Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ande Conda

Who: Ande Conda
What: Benefit Concert
When: Friday, May 8 2009 - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Benton St. Bar & Grill
How Much: Donations

Ande Conda is hosting a benefit concert on Friday, May 8th for the family of Rondell Reisner, who passed away March 27th, leaving behind a wife, young daughter & a teenage son. They had no insurance & the family is in immediate financial need.

There will be 5 bands & raffles from local businesses. Come support a great cause. Any help getting prizes to raffle will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

Jeff Beery - Vocals
Ronnie Moore - Lead Guitar/Vocals
Richard Green - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Brian Miera - Bass/Vocals
Chris Anderson - Drums/Vocals

I saw Ande Conda at the Benton Street last weekend. My impressions - this band is all about guitars - great, big guitar sounds with a great, big classic hard rock tenor vocalist to back it up. Fans enthusiastically stood close to the stage, watching Moore as he ripped through lead solos, cheering him on as he effortlessly reproduced guitar licks from the greats - Eddie Van Halen and Slash.

Little known fact about "Sweet Child o' Mine" (Guns N' Roses): In an interview for Hit Parader magazine in 1988, bassist Duff McKagan said:
"The thing about 'Sweet Child,' it was written in five minutes. It was one of those songs, only three chords. You know that guitar lick Slash does at the beginning? It was kinda like a joke because we thought, 'What is this song? It's gonna be nothin', it'll be filler on the record.' And except that vocal-wise, it's very sweet and sincere, Slash was f**kin' around when he first wrote that lick."
And speaking of 'Sweet Child,' Beery really nailed the vocals - not an easy song to cover with a male vocalist. Miera is just great and clearly keeps the stage energy high.

If I have any critique for Ande Conda, it would be to encourage Green to step it up on his vocals and stage presence. He has a good bass voice to balance out Beery's tenor. And Anderson, give me more fills and tom work! It's the drums that get us out on the dance floor.

Bassist Brian Miera (acting as spokesman for the band) said,
"I love the music scene here, but would be nice if there was more clubs here to play. One thing I have seen other cities do, is the clubs rotate the music weekends, one weekend one club is Rock, the other club is Country,& one will Blues/Jazz, than they rotate on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. That way, all the bars get a li'l bit of everything, not just Country all the time, or Rock all the time.

The music industry, I wish it was all about just playing music, but we all know it isn't. (There is) a lot of corporate stuff involved. From a musician's standpoint, I just want to share my music with the world, and not deal with all that riff-raff, but that's life in the music world."

Favorites from the set list:
Sweet Child O' Mine
Play That Funky Music
Sweet Home Alabama
Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Living After Midnight
Fast As You
My Own Worst Enemy
Over The Mountain
Sweet Emotion
Rock My World
Shook Me All Night Long

Upcoming Shows:
Apr 24, 25 and May 22, 23 @ Dolly’s in Rigby
May 1, 2 @ Taps in Pocatello
May 16 @ First National Bar in Pocatello
May 29, 30 @ Muddys in Idaho Falls

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