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A variety of local bands play showcase

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 I only caught the first part of a day long band showcase at Smokehouse featuring a variety of different genres of music, Jan. 25.Dory and the Weathermen started a day long band showcase at Smokehouse, Jan 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 Dory and the Weathermen opened the show with a set of classic rock covers.
 Dory Rossiter sang lead on most of the songs as the other band members added harmonies.

They played a variety of classic rock and R and B songs including an excellent version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” as well as “ Lay Down Sally.” They  wound down their set  with bassist Gerry Clewes bringing out a mandolin for some pretty cool covers of the Pure Prairie League’s “Amie,” as well as Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road.”

Death Pledge playing the showcase. Photo by Richard Amery
 They weren’t helped by a bass heavy sound or excessive reverb on the vocals, which was true of the first two bands.

 For something completely different, Death Pledge played an energetic set, giving fans a taste of their evening show at the Moose Hall.

They played a tight, loud set of bone crushing  guitar and thundering bass while vocalist Phil Sirias showed off his vocal range from deathly lows, to operatic air-raid siren highs that would do Bruce Dickensen or Rob Halford proud.
 Death Pledge were impressive as usual.
They ended  their set with a couple of Iron Maiden and Pantera.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:34 )  
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