Wayland, Angry Waters, and Tony Williams Warm Up The What's Up Lounge

January 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Wayland made a return to Mankato, MN on Thursday, January 26th and delivered a top notch show like always!  I was a little worried about a weekday show, but there were quite a few people at the show.  It's nice to see support for local venues and great music.  Thanks to 95.7 The Rock Station and The What's Up Lounge for continuing to bring great musical acts to Mankato!  Speaking of 95.7, here are a few shots of Spence and Zimmy throughout the night!

Tony Williams started out the show around 8:15.  He was running a little late, but he still managed to get set up quickly and started playing within a few minutes.  He was solo on this stop, so he would create beats and guitar rhythms by recording them first, playing back while adding more, and then playing and singing over that.  I find it fascinating when artists do that for some reason.  His set was shorter, but I enjoyed the songs he played and would like to hear more in the future from Tony Williams.

Next up was local favorite, Angry Waters.  I've written about them so many times, I'm not sure what I can add.  If you haven't seen one of their shows, make a point to see one.  They have the type of music that is great to chill out and have a drink while listening to.  Great group of guys too!  Their set was shorter due to time, but they pulled out all the stops, including Jeff, (the guitarist), playing with the guitar behind his head and with his tongue!  I love catching Angry Waters when I can and I look forward to the new music they are working on right now!

It was time for Wayland to kick some ass.  There was a brief pause while they handled some technical issues with Phillip's guitar, but they quickly brushed it off, thanked the person helping, and got to rocking!  Now, if you haven't seen these guys live, you are missing out on a show that has pretty much everything you could want, minus the pyro and visual effects.  However, Wayland doesn't need the fancy stuff in their show because their ability far outweighs the need for them.  If Phillip and Mitch wailing on the guitar and Dean's groove on the low end don't impress, Mitch's ability to hit just about any note should.  Phillip and Mitch still do the copying part during their cover of "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin where Phillip plays the guitar and Mitch matches it with his voice.  Their newly appointed drummer, Nigel, did great and it seemed as though he had been with them for years!  There were times when the music stopped briefly and once a couple of women in the crowd could be heard during the silence.  Mitch stopped the show and started talking with them, which was funny to see.  Another time they were talking with a man that wanted to do shots of something.  All the crowd interactions were pretty funny.  All in all, it was a great show as always.  Wayland doesn't disappoint and I really an looking forward to seeing them live again already!  Do yourself a favor and check out one of their shows.  They tour almost constantly, so it shouldn't be hard to find them!

This was the first show of the year for me and I can't think of a better show to kick off 2017!  Thanks for following Askew View and stay tuned for all the great things happening in 2017!

As always, get out and support live music and I'll see you out there!


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