Monday, November 30, 2009

Pizzza, Blues and Country

There's really no specific genre for the Matt Cox Band. Their versatile style is what music lovers want to see in a band, even if the genre doesn't meet their taste. This band has a unique sound to offer, and lead guitar riffs give this band a nice blues feel. Listen to the video on the bottom of my post for a taste.
On Sunday, November 29th, the Matt Cox Band played at the Pizza Shoppe located in the Benson area.
It is always nice to have some pizza before being entertained. My friend Brian and I shared a chicken pizza and a couple lager's before the show.

Inside the stage room connected to the Pizza Shoppe there were bar tables and dinning tables for the audience. There wasn't a huge showing for the band, but families and couples gathered to listen.

The guitar variety that was used helped the music to flow during each song. Some sounded more country and some sounded like the blues. I liked their unique style with country and blues mixed. I'm not a country guy, but the blues made up for it. I didn't even realize it, but I happened to know Seth, the bassist, he dates a mutual friend of ours.

During a break he said that they were missing the keyboard player. This probably would have set up a better blues feel. My friend Brian enjoyed the show and said they had a distinct sound.
I've heard Seth play for a "Doors" cover band this year for a Halloween party at the 906 gallery downtown. Two other band members from the Matt Cox band played as well. That was a fun show, the "Doors" were as versatile as they come, and they covered their songs well.

The Matt Cox Band will be playing at the Pizza Shoppe every Sunday until December 27th.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Slightly Stoopid at the Sokol

The Sokol auditorium was packed on Friday the thirteenth. Slightly Stoopid came and put on the biggest local show I've seen since this blog was created. Their alternative style is mixed with reggae lyrics that has a hippie feel and vibe. The crowd was backed from the stage almost to the door.

I met a girl named Katie that said she was from Des Moines and had been following Slightly Stoopid for a couple years now. "I love this band," she said as she raised her beer in the air.

This band has definitely created a following among the local scene.

The crowd drew in a lot of the teenager age range, but the back of the crowd and the people on top of the balcony were still close to my age. I ran into people I hadn't seen in years.

I loved Sublime growing up and a couple of songs that were played reminded me of them. I would have to say that I had the most fun at this show so far. The crowd was friendly and layed back for as crowded as it was. I would see them again if someone wanted to go, but I wouldn't become a follower.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Halloween Eve and Metal

On Friday the 3oth, I went to my first metal show. Dundee Strangler played at the Hideout, 320 72nd St., with four other bands. The show was small along with the crowd. Most of the songs were short, fast and seemed to have the same flow. It was hard to understand. Looking back I can honestly say that I never made out one lyric from the songs.

The bass and the guitar playing was understandable and when the two were mixed a good rhythm was made. I've never liked metal, but Mike, the bass player for Dundee Strangler, is one of my friends, so I thought I'd go see him play.
It was an off night for a crowd since Halloween parties around the bar scene were in action around town. I don't know how big the metal scene is in Omaha, but I'm sure it's bigger than what I saw on Friday. I didn't stay for any of the other bands. I wanted to get out before they started. That might be my last metal show. I can see why some might like it, but it's not for me.