Artist Spotlight -Domonic Rini of Vultan

Todays artist spotlight is Dominic Rini, lead guitarist of the recently reformed band Vultan, whose name was inspired by the leader of the hawk men from the cult classic film  Flash Gordon .

Dom playing guitar for Mourning Wagon while opening up for Stryper
Dom playing guitar for Mourning Wagon while opening up for Stryper

Dom has been playing guitar well into thirty years and I have seen him perform in bands such as Cardona , Mourning Wagon and as lead host and founder of the radio program Maximum Threshold Radio .

 Dom and cohost Michael Strong during a remote broadcast of Maxiumum Threshold Radio
Dom and cohost Michael Strong during a remote broadcast of Maxiumum Threshold Radio

Great things are underway for Vultan including a support spot for Quiet Riot on October 19th at the Cleveland Agora.To keep up with all things Dom and Vultan please see the official facebook page at http://facebook.com/vultanrocks

 

Live Review- Gin Blossoms Perform at Mentor Rocks !

Mentor, Ohio- The cities annual Mentor Rocks hit a high note this weekend with national act The Gin Blossoms hitting the stage to a delight of a packed house eager for original music .

Packed crowd for Gin Blossoms
Packed crowd for Gin Blossoms

I have had the rare opportunity to see them perform before , once last month at MGM Northfield as support for Collective Soul and a few years ago as the headliner for the LOpen Charity Golf Weekend ( Rockin’ Fore The Kids .

Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks
Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks

The evening opened with singer/songwriter Diana Chittester  as direct support for the band and she did a great job warming up the crowd. She performed music form her two releases ” Paradox ” and ” Find My Way Home”

DIana Chittester Live at Mentor Rocks
DIana Chittester Live at Mentor Rocks

The crowd was ready and so were the band , with a thunderous noise the band hit the stage and immediately started with the track ” Lost Horizons” and continued with  another 90 minutes of hits and beloved songs .

Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks
Gin Blossoms at Mentor Rocks

Some of the set included ” Here Again ” ” Competition Smile ” and ” Until I Fall Awake” .The mega hits were played toward the end of the set including ” Hey Jealousy ” and ” Found Out About You ” ,

Gin Blossoms at MGM Northfield Park
Gin Blossoms at MGM Northfield Park

The band from Arizona who started in 1987 have proved to be one that has the tenacity to be a fan favorite for decades. On the ” Now That’s Time Tour 2019 ” This was treat from the city of Mentor and The Lake County Visitors Bureau ”

 Gin Blossoms at LOpen Charity Golf Weekend
Gin Blossoms at LOpen Charity Golf Weekend

The band features

  • Bill Leen – bass guitar (1987–1997, 2001–present)
  • Jesse Valenzuela – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar (1987–1988); rhythm and lead guitar, backing and lead vocals (1988–1997, 2001–present)
  • Robin Wilson – rhythm and lead guitar, backing and lead vocals (1988); lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, harmonica (1988–1997, 2001–present)
  • Scott “Scotty” Johnson – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1992–1997, 2001–present)
  • Scott Hessel – drums, percussion (2012–present)

To learn all the band is up to please see the official website at http://www.ginblossoms.net

 

 

Live Review- Shinedown at Inkcarceration

Mansfield ,Ohio – The Jacksonville ,Florida natives made a pit stop to the buckeye state earlier this month for the second annual Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Fest earlier this month .Held at the Ohio State Reformatory it was the perfect festival location for the bands stop on their ” Attention, Attention ” tour .

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

I have had the fortunate opportunity to see Shinedown  several times in the past both in small and big festivals and I can tell you with 100% certainty that this band delivers  a stellar performance.

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

The evening was warm after a day of fans baking in the Ohio sun but the night was about to get hotter . The heat got turned up as Shinedown hit the stage with ” Devil “with a sound and fury bigger then a Michael Bay Summer Blockbuster .The night was filled with hits and soon to be hits such as ” Diamond Eyes ” , ” Enemies ” and ” Monsters ” .Some of my favorites of the night were ” Brilliant ” , “45” ,” Simple Man” and “Sound of Madness”

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

Shinedown is one of the most success bands of the last  20 years and the secret to their success is simple formula .Create quality songs and perform live shows flawlessly all while treating everyone including the fans with respect . They could teach a class on how to fan interaction .

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

To see what the band is up please visit the official website at http://www.shinedown.com

Shinedown live on stage
Shinedown live on stage

Raven Black Exclusive Interview

This is your chance to hear from the little band that could !

Mansfield ,Ohio – We recently attended Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Fest in Mansfield , Ohio. While there we had a few moments to conduct an exclusive interview with the singer of Raven Black, Raven herself . To all up and coming bands this is one video to watch !

https://youtu.be/IStbqMqiI04

Kylie Kamakazi Named Miss Nude Rocker 2019 at Nudes A Poppin Fest.

Roselawn , Indiana – The 2019 Nudes A Poppin’ Festival was held over the weekend at the Ponderosa Sun Club in Roselawn ,Indiana. The festival celebrates the nude lifestyle in a family friendly astrosphere and many trophies and prizes  are awarded in a variety of categories. One of the titles is Miss Nude Rocker and it is one dear to our heart .

Kylie won an Air Guitar as her proze for being named Miss Nude Rocker 2019
Kylie won an Air Guitar as her proze for being named Miss Nude Rocker 2019

The Miss Nude Rocker is a unique award . It is for the performer who best displays the old adage of sex , drugs and rock n’ roll or the spirit in which is was intended . This year it is none other then Kylie Kamakazi of Delaware. The reasons for her selection was simple. She was a true rebel in the rock n’ spirit .She sang with her own voice during her performance and did not lip sync , she has curves and is confidence and sexy and her smile and attitude is infectious like a drug . Now that is sex, drugs and rock n’ roll . You can find her on Instagram @kamakazikylie and her twitter is @kyliekamakzig1 . I would see her making a splash in all of the entertainment mediums .

Keeping cool in the pool at Nudes A Poppin 2019
Keeping cool in the pool at Nudes A Poppin 2019

Live Review- Faster Pussycat Returns to CODA Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio- The seminal 1980’s hard rock band Faster Pussycat returned to the North Coast last week to Cleveland and rocked the house . CODA, the intimate venue located in the heart of the Tremont district was the perfect location and presented the packed house a night of classic rock and great memories .

Faster Pussycat live on stage
Faster Pussycat live on stage

The band was is great form as they are starting to take health seriously and you can tell in the sound . In near perfect record renderings this was a well oiled machined that graced the stage and lead singer Taime Downe sounded amazing .

A special shout out to fill in guitarist Sam Bam Koltun who did a great job filling in for long time guitarist Ace Van Johnson who had previous commitments and could not be on this tour . The rest of the band members are Chad Stewart ( Ohio native ) on drums .Xristian Simon on guitars and Danny Nordahl on bass .

CODA treated the fans and the band with fun and respect and I would highly recommend them if you wanted to have a great night to get away and just relax and enjoy the sounds of rock !

Incarceration Music and Tattoo Fest to Invade Mansfield Next Week

Mansfield, Ohio-The second annual Incarceration Music and Tattoo Festival is next weekend and limited tickets remain so please get your today !! The line up is stellar and look for our coverage in the coming weeks.

Please see the official link here !

https://inkcarceration.frontgatetickets.com/