Big Money Shot final 15 performances – Night 3

September 16th, 2011 by  |  Published in Concerts, Features

After 2 nights of LiVE 88.5’s Big Money Shot I went into the last night with high expectations, having seen 4 of the bands previously. Those expectations were met and then some!

Up first were the Orchid Thieves, the only band I hadn’t seen previously. I really enjoyed their set. It was filled with catchy guitar riffs and strong vocals. I suggest you visit their website and take a listen to some of their music and get out to catch a performance.

Hitting the stage next was Wise, Young & King. I first saw these guys in the Big Money Shot last year and have been a fan ever since. Straight ahead rock music. Lead singer Alan Charlton has a fantastic raspy voice that was made for rock ‘n roll. Get out and see these guys play soon! They also have a new album on the way. I’ll be sure to pass along the details when it’s ready. They are currently offering up a new song as a free download on their website every month. Take a listen and tell your friends!

Big Jeezus Truck put on one hell of a show. They have a fantastic stage presence. I have seen them twice this year, and they are one of my favorite local bands to photograph. High energy and always mugging for the camera. The driving beat of their psychobilly sound makes for some good listening too!

If you like your music heavy, then you might want to check out Down In Ashes. I first saw them in the competition 4 or 5 years ago, and every year since. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this band has come a long way! Their fan base seems to grow larger every time I see them, and the top 6 finish this year is well deserved. Despite the short set, they still managed to squeeze in guitar and drum solos. Koji can really tear it up on his 7-string. Keep your eyes on these guys.

Last up was Silvergun & Spleen. I will admit that I had seen them play in previous years and wasn’t really impressed. After this show, I consider myself converted. I only planned on sticking around for a couple songs, but ended up staying for the full set. Their stage performance was better and their playing was tighter. This band is now coming into their own. I look forward to seeing them again in November. Congratulations to them as well for advancing into the top 6!

You can also view the photos from night 1 and night 2

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