I got to the show early enough to catch the Abigails but their lead singer, Warren Thomas was conspicuously absent from the lineup. Word on the street was that he was “sick”. Images of headlines of celebrities checking into hospitals for “exhaustion” came to mind. Get better soon, man.
Twin Steps from Oakland took the stage next and frontman, Drew Pearson charmed the crowd into submission with his off stage dance moves and infectious charisma, while Jonathan and the band ripped through their retro-esque arrangements. I really like these guys. I chatted with guitarist, Jonathan Reddick after the show and he informed that they drove all the way down from Oaktown just for this show. I’m glad they did.
Co-headliner Beach Party rocked the house next. Well rehearsed, they played to the largest crowd of the night with their surf sound, all the while reassuring us with tracks like “Can’t Surf” that their “sound” was just that, a sound that didn’t reflect in any way that they were actually involved in any ocean water hobby’s. They were impressive and I’m looking forward to seeing them again.
The crowd thinned out for the best band of the night, So Many Wizards. Besides having one of my favorite band names, the music itself, the live show and everything that makes a good band is present in this outfit. Their frontman and songwriter, Nima Kazerouni, is a master of rhythm guitar and his voice is effortlessly beautiful. His unassuming vibe on stage let’s the songs speak for themselves and each time I see these guys, I like them more and more. Do not sleep on So Many Wizards.
Thanks to Michael and Karrie at DLTV for their hospitality and the killer lineup. I can’t wait to see who you guys interview next.
Review: Danny Baraz
Photography: D’Andre Ford
So Many Wizards
So Many Wizards