Alabama Shakes >> Hang Loose in Phoenix [Veterans Memorial Coliseum]

Alabama Shakes >> hit up the Arizona State Fair this past Thursday for a powerful premier performance in the desert. The 1.5 hour headliner-only set in the ancient ruins of Phoenix was powerful behind frontwoman Brittany Howard's driving vocals and mean southern strumming.

Alabama Shakes >> Veterans Memorial Coliseum

The Shakes have such a great sound that I am not incredibly versed in but I absolutely adore what they bring. Ms. Howard and her Forrest Gump-ish band certainly have a unique chemistry. They appear not to know or even like each other but they were fine-tuned and sounded great throughout the show which included tons of jam-heavy offerings and erratic vocals. Brittany has so much range in those chords and can belt it to the max with so much conviction.

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I'm really looking forward to encore performance this weekend at the Life Is Beautiful festival in downtown Las Vegas. It will be interesting to see what energy they bring to a massively larger crowd and how it is reciprocated. Vegas, baby. Vegas.



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