Paris Live Open Mic “It All Came From the Blues” Concert July 21st
The Paris Live Open Mic Live Concert was a sizzling slice of summertime song! On Saturday July 21st 2012, Buffalo Joe’s opened up their doors for a gathering of friends and fans to celebrate local music. Benefiting the Paris Blues Society Scholarship Fund, Paris Live Open Mic and InParisTexas.com proudly presented the lineup of local favorites.
Kicking off the fun-filled day of spectacles was a rapper by the name of Block Gates. He started the show off right as he performed songs like his current single “Friday”. Up next were the Psychobilly boys of North East Texas. The P-Town Skanks have been blasting out their unique style of murderous swinging rock. They lit up the stage with tunes like “Texas Heat” and “Memories from a Subconscious Mind”. In the third slot was one of Paris Texas’ most stage ready performers. Troy Gray (Leck) exploded on stage with his team to give the crowd what they wanted. His style of original hip-hop/rap is like no other. Along with Lil Hill and J-Rec, Leck performed professionally on tracks like his latest single “25 Bows”.
Following Leck and taking the place of the Billion Dollar Blues Band was a long awaited return of the Triptones. Chris Lancaster, Chad Altenbaumer, and Jason Jones have the ability to bring a cool breeze of melody under the summer sun. They jammed out tunes like their current single on Paris Live Open Mic called “Ain’t no Fault”. Between each set of local music madness, Super Dave and I threw out free shirts, stickers, gift certificates from Electric Steel Body Jewelry, local artist Cd’s, and more to the crowd! The day was beginning to cool down and Fallen was ready to take the stage. Fallen is more than likely the best heavy rock band in Paris Texas, and has a following to prove it. The Fallen fans flocked to the stage to catch an autographed CD from Paris Live Open Mic, and with an introduction the guys set the stage on fire! Songs from their current EP like “Eyes of Medusa” and “B*tch” had the crowd fixated on the stage.
As the sun tried to disappear in the distance, Jeremy Phifer was ready to give everyone his original country music mash-up. He wowed Buffalo Joe’s with songs like “Cigarettes & Gasoline”, “Devil in Disguise”, and even a rendition of “Purple Rain” by Prince in which he walked around the deck at Joe’s whaling on lead guitar. In the supporting slot was a lyrical beast going by the name of Mic Manik. He impressed everyone with his stage presence, energy, and style. His crew on stage with him consisted of long-time collaboration partners “Ashtre”, “Wendell Johnson”, and “A.D. Garcia”. Mic Manik is a force to be reckoned with. His unique blend of rap meets rock and hip-hop raises the bar for all local artists. The Manik crew tossed out chilling tracks like “Manik Land”, “Godzilla Vs. King Kong”, and the newest lyrical edition to the Manik collection entitled “Painting Pictures” featuring Preston Hall. The entire courtyard was full of Manik Heads showing love to Paris Live Open Mic’s favorite artist. After the Manik dust settled, it was time for the headliner of the show. Merrol Ray & the Regulators have been all over the country pumping out their rocking style of melodic country music. These guys ended the day of fun with a rocked out set of musical madness. Merrol Ray has the ability to teleport you to a place where the six-string is king. The guys ripped it up on sings like “Stanley”, “King of the Blues”, and current single in rotation on PLOM “Dancing Hard”. What a way to end a day filled with good times and celebrating of our music scene.
InParisTexas.com & Paris Live Open Mic would like to give special thanks to Buffalo Joe’s, The Paris Blues Society, Hangar 18 Studios (Robert Hauck & Kat), Electric Steel Body Jewelry, Toyota of Paris, J&L Paving, Ronnie Melvin, and all of the local musicians that participated in this epic gathering of local music love.
We have a tremendous amount of notable artists in our area and Paris Live Open Mic is here to bring that talent to light. Paris Live Open Mic is LIVE 24/7 and they introduce new music to the archive every Wednesday night at 8pm. To listen, simply log on to http://www.parislive.org/
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Photos by Robbie Gunn and Autumn Hill