Through Fire: Breakout Tour 2017

Written by Gerald Glaza • December 2017

After touring coast to coast as support for bands such as Seether, Black Stone Cherry and All That RemainsThroughFire announces their first headline run, the 2017 BREAKOUT TOUR!! They'll be hitting the road with Dangerkids, Righteous Vendetta and Sumerian Records label mates American Sin. It's been an amazing year with their single "Breathe" going top 10 in the Country at rock radio, #1 on Billboards Mainstream Rock recurrent chart and their second consecutive single to hit #1 on Octane. Their current single, "Where You Lie," was the most added song in the Country at its debut, and they recently signed with one of the worlds leading booking agencies, Artist Group International. Watch for the premiere of their new video for "Where You Lie" to be out soon.

"We're looking forward to seeing all our fans on the upcoming tour and after that, we'll end the year working on new music. Look for big things in 2018!!" 
Through Fire~

Through Fire will be rocking the Waiting Room Lounge on December 16th to conclude their 2017 Break Out Tour. Get your $10 tickets nowby clicking the following link: http://bit.ly/2yEamv4

Photo Courtesy of: Geraldography 

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Greta Van Fleet W/ Skyway Man

Written by Gerald Glaza • December 2017

Greta Van Fleet With Skyway Man / Sokol Auditorium / December 2, 2017 / Written by: Karen Freeman / Photo by: Geraldography 

Greta Van Fleet…unique name, and amazing band. The sold-out crowd at Sokol on Saturday night was blessed with a fantastic performance by this band out of Frankenmuth, Michigan. For 90 minutes we were witness to hard rock and roll riffs and vocals that are astounding. Lead singer Josh Kiszka looks like a choir boy and sings like an angel. He makes every note seem effortless and thrilling. The band’s style is often compared to that of Led Zeppelin, which is understandable, but make no mistake, these guys can rock the house with extreme robust energy, and they have taken their abilities to a level that is definitely their own. They are featured routinely on Sirius XM radio, and their tune ‘Highway Song’ has over 5.6 million hits. Take the time to witness the magic yourself – you won’t regret it. This band has class, stamina, talent and longevity written all over them. The sea of attendees at the show crossed over all ages, which is always thrilling to see. Young, old, geeks, freaks, and the oh-so- uniques were all in the house, and no one – I repeat – no one walked away disappointed. This show was everything you would hope for, and so much more. Greta Van Fleet released two studio albums in 2017 and they have been inundated with acclaim ever since. Nearly every concert they have on their tour is sold-out. These guys are so full of flair and aptitude, that it was an honor just to be in the same building with them. Opening for Greta Van Fleet was an alternative band out of Tennessee titled Skyway Man. The tunes were trippy and interesting. James Wallace is the lead singer and his entourage includes 2 guitars, drums and a saxophone. He definitely pushes some interesting buttons, and his lyrics are thought provoking. It was an interesting segue into the main event, but the audience was appreciative of their one-of-a-kind presentation. Thank you to Sokol Auditorium for a night to remember for a very long time.

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Karen Freeman

Written by Karen Freeman • December 2017

Greta Van Fleet…unique name, and amazing band.  The sold-out crowd at Sokol on Saturday night was blessed with a fantastic performance by this band out of Frankenmuth, Michigan.  For 90 minutes we were witness to hard rock and roll riffs and vocals that are astounding.  Lead singer Josh Kiszka looks like a choir boy and sings like an angel.  He makes every note seem effortless and thrilling.  The band’s style is often compared to that of Led Zeppelin, which is understandable, but make no mistake, these guys can rock the house with extreme robust energy, and they have taken their abilities to a level that is definitely their own.

They are featured routinely on Sirius XM radio, and their tune ‘Highway Song’ has over 5.6 million hits.  Take the time to witness the magic yourself – you won’t regret it.  This band has class, stamina, talent and longevity written all over them.

The sea of attendees at the show crossed over all ages, which is always thrilling to see.  Young, old, geeks, freaks, and the oh-so- uniques were all in the house, and no one – I repeat – no one walked away disappointed.  This show was everything you would hope for, and so much more.

Greta Van Fleet released two studio albums in 2017 and they have been inundated with acclaim ever since.   Nearly every concert they have on their tour is sold-out.  These guys are so full of flair and aptitude, that it was an honor just to be in the same building with them. 

 

Opening for Greta Van Fleet was an alternative band out of Tennessee titled Skyway Man.  The tunes were trippy and interesting.  James Wallace is the lead singer and his entourage includes 2 guitars, drums and a saxophone.   He definitely pushes some interesting buttons, and his lyrics are thought provoking.  It was an interesting segue into the main event, but the audience was appreciative of their one-of-a-kind presentation.

 

Thank you to Sokol Auditorium for a night to remember for a very long time.

 

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Celebrating 50 Years of Anthony's Steakhouse

Written by Gerald Glaza • November 2017

Celebrating 50 Years of Anthony's Steakhouse by Christy Jobman

Anthony’s Steakhouse Golden Anniversary Offers a 1 in 250 Chance to a Lucky Winner Few times in Omaha history has a restaurant hit the 50 year mark and can say they still support thriving business. Anthony’s Steakhouse on 72nd and F Street is the only Omaha restaurant who’s claim to fame is reaching their 50 year anniversary and giving away a 67’ Ford Thunderbird to one lucky loyal customer to celebrate. For months, the teams at Anthony’s Steakhouse and Omaha Nightlife spent time prepping for what would be a night to remember for all 500 plus in attendance. The odds were stacked against them to see business on a cold Thursday night on October 26th, 2017, just days before Halloween. Anthony’s owner, Tony Fucinaro Jr., opted for a very unique way to showcase his gratitude for 50 years of local support. Customers who purchased food or drinks at the steakhouse or Ozone Lounge, the attached entertainment venue, would be put into a drawing to become eligible for “golden tickets”. Those who received golden tickets were invited to a private VIP party where food and drinks were free to celebrate the occasion and participate in the final giveaway. As with every well-planned event, at least one inconvenience will arise. The temperature dropped for one of the first times of the season on the morning of the event. The staff worried that no one would show up for the highly anticipated party. “I had visions of drinking glasses of wine and enjoying the scene, celebrating with some of the faces we see in here in all the time,” Nancy Brazier said, front of the house manager at Anthony’s. Brazier’s vision did not become a reality. The turn out was much better than expected. The place was packed. Lines of people wrapped around the parking lot filled with loyal Anthony’s customers vying for a chance to win this classic 67’ Ford Thunderbird with new tires, new brakes, the works. Fucinaro pulled out all the stops to make this giveaway one for the books. His family has always found ways to give back to the community and this is a prime example of how they do it. This giveaway was important to the Anthony’s team to show their love for Omaha. Speaking of odds… The winner of the Thunderbird also had all odds stacked against him. A salesman from Dixon, Illinois, Anthony’s is one stop he’s sure to make when he’s working his Omaha territory. He had dinner at Anthony’s one night during the contest, making him eligible for the golden ticket. From there, he won the ticket. The staff who was tasked with contacting each of the golden ticket recipients was reluctant when they realized he was from out of town. They really hoped for a local winner to give back to Omaha. Then they learned his story. Even more against the Thunderbird God odds, the email that was sent to him bounced back. The universe really must have wanted him to win this car. That and Michael Hoff’s sheer determination. He drove 7 hours on a whim that day in October with his one golden ticket on chance alone. Hoff’s loyalty to Anthony’s Steakhouse when he travels to Omaha paid off. He took home the ultimate prize - a classic 67’ Ford Thunderbird. He had two offers for $18,000 up front to take the car that night and turned them down. The staff at Anthony’s is grateful for 50 years of service and beyond. “The night was better than we could have hoped for,” Brazier said. “We are so thankful!” 

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Devil in the Details: Chapter II Review

Written by Gerald Glaza • November 2017

Devil in the Details Chapter II Tour Review

Lookout Lounge / Omaha, Ne / November 2nd, 2017 / Review by David Taylor / Photo by Inspired Film Studios

The Lookout Lounge has always been supportive of the local scene, so on a Thursday night in November, Devil In The Details rolled up to the Lookout Lounge amidst their ongoing tour titled, The Chapter II Tour. Along with Devil in the Details, they had an awesome group of local support acts, as well.

First act up was Deadbeat from Lincoln, NE. This was my second time seeing them live, after seeing them in July. They are a hardcore band that brought the hard and heavy to open the night up. Highlight of their set was Wyatt Haertel’s, guitarist, hops right before the breakdowns of their material. The saying goes that “white men can’t jump”, but I was truly impressed of how high he could. I was glad to hear they got added to the bill because they never dissapoint. Check out their recently released demo on Bandcamp and I hope to see them back in Omaha soon.

Next up was something completely different for the hard hitting night. It was Dear Neighbor, Cody Pedersen’s acoustic project. You might remember Cody use to be the bass player and clean vocalist for Devil in the Details. What I heard that night sounded really promising. His voice was nice and soothing, very relaxing. It’s always nice to mellow out at a rock show once in a while. You can check out his song, “Old Place”, on Dear Neighbor’s Facebook page. He mentioned during his set that he’ll be recording his first EP with Jeremy Schaffer for a winter release next year. I am looking forward to that because he really proved himself as a solo acoustic musician that night.

Next up was The Tale Untold. This was also my second time seeing them, as well. It’s not everyday you see a local band with a female lead singer that screams, and still nails it with the cleans. And that’s why Eliss Holla is one of the best in the scene. Also having a stellar backing band helps, as well. Jon Frost is one of the best guitarists in the scene and never disappoints. Their cover of Emmure’s “I Thought You Met Telly and Turned Me Into Casper” is always a crowd pleaser. Another awesome set from The Tale Untold. Looking forward to their upcoming EP and to more shows in the future.

The direct support for the night came from Wither, Decay which was, unfortunately, their last show. It’s always hard seeing a local band that you’ve enjoyed have it’s last show. They played material from their EP, Separation Anxiety, as well as new material, which sounded really promising. It was also cool seeing their family supporting them for this final show. They always bring it live. They bring so much passion in their performance. I wish for all the members the best and that I will always support their music.

Finally, it was Devil In The Details turn to hit the stage. This was my first time seeing them live and I couldn’t wait. I must say they are Omaha’s premier metalcore act. Having a few lineup changes, they did not disappoint. I respect Sean Thomas, vocalist, because he has this vision of what this band wants to brand themselves. For example, they would show He is a very artistic individual that always puts in the best, creatively. It was also cool to see Cody Pedersen sing on one of their songs during their set. I also loved how very receptive the audience was, helping the band singing the clean parts of their songs. Great turnout for the show. Looking forward to seeing more of Devil in the Details, as well as a new release in the works.

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Interview With Hallow Point

Written by Gerald Glaza • November 2017

Interview with Hallow Point by Pat Douglas via Spotlight Omaha

                  Hallow Point is a 5 piece metal band out of St. Louis, MO who will roll into town next Thursday. The show is going down at Wired Pub & Grill on November 16th with support from Omaha bands 64-Hit Combo, Flourishing Illusions & My Last Request. Hallow Point is touring in support of their latest EP, Beyond Our Name. I got the chance to catch up with lead guitarist Aaron Chambers the other day, talking about music, touring and the Omaha scene.

 

 

Spotlight Omaha (SO): Your latest EP came out in May and you’ve been touring fairly extensively since then.

Aaron Chambers (AC): Yeah, after the release, we did a little run with Final Drive out of St. Louis and following that we played a few shows throughout June & July. Since August, we’ve been trying to play just about every weekend and once a month trying to do a week long stretch in there. We all still have full time jobs and everything, trying to keep a balance in there.

SO: You guys have been all over Missouri, places in Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Indiana. This will be the second time here in Omaha in the last couple month, both at Wired. You guys like that venue?

AC: Yeah, it was fun. We played towards the end of August. That was the first time we’d gotten up there and we had a really good time. We played with a few bands from Kansas City and one band from up there, who I heard has unfortunately since disbanded. But yeah, we had a really good time up there. We’ve got a couple other bands we reached out to up there. We’re pretty much doing everything DIY right now. So we’ll reach out to the venues and reach out to local bands to see who wants to hop on. Doing anything and everything we can to promote. We got some awesome bands on it too, so we’re super stoked for that.

SO: I see that most of the guys in the band, you all met in high school. With touring and being stuck in a van together, I assume it helps that you’re all pretty familiar with each other.

AC: Yeah, we’re all like best friends. 3 of the guys actually went to grade school together, so they’ve been close friends for basically 20 years now. I met one in high school, we started talking and bouncing back and forth and he played guitar, he knew a couple guys who played drums and bass and it kinda evolved from there. Then it was about almost 2 years ago now, we added Brandon – who is now our bass player and singer…not the screamer, but the singer and he’s been a huge contribution to the band. He fit right in personality wise so we all get along and we’re all great buddies. It’s awesome.

SO: Cool cool. Where’d the name Hallow Point come from.

AC: Well, we initially had a different name, but we actually got in a bit of a legal issue with another band of the same name. They’re defunct now, but they ended up winning the name. We were kinda bummed about that, cause we were really stoked on the first name. We sat down to come up with something different. We scoured everything, the dictionary, the internet, the bible just trying to come up with any ideas or names or whatever. I came up with the idea of Hallow Point, I forget where I was looking, but it was kinda a play on words. Ya know, there’s the hollow point bullet – it’s spelled different, but when that hits it’s target it expands. We liked that concept. The main point behind it, no pun intended, was Hallow Point is something, the music, the band, it’s very important to us and we hold it near and dear to our hearts, something we really care about. So, the point of the band is important, or sacred or Hallowed – however you want to view it. Call it corny or what have you, but we are pretty happy with it. It does cause some confusion at times though – with the spelling. A lot of people like to spell it with the ‘o’. The on top of all that, Slayer has a song called “Hallowed Point” – so maybe it’s a bit of an homage to them.

SO: Playing of that a bit, from your music and that homage, Slayer seems to be a bit of an influence on you guys for when you’re writing music. What are some other bands that you draw influence from.

AC: Yeah. So, when we first started we were mainly just doing covers of songs in our basement, not really playing out for the first 3 or 4 years. We were doing a lot of Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer – The big four classic metal bands: Slayer, Pantera, Iron Maiden. Then we got into the new wave of American heavy metal – Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Trivium and now we’ve really gotten into Parkway Drive, Wage War. So we really draw from a vast variety of bands when it comes to metal. Even Avenged Sevensold, Distrubed – some of the more radio friendly metal bands – we dig those guys too. So we really just try to draw inspiration from about every source we can. I know a few of us are really into country music, some into hip-hop and rap. But when it comes to inspiration on writing, a lot of it comes from that new wave of American heavy metal.

SO: On that note, when it comes to a lot of bands on the metal scene, some don’t seem to really have a lot of staying power. The ones that do, in my opinion, seem to put a lot of focus on the melodies in their music and not so much just the raw power and energy that metal can produce. It seems to me that you guys do put a lot of focus on melody and having that melodic blend to what you are putting out. It that something you think about ahead of time? Making sure you stay on point with your melodies or is it something that just comes naturally with the way you guys write?

AC: I think it’s a little of both. We’re definitely very conscious of it – seeing that we love that melodic metal sound. Both the melody within the guitars and the vocals. All of us are also suckers for good hooks that catch your ear like that. So we try to really implement that in the music. But at the same time, a lot of it, because of our influences it comes naturally when we’re writing. We don’t really try to force it – like ‘that’s not melodic enough’. It really comes about organically. A lot of time we find we try to do a balance of finding a melody and also having those heavy parts so that when those heavy parts kick, they kick twice as hard cause you have the juxtaposition between heavy and melodic.

SO: Any plans for a full length album coming up?

AC: We don’t have any full length plans right now. Come December, we plan to start writing again. We’ll really put a heavy emphasis on that. Sometime with writing, things can go super fast or they can be like beating your head against the wall and it takes a lot longer. We’ll see how that goes. Our goal is to get as many songs together as possible. In the past, we’ve just t=done the 5 song EP. That seems to be working really well for us as far as timing goes. We definitely waited too long between our first and second EP – so we’re trying to keep the ball rolling. In this day and age, it seems people’s attention spans are a lot shorter – so it seems like you have to constantly be cranking out some kind of content to keep people interested in what you’re doing. Otherwise the next guy will come along and they’re on to something bigger, better, newer. So, we’ve been conscious of that – trying to get as many songs together as we can. So based on how that goes we may put out some singles, another EP or if we have it a full length. But for right now, we don’t have plans for a full length.

SO: Omaha, this is your second time. What do you guys like about Omaha. We’ve got a pretty healthy metal scene up here – quite a few good up and coming local metal bands. What have you guys seen of the Omaha scene and what you can expect this time.

AC: We only had the one local from Omaha last time and there was still a really good response and people who showed up. That was really nice and really kind of surprising for us. When you only have one local and you’re trying to get your wheels spinning and everything – you never know whether a show is going to turn out or not. From what I’ve seen from getting this show together, it seems there are a ton of really solid bands (in Omaha). Just about every band I spoke to was super helpful, super supportive. Saying ‘Yeah, I’d Love to play’. If they couldn’t play, they’d recommend other local bands or pledge to be at the show. So the sense I’ve gotten is that there is a big sense of community within the metal scene up there. To where everybody wants everybody else  to succeed and to do well. I think that’s awesome and that’s what is needed to really cultivate a local scene.

SO: So, is there anything exciting that you guys have planned that we can tease our readers about? I don’t want to give away anything, but anything to tease our readers about a great night to be had?

AC: We do have a few things. We’ve gotten some production in our show, We have certain elements that enhance the show a bit in my opinion. I love going to see bands, but it’s always more interesting when there are other elements. We’ve synced a lot of our production to the music, so that helps to enhance the intensity of things. We really try to get up there and really put on a show and make it something they can enjoy and to come away wanting more.

 

                  Be sure to come out to Wired Pub & Grill on Thursday to see just what Hallow Point has in store for Omaha this time around. We’ll be there, hope to see you all there as well.

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