Monday, April 6, 2015
RIPPLEFEST – A SLICE OF ROCK AND ROLL
Blackwulf started the night off in blistering fashion with a brand spanking new song called Colossus. Let me tell you folks the entire band put their heart and soul into it as evidenced by the tone in Alex's clean muscular voice and Pete's suave smile to accompany his shredding guitar, and Scott & Dave’s thrashy bass lines. The venue sounded pretty decent for its rather small size and the crowd was 100% engaged as the band played on. Of the 7 song set only two songs were released material, meaning the majority of the set was off their upcoming album. I caught myself bobbing my head a bit heavier than normal at times during the set to the groove of some extremely meaty riffs.
Next up was the mighty Zed. Ever since I discovered these guys I have imagined they'd put on a good live show and I was about to find out. As the crowd shuffled to refill their drinks and Blackwulf began to take down their equipment I cornered Mark Aceves of Zed to make sure he was up to the task of following that amazing set. We laughed as he admitted he wasn't sure if they could top it, especially since, apparently, he was so excited that he may have had one too many drinks pre-show. "I think I ate too much Ripple cake, hope I don't fall off the stage," Mark joked. However I was confident along with the crowd, and sure enough the strapping Zed finally seized the stage. Frontman, Pete Sattari broke out the set with his signature Cornell infused chops on 'The River' from their debut album ‘The Invitation’, rocking straight into the live debut of a new song "Across The Sea" which will assuredly please Zed fans across the sea and back again. Maintaining their signature funk infused grunge attack, the new material is a steady progression into the Zed era of rock. What I loved about the show was how engaged the band was to the even more engaged audience. Everyone at the show was extremely happy, smiling, banging their heads, raising the fists and rocking out to the bay area’s godfathers of rock, otherwise known as Zed. Knowing that I was going to attempt to do a review of this show I guess I should have taken some video or some cool photos, but I always struggle taking my attention away from the show, especially as riveting as it was up to the point of Zed. Playing classics from "Please", "Desperation", "Skin and Bones", "Killing Machine", and another new one "Man of the Mountain" towards the end of the set, Zed was firing on all cylinders. From the groovy drums and funky basslines to the polarizing vocals and catchy guitar riffs, Zed put on one hell of a show. Again, everyone was having a blast and the energy could be felt throughout the room.