series of comic books, as well as a full-length novel, which has helped the band’s popularity surge and has resulted in their worldwide fan base to flock to live shows en masse. Having released their latest album Vaxis-Act 1: The Unheavenly Creatures last year, the band played several tracks off of the new album, as well as plenty of older hits that left fans old and new singing along. Starting their set off with “Lucky Stars” from the new album, the band proceeded to perform other new songs that included ““Prologue”, “The Dark Sentencer”, “Unheavenly Creatures”, “True Ugly” and “The Gutter”, as well as classic hits such as “Delerium Trigger”, “A Favor House Atlantic” and “The Suffering”. Perhaps the most thrilling moment of the evening was 6 songs in when they performed their hit song “In Keeping Secrets Of Silent Earth: 3”, which saw the entire crowd go wild. Although Sanchez sang most of the song, there were several moments when he let the crowd take over singing, which made for a truly special sight to behold. With fists in the air, the entire crowd combined their voices to sing along creating a wonderful energy throughout the venue. Sanchez, along with guitarist/vocalist Travis Stever, drummer Josh Eppard and bassist Zach Cooper, had a great energy on stage, excited to be starting off their tour with such a great crowd. Although he performed most songs while playing guitar, there were a few songs this evening for which he ditched the guitar and moved freely around the stage with his microphone, flipping his hair and interacting with both Cooper and Stever. Ending their set with “Old Flames”, the band left the stage briefly before coming back out for an encore. The band ended the evening with “Welcome Home”, concluding a great night one of tour and leaving their fans buzzing with energy as they filed out of the venue.

Every Time I Die

Mastadon

Coheed and Cambria

Rainbow Kitten Surprise // Live In Louisville

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Rainbow Kitten Surprise // Live at Iroquois Amphitheatre

PHOTOS AND REVIEW COURTESY OF: Emily May

North Carolina alternative rock band Rainbow Kitten Surprise, who are currently on tour across the US, performed recently in Louisville, KY to a packed house. The band has developed a passionate fan base over the years, with fans this evening eager for the band to take the stage. As soon as the opening band finished their set, fans started making their way down to the railing to be as close to the stage as possible. As the band took the stage, the crowd erupted in cheers and were ready to sing and dance the night away! Singer Samuel Melo is a dynamic frontman and danced his way across the stage throughout the set, often joining forces with guitarist Darrick “Bozzy” Keller and bassist Charlie Holt for coordinated dances and serenades. The band had an incredible amount of fun this evening interacting with each other and making sure the crowd was having fun. With gorgeous lighting painting the stage in a variety of colors this evening, it added to the overall ambiance of the set. Singing hits such as “When It Lands”, ““It’s Called: Freefall”, “Holy War”, ““Painkillers” and “Cocaine Jesus”, the band played a nice variety of songs that had the crowd singing along to each one. Ending their set with “Possum Queen” followed by “Run”, they left the crowd in high spirits! New York rock and roll band Night Spins opened the show with a high energy set that got the crowd ready for the night ahead!

Night Spins

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Griz // Live in Louisville

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GRIZ // LIVE AT IROQUOIS AMPHITHEATRE

PHOTOS AND REVIEW COURTESY OF: Emily May

Electro-soul/future-funk artist Griz brought his Ride Waves: Season One tour to Louisville, KY recently, performing to a packed theatre of fans who were ready to dance the night away. Having recently released his latest album Ride Waves, he is touring in support of the album and performed several new songs in addition to some of the older fans favorites. It was the perfect setting this evening for an outdoor concert, with the amphitheatre situated in Iroquois Park and mostly surrounded by trees and nature. As Griz took the stage, the venue erupted in cheers. This tour has seen him performing with some familiar faces, such as Muzzy Bearr on guitar and vocals and ProbCause on vocals/rhymes, as well as a two-piece brass section (Jesse on the trumpet and Jeremy on the trombone). Also gracing the stage on this tour is the incredible Chrishira Perrier who tore up the stage for much of this evening with her powerful voice and funky spirit. Although many electronic artists tend to stand behind a table with a laptop/keyboard, Griz performed this evening on a wide open stage. With stairs at the center of the stage leading to the top of a platform, he had two stands that housed an MPC and a tablet on which to control different effects for the evening. Having mastered the saxophone, he expertly performed the instrument on many of the tracks, both at the top of the platform and down closer to the front of the stage. He also played the electric guitar live for the first time during one of the songs. With an incredible light show, a screen at the back of the stage that showed a variety of colorful designs and images and a fun cast of guest vocalists and musicians, it truly was a party both on stage and off. Everyone on stage got the crowd moving and engaged in the performance and Griz and his bandmates fed off of the energy of the crowd, seeming grateful to their fans for coming out this evening and sharing in the pure, upbeat energy of the tour. Taking a bow and thanking the fans for a great evening, Griz and his band left the stage to deafening applause. It was a incredibly fun night of music.