Live Review- Collective Soul Returns

They are not to be missed !

Northfield, Ohio – The newly renamed  MGM Northfield Park played host to one of the best bands to emerge from the 1990’s this last week , Collective Soul.  I was fortunate to be around at the start of their career when they performed at Buzzard- Palooza in July 1994 along with Moist , Junk House and Green Day. Well sorta Green Day I saw their equipment on stage but a riot broke out and that ended the show .I still have yet to see Green Day perform live . Collective Soul performed and exciting set and gave a sampling of why they would be a band to admired  for years to come.

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Fast forward  to 2019 and we are  no longer in our twenties and the little band that could went out and proved they did and not only that, they outlasted many of  their peers and  are still as exciting as ever .The songs, the history, the pure love of music and performing comes thru in every melody and note . Ladies and gentleman Collective Soul is in the house .

Unlike some artists who save the hits for the last part of the show Collective Soul came out with both guitars a blazing and immediately hit the stage with a sound and fury not reserved for the faint of heart .

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collective soul

Tracks such as ” Observation  of Thoughts ” ” Heavy “and ” Why Pt2 ”  got the crowd on their feet and didn’t let up .

The mega-hit  “Shine ” brought me back to my youth and made me feel energized albeit with out the long hair .

Never one to  rest on their past accomplishments the band is releasing the  a  tenth studio album, Blood, and  is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2019.

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The band is E Roland (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar), Johnny Rabb (drums)

We highly recommend checking out a Collective Soul if they are anywhere in your area, They are not to be missed !

Live Review – LaureLive Music with A Mission Festival !

Geauga County, Ohio – The annual music festival known as  LaureLive went on this past  weekend to the delight of returning fans . The two day long festival brings both major name artists and up and coming performers on same stage to allow music fans to hear music of all genres .We had to cut out time there short due to sun poisoning but for what we did get to  witness , was a well oiled machine where the fans , the artists and the vendors were all happy as one .

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Laurelive 2019

One of the shining stars on the rise we saw  was Julia Thompson, her stage presence and emotional vocal delivery proves she is a stare in the making , look out for more of her .

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Laurelive 2019

JD Eicher opened the show and really showcased the amazing talent we would see all weekend .

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Laurelive 2019

The  crowd favorite prize goes to Alec Benjamin ,whose female audience almost pierced your ears but the adoration was well deserved .This young man did a great job and I look forward to seeing him again  .

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On the instrumental side was the  amazing guitar work of Rodrigo Y Gabriela and our main photo is The Blue Stones !

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Awesome Vendors were on hand such as Roll House whose fun time establishments offer food, games and escape rooms !

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Laurelive 2019

All in all this is a fun festival for everyone and I cant wait for 2020 because it promises to be even bigger !!!

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Laurelive 2019

Live Review – Songs & Stories an Evening with Art Alexakis & Friends

I rate this show 10 out of 10 a true must see experience .

Cleveland, Ohio – The seminal music venue House of Blues was the perfect venue to play host to one one of the top ten musical events of my life  and I have been to thousands . Art Alexakis of the multi platinum band Everclear  brought an intimate evening to music fans and he was not alone . He brought Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne  ( Stacy’s Mom)  and John Wozniak of Marcy Playground ( Sex and Candy ) and Max Collins of Eve 6 ( Inside Out ) .

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Songs and Stories Live on Stage

The evening had a great formula , all the guys would come out together and play a favorite cover song (   Dead Flowers and Eve of Destruction  among others )  then one would remain and tell the story about some of their biggest hits and play a version of it .

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Songs and Stories Live on Stage

John Wozniak was up first and to say this is one of the greatest song  writers of a generation is not an understatement .His ability to tell a story  with emotion and humor is a gift to the ears and manna for the soul .Do not miss him if he comes to your town !

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Songs and Stories Live on Stage

Up next was Max Collins and to be honest I didn’t care for him from the start . Please read that I said from the start because by the end of the set I was a new fan . But that is  what is music is about , trying new things and seeing if it was for you or not . His sincerity in in singing and writing needs to be heard . In addition to any Hollywood agents reading this , consider casting him in a punk based movie he would be perfect .

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Songs and Stories Live on Stage

Chris Collingwood is not what I expected after watching Fountains of Wayne Stacy’s Moms video He was a fun show to watch and really talented in his humor. It was nice to see this performance because I usually only have seen Stacy’s Mom performed by Bowling For Soup  and Thomas Ian Nicholas in their sets .

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Songs and Stories Live on Stage

The man of the hour was none other then Art Alexakis of the megahit Everclear . I had to a chance to talk to to him a few years ago for about an hour on the phone even thou he may not remember it   .We mostly talked about our duplicate history of growing up in the projects and our dads leaving us as kids and being ten years old wondering where our father has gone . He turned his history into the mega-hit ” Father of Mine ” which he played that night . It brought a tear to my eye and even thou he may not remember me  I will never forget him and I thank him for that song . On a happy nope he played other songs including the well received ” Santa Monica ”  for which he teased us all night with .

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Songs and Stories Live on Stage

This was not a concert in the traditional sense of the word . More like some old friends coming over and just having fun and reconnecting .I rate this show  10 out of 10 a true must see experience .

COLLECTIVE SOUL performing in Northfield, OH 6/11 “Now’s The Time Tour”

Multi-Platinum, Georgia-bred rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL–E Roland (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Dean Roland (rhythm guitar), Will Turpin (bass), Jesse Triplett (lead guitar), Johnny Rabb (drums)—are pumped and primed to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2019 in all-out style, but they’re really just gearing up for the long haul. The band’s silver anniversary year will be a celebration of their ongoing legacy in all-out style with a little bit of the classic and a lot of the new.

Not only have they already announced their Summer “Now’s The Time Tour” with Gin Blossoms that kicks off May 25, but in keeping with the Atlanta band’s theme of 2019, “now’s the time” to also let fans know that their tenth highly anticipated studio album, BLOOD, will be released June 21 on Fuzze-Flex Records/ADA. Pre-orders of the album as a download, CD, and vinyl are available on any of these digital retailers. Digital pre-orders include a download of the first single, “Right As Rain,” while downloads of “Good Place To Start” and “Them Blues,” will be available May 17 and June 7, respectively.

The “Now’s The Time Tour” with Gin Blossoms lands in Northfield, OH on Tuesday, June 11 at MGM Northfield Park – Center Stage.
“’Right As Rain’ is a phrase I had for a while,” says singer/guitarist/keyboardist E Roland. “It was one my grandmother used to tell me about–one of those old Southern things, you know? ‘C’mon, I’m gonna spank you right as rain!’ I never really knew what it meant (laughs). While I was writing it, Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow’s lead guitarist and musical director) was home one day in Atlanta, and we invited him over to play the slide-guitar solo on the song for us. We all just sat around together and jammed it out.”

From stem to stern, BLOOD delivers in full. Witness the hard-charging skitter of “Over Me,” the optimistic declaration of “Right as Rain,” the hopeful uplift of a man “Changed,” and the tender promise of “Big Sky.” The album’s final track — the reflective, poignant acoustified coda “Porch Swing” — features background vocals and tasteful dobro licks from none other than Styx guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, who was beyond thrilled to contribute to the cause. “I’ve always been a fan of E Roland and Collective Soul’s recordings,” Shaw says. “I thought about adding more parts than what Ed asked me to do, but as someone wiser than me once said, ‘Don’t paint over the masterpiece!’”

BLOOD is the culmination of a quarter-century of COLLECTIVE SOUL assessing not only where they’ve come from, but also where they’re going. “I think BLOOD expresses where we’ve been on this life journey,” observes E Roland. “And we’ve done so with songs featuring piano and strings to those with a lot of guitar riffs. BLOOD is an accumulation of all the different styles we’ve used over the years, but it’s still COLLECTIVE SOUL. I think it’s the best we’ve ever done. I know you should think that, but I really do think it’s the best. It’s a good, consistent record. We’re just so proud of it.”

While the album title, BLOOD, maybe evoke many different thoughts and ideas, for the band, it all comes down to one word: family.

“So much of it is based on the camaraderie-ship of the band,” Roland explains. “All of us basically have children, and my brother Dean just had a baby girl. Jesse’s the only one who doesn’t have kids, but he’s basically a baby, in age anyway. My brother’s in the band so there’s blood there, but the five us — it’s a family.”

From the very beginning of the band’s career, Roland always had his eye on the prize. “When ‘Shine’ came out, we got asked, ‘What’s your goal with this band?’ I said, ‘I want to have a whole row of Collective Soul recordings on the shelf.’ That was my goal,” he recounts. “Me, I always wanted to see the full body of work. That’s all I ever wanted. I knew I could write, and as the band progressed and got better, that’s why we wanted to keep going. I don’t think we ever doubted it. We, as the artists — we had no fear. The guys in the band have enough faith in my songwriting, and I have faith in them.”
“For us, we want to play the hits as we always do, but I think we also want to share the new record with our fans,” E Roland explains. “At 25 years later, we want to say, ‘Hey, we’re still making the best that we can do.’ Right now, I’ve got seven of the new songs in the setlist, and hopefully, on some nights, we can play the whole thing from start to finish. I mean, it’s our 25th anniversary. We’re going at it hard, everyone! We’re going hard.”

Indelibly memorable tracks like “December,” “The World I Know,” “Gel,” “Heavy,” and “Precious Declaration” (to name but a few) all evoke a collective sense of heartfelt observational universality and earnest positivity — in short, they’re the jukebox heroes of a new generation. Indeed, the secret sauce to COLLECTIVE SOUL’s continued success story is a simple one: a palpable mixture of insightful songwriting and impeccable band chemistry.

COLLECTIVE SOUL rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-Platinum quintet has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts that has helped shape and define alternative rock. They’ve sold over 20 million records worldwide and continue to average over one million Spotify streams per month. They were inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Live Review -Stryper Live At The Beachland Ballroom

A huge thank you to Stryper for not only a great night of music last night but for 35 years , preaching the word , hearing our thoughts and speaking our hearts. Stryper we salute you to a job well done !

Cleveland, Ohio – The musical icons Stryper made a stop in Cleveland last night to the delight of music fans old and young .The 1980’s icons started off as being labeled  Christian metal back in the day but their legacy has defined them as skilled and creative musicians .The duel guitar work and beautiful melodies go way beyond labels . Just great songs and even greater musicians.

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Last night show was billed as the ” History ” tour a night of hits, theirs and ours and was it ever    . Besides the traditional Stryper set such  ” Calling In On You “and ” To Hell With The Devil ” they played a nice selection covers from Kiss , Judas Priest , Queen, Van Halen  and a few others .

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The fact that this band has been going for 35 years strong prove the dedication of their fans . I am not age biased as I am getting up their as well but I saw quite a few fans in walkers , wheel chairs and scooters .The ironic part was that I have known most of those fans for  over two decades but to see them young again, raising their fists in the air and rocking out , proves to the power of music.

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Stryper consists of Michael Sweet on vocals and guitar ( one of the most underrated guitarists out there, his riffs are heavy, his melodies beautiful and his solos are skillful )

Robert Sweet on drums ,  who monstrosity of a drum  kit    would make  Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham nod in approval but with the skill and creativity to put it all to use .

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Oz Fox on guitar whose quiet demeanor hides the guitar demon he is ( can you call someone in Stryper a demon . In this case I give myself a pass .

Rounding out the bass position is the newest member of the group, Perry Richardson formally of Firehouse doing a great job on the bass and backing vocals , especially on Panama .

A huge thank you to Stryper for not only a great night of music last night but for 35 years , preaching the word , hearing our thoughts and speaking our hearts. Stryper we salute you to a job well done !

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Billy Morris and Sunset Strip opened the show playing a back catalog of various bands from Kidd Wicked , current material and even a Warrant Song .Billy was joined on stage for a cover with local legend Joey D to which the crowd roared in approval . Props to Billy and his band for a fun night !

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Uriah Heep May 9-11 – The Kent Stage A Show Not to Missed !

In celebration of the release of their 25th studio album, Living the Dream, classic rock icons URIAH HEEP will join fellow British rock icons on an extensive North American tour. Kicking off on May 3rd in Hollywood, FL, the trek will run through June 29th in Las Vegas. The current itinerary can be seen below.
Dave Rimmer comments, “‘Speaking as a life long Rock/Metal fan myself, I am very excited that Judas Priest and Uriah Heep will be joining forces to bring a night of Classic British Rock/Metal across America this May/June 2019! See all you Rockers there!”
Vocalist Bernie Shaw continues,” Judas Priest and Uriah Heep on stage together again in the USA. The BEST of BRITISH METAL and BRITISH ROCK coming to rock you guys from coast to coast. NOT a night to miss if you’re a fan of Classic English 70’s Rock! With both bands playing new songs from their new albums plus all the classic favourites , l can’t wait to blow the roof off every arena on the tour! It’s gonna be killer. It’s gonna rock. Live music at its best! See ya there!”


Founding member and lead guitarist Mick Box adds, “Judas Priest/Uriah Heep: Nearly 100 years of British Metal and Classic Rock on one stage. Both bands with outstanding new albums, considered to be by the fans and the media alike, to be some of their their best work, which just confirms the fact it will be an amazing tour and one not to miss. High Calibre, High Octane music coming at you every single night. It cannot get better than that. We cannot wait! ‘Appy days!”
This tour will have Uriah Heep supporting their latest release, Living the Dream on Frontiers Music Srl.  This studio offering will be the 25th in their storied career.
With Special Guests URIAH HEEP
May 3rd: Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Casino
May 4th: Miramar, FL – Village Door Music Hall *
May 6th: Nashville, TN-Municipal Auditorium
May 8th: Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
May 9th: Kent, OH – Kent Stage *
May 10th: Kent, OH – Kent Stage *
May 11th: Kent, OH – Kent Stage *
May 12th: Washington, DC – Anthem
May 14th: Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
May 15th: Huntington, NY – Paramount Theater
May 16th: Uncastville, CT – Mohegan Sun
May 18th: Albany, NY – The Palace
May 19th: Albany, NY – The Palace
May 20th: Sellersville, PA – ST94 *
May 22nd: Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
May 23rd: Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
May 25th: Chicago, IL – Rosemount
May 28th: Austin, TX – Moody Theater
May 29th: Austin, TX – Moody Theater
May 31st: Dallas, TX – Bomb Factory
June 1st: Little Rock, AR – Riverfest Ampitheatre
June 3rd: St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
June 4th: Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads *
June 5th: Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
June 8th: Saskatoon, SK – Sasktel Centre
June 10th: Lethbridge, AB – Enmax Centre
June 11th: Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
June 13th: Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
June 14th: Prince George, BC – CN Centre
June 16th: Kelowna, BC – Propera Place
June 17th: Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
June 19th: Spokane, WA – Northern Quest Casino
June 21st: Seattle, WA – Showare Center
June 22nd: Portland, OR – Moda Center
June 24th: San Francisco, CA – Warfield
June 25th: San Francisco, CA – Warfield
June 27th: Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
June 28th: Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena
June 29th – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
    *Uriah Heep Only
URIAH HEEP debuted in 1970 with the release of one of hard rock’s milestones, “Very ‘eavy… Very ‘umble” and have since sold in excess of 40 million albums worldwide. They constantly tour the world, playing up to 125 shows a year to 500,000+ fans. The band’s live set features the classic tracks from the ’70s and is a musical journey from the band’s beginnings to the present day.
Along with Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep helped invent a decorative and uniquely British form of heavy metal with their debut album, Very ‘Eavy, Very ‘Umble, offered as a self-titled on American shores, but whatever the titling, historically massive in the invention of a music format that would rule the ‘70s and only intensify in the ‘80s.
Uriah Heep have been responsible for the most elevated and intelligent use of vocals in a heavy metal context amongst the major bands inventing the genre in the 1970s. It is for this reason Heep were coined the Beach Boys of Heavy Metal, and their influence is there for all to see in other bands including ‘Queen.’ They were also one of the forerunners of using the Hammond organ along with Micks signature wah wah guitar and this became the template for their sound.
Success has followed the forging of such an audacious formula. Across 25 studio albums, along with myriad live releases and compilations, Uriah Heep have managed to sell 40 million records worldwide, four million of those in the US. Impressive American numbers, but that leaves 36 million records to be sold in the rest of the world, underscoring the fact that Uriah Heep have become, through their relentless dedication to touring, a truly global band, with particular success in Germany, Scandinavia, Japan, Eastern Europe and Russia, where they were the first Western rock band to play live in Moscow in December 1987 to 180,000 people.
Through their success as Rock n’ Roll pioneers this enabled other bands to follow in their wake and Russia is now part of every bands touring schedule.
Mick Box: Guitars, Vocals
Phil Lanzon: Keyboards, Vocals
Bernie Shaw: Lead Vocals
Russell Gilbrook: Drums, Vocals
Dave Rimmer: Bass, Vocals
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Texas Hippie Coalition – “High In The Saddle” out 5/31/19

Backyard barbeques, barroom brawls, tent revivals, and big rock festivals alike are suitable environments for the Red Dirt Metal of TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, a band with a sound so devilishly electrifying that they had to come up with a new genre to describe it.
BIG DAD RITCH captains this pirate ship of bikers, outlaws, troubadours, and hellraisers, welcoming all comers to the THC party with gregarious charisma and Southern charm. Across a half dozen albums, countless club gigs, and show-stealing performances at Rockstar Mayhem, THC has spread the good word of big riffs, big hooks, and wild times.
High in the Saddle is a record full of unashamed, full-throttle ass kicking. It’s the band’s second pairing with producer Bob Marlette (Black Stone Cherry, Rob Zombie) and sixth album overall, on the heels of the No. 2 Billboard Heatseekers slab, Dark Side of Black.
Rock/metal tastemaker described THC’s “nonstop gritty, grooving, and downright party rock” as “sounding like the bastard that spawned from a threesome between Monster Magnet, Willie Nelson, and Pantera.” Guitarists Cord Pool and Nevada Romo, bassist Rado Romo, and drummer Devon Carothers build songs with traditional blue-collar and red-blooded American craftsmanship, skillfully transforming Big Dad Ritch’s tales of recklessness and revelry into anthems for the Red Dirt Metal lifestyle.
Texas Hippie Coalition sounded just as at home sharing the stage with Korn and Black Label Society as they have been supporting Nazareth, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and David Allan Coe. Country trailblazers like Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash are essential parts of THC’s lifeblood, intermingled with the Southern swagger of Molly Hatchet and ZZ Top; the Sunset Strip debauchery of Mötley Crüe and Van Halen; the heavy stoner grooves of Clutch and COC; and the metallic Texas-sized crunch of the late, great Abbott brothers.
It’s clear the man can twist a phrase, like when Big Dad Ritch grabs his double-barreled shotgun mic stand and bellows, in his distinctive gravely drawl, “If you come lookin’ for trouble, baby / Rest assured, you found it / I’m a mountain of a man, baby / And there ain’t no way around it.” Bangers like “Come Get It,” “Pissed Off and Mad About It,” and “Hands Up” are the reason THC is a staple at Sturgis and in clubs all around the country.
His hero was always Johnny Cash, but Ritch had once resigned himself to a quiet life of picket fences and fishing. But then, the stars aligned with Texas Hippie Coalition.
By the grace of God, THC’s gear was left untouched when a storm knocked out two stages at Rocklahoma in 2008. The boys happily lent their equipment to other bands so the show could continue. By the time they played a second set on the festival’s last day, the goodwill had spread. Thousands came to see them and THC blew up from there.
The storytelling of Big Dad Ritch (whose birth certificate reads James Earl Richard Anderson) was front and center in the Red-Dirt-country-meets-hard-rock-and metal bluster of the band’s debut, Pride of Texas (2008) and its increasingly bombastic and hard-charging follow-ups: Rollin’ (2010), Peacemaker (2012), Ride On (2014), and Dark Side of Black (2016). “Turn it Up” and “Damn You to Hell” even cracked the mainstream rock Top 40.
Ritch puts the band’s evolution in Old West terms. “In the beginning, you’re an outlaw looking for direction. You gotta get the best guys for the job behind you,” he explains. “Now we know how to rob banks, how to rob stagecoaches, and how to rob trains.”
Album number six kicks off with the alarmingly catchy slither of “Moonshine.” It oozes everything THC stands for and smells like. A true THC manifesto, if ever there was one: swampy grooves, Crüe type partying, and a Man in Black style saga. Cash wasn’t the only early influence on Ritch; some kids had Farrah Fawcett posters, but Stevie Nicks was on his wall. He pays tribute to the erstwhile Fleetwood Mac icon with the suitably named “Stevie Nicks,” a tune about a woman with Nicks-like ethereal witchy woman qualities.
Crowd participation is a must for High in the Saddle songs like “Dirty Finger,” a face-melting fireball of fun that works just as well in an arena or with a solitary sing-a-long while speeding down the highway. And for all of the meat-and-potatoes anthems, the band’s sixth offering mines new territory, with the ambitious “Ride or Die” and “Why Aren’t You Listening,” which sees Ritch break ground with an even greater vocal range. It’s a meditation of sorts of appreciation, reflecting on all of the blessings in THC’s world.
“I’m just out of have fun, man,” Ritch says with genuine modesty. “I never look at this as something have to do. It’s something I get to do. I just thank the Lord above that He has given me this talent that has allowed me to garner these wonderful things in life.”
Texas Hippie Coalition continues to ride or die for truth-telling, unashamed, Red Dirt Metal badassery, winning over new acolytes every damn day. As Blabbermouth once asked: “How many more reasons do you need to try a little THC? Everybody’s doing it.”


Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival release the festival’s individual daily line-ups!

Today, INKCARCERATION has revealed the festival’s individual daily line-ups! In addition, single day tickets are now on sale via

Friday July 12th:

Taking Back Sunday
Red jumpsuit Apparatus
Awake at last
The Funeral Portrait
The Everyday Losers

Saturday July 13th:

Motionless in White
Red Sun Rising
Andrew WK
Stabbing Westward
Light the Torch
Eyes Set to Kill
Raven Black
Impending Lies
Monster Dolls

Sunday July 14th:

Five Finger Death Punch
I Prevail
From Ashes to New
Smile Empty Soul
Beyond Unbroken
Monster Dolls
INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival’s incredibly unique festival setting – the historic Ohio State Reformatory – is considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption (celebrating its 25th anniversary his year). The Ohio State Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. Additionally, INKCARCERATION features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience!

Stay tuned for more details coming soon regarding gourmet food trucks and more.

With the concert happening outside, INKCARCERATION will feature 70 local and regional tattoo artists tattooing all weekend inside the reformatory. Appointments are recommended if there is a specific artist you would like to work with. Visit for information on how to book your appointment and to see a full list of featured tattoo shops, companies and artists. Tattoo competition details and judges will be announced soon.

Escape from Blood Prison is the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. It typically runs from the end of September through early November every year, but INKCARCERATION will make this spooky attraction available for festival goers to experience all weekend long in 2019! Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, the enormous facility is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try and make it through the facility alive!

INKCARCERATION 2019 Ticketing Details:

All available via!


Now offering MILITARY DISCOUNTS via GovX (12% off Weekend Tickets Only)
Visit GovX here to buy tickets!

Single Day General Admission (Early Bird)
ONE General Admission Wristband includes:
– Field pass for concert
– Access to the tattoo convention
– Self-guided reformatory tours.
Starting at $65

Weekend General Admission
ONE 3-day General Admission Wristband includes:
– Field pass for concert the entire weekend
– Access to the tattoo convention
-Self-guided reformatory tours.
Price $199

In its first year, INKCARCERATION brought enormous entertainment to over 18,000 fans, and this year, the festival aims even higher. Stay tuned for more news coming soon about INKCARCERATION

Artist Profile -Jared James Nichols

He is sight to behold and an smorgasbord to the ears!

In honor of Record Store Day , this past weekend I wanted to do a spot light on a lesser known artist but one that will be lesser known for only a little while longer . I brought out my vinyl I bought at a show ” Take My Hand ” and allow me to introduce to Jared James Nichols .


I was  first was introduced to to JJN at a Zakk Wylde   show when he was direct  tour support . I showed up thinking oh great I have to sit thru another opener. Well to be surprised is an understatement .This guy is awesome, his modern take on the blues and   rock is unparalleled in today music landscape.I immediate went to his merch table  after his set and bought a record I had to hear more .

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Fast forward  a couple of years later and I was delighted to see he was announced for the opening slot of the latest John 5 and The Creatures Tour . Like before this artist just belew me away and the fact that he does not use a guitar pick is just amazing .He uses his thumb like Steve Harris  of Iron Maiden uses his fingers . It is a sight to behold and an smorgasbord to the ears.

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A lot of people complain that there is not new music or good music coming out , well open your ears citizens there is a new sheriff in town !! and his name is Jared James  Nichols  .

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Please see his official site at