MAMA'S LOVE & BIG DADDY LOVE
Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)
Doors Open: 8:00 - Headliner Begins: 10:00
"Mama’s Love’s music is syncopated rock that tends to seamlessly flow from one song into the next with strong guitar licks, good melodies and smooth, yet smoky vocals. Their sound has a late 60′s and 70′s classic rock feel to it and evokes memories of a better time in musical history." - Music News Nashville
"'Suzanna' is the song The Doobie Brothers need to release now to be relevant." - Flagpole
“From the sawdust floor shuffle of ‘Texas Truckstop Boogie’ to the secret weapon of keyboard man William Boyd to some serious hooks that catch your attention within the first few seconds, Mama’s Love proves its affection for unadulterated, hairy-chested rock and roll while adding a few new steps to the playbook, too.” - Flagpole
“Mama’s Love sports a comfortable, classic sound that contains memories of a purer time in rock.” -Red & Black
“Splicing electric guitar chords and rock vocals within a mostly funk set is what separates these men from the boys – it’s all about reinventing old influences.” -Creative Loafing
"Everything I've been dying to witness in The Classic City. The vocal harmony was amazing -- these guys all joined in singing their joyful southern tunes. It was clear by the way these artists watched each other jam that they are in it for the music alone." - Groove Monger
BIG DADDY LOVE
Big Daddy Love's ‘Appalachian Rock’-- a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass-- has put this five-piece band from Western NC on the radars of music lovers throughout North America and beyond. Live, with the lights on and the volume up, Big Daddy Love (BDL) stretches the music out with top notch pickin' and grinnin' and delivers a stompin’ good time rich with authentic Carolina soul. Twang, rock hooks, psychedelia and lyrical complexity work together seamlessly to create a refreshing, original sound. Like a typical Southern rock line-up, the interplay between the twin leads instruments-- Stratocaster riffs and soaring Allman-esque slide guitar on the one hand, and electric and acoustic 5-string Scruggs / Fleck style banjo picking on the other-- leads the charge. Supported by a rhythm section that is equally at home in a groove or driving the bus with country, swing, funk or straight ahead rock, the musicians create a striking instrumental dynamic that ranges from bombastic assaults to soothing grooves. Above the mix, fiery lead vocals and soulful harmonies call attention to the good-natured, yet thoughtful sincerity of the words.
Whereas BDL's high energy live show has garnered them a strong, passionate following throughout the Southeastern US, into the Mid-Atlantic and as far as Chicago and The Rockies, the authentic song-craft and undeniable musicianship of the band– as heard in their studio recordings– has resonated with audiences throughout the ether and generated demand beyond the markets where they currently perform. Their debut recording, To The Mountain, received glowing reviews, such as this one from Belgium: “…if you are a fan of The Allman Brothers Band or Drive-By Truckers, but you are open to bluegrass elements, then this CD really is a must.”
Start Time: 8:30
The style of MiZ, the band, has been described as a fusion of folk, rock, bluegrass and blues; in short a melting pot blended into what would best be categorized as “pure Americana.” The groups’ founder, acoustic and electric guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter Mike Mizwinski, comes from Northeastern Pennsylvania, an area long known for its rich and vibrant talent.
Mike literally comes from a musical family, as his parents met in college where they were both studying music. At an early age they instilled in their young son an admiration and appreciation for the arts. Given his first guitar at the age of 2, Mike states: “I knew at a very early age I wanted to play the guitar but it was when my Dad took me to my first Grateful Dead show (at the age of nine) that I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life”.
Mike joined his first band at the age of 15 and began writing his own music. Ironically enough, at the age of 18 while attending a college in Florida, which he felt would help him achieve his goals, Mike’s life was side tracked by a battle with drug addiction. What followed were years of struggle ending finally with a delicate victory and promise that would one day define MiZ.