I’ve been meaning to get around to convert this VHS-C of an entire show I filmed of Texas band Mineral’s farewell tour in 1997. It seemed fitting as the band is getting back together for a 25th anniversary celebration next week January 2019 for a string of shows across the country as well as new material. Very exciting!!!!!
Select Tour Dates:
01-09 Miami, FL – The Ground At Space
01-10 Orlando, FL – The Social
01-11 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
01-12 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
01-16 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living
01-17 Washington, DC – The Black Cat
01-19 Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere
01-20 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
The original Kick Bright Zine show review here. The lineup for the show was Mineral, Jejune, The Get Up Kids, Peterbuilt and a bunch of other bands I missed. This show was my introduction to Jejune, whom I would love forever 🙂 Please enjoy!
Jeffrey and Kristin Howard (Hot Hands) were rhythm section a band with two gals named Courtney (Courtney Rackley and Courtney Matzke, respectively) called Courtneys for a bit from 2005-2007. We went on tour during the summer of 2006 with one of our most favorite bands ever Doris Delay. When we weren’t toting around guns and chainsaws in our blood splattered outfits in public we recorded just about everything on our tape recorder.
This show uploaded to Bandcamp is a show we played in Valdosta, GA at the famous Rock and Roll Pizza (RIP). This was a particularly fun and crazy show with both Courtneys in top form doing what they do best – being themselves.
What you need to know is Rock Fight is the best and worst show event of the year and if you are in the Central Florida area you need to go! It returns Friday April 13th at Wills Pub in Orlando, Florida. It’s like American Idol but for punks, rock & rollers and maybe even some troublemakers. A bunch of brand new or fake bands will play three songs and be judges by a panel of punks, rock and rollers and maybe some troublemakers. Will they love it? Will they hate it and humiliate them? So far there’s been one named band: The Richard Spencer Blues Explosion. See where I am going?
The last Rock Fight somehow the band Kristin Howard was in (Nasty Paps) were the winners/losers. Some will say Gay Love was robbed. They may be right but things don’t go the way they should.
A lot of other bands went on to become real bands after Rock Fight so amidst the chaos you might see the superstars of tomorrow. Hot Hands made their their debut at Rock Fight way back in 2006. Others include Melt Face, Blood Laser, Gooch and the Pervs, Me Chinese and some others I can’t remember.
What: Rock Fight
Where: Wills Pub – Orlando, FL. 1042 N Mills Ave.
When: 9pm, $5
How much: Free
Saturday March 24, 2018
@ Lil Indies – Orlando, Florida.
Review, photographs and video by Jeffrey Howard.
On the way back from a tour out West, including a stop for SXSW, West Palm Beach singer Lindsey Mills‘s last stop came through Orlando winding up at Lil Indies. Although she’s had a high profile gig the last two and a half years as bassist with Surfer Blood, Lindsey has a long solo career and releases her music on her label, Salt Witch Records.
Opening the show was Orlando’s Harsh Radish, a solo venture by Russell Parker that develops the relationship between pop and digital sounds. I’m pretty sure this was my first time seeing him. It reminded me a lot of Shoestrings, the 90’s twee pop band, a reference that may be lost to current musical happenings but the spirit is alive and well.
Not advertised on the show flyer was singer/songwriter Ella Herrera. At first I thought she was part of Lindsey Mills band but no, they were just on tour together. For the past few years she’s been performing and honing her skills down South. Her performance pretty much stole the show for me. Solo artists can often fall flat but Herrera manages to be so honest and engaging it is impossible to turn away. Great stuff here!
Making a much needed return is the latest incarnation of Telethon, brainchild of long-time creative Matt Kamm. This time out it’s called Tele & The Ghost of Our Lord and it really packs a whallop. A new 7″ single “Dwell” came out the end of last year and were invited to perform at International Noise Fest in Miami this past February. That gave way to more shows including this low key hometown return show. From all indications Tele is hitting hard right out of the gate. Ranging from smooth grooves to abrasive thumps, the band takes a rock and roll trip to the moon and back. Hang on and bring your space suit!
There is a video from Tele & The Ghost of Our Lord from this show at the bottom of the page after the photographs.
A photograph of mine will be published in Billboard Magazine in relation to the Pulse mass shooting in Orlando. It will be in the July 2nd issue on newsstands everywhere. The online version is at the link below.
It’s for an article detailing the history of the building before Pulse when it was called Dante’s. A lot of bands, famous and not so famous, played there including Death Cab For Cutie, Groovie Ghoulies, New Roman Times and Oxes. If you are a long time Kick Bright reader then you remember many show reports from there.
Pictured (left) is all the members of Timonium, Swirlies, Brittle Stars and myself just outside the main entrance of Dante’s/Pulse Nightclub in 2000.
Bloodshot Bill, Dex Romweber, The Hooten Hollers @ Wills Pub. Thursday January 21, 2016 Show report and photographs by Jeffrey Howard.
The Hooten Hollers were already playing by the time I could get to Wills Pub. Their lineup of guitar, drums and baritone saxophone is cool. I really like when bands take on the traditional rock and roll roster of guitar/drums/bass. They were raw and fun.
Taking things even more minimal was garage rock statesman Dex Romweber, who was armed with only a Silvertone guitar and a ’68 Conn 500 amplifier. The man loves the music and it shows, not from every right and wrong note but radiates out from soul. Even when he concluded his set and turned off his amp he remained onstage with his back turned still playing a song to himself. You know that’s for fucking real.
Canada’s Bloodshot Bill usually performs as a one-man band. Or as he calls it a “one man banned”. This Florida tour he enlisted his friends Nadeem Khan (The WildTones, The Delusionaires) and Joshua Johnson (Wahyas). Basically, it’s Tandoori Knights without King Khan. They ripped it up onstage and ended with an encore bringing Dex Romweber onstage on guitar.
YouTube superstar AdamTheWoo is visiting Orlando this week and stopped by Kick Bright Shop and Buttons and filmed his Daily Woo video at Artegon Marketplace. Adam is a longtime friend of mine. We met back in The Hot Six days, the early 2000s, when our bands had practice spaces next to each other and played shows together. A few years ago we filmed a filming locations video together for the Orlando-made movie D.A.R.Y.L., one of my favorite movies growing up.
Adam is having a meet up this Saturday January 23rd at 3pm at Fun Spot on International Drive. He’ll have some special buttons to hand out to everyone who attends. Guess where he’s getting them made? See ya there!
Making and receiving mix tapes is cool. It’s not a lost art if you know the right person. What if I told you could make a mix tape but instead of it being on cassette but have it cut straight to vinyl? You can right here in Central Florida!
One cool thing about Central Florida is we have Rabbitfoot Records in Sanford that can press small run vinyl records. When I mean small I mean like 1 or 2 copies though I have heard they can do up to 50. All you have to do is bring them a CD or cassette or whatever and they can cut it to vinyl with their special record press.
They stopped about two years ago but have brought back this special service in January 2016. They’d make great gifts or if you DJ you can make a vinyl mix of music you only have digitally. The possibilities are almost limitless.
Rabbitfoot Records is located in Sanford at 307 E 2nd Street Sanford, FL 32771. You can get price quotes at firstname.lastname@example.org.