Always … ALWAYS … study the undercard. Do your homework, if you’re able to find the information, always try to find out what bands are opening for the band you’re going to see and familiarize yourself with their music. Never know when you’re going to discover your next favorite band.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a review or feature about Blackberry Smoke that doesn’t mention Lynyrd Skynryd and declare Blackberry Smoke as the heir apparent to the Southern Rock crown. Fair enough, though – to me – Blackberry Smoke is still leans a bit country despite having noted ROCK producer Brendan O’Brien (AC/DC, Pearl Jam) produce their latest album, Holding All the Roses. Undoubtedly, the LC is going to be packed with country and rock fans alike, all ready to see if Blackberry Smoke is worth the hype (spoiler alert: they are). But, here’s my tip … make sure you’ve gotten into the LC and secured your first mega beer by the time The Temperance Movement goes on.
I’ve been on a quest to find modern bands that have a strong classic rock sound. It’s much harder than you might think. Kids these days don’t want to grow long hair and play arena-rock anthems. Instead, they get fashionable haircuts, wear skinny jeans, and employ a keyboardist (usually a female). So, when Classic Rock Magazine named The Temperance Movement the Best New Band of 2013, I took notice.
The honor is well deserved – the British blues-rock band has a well-worn sound. It’s comfortable, it sounds like something you’ve heard before (that is, if you’re over the age of 35). There’s some Faces, some Black Crowes, some Free, some Rolling Stones in their sound – classic rock fans really can’t ask for much more.
Doors open at 7pm. If I was a betting man, I’d guess the Ben Miller Band will hit the stage around 7:30 with The Temperance Movement and Blackberry Smoke to follow. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show.