The air has gotten crispy, and the first snow fall has fallen blanketing SouthBroadwayand the rest of Denver. I am excited! That means it’stime for Lola Black’s annual XXXmas show.Within minutes of doorsopening, the venue began to quickly fill up.
21 Taras were up first.Alaskan born Julian Perron,their vocalist climbed onto stageandquickly captivating the audience. As the women swooned, guys raised their beers tothe crunching guitars which featured multiple face melting solid by James‘ Randy Rhoads’ Steinbach.James is quickly clutching a top spot as one of Denver’s premier guitarists.
LarissaVienna and The Strange were next.Those familiar with Larissa Vienna know that her vocals are haunting, while her presence is that of a lioness making the stage her prey. She’s not one of those vocalists that just hugs the mic stand for security. Vanity Welch adds violin to the mix creating a sound that is unique and daring but also stays in rhythm to the drum beat laid out by Luke Wolfe.Against Himselfis newer as far as local bands go, but they havecertainlypaid their dues. They’ve playedalongsidebands such as Snot and Sevendust and seeing their intensity live, it’s easy to see why. Vocalist David Huntholdsa gazethatpierces your soul, while his vocalspierceyour ear drums. Seriously, watch for these guys to blow up in 2017.
The first timeIsaw In The Whale was opening up for High Elevation Fest. ThoughIwasn’t sure what to expect from them at first, they quickly showed why they were selected for that festival, and now why they are playing the most prestigious local holiday bill.Very few bands have the energy that In The Whale have which considering they are a two piece is amaze-balls.Vocalist/String man Nathaniel Valdez anddrummer EricRileydosomuchwith just the two of them that I am actuallyremindedTheWhite Stripes with rock, metal and jazz influences.
Finally, you know them, you love them, and they are one of the crowned jewels of the Denver music scene. Lola Black started the night debuting the videofor their newest single ‘Last Breath’ that containeda montage of footage from their summer shows including their stint at High Elevation Fest. Opening their set with ‘Self Medicated’, they threw down withnewest additions Taylor Steele on guitar, and Kyle Ayervais on drums. Paige ‘Bird’ O’Meara and Chris ‘Crispy’ Dellinger round out Lola’s army of badassery. With their next album in the works, this is onlybeginning!