Styx at Chrysler Hall Norfolk, Virginia June 24, 2019

By Glenn Woodell If Styx is coming near you, just go see them! I was talking to one of the other music photographers after the show and we both agreed that the older bands put on more of a show and less of a series of songs than do so many of the newer bands. This was definitely the case with Styx. The sound quality … Continue reading Styx at Chrysler Hall Norfolk, Virginia June 24, 2019

Sponge with Everafter at the Vanguard in Hampton, Virginia June 14, 2019

by Glenn Woodell There was a small but very dedicated crowd at the Vanguard for the Sponge show. Graduation weekend combined with rainy weather held back all but the die hard fans of this Detroit-based alternative, sometimes punky rock band. Virginia Beach-based favorites, Everafter, opened the show up with a powerful mix from this small but versatile trio, starting with an instrumental selection from Pink … Continue reading Sponge with Everafter at the Vanguard in Hampton, Virginia June 14, 2019

Trapt with Tantric, Saving Abel and Saliva at the Vanguard in Hampton, Virginia May 23, 2019

Initially built as an armory for the Virginia National Guard in 1936, the Vanguard is now a brewery/distillery in downtown Hampton that hosts live music five days a week. Four bands took the stage this evening as Tantric, Saving Abel, Saliva, and Trapt joined forces for a big crowd. Tantric Saving Abel Saliva Trapt Continue reading Trapt with Tantric, Saving Abel and Saliva at the Vanguard in Hampton, Virginia May 23, 2019

Lunatic Luau May17, 2019 Virginia Beach, Virginia

The 19th Annual Lunatic Luau in Virginia Beach, Virginia, brought out a powerful lineup of bands on what was a perfect day for an outdoor music event. Although twelve bands played on two stages throughout the afternoon, only eleven are covered here. The lineup was as follows: ENTRY PLAZA HELLZAPOPPIN CIRCUS SIDESHOW 2:00 NANCY’S NOOK SIDE STAGE JUST STANDING 2:15 – 2:35 (20 MIN) SEVEN TEN … Continue reading Lunatic Luau May17, 2019 Virginia Beach, Virginia

The Struts May 16, 2019 at The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia

Like so many of the opening acts that come to the NorVa, Des Rocs could just as easily have been a headliner. Not to take anything away from The Struts who headlined this night, but those who came only for the main act missed out on a great performance. Think of a more energetic and bluesy version of Elvis, armed with a Stratocaster. More distortion … Continue reading The Struts May 16, 2019 at The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia

Sevendust with Tremonti, Cane Hill, Lullwater, and Kirra at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia February 9th, 2019

I had the pleasure to sit with the members of Lullwater before the show and ask them a few questions. Music Matters: You mentioned on your website that you had a tumultuous two years since the release of Revival, enough so that it influenced your music. Do you want to talk about the influence of external forces on your music? John: You know, I think … Continue reading Sevendust with Tremonti, Cane Hill, Lullwater, and Kirra at the NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia February 9th, 2019

Puddle of Mudd with 710OIL and Mick Blankenship at Boathouse Live in Newport News, Virginia January 10, 2019

Fans were not disappointed at the Puddle of Mudd show held at the relatively new venue, Boathouse Live in Newport News, Virginia. There were many locals present, musicians and fans alike, who came to see 710OIL, one of the openers, after a months-long hiatus from the local stages. Frontman Chris Johnson took a leave of absence to have some neck surgery but was back full … Continue reading Puddle of Mudd with 710OIL and Mick Blankenship at Boathouse Live in Newport News, Virginia January 10, 2019