The Winery Dogs Announce New Live Dates; Debut New Video

Mike Portnoy, Richie Kotzen, and Billy Sheehan, also known as the Winery Dogs, have announced a new string of live dates for this summer.

The band announced this week that it has added a new 10-date North American tour set to kick off Saturday, June 25th in Hinckley, Minnesota.  The band’s current schedule takes it largely through the Midwest and southwest with dates also in Wisconsin, Michigan, Kentucky, and Texas.  As of right now no additional dates are known.  However, fans can always keep up with any new dates through the band’s official website and social media.  The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following stops:

 

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

 

Sat 6/25            Hinckley, MN                 Grand Casino Amphitheatre

Tue 6/28            Eau Claire, WI               State Theater

Wed 6/29          Ashwaubenon, WI          Green Bay Distillery

Thu 6/30            St. Charles, IL               Arcadia Theater

Sat 7/2              Hazard, KY                   The Forum

Sun 7/3             Sterling Heights, MI       Stars & Stripes Festival

Tue 7/5             Buffalo, NY                   Taft Music Hall

Fri 7/8               Houston, TX                  Warehouse Live

Sat 7/9              Dallas, TX                     Gas Monkey Live

Sun 7/10           San Antonio, TX            Alamo

 

In anticipation of its new tour announcement the band has unveiled the video for its latest single ‘Captain Love.’  The song will start hitting radio stations nationwide June 3rd.  It is taken from the band’s latest album Hot Streak.  The Vicente Cordero-directed video is currently streaming online at Guitar World. The band discussed the video recently in an interview which can be seen here now.

 

Courtesy:  Loud and Proud Records

Courtesy: Loud and Proud Records

 

Hot Streak has proven to be an apt title for The Winery Dogs’ new album.  Ever since its release on October 2nd, 2015, the album has been on its own hot streak.  It reached the top spot on Amazon’s Best Sellers/Hard Rock chart and its Pre-orders/Hard Rock chart.  In comparison to the band’s 2013 debut album Hot Streak sold 30% more copies than that record.  It topped out at the #2 spot on Billboard’s Top Current Alternative Albums Chart and #30 on the Top 200 Albums Chart.  That is just the top of the proverbial iceberg.  The numbers listed below are its other accolades from Billboard.

 

#5                     “Top Current Hard Music”

 

#5                     “Top Hard Music Albums”

 

#6                     “Top Current Rock Albums”

 

#6                     “Album Core / Genre Rock”

 

#15                   “Top Current Physical Albums”

 

#16                   “Top Current Albums”

 

 

More information on The Winery Dogs’ new tour dates, single, album and more is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at:

 

 

Website: http://www.TheWineryDogs.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs

Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheWineryDogs

 

 

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UDR Music Releasing New Live Motorhead Recording

Courtesy:  UDR Music/Motorhead Music

Courtesy: UDR Music/Motorhead Music

Earlier this year the rock community and the music community lost a legend when Lemmy Kilmister passed away.  His passing was a surprise to most.  Though, he had battled ongoing health issues in the last year or so of his life.  This understanding helped to reduce the shock of the Motorhead front man’s passing.  Now as a tribute of sorts to both Kilmister and to Motorhead UDR Music has announced that it will release a new live Motorhead recording next month.

UDR Music will release Clean Your Clock Friday, June 10th.  The concert presented within the recording is one of the band’s final live performances by the band before Kilmister’s untimely passing earlier this year.  It was recorded during a performance by the band in Munich, Germany in 2015.  The performance was recorded during the band’s two-night stand in Munich from November 20th and 21st, 2015.  In anticipation of the recording’s release, audiences can check out the band’s performance of the recording’s title song online now here.  Those that might be prone to epileptic seizures are cautioned about the video due to the continuous flashing lights used during the performance.

 

Courtesy:  UDR Music/Motorhead Music

Courtesy: UDR Music/Motorhead Music

 

Audiences can also check out the new live video for ‘Bomber’ here.

 

Courtesy:  UDR Music/Motorhead Music

Courtesy: UDR Music/Motorhead Music

 

Clean Your Clock will be available on a number of platforms including: standalone CD, Vinyl, CD/DVD combo pack, Blu-ray/CD combo pack, and Digital Download.  It will also be available in two exclusive limited edition box sets.  The first, a Limited Edition zinc allow Motorhead Forever edition, can be pre-ordered here.  The second, a Limited Edition Silver/Gold Pin edition will be available exclusively via UDR here.  The recording’s track listing is noted below.

Clean Your Clock Tracklisting:

Bomber / Stay Clean / Metropolis / When The Sky Comes Looking For You / Over The Top / (Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch / Lost Woman Blues/ Rock It / Orgasmatron / Doctor Rock / Just ‘Cos You Got The Power/ No Class/ Ace Of Spades/ Whorehouse Blues / Overkill

 

More information on Clean Your Clock is available online now along with all of the latest Morothead news at:

 

 

Website: http://www.udr-music.com, http://www.motorhead.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UDR.Music,                  http://www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead

Twitter: http://twitter.com/UdrMusic, http://twitter.com/myMotorhead

 

 

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Perry: “No Truth” To Recent Aerosmith Rumor

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Rumors have allegedly been running rampant around the fate of veteran rock band Aerosmith.  The alleged rumors have centered on whether or not the band has been looking to replace long-time front man Steven Tyler.  It would seem that the rumors likely heated up upon the announcement of Tyler’s upcoming “Out On A Limb Tour.’  It isn’t the first time that rumors have swirled surrounding the band’s fate, either.  Tyler’s stint on Fox’s American Idol stirred rumors, too as did events both before and after.  In response to the latest rumors Tyler’s band mates have spoken out.

Joe Perry outright denied the rumors saying, “There’s absolutely no truth to a story circulating that Aerosmith is looking for a new singer.”  He added, “Any rumor out there about us looking for another singer is completely untrue. All five of us were just on the phone together talking about how excited we are to go to South America and Mexico City.” These tour dates run from September 29-October 27.

 

More information on the situation is available online now along with more news and more from Aerosmith at:

 

 

Website: http://www.aerosmith.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aerosmith

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Aerosmith

 

 

Aerosmith’s latest studio recording is 2012’s Music From Another Dimension.  Late last year the band released its latest live recording Aerosmith Rocks Donington via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

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Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Tickets On Sale Today

Courtesy:  Adrenaline PR

Courtesy: Adrenaline PR

Earlier this week it was announced that Ozzfest was coming back.  And it was joining forces with Slipknot’s now famous Knotfest.  Now beginning this morning audiences can begin purchasing tickets for the mega-metal festival.

Tickets for Ozzfest Meets Knotfest (as it is being billed) go on sale this morning at 10am PT/1pm ET.  They can be purchased both via the Ozzfest website and Knotfest website.  It will all take place at the San Manuel Amphitheatre and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California.  Weekend passes begin at $40.  The inaugural edition of the double bill festival will offer audiences a variety of ticketing and camping options.  The full listing for tickets and VIP options is noted below.

 

 

Ticketing package details are as follows:

 

VIP ULTIMATE WEEKEND PASS

$499

VIP LOUNGE WEEKEND PASS, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY VIP W/ GREAT SEATS OR PIT

  • SATURDAY AND SUNDAY PIT ticket -or- Rows 15-20 Seated- SAME PIT OR SEAT BOTH DAYS
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate
  • VIP ‘fast lane’ entrance into the festival SATURDAY & SUNDAY (skip the lines and get in fast!)
  • Preferred parking space SATURDAY 9/24 & SUNDAY 9/25 (one per order)
  • Access into the VIP LOUNGE on Saturday and Sunday which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake Photos
  • On-site VIP host

 

VIP HOT SEAT PACKAGE

$295

*SATURDAY ONLY

  • One premium reserved ticket in row 18 – 24
  • Collectible 2016 Beginning and End VIP gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
  • Commemorative concert ticket
  • On-site VIP host

 

OZZFEST VIP LOUNGE – SATURDAY ONLY

$299

VIP LOUNGE SATURDAY (ONE DAY ONLY)

  • One PIT ticket or Rows 15-20 Seated, for Saturday
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate
  • VIP ‘fast lane’ entrance into the festival (skip the lines and get in fast!)
  • Access into the VIP LOUNGE on Saturday which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake Photos
  • On-site VIP host

 

OFFICIAL BLACK SABBATH MEET & GREET PACKAGE

$1250

*SATURDAY ONLY

  • Personal photo opportunity with Ozzy, Tony & Geezer
  • One VIP parking space per order (where available)
  • Collectible 2016 Beginning and End VIP gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
  • Official Meet & Greet laminate
  • Commemorative concert ticket
  • Crowd – free merchandise shopping opportunity
  • On-site VIP host

 

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE

$2250

*SATURDAY ONLY

  • One reserved ticket in the front row!
  • Personal photo opportunity with Ozzy, Tony & Geezer
  • Go behind the scenes and ASK ANYTHING at the very intimate VIP Q&A session with Ozzy Osbourne… in his dressing room! (small cameras allowed)
  • One VIP parking space per order (where available)
  • Collectible 2016 Beginning and End VIP gift item (exclusive to VIPs)
  • Official Meet & Greet laminate
  • Commemorative concert ticket
  • Crowd – free merchandise shopping opportunity
  • On-site VIP host

 

KNOTFEST VIP LOUNGE – SUNDAY ONLY

$249

VIP LOUNGE SUNDAY (ONE DAY ONLY)

  • One PIT ticket or Rows 15-20 Seated, for Sunday
  • VIP Commemorative Laminate
  • VIP ‘fast lane’ entrance into the festival (skip the lines and get in fast!)
  • Access into the VIP LOUNGE on Sunday which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake Photos
  • On-site VIP host

 

SLIPKNOT MEET & GREET VIP

$449

*SUNDAY ONLY

  • One PIT ticket or One Reserved seat in Rows 1-10 for Sunday only
  • Designated VIP “Fast Lane” entry into the festival
  • VIP Meet & Greet Laminate
  • Preferred Parking Space (one per order) on SUN
  • Access to VIP Lounge on SUN, which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake photos
  • On-Site VIP Host
  • Meet and Greet with SLIPKNOT
  • Photo Op with SLIPKNOT
  • Pre-signed Poster

 

ULTIMATE SLIPKNOT VIP EXPERIENCE

$1,000

*SUNDAY ONLY

  • One PIT ticket or One Reserved seat in Rows 1-10 for Sunday only
  • Designated VIP “Fast Lane” entry into the festival
  • VIP Meet & Greet Laminate
  • Preferred Parking Space (one per order) on SUN
  • Access to VIP Lounge on SUN, which includes:
  • Cash Bar
  • Exclusive Food Truck in VIP Lounge
  • VIP Restrooms
  • Photobooth with keep-sake photos
  • On-Site VIP Host
  • Meet and Greet with SLIPKNOT
  • Photo Op with SLIPKNOT
  • Pre-signed Poster
  • VIP “Behind the Scenes” Tour with CLOWN from SLIPKNOT
  • Exclusive Q&A Session with Corey Taylor from SLIPKNOT

 

 

Phoo Credit: Andrew Stuart

Phoo Credit: Andrew Stuart

The festival’s band lineup includes but is not limited to: Black Sabbath, Whitechapel, Hatebreed, Devildriver, Slipknot, Slayer, Butcher Babies, Amon AMarth, Anthrax, and many others.  The full festival lineup is listed below.

 

OZZFEST Line-up

Saturday, September 24

 

MAIN STAGE:  Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, and Rival Sons.

 

LEMMY STAGE:  Children of Bodom, Hatebreed, DevilDriver, Goatwhore, Huntress, and Dead Cross.

 

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE: Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails, The Shrine, and Still Rebel.

 

KNOTFEST Line-up

Sunday, September 25

 

MAIN STAGE:  Slipknot, Slayer, Amon Amarth, Anthrax, and Trivium.

 

LEMMY STAGE:  Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Overkill, Emmure, Butcher Babies, and Man with A Mission.

 

NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE:  Whitechapel, Combichrist, Death Angel, Carnifex, Loathe, SIM, and ONI.

 

Photo Credit: Andrew Stuart

Photo Credit: Andrew Stuart

More information on this year’s edition of Ozzfest Meets Knotfest is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.Ozzfest.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ozzfestofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/theozzfest

 

 

Information is also available online at:

 

 

Website: http://www.knotfest.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KNOTFEST

Twitter: http://twitter.com/knotfest

 

 

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Houston Open Air Festival Lineup Announced

Courtesy:  Ashton-Magnuson Media/Danny Wimmer Presents

Courtesy: Ashton-Magnuson Media/Danny Wimmer Presents

The lineup for the 2016 Houston Open Air Festival has officially been announced.

Organizers with the Houston Open Air Festival have revealed the lineup for the 2016 Houston Open Air Festival.  The lineup will feature 35 bands over two days.  That list includes: Deftones, Slayer,Chevelle, The Cult, Ministry, Alter Bridge, Ghost, Anthrax, Pierce The Veil, Of Mice & Men, Sevendust, Baroness, Hellyeah, Chevy Metal, Buckcherry, Nothing More, The Amity Affliction, Max & Iggor Cavalera: Return To Roots, Avatar, letlive., Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy, Texas Hippie Coalition, Young Guns, Starset, Sick Puppies, Skindred, Neck Deep, Sons Of Texas, KYNG, Twelve Foot Ninja, Gemini Syndrome, The Word Alive, Dinosaur Pile Up, September Mourning, and more.  Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains have been named as the festival’s headliners.

A rolling discounted Early Bird pre-sale for Weekend General Admission tickets begins this Tuesday, May 17th at 12pm CDT/1pm EDT.  A very limited quantity of tickets will be available during this pre-sale.  They can be purchased online at http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com and will only be available while supplies last.  Their prices are noted below.

 

Early Bird #1: $89.50

Early Bird #2: $99.50

 

VIP weekend tickets will also be available at a cost of $234.50.

Public on-sale tickets will go on sale Friday, May 20th at 12pm CDT/1pm EDT.  They will also be available for purchase online at http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com.  Their prices are listed below.

 

 

Weekend GA: $109.50

Single-day GA: $69.50

Single-day VIP: $129.50

VIP Weekend: $234.50

 

 

VIP tickets include: VIP entrance lanes into venue, access to VIP-only area featuring dedicated bar, beverage and food options (for additional purchase), VIP-only viewing area of Main Stage, dedicated restroom facilities, and a VIP-only commemorative laminate.

A portion of all proceeds from ticket sales for the festival will go toward aiding the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund.  The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund was established by Houston’s mayor Sylvester Turner in order to accept donations for flood relief in the Houston community.  This includes aiding victims of the flooding that stemmed from recent storms that hit the region.  More information on The Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund is available online at http://www.houstonrecovers.org.  Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, spoke with the media recently.  He discussed the timing of the festival’s announcement in relation to the city’s recovery from said storms as well as the motivation for teaming with Mayor Turner in his recovery efforts.  “Houston Open Air has been in the works for almost a year now,” he said.  It’s awkward to announce a major music festival in a city that has experienced such recent hardship and, in fact, we delayed our announcements out of respect for what Houston has endured. But at the same time, our festivals are about highlighting the strengths (or sometimes the needs) of our host city. There’s no more important way to do that right now than to support Mayor Turner’s efforts to help Houston recover from this spring’s flooding and we will be incorporating this message throughout our launch campaign.”

Danny Wimmer is the founder of Danny Wimmer Presents.  He shared his thoughts on the logistics of the concert’s location, its lineup, and more in his discussion with the press.  “Houston is one of the country’s biggest rock markets and, when combined with the impressive food scene happening here, it’s a natural location for a DWP festival,” he said.  “We’re thrilled to have such a diverse first-year lineup that includes Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and Chevelle. With the inclusion of an incredible food experience and the Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Row, we are kicking off a powerhouse experience that will live in the market for many years to come!”

The Houston Open Air Festival’s band lineup is just part of what audiences have to look forward to this year.  There will also be a special food and drink experience for fans who attend.  This includes the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row and a massive Gourmet Man Food Experience  The brands featured in the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row include: Jack Daniel’s Black Label, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Old Forester, and Woodford Reserve.  The complete lineup and menus for the Gourmet Man Food experience will be announced soon.

Houston Open Air is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents, producer of: Louder Than Life, Chicago Open Air, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Monster Energy Fort Rock, Monster Energy Aftershock, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Monster Energy Rock Allegiance, Rock on the Range, and more.  It is sponsored by: Monster Energy, Jack Daniel’s, El Jimador, Fxck Cancer’s Dyin2Live, NRG Park, and SoHo Concessions, and more to be announced soon.

NRG Park is the home of the NFL’s Houston Texans and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  It is located at One NRG Park in Houston, TX.

More information on the Houston Open Air Festival is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.HoustonOpenAir.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houstonopenair

Twitter: http://twitter.com/HouOpenAir

 

 

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AEG Live To Debut New Rock Festival This Summer

Courtesy:  AEG Live/Ashton-Magnuson Media

Courtesy: AEG Live/Ashton-Magnuson Media

The annual summer music festival season has just expanded again.

The High Elevation Rock Festival will make its debut this summer.  It will be held Saturday, September 10th at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in in Greenwood Village, Colorado.  That is just outside Denver.  The one-day festival will feature some of today’s biggest rock acts over the span of eleven hours.  Those bands include but are not limited to: Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Chevelle, Pierce The Veil, Ministry, Killswitch Engage, Animals As Leaders, Sevendust, Texas Hippie Coalition, The Amity Affliction, Neck Deep, Shaman’s Harvest, Twelve Foot Ninja, and Lola Black.

Pre-sale tickets for this event go on sale this Wednesday, May 18th at 10:00am MDT/12:00pm EDT and ends Friday, May 20th at 9:59am MDT/11:59am EDT.  They can be purchased online at http://www.HighElevationFestival.com.  Audiences can go online to the festival’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram page to obtain a password that can be used to purchase said tickets.  Public on-sale for tickets begins Friday, May 20th at 10am MDT/12pm EDT.  General Admission ticket prices are noted below.

 

Presale ticket prices are as follows (plus fees):

General Admission Pit:  $79.50

General Admission Seated:  $69.50

General Admission Lawn:  $59.50

 

A very limited number of General Admission lawn 4-packs will be available for $198 each.  There will also be a limited number of tickets available for active military personnel online through a partnership with GovX. They can be purchased online at http://ww.govx.com.  A limited number of hotel packages for 2 and four people each will also be available for purchase.  Hotel packages include: accommodations close to the festival site, premiere parking, and festival shirts for each person attending.

The High Elevation Rock Festival is powered by Monster Energy and presented by AEG Live, producers of Rock on the Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma, and Northern Invasion as well as other festivals.  More information on the inaugural High Elevation Rock Festival is available online now at:

 

 

Website: http://www.HighElevationFestival.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/High-Elevation-Festival-474374642769050/?fref=ts

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ElevationRockCO

Instagram: http://instagram.com/HighElevationFestival

 

 

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Gardot Succeeds In Her First Full-Length Live Recording

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Melody Gardot is one of the most well-kept secrets in the music industry, today.  The Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter and musician has been making music since the tender age of nine.  She released her first record—Some LessonsThe Bedroom Sessions EP—at only 20 years-old.  Only three years later in 2008, Gardot went on to release her debut full-length studio recording Worrisome Heart via Verve Records.  Three more albums—each also released via Verve Records–would follow over the course of the next seven years, the most recent being 2015’s Currency of Man.  And earlier this month she partnered with Eagle Rock Entertainment to release her first-ever live recording Live at the Olympia Paris.  It is a good effort for being her first full-length live recording.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  This will be discussed shortly.  Gardot’s stage presence and that of her fellow musicians is just as important to note in examining what makes the recording as enjoyable as it is.  Last but hardly least of note in this recording is its production values.  They round out the concert’s most notable elements.  Together with those elements, all three elements join together to make Live at the Olympia Paris not just a good first full-length live effort from Melody Gardot, but an equally impressive first live recording from the songstress.  What’s more it proves once again why Eagle Rock Entertainment is still today the leading name in live recordings.

Live at the Olympia Paris is a good first full live effort from Melody Gardot.  It is not perfect by any means.  But it is still a good effort from the Philadelphia-based artist. That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  It is clear that the set list, which pulls liberally from her most recent album—2015’s Currency of Man—and slightly from her 2009 album—My One And Only Thrill–was very deliberately and thoughtfully planned out.  That is evident in examining not just the set list’s featured songs but especially here their sequencing.  It would have been so easy for Gardot and company to just assemble a handful of songs from all four of her current albums and all three of her current EPs.  And it honestly would have been nice to have seen those records represented here, too.  That is especially the case for those that are not so familiar with Gardot and her music.  But in watching closely viewers will note that the energy flowing through the set list seamlessly ties the concert together.  It is possible in considering this that Gardot and company did consider using other songs, too.  However, one has to assume in experiencing the concert for one’s self, that all involved felt that this set list flowed together better than any other considered set list.  That would actually account for the show’s set list being so light.  So keeping this in mind, while the set list may not be the best representation of Gardot’s full body of work, audiences must agree that it is a set list that effectively entertains and keeps audiences at home just as engaged as those that were there in attendance at the October 2015 show’s recording.  Now having tackled that issue, the concert’s set list is just one part of the recording that makes it work as well as it does.  Gardot’s stage presence, and that of her fellow musicians, is just as important to note here as the show’s set list.

The set list that is featured in Melody Gardot’s new live recording is important to the recording.  That is because despite not necessarily being career-spanning it is a fluid set that will keep home viewers just as entertained and engaged as those that were in attendance at the concert’s recording late last year.  It is just one of the recording’s most important elements.  Gardot’s stage presence, and that of her fellow musicians, is just as important to note as the show’s set list.  Gardot’s stage presence throughout the course of the hour and forty-two minute concert is truly impressive.  Her performance and her interactions with the audience are noticeably reserved from beginning to end.  That’s not to say she was nervous or even introverted.  Rather, she takes in the whole experience.  Yet in doing so, there is a certain element of humility—for lack of better wording here—in her presence.  She gives each song her whole, as do her fellow musicians.  But by comparison she is so gentle and subtle from beginning to end.  Even in her interactions with the audience, she goes to the edge of the stage, kneels down to put herself at the audience’s level, and almost whispers to the audience as she talks to them.  On a related note, it’s clear that she is fluent in French.  She doesn’t just use one or two words here and there unlike so many other artists when they perform outside the U.S. Instead, she offers up a whole discussion on Charles Mingus in French and even holds whole conversations with the audience in French.  As subtle as it is, this plays hugely into her stage presence.  It’s one of those things that shows that she really connected with her audience.  On the same note (no pun intended), Gardot’s fellow musicians are the polar opposite.  Saxophonist Irwin Hall shows so much range from one song to the next and just as much talent.  His softer moments are just as powerful as those moments when he lets loose and blows the proverbial roof off of the house.  His ability to handle two saxophones at the same time is just as notable.  That will blow both classically trained musicians and those that are more along the novice end of that spectrum.  Drummer Chuck Staab is just as impressive in his intensity.  He remains so focused throughout the concert.  That is visible every time that the cameras go to him.  But it’s a good thing to see.  He never over thinks anything at any point.  The result is a foundation that is just as solid as any of the other parts in any of the set’s other songs.  There is so much more that could be said of the band’s stage presence in this concert.  Suffice it to say that from one musician to the next, the whole of the group’s stage presence here proves to be just as entertaining and engaging as the show’s set list.  As a matter of fact, the band members’ stage presence is what makes the energy flow so fluidly throughout the set, showing again why despite being such a light offering, the set list is still an important part of the concert’s overall presentation.  Having discussed all of this, there is still one more element to examine.  That element is the concert’s collective production values.

The set list presented in Live at the Olympia Paris and the band’s performance of said set list are both key in making this recording both entertaining and engaging.  The set list was obviously very meticulously assembled.  The band’s performance of the set list helped to keep the show flowing fluidly from beginning to end, thus ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  As important as both elements are to the concert, the concert’s production values cannot be ignored in examining its overall presentation.  This includes not just the work done at the concert but the work put into post production, too.  As noted already, some of the shots captured during the concert present a very focused Chuck Staab.  Staab’s mind is completely set on the songs and getting them right.  Those shots are so impacting.  And when Gardot sits at her piano, discussing perhaps music theory (?) with the audience, the angle of the shots coupled with the soft light has an effect that simply can’t be put into words.  It is something that has to be seen in order to be fully appreciated.  On yet another angle, the energy of the camera work in the set’s more up-tempo numbers expertly captures that energy and translates it perfectly to home viewers.  That is especially the case in those moments when [Irwin] Allen lets loose and absolutely wails on his sax.  Between these moments and those not noted here, it can be said that the work of the concert’s camera crew and director is well deserving of its share of praise.  Those responsible for the concert’s audio are just as deserving of applause as the concert’s camera crew.  The Olympia is clearly a very open venue.  That allows plenty of room for the sound to echo throughout the hall.  Yet those behind the boards handled their duties just as expertly as the camera crew.  Thanks to those that edited the final product put the finishing touch on the whole thing.  The end result is a concert that looks and sounds just as good on DVD and Blu-ray as it must have in person, if not better.  This critic will attest to the fact that while the final product sounds good on a standard HD monitor, the production crew’s work honestly results in yet another concert that would be best experienced on a full surround sound theater system.  That is not to say, again, that it doesn’t sound good on a standard monitor.  It is just one of those recordings that offers the optimum experience in terms of its video and sound on a home theater system.  That is a testament to the work of all involved.  Their work, when set against the band’s performance, and the show’s set list, rounds out the concert’s overall presentation.  It works with the band’s performance and the show’s set list to make the recording a relatively good first full-length live recording from Melody Gardot and more proof of why Eagle Rock Entertainment still stands today as the leader in live recordings.

Live at the Olympia Paris is a solid first full-length live recording from Melody Gardot.  It is also another recording exhibiting exactly why Eagle Rock Entertainment still stands today as the leading name in live recordings.  This is due in part to the concert’s fluid (albeit short) set list.  It is a set list whose energy is expertly balanced from beginning to end.  In turn it is certain to keep home viewers just as entertained and engaged as those that were in attendance at the concert’s recording.  The band’s performance of the set list is just as important in keeping audiences engaged and entertained.  Thanks to their work, the band translates the fluidity of the set’s energy with just as much expertise as was used in assembling the set list.  It keeps audiences just as engaged and entertained as the set list itself.  The end result of the production crew’s work in recording the concert rounds out the recording’s presentation.  Their work results in a concert experience that is just as good as being there if not better.  All things considered, Live at the Olympia Paris proves in the end to be a good first live effort from Melody Gardot.  It proves just as much to be yet another example of why Eagle Rock Entertainment still stands today as the leading name in live recordings.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:

 

 

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