Thursday, September 15, 2011

A summer full of shows

Jim "Reverend" Heath
Danielle Colby
       The summer of 2011 has been filled with shows and concerts. In Des Moines alone, you could have attended two hundred or more live music events. If you factor in Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, and Omaha, you could have kept yourself so busy that it might have felt like a Grateful Dead reunion tour (given you were following them around the country). I tried to attend as many shows as my schedule and my wallet would allow. I even made it out of town a few times with members of The Ticket, some close friends, and even my wife. A few shows that stick in my head are Reverend Horton Heat at Peoples on Court. Featured on the bill was Bob Tyler And The Reckless Hearts, Jacob County And The Damaged Goods and a surprise set from a burlesque troupe called Burlesque Le Moustache. The burlesque show featured Danielle Colby from the History channel’s American Pickers. I had never seen “The Rev” before, I had only heard tales of him standing on Jimbo’s bass. Their set that night was a celebration of 25 years of  Reverend Horton Heat’s music. If you are a fan and you were there, you may have shed a tear of disbelief in what you were witnessing.

Another show that was one hell of a ride was Split Lip Rayfield in Kansas City. They stole the show so badly at Crossroads at Grinders that we didn’t even stay for the headliner.

Jahred (hed)pe
One more show that needs some recognition would be Mushroomhead and (hed)pe at Peoples on Court.  Bands that shared the stage that night for the Head 2 Hed tour were September, Caustic Vision and Better Left Unsaid. I have experienced (hed)pe on the stage more than half a dozen times and they have never disappointed me. I have never seen Mushroomhead and I have to say I was surprised at the caliber of their live set. The light display along with the spray of water off of the drums in the front row made for a very spectacular eye buzz!!! If you are from Des Moines and you follow the band Caustic Vision, you will recall this show as one of the last times that Ryan Hall would take the stage with the band. Ryan passed away in early May and played guitar with the band. Fear not, Caustic Vision still carries a torch for their fallen member. They have, however, reformed and have done a small Midwest tour this summer to promote their new album. Those are my top picks from this spring and summer. If you have any, feel free to share. I missed more shows than I made it to. I’d like to hear about your experiences as well!!! - Greg

Ryan Hall-Caustic Vision 1987 - 2011


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