I was thrilled to find out that such an amazing lineup was coming so close to home, and to one of my favorite venues. Brauns Concert Cove is a great venue- the main stage is located under what is basically a giant tent, which keeps the audience out of the sun. There are several areas to sit if you don’t want to stand to watch the bands, there’s tons of food and drink options and the staff is generally very nice. The flyer said doors were at 4:30 pm, however I don’t believe the first band, Station, went on until about 6 pm. I have to admit I was very impressed by Station; in the past I’ve heard only good things about them, but now after seeing them I can solidify that. I had never heard their music until I saw them perform live for the first time, and with how their music sounds it’s safe to stay that if you didn’t know any better, you’d think they were an 80’s band. The lead singer was very talented, and the rest of the band consisted of very solid players- they definitely gained a new fan that night.
Up next was the Killer Dwarfs, and it was clear to see that a large portion of the audience was there to see them. I’m not sure who pulled the largest crowd, but it was definitely between the Killer Dwarfs and Britny Fox. The Killer Dwarfs, as expected, put on a great show. The band provides a perfect mix of goofy and comedic onstage shenanigans and classic, hard hitting rock and roll music; their performance was full of jokes and spontaneity, which makes for an entertaining show from start to finish. They performed their hits, “Doesn’t Matter” and “Dirty Weapons”, alongside songs such as “Burn It Down”, “One Way Out” and “Driftin’ Back”. As far as the Killer Dwarfs go, I’m only really familiar with their most popular songs but again, I think they’ve created a new super fan out of me.
Following the Killer Dwarfs was Britny Fox, who I was most excited to see, but unfortunately delivered the most unpolished performance of the night. Having seen Britny Fox in the past I can honestly say that they put on a great show, but Saturday night’s performance at Brauns Concert Cove definitely was not their best- however I know it was predominately out of their control. Having gotten to the venue later than expected, the band missed soundcheck which in the world of live music makes all the difference. Their onstage presence was strong and their energy was high, but their microphones and instruments had other things in mind. After about two or three songs, everything was in order and sounding as it should which left the rest of the set sounding the way we all expected- great! The rest of their performance was done exceptionally well, and the band basically just had to roll with the punches in efforts to make the best out of a less than perfect situation. Between getting everything set up and trying to make things sound the way they should, the band could only perform eight or nine songs, and it was clear to see that the crowd wanted more. The band performed an array of songs from their first three albums, ranging from their most known songs “Girlschool” and “Long Way To Love”, to “Midnight Moses”, “Lonely Too Long” and their great cover of the Nazareth hit “Hair of the Dog”. Due to tight time restrictions there was no room for an encore, however speaking for the entire audience that night, I’m sure everyone in attendance is hoping to see Britny Fox return to the area very soon. The band performed to the very best of their abilities, regardless of the circumstantial difficulties they faced.
Closing out the night was Autograph, who gave us a great performance. Their sound was completely on point, as was everything else. Simon Daniels, although not the bands original lead singer, is an extraordinary talent and does an amazing job fronting the band. Autograph brought a great vibe to the stage and Steve Lynch, Autograph’s original guitarist, performed a solid guitar solo towards the end of their set. Overall, having never seen Autograph prior to this show, the band made a lasting first impression and I would definitely go see them again. Similar to the Killer Dwarfs, the transition between songs was just a relaxed couple of minutes that the band could crack a few jokes and interact with the audience- and go as far as having Randy Rand take a sip of an audience member’s drink. The band performed some of their more known songs; “Blondes in Black Cars”, “Send Her To Me”, “My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend Isn’t Me” as well as songs off their latest EP Louder such as “I Lost My Mind In America” and “You Are Us, We Are You”. They closed out their set with their smash hit “Turn Up The Radio” which brought the crowd to their feet, if they weren’t already. Autograph’s performance was a perfect mix of humor and seriousness, creating for an engaging onstage dynamic.