An Adelitas Way headlining tour is dynamic, diverse, and daring. Each band brought their charisma and painted their artistry in signature style.
Outside of Society, a local Utah band, opened the stage and guided the crowd with grunge vocals and a stage-owning bassist. These guys have earned their fan following with a pumped up alternative style.
Afterward, Manafest flooded the venue with a rap-rock genre. This artist skips from hip-hop and rock so smoothly, you’ll forget you ever had a musical preference and bang your head just like the rest of us. If you haven’t heard Manafest, I suggest you do, or miss out on an up and comer; your choice.
Why is it hair and rock go so well together? Aside from the headbanging activities in a metal performance, I think it’s the rebellious symbolism. Long locks might be accepted in this liberal day and age, but at the heart its society’s outlaws saying, “I’ll do what I want.” Somehow the next band, The Black Moods, were able to jam between the black sheep label and radio friendly fun. However, they do it, I like it. The Black Moods’ melodies and upbeat drums establish an environment meant for good times and memories.
Switching gears, we were given a delectable audio with Letters from the Fire‘s flawless performance. Not only did they interact with the crowd during the show with full cheese smiles and winks, guitarist Mike Keller payed special attention to his fans. Even my buddy, Larry Lucius, got a chance to interact and satisfy his fandom before and after the show.
From there, Adelitas Way dominated the night with vocalist Rick DeJesus’ statement, “You tell your friend’s who didn’t come to this show, what the fuck they’re missing!” I know how to take good advice when I hear it, so here goes:
Adelitas Way spun the venue around, lifted the crowd into the air, and slammed us down with metal mastery. With banter, laughter, and an acoustic change-up (with a joking guitar smash antic), Adelitas Way showed us how the pros do it. They executed the old, showcased the new, and gave us never before played live features. We sang along, because how could you not with the addictive tones of DeJesus, and headbanged until our muscles burned and our necks ached.
This headlining performance had us singing praises long after the show finished. When the music stopped, the band joined us mortals, and gave the fans a VIP meet and greet. DeJesus took the party outside when the venue closed down, and left us with memories of hugs and music. We weren’t just witnesses to the symphony of strings and punching drums, we were involved and Adelitas Way welcomed us into their talented production.
Thank you Adelitas Way for showing Utah the community rock represents and the connection accomplished through your music.