July Rockfest Big Success at the Depot
Saturday night was the July Rockfest at the Depot. The first act was Jennifer Dorsey with Chris Yates. This was the first time that Jennifer performed at the Depot. Her songs were reminiscent of a young Alanis Morissette or the singer of the Cranberries. From “Fatal” to “Who Knows” to “Zombie”, to “Okay” and “Van Gogh”, Jennifer’s sound was earthy and conjured up images of sitting in a coffee house. Chris Yates, drummer for Basic #5, accompanied her acoustic guitar with a bongo drum.
Up next was Shallow Edge, who performed some originals and a few covers. The highlight of Shallow Edge’s set was the instrumental piece at the end. The guitarists and drummer were very much in sync.
Their performance had an edge not previously heard in other performances. Even Justin Rosson seemed to be singing and playing on a different level. Their set was still a good part of the show, and their next performance will be posted on our event site inparistexas.net
Silent Coup first performed in public at the April Rockfest. This performance was a vast improvement from that very first show. Ryan T, Ryan M, and Robbie were playing on a higher level. The lyrics were grittier, the drums were harsher, and the guitars rocked harder. Silent Coup not only performed what they consider their normal set list, but they also threw in “H-n-H” and “$50 a Day”, to the delight of the crowd.
Last but not least was Red October. Chad Linsey of MyRock 96.5 emceed the event, though he was present shortly after Jennifer Dorsey’s set. Red October was the hardest metal group of the night. They performed originals “Shotgun Joey”, “Lost”, “Knock em Dead Kid”, and other songs as well as a short cover of “Sad But True” and “Man in the Box”. It was my first time, as well as many other people who came out to the Depot, seeing Red October. Having heard about this amazing group months and months ago, and finally seeing them live, was an experience that will not soon be forgotten.
Highlights of the night would include: the extended drum solo by Chris Mead, the impromptu and short-lived mosh pit that popped up, Ryan T of Silent Coup singing alongside Brent Bates, the back-up vocals by Justin Rosson, as well as the fact that Red October did not want to stop rocking. The audience didn’t want them to stop either.
The next Rockfest is set for August 20th, so don’t miss it if you enjoy good live local music, drinks, and friends.
Photos Courtesy of Quentin Carpenter