The Mavericks at House of Blues Anaheim

The Mavericks
Date:
March 4, 2016
Location:
House of Blues, Anaheim

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Story
Back on tour to promote their new album The Mavericks stopped by The House of Blues, Anaheim for their Mono Mundo Tour.

I arrived late that evening managing to witness half of The Mavericks performance. The venue was wall to wall crowded with enthusiastic fans that I had to view them in the back. By this time the band had found their groove blasting sweet country swing music. Raúl Malo stood front and center wearing a bright red shirt with a black cowboy hat to complete his outfit. His strong vocals along with his stunning guitar playing filled the venue with incredible music. This was the reason why I came out tonight; to see this man play live. He did not disappoint at all and in fact exceed my expectations.  This singer had charm that cannot be beat, which heightened the experience of seeing this band.

Though every one in the band was exceptional, Jerry Dale McFadden was a standout. In a bright lime green suit he had lots  of energy playing that piano phenomenal. I have never seen someone play a piano with such  enthusiasm before. They continued on into the night for an hour never letting down their high energy. My favorite part of their performance was them playing Mexican music. I honestly was not expecting them to play this type of music, just country. That was the highlight of my night jamming to some traditional Mexican music from a Latino artist. All in all it was a lively night having the opportunity to view this band.

The Mavericks Setlist
1. All Night Long
2. Summertime (When I’m With You)
3. Stories We Could Tell
4. What You Do To Me
5. Fall Apart
6. Harvest Moon
7. The Only Questions Is
8. Back in Your Arms Agan
9. Lies
10. Born To Be Blue
11. Pardon me/Give Peace A Chance
12. There Goes My Heart
13. I Should Have Been True
14. What Am I Supposed To Do
15. I Said I Love
16. I’m Leaving It Up To You
17. Nitty Gritty
18. Guantanamera/ Twist and Shout
19. Every Little Thing About You

Encore:
20. Dance In the Moonlight
21. All Over Again
22. Come Unto Me
23. All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down

Trivial Notes

  • 22nd concert at House of Blues, Anaheim.
  • At the end of the concert an elderly couple was walking down the steps. They had one to many to drink but didn’t expect them to fall down. They did though with the woman falling face down on the floor. She didn’t for a minute but afterwards she got up with a large bruise on her face. She claimed she was OK and quickly left with the man.

TesseracT, The Contorionist, Erra, and Skyharbor at House of Blues Anaheim

TesseracT
The Contortionist
Erra
Skyharbor
Date:
November 21, 2015
Location:
House of Blues, Anaheim

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Story
TesseracT was on their Polaris North American tour with The Contortionist, Erra, and Skyharbor.

Mixing up the time of the concerts me and my partner arrived late completely missing Skyharbor but were oblivious of the fact until the end. Erra was the first band that we viewed for the night. Their performance was filled with white, colorful lights that contrasted their dark music. My partner enjoyed this band the most since this is the type of music that he listens to.  I enjoyed the contrast as it made their songs sound out, and not to mention made it easier to take clearer photos. Just like the other bands of the night all the members were wearing black or dark colors.

Up next was The Contortionist who hit the stage pretty soon. The lighting of their performance was different from Erra. This band performed predominately in the dark with low lighting. Musically the tone and style was similar to Erra but had more instrumental only sections. The band’s instrumental background music was beautifully haunting with the lead singer’s vocals that echoed throughout the room. Due to this I found the music soothing , something that I was not expecting.

Around this time we had been standing for a few hours and his legs were getting tired. We decided to go outside on the second floor and sit in the stairway to rest up. At this point we were clueless on the fact that TesseracT was the one performing on stage. Quickly looking up on Instagram I realized this mistake and we decided to view the band for a while before calling it a night. From the few songs that we viewed on the band the lead singer had a loud strong vocals that was unique. From my memory I enjoyed the band and wish to see them again to write a better review.

TesseracT Setlist
1. Dystopia
2. Messenger
3. Concealing Fate, Part 2: Deception
4. Concealing Fate, Part 3: The Impossible
5. Of Matter – Proxy
6. Of Matter – Retrospect
7. Of Matter – Resist
8. Of Mind – Exile
9. April
10. Hexes
11. Of Mind – Nocturne
12. Survival
13. Concealing Fate, Part 1: Acceptance

The Contortionist Setlist
1. Language I: Intuition
2. Language II: Conspire
3. Integration
4. Thrive
5. Primordial Sound
6. Flourish
7. The Parable

Erra Setlist
1. Dreamcatcher
2. Pulse
3. White Noise
4. Heart
5. Alpha Seed
6. Hybrid Earth

Skyharbor Setlist
1. Evolution
2. Blind Side
3. Out of Time
4. Patience
5. Celestial

Trivial Notes

  • 12th concert at House of Blues, Anaheim.
  • First contest that I won from Metal Assault (thank you!).
  • Ian Eubanks of Erra left the band at the end of this tour being replaced by T.J Cavey.