When music maven promoter/curator Pamnation talks, The Music Matterslistens, as we all should when looking for the finest in up and coming artists. Our journey last Wed brought us down to the Jersey Shore, in the land of Springsteen to The Wonder Bar. When showtime began, we were reminded of the opening line of Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting ” as it was “packed pretty tight in here tonight”. Followers of this blog well recognize the excellence of Wild Adriatic as they’ve been mentioned many times. This evening as warm up for the sold out performance was no exception for them with their unique blend of Classic Rock and Soul. Their latest album “Feel” should be a regular on your turntable and streaming playlists.
Up next was Fantasy Records recording artists, The Marcus King Band. In addition to Marcus on vocals and guitar the band features Jack Ryan(Drums),Stephen Campbell(bass),Justin Johnson (Trumpet/Trombone/Background Vocals/Tambourine) Matt Jennings(Organ/Keyboards), with Dean Mitchell (Saxophone). Kudos to Warren Haynes for recognizing Marcus early. At the age of 21 he is an absolute STAR. You see it in his eyes, the smile, the soul in his playing. Everything rings with sincerity as he gives of himself to the audience using his unique blend of Blues and Rock musings. His band is AAA+++ and they proved it with first rate improvisational jamming throughout their 90 minute set. Those there will certainly remember the evening well as it’s very likely this band will be on much larger stages in the very near future