I don’t actually have a bucket list, but if I did I’d have made some big dents in it on Friday, January 20, 2023. Ever since I was 13 or 14 and heard of the wonderful magical place called The Sunset Strip and the cool bars where all my teenage idols played, I’ve wanted to go there. I never made it in the ‘80s but FINALLY decided it needed to happen when I heard that Native Sons would be out there doing a show at The Whisky. So, my girlfriends and I decided to head out to LA and see what trouble we could find.
The Whisky A Go Go is a cool multi-level bar with a huge GA/Dance area. There’s free seating upstairs and VIP/paid seating downstairs. It’s dark and the drinks are expensive, but hey, it is a gorgeous piece of history with great sound and of course, fantastic bands.
The headliners for the night were Native Sons, a 5 piece rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. The band is Ashton Blake– vocals, JT Shea– lead guitar, Victor Adriel-lead guitar, Grady Steel-drums and Truman Fleming-bass.
There were 4 openers before Native Sons took the stage at 11:30 pm. A late night but that didn’t slow them down. They hit the stage like they owned the place. Kicking the show off with “Danger,” the first song on their soon-to-be-released album Shadowhead.
Next up was their first single off the new album a killer tune called “Drama” then right into the second single “Red Leather Woman” which happens to be one of my favourite songs by them. The night continued with Ashton Blake, being the dynamic frontman he is, belting out a great mix of old and new songs. I can tell you Shadowhead is going to be a must-have album. These songs kick ass. Guitarists JT Shea and Victor Adriel were up there shredding away, looking like they were having the time of their lives swapping solos and at times reaching over to play each other’s guitars.
Grady Steel set the rhythm slamming out the beats on the drums. And, we welcomed Truman Fleming who joined the rhythm section on the bass. Getting to see the songs off Shadowhead live before it is released was really cool. The band sounded excellent and played the new songs like they had been playing them for years. This was the perfect first show for me to see at The Whisky!
To cap it all off we headed over to The Rainbow for an after-party with DJ Will. The band was there. We all had a few beers and danced and sang along when DJ Will played “Red Leather Woman”. It was a great night. While I may not have made it to The Sunset Strip in the ‘80s I’m sure happy I was able to do it now and have such an epic experience.
Make sure you check out Native Sons‘ new release Shadowhead coming March 17. Pre-orders are available now just click the link below.
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Photos by: Kryfar
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