Bamboo Betty’s hosted two crowd-pleasing local favorite bands Friday night, The Plott Hounds and headliner Maiden Dixie. The crowd draw was greater than expected, with the overflow spilling out in to the patio area. With many taking advantage of the food and drink specials for the evening, the vibe was clearly festive and ready for some excellent southern rock sounds.
The Plott Hounds took the stage and kicked their set into high gear with ‘One Way Out’ (Allman Brothers cover). With The Plott Hounds currently working on a studio album, the nights set was filled with fan favorites, a few popular covers, and some eye opening unreleased tracks that will be on the upcoming album ‘Living Free’ (due out in July 2015). The combination of The Plott Hounds and their solid delivery during a performance never disappoints. When you combine the lead vocals of Noah Alexander, harmonizing vocals of Ansley McAllister, a little twang from Josh Braun on pedal steel, shredding lead guitar from Jeff Powell, hammering bass from Shea Marana, and solid non-stop drum rhythm from Ross Schulz, the results are a consistently entertaining performance.
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Maiden Dixie wrapped up the nights high-energy performance. While I was expecting a scaled down version of the traditional concert venue performance, Maiden Dixie came out punching and delivered a full set that instantly had the crowd up and dancing. With their new album ‘Unsafe & Sound’ out now, catching them live, especially in a small venue, was a real treat. The set was a solid combination of well selected hits from the ‘Little Black Dress’ album and the current album ‘Unsafe & Sound’. With a few covers mixed in, the crowd was fully engaged from start to finish. It is not often that I get goose bumps when I hear a song, however, Maiden Dixie seems to insight this when all the members gather center stage to sing ‘Seven Bridges Road’. The combined talent of Channing Himes, Jesse Becker, Jonathan Krentz, Drew Sherman, Zachary Scanlan, and Tyler Kloewer shines through with eachmoment of the performance. The energy on stage is professionally playful and deeply engaging.
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To see these two bands together on the same night was truly amazing. And judging from the crowd response and post performance chatter, the night was a HUGE hit!
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