REVIEW: 4-24-16 CHVRCHES Cuts Its “Sermon” Early in Tempe but Saves the Faith

TEMPE, Ariz. — CHVRCHES, Scottish synthpop / indietronica band, began their set at Marquee Theatre with the first track of their Every Open Eye album, “Never Ending Circles”. The power of their performance was a force to be reckoned with. Lauren Mayberry’s vocals were very impressive and unique, which could especially be appreciated live. The show was sold out, and the energy of the crowd was beautiful. The high-production light show behind the band was dazzling.

CHVRCHES at Marquee Theatre 4-24-16
Mobile Photo of CHVRCHES performing at Marquee Theatre

It was during only the second song, “Keep You On My Side”, that something seemed to be amiss; as Lauren’s vocals started cracking suspiciously early into the show for vocal strain to be an issue. In the midst of “Empty Threat”, Lauren stopped singing for what one might have assumed was exacerbation about an equipment failure. Her band mates continued playing a bit longer, until it was clear that she just wasn’t having it. They looked over at Lauren with clear concern and made haste to put the show on pause, explaining that she was very sick.

If a vocalist pushes to perform when they are truly too sick to be singing, they can permanently damage their voice. Any true fan, or person with a shred of compassion for that matter, should be glad that she was taking care of herself instead of running that risk. It must have sucked for the band and crew too, since they were producing a motion picture about the band at this concert; as indicated by a print-out at the box office window.

A personal opinion: The experience of the first 2 and 1/2 songs alone was enough to satisfy.

The crowd waited in anticipation for a few minutes, before CHVRCHES came back on stage. Determined to give their fans a show worth their time and effort to make it out, Lauren Mayberry and Martin Doherty traded places. Martin sang “We Sink”, which is normally sung by Lauren, and he BROUGHT IT! This was Martin’s time to shine, as he saved the night owning the performance with magical energy and ear candy vocals. Concert-goer grins were huge as they were cheering him on for taking  the role, and the roar of the crowd was deafening!

That atmosphere carried through as Martin fronted two more songs that he regularly sings – “High Enough to Carry You Over” and “Under the Tide”. We were all thrilled and united in heartfelt support, and didn’t feel shafted.

Lauren came back to sing for the last song on their set that would be cut short. She told us she would be taking measures to avoid vomiting on stage. Speaking of her performance up until then, she shamefully confessed and apologized that she didn’t have pitch due to the illness. Fans nearby could be overheard speaking in a tone of surprise about how they hadn’t noticed. She gave a heartfelt monologue expressing their gratitude to fans, and assuring that their tickets would be good when CHVRCHES comes back to Arizona in October.

CHVRCHES closed their concert with “The Mother We Share”, after which the crowd quickly funneled out. In my opinion, this wasn’t a terrible time to finish, considering it was Sunday night… Any 9-to-5ers can typically relate to this sentiment. Of course CHVRCHES was, without a doubt, worth coming out. And even though they gave us 7 songs vs. their full set, that sentiment certainly rang true to the dense crowd.

No regrets. We are grateful that CHVRCHES did everything they could to satiate hungry fans, and their live concert was incredible regardless of the length (…which really wasn’t that short). Get well soon Lauren! We appreciate your professionalism, and you don’t need to apologize. You are human – take care of yourself! Arizona will eagerly anticipate your return!

Update: The make-up show is Thursday, October 6. Your ticket from the April 24th concert will be accepted for entry.

If you would prefer to have a refund issued, contact the Marquee box office by phone at 480.829.1300 (M to F, 12p-6p) or by email at orders@luckymanonline.com no later than May 18 to process a refund. Have your ticket confirmation # handy.

A special thank you to Dustin Mitchell for contributing the setlist for this review.

VIDEO: Nate Ruess Goes Crazy at Alt AZ 93.3’s FestivALT 4-23-16

I had the honor of being asked to produce a video for Nate Ruess, as he paid homage to the late, great Prince last night at Alt AZ 93.3’s FestivALT in downtown Phoenix, Arizona!

Check out the mind-blowing performance from Nate Ruess and The Band Romantic below!

Video Production (Footage, Audio, and Editing)
by Katherine VegaKataklizmic Design

CHECK OUT KATAKLIZMIC DESIGN’S NATE RUESS PHOTOS FROM FESTIVALT!

BREAKING: RIP Prince – 1958-2016

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016)

‘s death has now been confirmed by his publicist.
He was 57 years old.

Video Below: A tribute to a legend that has passed too soon, take a look back at Prince’s iconic Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show through a rain and wind storm.

Watch it On NFL’s YouTube Channel

BREAKING! Alt AZ 93.3 FestivAlt Schedule FINALLY Released!

2PM (Doors Open)
2:30P Luxxe
3:30P Jason DeVore
4:35P Never Shout Never
5:40P JR JR
6:50P BØRNS
8P KONGOS
9:20P Nate Ruess (from fun. and The Format)

Regular tickets are $39 + fees,
and day of show will be about $45 + fees.

Click Here for Tickets

REVIEW: Lacey Sturm at Pub Rock 4-7-16

Lacey Sturm at Pub Rock
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Lacey Sturm is a girl after our hearts, with a clearly compassionate desire to heal them through her music. Her graciousness and gratitude for her fans and career were impossible to go unnoticed throughout her performance at Pub Rock last night. You can tell that all of her heart pours into her songs, and I suspect that it is a very emotional and therapeutic experience. She is one of those musicians whose live vocals sound just like her produced music, if not better due to the live emotion. And you could tell the live band genuinely loves playing this music, and has a real bond with one another.

I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Lacey before her performance, and was able to express to her how her tracks “Vanity” and “Rot” really resonated with me, having previously been in an abusive relationship. Lacey thanked me for telling her, and gave me a tight and loving hug before being pulled away. You can tell Lacey has some loving people in her entourage who can see how precious she is and want to safeguard her.

Later on, I picked up her book “The Reason: How I Discovered a Life Worth Living” from the merch table; and read the back blurb about how she was once a suicidal atheist who had been abused, depressed, and disgusted with Christianity. Whether you are Christian or not, a story of someone’s experience with hitting bottom and recovering is inspirational and sorely needed for many of us to hear; I can’t wait to read it!

Lacey Sturm at Pub Rock
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The essence of Lacey as she is performing transcends human… She truly feels like a little angel with immense power. It is really fascinating to see this meek woman transform into a “rock princess”. Before playing “Faith”, Lacey said that it was one of her favorites; and it was really magical to see her bright grin as she danced and jumped around while performing the song. It is no doubt that Lacey Sturm has a vast amount of fans who are thankful that she is with us to share her wisdom, her gift, her hard work and talent, her massive voice.

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Lacey Sturm & Openers – Pub Rock 4-7-16

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PHOTOS: Coheed and Cambria – Marquee Theater 3-21-16

Photos of Coheed and Cambria performing at Marquee Theater on March 21, 2016.

Coheed And Cambria – Marquee Theater 3-21-16

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PHOTOS: Vance Joy – Marquee Theatre 03-01-16

Photos of Vance Joy performing at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona on March 1, 2016.

Vance Joy – Marquee Theatre 03-01-16

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PHOTOS: Elle King – Marquee Theatre 03-01-16

Photos of Elle King performing at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona on March 1, 2016.

Elle King – Marquee Theatre 03-01-16

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PHOTOS: Jamie Lawson – Marquee Theatre 03-01-16

Photos of Jamie Lawson performing at Marquee Theatre in Tempe, Arizona on March 1, 2016.

Jamie Lawson – Marquee Theater 03-01-16

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Postmodern Jukebox – Mesa Arts Center 12-08-15

Photos of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox performing at Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Arizona on December 8, 2015.

Postmodern Jukebox – Mesa Arts Center 12-08-15

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