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"The M-80's explode Local's Tavern"

Posted by rhonedesigns on April 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 M-80's explode Locals tavern!

The M-80’s are comprised of some very talented musicians who perform great 80’s rock the way it was intended to be heard. This band rocks out like they were born during the era! Kelly Godfrey handles many of the vocals for the M-80’s and she can flat out perform the full range of 80’s super hits. She has a sexy and visceral stage presence that really lends itself well to the genre. Listening to her version of “we got the beat” by the Go-Go’s was like being transported back in time. Their bass player, Eric Brooker handled some very complex and challenging songs from “Billy Idol” and I was duly impressed with his vocal range. These songs defined a decade and I felt this band definitely did them justice. The M-80’s have excellent crowd interaction and you can definitely tell that they love being on stage. Their lead guitarist, Gregg Lombardo played a rendition of Poison’s “talk dirty to me” that would have made CC Deville stand up an applaud. Drummer Terry Lee plays like Tommy lee from Motley Crue and I truly thought he was going to blow the drum heads out before they finished their first set list. Key boardist Vinnie Vee supplied a thick, rich atmosphere of 80’s decadence that was truly awe inspiring. What this band does is simply create an atmosphere of fun that is unmatched and extends far beyond the dance floor. The M-80’s capture the feel and vibe of the 80’s. This band’s energy and sound is a testament to a decade that defined the motto: “aint looking for nothing but a good time.” That’s why the M-80’s are Cape Fear Rocks hot pick of the week!

Velcro: "A decade recreated!"

Posted by rhonedesigns on April 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The 80's! A time for classic coming of age movies, big hair, and some pretty crazy fashions. The glue that held it all together of course was the music. The band Velcro serves as a perfect reminder of that great music of a decadent decade. Velcro is comprised of some of the most talented musicians and performers specializing in a complete 80’s rock experience. This band loves what they do and work hard at it. Velcro can perform the full range of 80’s rock onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that defined a decade. This band knows how to work the crowd and leave them wanting more. I have never heard a rendition of Guns and Roses “Paradise City” that comes close to Velcro’s performance. What this band does has taken years of mastery and unmatched attention to detail. Velcro’s stage presence captures the feel and vibe of the 80’s flawlessly. The vocals are spot on and the guitar riffs blaze forth in all their decadent glory. There were times when I felt like I had been transported back in time. If you love this decade of music then I invite you to experience Velcro, with their multitude of classic 80’s rock-n-roll super hits. If you are looking for entertainment that is totally fresh, unique, and full of energy then Velcro is a must see. That’s why they are Cape Fear Rocks hot pick of the week!

"Burnpit burns bright!"

Posted by rhonedesigns on March 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (2)

Burnpit is quickly becoming one of the most sought after original rock bands in the Cape fear area. Consisting of 5 talented, versatile, and experienced musicians, Burnpit has definitely paid their dues and they are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve. I’ve had over 50 requests from music lovers around the area wanting Cape Fear Rocks to do a write up on this band. Burnpit has such a versatile and proficient group of musicians that it’s easy to forget that they are still an unsigned regional act. Music is all about fun and making people have a good time. Burnpit brings the best party possible to every single venue. "When musicians love what they do the rest is easy." Each member of Burnpit brings a different musical background to the table which gives them a completely original style. This band is committed to writing original music that has substance and meaning. Hard rocking good times are sure to follow them to every show. Their music, vibe, and energy are contagious. From their first song to last call this band will take you on a rock and roll journey that is truly unforgettable. A Good time is guaranteed. That’s why they are Cape Fear rocks “must see of the week.”



Spotlight on: "Mystic River"

Posted by rhonedesigns on March 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (2)

There is something to be said about feeling music and being able to flow with it. You know someone is truly happy...or drunk, when they are twirling and Mystic River is the type of band that can get a crowd twirling. I'm not sure what song it was that got me twirling, but this band made me an instant fan. When Mystic River goes out on stage things heat up pretty quickly. You can always know a great bar band when you hear one song just flowing into the next and you totally lose track of time. I like all music for the most part and Mystic River delivers a great mix off rock, beach, boogie and dance music that keeps the party going until last call. The lead singer is a fiery ball of energy with a raspy rock voice that lends its self to almost any genre. This band has a great on stage chemistry. The kind that can only be achieved by paying your dues and honing your craft over many years. So take my advice and don’t miss the opportunity to check them out. You won’t be disappointed. That’s why “Mystic River” is Cape Fear Rocks spotlight band of the week!

Spotlight on, "Local's Tavern"

Posted by rhonedesigns on February 21, 2013 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (1)

Local’s tavern is a little slice of musical heaven hidden away on market street in Wilmington, NC. It’s a great place to stop after work and blow off a little steam, but if live music is what you crave then definitely check them out on the weekends. I suggest you get there early though because most nights they draw quite a crowd. You won’t find a lot of outside distractions at Local’s, just lots and lots of great music and friendly service from some very sexy bartenders. Don’t miss out on a visit here, and if you're a musician yourself make sure you visit on their open mic nights where you'll be welcomed up on stage to do your thing. Cold beer, cool patron’s and great live entertainment. Thats why Local’s tavern is Cape Fear Rocks hot pick of the week.

6213 Market St Wilmington, NC 28403

(910) 523-5621

Spotlight on "Southern trouble"

Posted by rhonedesigns on February 10, 2013 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (2)


Alright, two weeks in a row at the same club is not exactly the way I like it when reviewing bands. but there was an overwhelming desire from our readers for me to check out this band called Southern trouble. So on Saturday night I headed out to local’s tavern not knowing what to expect, As always I kept an open mind and an open bar tab. I’m just going to say it….When the band first took the stage, I wasn’t expecting very much, but these boys came to play! The Southern trouble Band has not been performing their brand of southern rock and modern country in the Cape Fear area very long but I’m sure this band of talented musicians will be around for many years to come. "It is nice to finally hear a band "playing" Southern Rock and modern country and not obsessed with "Copying" the original artist’s sound. 99% of the bands who play these songs are so damn obsessed with copying the songs note for damn note that they lose sight of what it is they are doing. Southern trouble is definitely the opposite of all that. These boys take the stage and within just a few songs you will know you are in for a great evening of live music. The lead singer, Tony Mclamb admitted to me before the show that he was just recovering from the flu and was worried about his vocals. Well, I can tell you that his vocals were incredible, as was the entire performance by the band. This was truly one the best nights of live southern rock and modern country I’ve ever heard. You will be hard pressed to find another band that performs with the talent, passion, and intensity that these guys bring to the stage and I think anyone who was at local’s tavern Saturday night would agree.

Southern trouble are obviously enjoying playing the songs in their set list and are not just going through the motions like so many other local bands. "They delivered an authentic and raw performance rivaling any other band I’ve ever reviewed." These guys are talented, energetic, and passionate about what they do. I would like to say thank you guys for making my second week in a row at Local’s tavern a memorable one! So, if raw gritty southern rock and modern country is what you crave, then definitely check out Southern trouble. You’ll be glad you did!

Southern trouble is: Tony McLamb- Vocals/Acoustic Guitar

Bruce Hickman-Guitar/Vocals

Tim Byrd- Guitar

Richard Hewett- Bassist

Kevin House- Drummer/Vocals
















Spotlight on "Gene Gregory"

Posted by rhonedesigns on January 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Music has always played a huge part in American culture. From The Beatles to Bon Jovi, we all can identify with a certain brand of music influencing our lives. Where do all of these famous musicians start out? Famous artists we all know and love all started out at the bottom of the ladder, playing shows in clubs and local venues. Begging people to come to their shows, being rejected by record labels, not reaping any benefits from performing their passion except gaining a fan or two. The local music scene is a world many people are not aware of. Cities like Wilmington, NC house many music venues, places where you can go and, for a small price, see genuinely talented bands and artists perform.The experience is not that of a concert, it is far more personal. The bands and songwriters are right in front of you; there is no such thing as Auto Tune or any showy spectacles. It is just pure music. I recently had the pleasure of hearing Gene Gregory a local songwriter with a fresh new sound. My first impression of Gene was that he is very down to earth. He is a very talented performer but still remains humble. He loves what he does and it show through his performances. He does not perform for the money like famous artists; he performs for his fans and for himself. Gene pours his heart out on a stage for the people who show up and his performances have substance thats draws people in and keeps them wanting more. Unfortunately, music is an expensive passion. He must buy his own equipment and pay a pretty penny to eventually record his own album. His destiny is in his own hands you might say. When you go to see a local performer like Gene, not only are you helping out a local artist from your community, you also experience real talent. There is no such thing as Auto Tune on local stages; just hard work and perseverance. Gene knows that "Music is the hardest kind of art. It doesn't hang up on a wall and wait to be stared at and enjoyed by the passersby. It's communication. It's hours and hours being put into a work of art that may only last, in reality, for a few moments...but if done well, and truly appreciated, it lasts in our hearts forever. That's the art Gene is creating. it definitely deserves an audience!

"Train Wreck, a great Southern rock cover band"

Posted by rhonedesigns on April 22, 2012 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (2)

Often when you hear someone say, “This is going to be a real train wreck”, you tend to think that something terrible is about to happen, but in the case of Kenny Reeves and his soulful southern brothers that is certainly not the case. I had the chance to hear Kenny and his band Train wreck on two separate occasions now and found this middle aged cover band from Wilmington, NC to be a true Cape Fear treasure. The interaction between the crowd and the band is phenomenal. Kenny and his band members take command of a soulful brand of southern rock that is second to none. These boys are definitely not image driven, with them it’s all about the music and the crowd. You don’t have to listen to train wreck for very long before you realize that these guys are as comfortable on stage as they are off stage. Kenny’s vocal ability comes through in a bluesy mix of classic rock and outlaw country music that keeps the crowd engaged until the last song is played. Train wreck’s lead guitarist Greg Dew is a soft spoken throwback to the classic guitarists of the 1970’s. He just stands there and churns out some truly great guitar riffs. Their bassist name is John Stover and you would be hard pressed to guess that this guy is a martial arts instructor and not a full time musician. John produces a steady bass line that at times makes you forget that you are listening to a cover band. Their drummers name is Bob Clayton Jr and this guy has the type of control on a set of drums that keeps the timing and pace of the music right where it needs to be. Although I think he would probably be just as comfortable riding cross country on a Harley Davidson. If you get the chance you should definitely check these boys out. If good Southern rock and outlaw country is what you crave, these boys can definitely deliver!


"The Cure" cover band recreates an era

Posted by rhonedesigns on April 22, 2012 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The purpose of a tribute band is to let a new generation experience the sights and sounds of the past, a moment in time that the original artist either can't or will not give a present day audience. If you were not able to experience a “The Cure” concert in the 1980's, you can now re-live one of the most exciting and influential acts of the decade by attending a performance by The Cured – The 1980's “The Cure” Experience.


The Cured is a Southern California based realistic rendition of the 80's super band The Cure. The band performs a true to era 1989 Cure concert complete with costumes, lights, effects and of course the songs. The show was a hit from its first performance in late 2005. Word spread rapidly that The Cured was exceptional amongst the many tribute bands performing today. Almost immediately The Cured was playing in the largest and hippest club venues in San Diego , Orange County , Los Angeles and Hollywood . Soon clubs from outside of California had heard about The Cured and were flying the band in to play sell-out shows with attendances well over 1000 people at each show. The band recently sold out House of Blues largest venue (4 th & B in San Diego ) with an attendance of 1637.


The Cured has now made the transition from being a Southern California band to becoming a national act. The band seems to have momentum reminiscent of Beatlemania when they first came out. The Cured is scheduled to start touring across the USA and abroad in June 2007. Scheduled cities include Phoenix , El Paso , Austin , Dallas , Long Island NY , New York City , Norfolk VA , Cleveland , Pittsburg , Charlotte NC, Raleigh NC , Myrtle Beach SC , New Orleans , Houston , Denver and Las Vegas .


The Cured readily attributes their success to the band they emulate….The Cure and the millions of rabidly loyal Cure fans out there.

Out of all the bands that emerged in the immediate aftermath of punk rock in the late '70s, the Cure was one of the most enduring and popular. The Cure became iconic in the MTV days of the 80's and is still one of the most beloved bands of the era. The Cure is not only enjoyed by those who lived through the 1980s, but has become a cult phenomenon amongst the college youth of today as well.

This is to say that any venue who books The Cured can count on exceptional attendance and customer satisfaction.

"Deep South Rock bar review"(Raliegh, NC)

Posted by rhonedesigns on April 22, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Deep South The Bar is definitely your quintessential dive bar and I think they are proud of that fact. It's small, red in decor and reminds me of a garage.


This bar may be off the beaten path a bit compared to say the establishments on Glenwood South and Fayetteville Street in DTR, but it is actually very convenient to the Raleigh downtown amphitheater and makes for a great spot for an after show beer or three.


The most interesting thing to me about Deep South The Bar is the quotes from rock songs on the walls. If you are a rock and roll fan like I am you will like this place for that alone. I can stare at the lyrics "The waiting drove me mad... you're finally here and I'm a mess", and immediately think of the hay day of grunge in the mid-90's. Other lyrics go back way further than that. They also have a lot of rock and roll memorabilia which adorn the walls.


Of all the times I have been to DSTB (2 or 3 times), they have never had a cover charge and that is great because they bring in some really good bands playing there. After the now defunct Bud Light Downtown Live shows at Moore Square Park, some of the musicians would come there later in the evening after their gigs (not to play). I partied down with the members of Better than Ezra there a few years ago.


Don't really care for the Ally McBeal (co-ed) bathrooms. Expect to wait some to go if the place is busy. The bar-tenders are friendly and they have good beer and liquor specials. I don't think they serve hot food, so don't come hungry! 

Article by Bruce G