Scion Rock Fest Pomona 2014: Smashing Success! – Music Icon News

Scion Rock Fest Pomona 2014: Smashing Success! – Music Icon News

Perhaps it should be described as a Thrashing Success!  The city of Pomona hosted Scion AV’s Rock Fest on May 17, 2014 at the Fox Theatre, Glass House, and Sky Fox Lounge.  This annual multi-band event hosted over 20 bands this year!  We at Music Icon News camped out at the Fox Theatre and we are so glad we did.  Check out some of the highlights!

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King Buzzo, (above), opened at the Fox, exposing music fans to an acoustic jam of rock proportions.  He stomped around the stage delivering his unique sound unaccompanied and unencumbered by anyone.  I haven’t seen him since his time with the Melvins many moons ago, but I have to say I was impressed with his intensity and sound.  He was very welcoming as a diverse opening act, and I’m looking forward to giving his new release This Machine Kills Artists the good sit-down/listen that it deserves!

Big Business @ Scion Rock Fest 2014

Big Business @ Scion Rock Fest 2014

Big Business @ Scion Rock Fest 2014

Big Business @ Scion Rock Fest 2014

King Buzzo was followed by Big Business (above), also of Melvins’ fame.  They were a ton of fun, and their active sound got the crowd churning!  Their new release is  Battlefields Forever.  Give them a listen and be rocked!

Crowbar @Scion Rockfest 2014

Crowbar @Scion Rockfest 2014

Crowbar @Scion Rockfest 2014

Crowbar @Scion Rockfest 2014

Next up was Crowbar (above).  Personally I am quite impressed with Daniel’s shots of these guys, and our choice to shoot the Fox Theatre was a good one!  They pounded out a hard-ass set, keeping fans’ horns in the air.  They could be seen hanging out all night at the merch tables, chatting and taking pictures with fans.  Seriously, look at that beard and majestically flying hair.

Orchid @Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Orchid @Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Orchid @Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Orchid @Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

The next band was Orchid (above), and this was the night’s great discovery for me!  I thoroughly enjoyed their Sabbathesque sound, and their rhythms were pure and true!  They performed cleanly, talking briefly to the crowd between songs and thanking everyone.  Their fans gave them a sweet response and I am sure they only added to their fan base that night.  Their humble nature was evident.  I have been listening to their stuff since the show, and I am digging them!  Their new release is The Mouths of Madness. After the show we got to chat with one of the band members who stopped what he was doing to take fan shots.  Thanks for being so gracious!

 

Red Fang @ Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Red Fang @ Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Red Fang @ Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

Red Fang @ Scion AV Rock Fest 2014

A HUGE highlight of my night was seeing Red Fang (above).  This is a favorite newer band of mine, and honestly the band I was most excited to see when we decided to shoot Scion Rock Fest 2014.  They absolutely did not disappoint!  Photographing their head-banging was about equal to photographing a butterfly.  The crowd was more packed at this point, which really added to the ambiance of the Fox Theatre.

If you haven’t seen Red Fang’s videos, check them out and prepare to be entertained!  I highly recommend Prehistoric Dog. 

High on Fire @Scion Rock Fest 2014

High on Fire @Scion Rock Fest 2014

High on Fire @Scion Rock Fest 2014

High on Fire @Scion Rock Fest 2014

High on Fire (above), appeared next.  Their set played well off of Red Fang, and they continued feeding the pits with endorphin-rich fans.  To get a good idea of what they are, check out their Slave the Hive video.  They do not disappoint!

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

Machine Head @Scion rock Fest 2014

 

The headliners at the Fox, Machine Head, were adored by their fans.  Flynn and crew were flawless, and were extremely thankful and humble to the Fox theatre and promoters, having played previous shows at the venue.  This show was most anticipated and Scion’s free show enabled fans to spend money on coveted merch.  Have you sampled tracks from Killers and Kings?  With over 3 million records sold world wide, you’d be silly not to give it a listen.  Do it.  I haven’t seen a show with so many fans wearing the headlining bands’ shirts, and let me tell you that Scion had a wide array of shirts to be seen.  Music Icon News thinks it’s great that Machine Head would headline a show where other, more underground thrash metal bands can get their music out to fans in the best way possible: LIVE!

Machine Head is a fantastic live band.  They give their hometown of Oakland another great asset to add to their list of musical roots, and the full gig stage setup at the Fox let fans experience it at a great sounding venue.  The flashing lights of the venue, while occasionally challenging to photograph, made all the flying hair look amazing from different areas of the Fox as I cruised through the crowd.  There were more pinwheels of hair than I could count.

Machine Head drove home everything that Scion is about: hard driving, loud, and, most importantly LIVE music.  Scion is doing their part to bring underground bands into perspective for music starved fans.  In this day of streaming music and digital downloads music fans can’t forget that it is the live show that intensifies the respect for music as art.  The rhythms, melodies, and performance of the artists as well as the interaction with fans during a show is what makes music an interactive art spectacle.  Do your part and support live music!

NOTE:  Huge thanks to Scion and particularly Monica Seide at speakeasy PR for allowing us to shoot and partake in Scion AV Rock Fest 2014!  CHECK BACK for FULL photo galleries of ALL of the great photos shot by Daniel at Scion Rock Fest 2014!

Maynard James Keenan 2 Day Birthday Bash @ Greek Theatre

Maynard James Keenan Two-Day Birthday Bash @ Greek Theatre Music Icon News

The two day concert bash for Maynard James Keenan’s 50th birthday with Failure, Puscifer, and Perfect Circle was perfect!  The stage was resplendent in beach lounge chairs, tables with red and white checkered tablecloths, tiny airstream trailer, and solo cup styled stemware.  When he wasn’t singing, Maynard was sure to keep everyone’s solo cup full of beverage; no doubt it was a selection from Maynard’s Caduceus Vineyard.

Roll ‘Em In, Roll ‘Em Out

The three hour, multi-band jam session on Sunday was a gorgeous evening to enjoy one of my idols.  I just got to see Tool in Reno this past March and there was a striking difference: Maynard was very visible!  It was great to have front row seats to sit back and watch the many performers rotating in and out of the spotlight.  I particularly loved how the drummer was rolled away while still drumming, while the next performers segued into a new song.  Alternating backdrops helped make any new listeners privy to each band’s sound, but since both nights of Cinquenta were sold out it is doubtful that there were many non-fans in the crowd.

Photo by Allan Hayslip

©2014 V. Allan Hayslip

Maynard In The Light

Maynard is known for staying in the shadows, but this show was unique with his presence.  This show also had “photo ninjas”.  We have been perusing the posted photos thus far, and the photos definitely had the coolest perspective as they silently and efficiently moved about the stage full of people.  If there is an application process to be a Merkin Photo Ninja, will someone please send us the application?! The guests onstage included performers from all the bands, as well as guests and family members.  Green Jelly came out to give fans the finger with a “stupid” puppet show for a rendition of Three Little Pigs.

This special night really highlighted the spectacular range of Maynard’s voice.  It amazes me how he can move from one genre to another, reminiscent of other great progressive singer/composer/artist like Les Claypool.  We also saw Failure when we were at the Tool show in Reno, but Cinquenta offered a much more intimate view of them.  Puscifer was amazing, with the band displaying talent on all fronts.

A super-cool part towards the end of the show was when Maynard’s son came out to play his cello.  What a blessing to have a kid with talent.  It was beautiful and unique, just like his pop.  Maynard’s gaze on him was palpable from any distance.

Photo by Allan Hayslip

photo credit ©2014 V. Allan Hayslip

Friends of Maynard

The ambiance of this show was as unique as Maynard’s style.  Neil Hamburger was trolling around with his rock glass and slick hair-do; always a pleasure as I have not seen him since Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme last summer.  I loved how friends and family sat, visited, and drank with each other all night.  Even Peter Criss was there dressed as Paul Stanley.  Nice touch fellas.

Photo by Allan Hayslip

©2014 V. Allan Hayslip

Photo by Allan Hayslip

©2014 V. Allan Hayslip

Photo by Allan Hayslip

©2014 V. Allan Hayslip

Photo by Allan Hayslip

©2014 V. Allan Hayslip

Photo by Allan Hayslip

©2014 V. Allan Hayslip

Special Thanks for Photos

We would like to extend a special thanks to Allan Hayslip for access to his photos of both nights of the show.  Although we weren’t blessed to shoot one of our favorites, we truly appreciate the use of photos of this fantastic weekend.  Thanks Allan!

Tweak Bird Offers Free New Track Music Icon News

Tweak Bird Offers Free New Track Music Icon News

Reeling in the spectacle that was Scion Rock Fest last weekend in Pomona and working to get photos up I came across Tweak Bird.

King Buzzo, (of Melvins fame), is helping to promote this up and coming free form band.  Tweak Bird is  described as “not taking music too seriously,” but their new free track is sounding seriously good.  Click here to give “Upside Down Frankenstein” a listen. They accompanied King Buzzo at Scion in February.   This duo promises to deliver some cool new music this summer with a tour.

Check out these upcoming dates and you may get a chance to see some live music

Tweak Bird — 2014 Tour Dates

May 24 – The Cellar Door – Visalia, CA
May 25 – The Night Life – Oakland, CA
May 27 – The Holland Project – Reno, NV
May 29 – Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
May 30 – Volume Fest – Spokane, WA
May 31 – Highline – Seattle, WA
Jun 01 – The Crux – Boise, ID
Jun 02 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 03 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO
Jun 05 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Jun 06 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
Jun 07 – Hangar 9 – Carbondale, IL
Jun 08 – PJ’s Lager House – Detroit, MI
Jun 09 – Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
Jun 10 – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 11 – Ortlieb’s – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 12 – Death By Audio – Brooklyn, NY
Jun 14 – Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
Jun 15 – The Milestone Club – Charlotte, NC
Jun 16 – 529 – Atlanta, GA
Jun 17 – Bottletree Cafe – Birmingham, AL
Jun 19 – Three Links – Dallas, TX
Jun 22 – Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM
Jun 23 – Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
Jun 24 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
Jun 27 – The Church on York – Los Angeles, CA

 

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