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|Cumming Music Fest by 37 Main|
Today I attended a Music Fest at the City of Cumming (GA) fairgrounds. Yes indeed, rock is still alive thanks to 37 Main, a Rock Cafe specializing in cover bands. It was a great day! Sporting my favorite Alice in Chains t-shirt; I got there when the doors opened, but didn't stay till the end. Unfortunately, not too interested in the closers: Fleetwood Mac and Bon Jovi cover bands. But the day was filled with great performances by cover bands below. Also skiped out a Jason Aldean cover band because, well, new Country sucks (as does Fleetwood Mac and Bon Jovi).
A band called "Jeremy's Ten" opened the music fest. (https://www.jeremysten.com/) Covering Pearl Jam, they played a short but effective set. Songs included "Betterman", "Review Mirror", "Evenflow", "Elderly Woman behind the Counter in a Small Town", and "Alive".
Next up was the band "Black Hole Son". Also a short set, including "Spoonman", "Fell on Black Days", and "Black Hole Sun" off of Superunknown, and Audioslave tracks "Save Yourself" and "Like a Stone". A good set, but I was sitting a bit too far away to hear this one well.
A band called Unofficial Dookie followed. (https://dookieband.com) Fitting, they started their set with "American Idiot". Little did the Cumming folks know that this track was likely picked for and aimed at them specifically. They followed this with "Welcome to Paradise", "Burn Out", "On the Wagon", and "Basket Case". Also fitting was the punk opera "Jesus in Suburbia" as the closer.
Fire and Water
A funk/disco band was next, called Boogilicious. This was better than anticipated. They covered "poker face" by Lady Gaga, "All Right Now" by Free, the "Car Wash Song" by Rose Royce, "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake, and "Baby Love" by the Supremes. Somehow this worked and lots of folk danced.
Gold and Platinum
The crowd went crazy wild for Free Bird. (https://artistecard.com/Freebird) Embarrassingly, elderly folks in the rafters danced (honestly, I was afraid they were going to fall), spun, and played their invisible air guitars. Also, an overweight redneck sitting near me wearing an obnoxious red UGA shirt (who was sitting down before) took photos/videos with his phone and sang along. It was if the crowd was not there, prior to this cover band. They played a "scorching" set for the hot GA crowd including "They Call Me the Breeze", "Gimme Three Steps", "Whats Your Name", "Sweet Home Alabama", and "Free Bird". In speaking to the crowd, they spoke of "brothers and sisters", with this concert a "congregation". They played well, but not my type of music.
The highlight of the day (for me). The cover band Nevermind played an incredible set. (https://nevermindnirvanatribute.com/) I was down in front for this band. They played classics including "In Bloom", "Breed", "Lithium", "School", "Come as you are", "Drain You" (they reported this was Kurdt's favorite song), "Heart Shaped Box", "All Apologies", and closed with "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Honestly, this band brings Nirvana back to life. Amazingly, four mosh pits opened up during this set, including three in "Smells Like Teen Spirit" alone. Sadly, looking around at the rafters, some of the youth of today didn't get Nirvana...I guess they have no understanding of how, at the time, inflated the 1980's were and how much the 1980's needed to die.
The next highlight was the band Blizzard of Ozzy.(https://www.reverbnation.com/blizzardofozzy) They kicked off with "Bark at the Moon", played "Paranoid", "I Don't Know" and "Crazy Train", and closed with "War Pigs". The crowd (including myself) all sang along to "War Pigs", as any Black Sabbath fan must do. Unfortunately, this band is planning to disband at the end of the year...a true shame as they are great. By this time of the day, the alcohol was flowing freely, country girls were grinding on each other, older couples were grinding on each other (had to look the other way), and a man was trying to crowd surf and was promptly dropped on the ground.
Working Class Dog
A surprisingly good, and funny and entertaining set by Klaus Band Kamp. Left to visit a Lebanese BBQ food truck (good stuff!) in the beginning, but came back in after I heard the 80's tracks that they were playing. They played tracks including "Let's go Crazy" by Prince, "Always Somoething there to Remind Me" by Naked Eyes, "Let's Dance" by David Bowie, "Whip It" by Devo, "Jessie's Girl" by Rick Springfiled, "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles, and "I Want You To Want Me" by Cheap Trick. Sporting hilarious costumes and wardrobe changes (lead singer stripped down to 1980's bball shorts and socks), this band brought the fun.
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Appetite for Destruction
The closer of the night for me, the GNR cover band Appetite for Destruction. http://www.gnrtribute.com/home/index.html They played an excellent set as the sun went down including "It's so easy", "Nightrain", "Mr. Brownstone", "Welcome to the Jungle", "Live and Let Die", "Knockin' on Heavans Door", and "Sweet Child O' Mine". They briefly left the stage, but came back to play an elongated version of "Rocket Queen". The lead singer looked and sounded so much like Axl, it was scary. Unfortunately, the same dude that tried to crowd surf earlier was dropped on the ground a second time. Couldn't have ended the Music Fest on a better note.