We call The Rave our home in Milwaukee, considering how many shows we’ve experienced behind these historical doors. And if you don’t follow the paranormal, The Rave has a haunted pool, which is considered one of the most haunted areas in Milwaukee.
Not expecting the local scene to know much about the evening’s openers, The Velveteers, who absolutely shook the stage with absolutely great performance, made the downstairs stage at the Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. My mistake. They owned it from the start.
Now, I apologize, I did not get a chance to deep dive into their music. But I have them in my mix now. Demi, not only being the front person, but kills it on guitar. Baby Pottersmith (drums) and Jonny Fig (keys and drums), drew the audience in with their versatility and raw talent. Switching up instruments and even at one point, Pottersmith went into the audience with a drum and absolutely went berserk!
Overall, it was refreshing to hear an opening act bring so much energy. Check them out!
Looking at the average time for The Glorious Sons’ live sets in the past, they averaged about one hour twenty minutes. And I was hoping we were all in for the long haul tonight.
A recent replacement to Glorious Sons lineup, after Chris Koster’s sudden departure, was Peter van Helvoort. Sad moment to many fans, considering the writing prowess of Koster.
Everyone was on edge every time a fill in song was ending, thinking that was the que for the music to start. Then… Here’s The Glorious Sons!
Opening with “Mercy Mercy”, off of their new album “Glory”, which electrified the audience right away. And it didn’t stop there. Fav songs like “Poor Heart”, “Sinner”, “Panic”, and “Lean on Me Love” captivated fans throughout the night.
Brett, barefoot, was all over the stage, like he was just released from captivity. And this man can’t stop. One hour, twenty. Good lord. I’m exhausted just watching him.
Then, as if they had somewhere to go, the band leaves the stage. The crowd chants over and over until… The Glorious Sons return. Now, I was waiting and waiting for my favorite. And after the boys from Canada encored a couple of fan favorites, finally, HEAVY. I was waiting for it. And they did not disappoint.
This was one of those shows that illustrates what a raw, live show should be like. With all the energy, talent and crowd response, I am still feeling it from the show. It was one of those shows where you’ve heard the bands’ recordings, watched the YouTube videos, and read the articles. But all of it paled comparison to this great night of amazing live music. Can’t wait to see them again!