Erik Norlander and Band, Krypton Monkeys at The Winchester Music Hall- 4/11/2014

 

Erik Norlander

Erik Norlander

Rock Lines wishes to thank Erik Norlander for inviting us to his recent gig at The Winchester Music Hall in Lakewood, Ohio. Erik is truly one of the most gifted keyboardists in the world. During his musical presentation of The Galactic Collective it was easy to hear the resemblance to Keith Emerson with his Moog Synthesizer sounds.

The most surprising aspect of the show was Erik Norlander’s band. The former all-Ohio band members performed meticulously throughout the evening. Jeff Kollman blew us away with his passion, showmanship and stellar sound. Mark Mathews plaid a blistering bass and provided a tight groove musically. Nick LePar was exciting to watch with his interesting visual effects of cymbal crashes, stick spinning and some incredible double bass drum incorporated with drum fills.

Akron guitarist Ron Redfield of the opening band Krypton Monkeys, joined Erik’s band onstage for two numbers adding some astounding solos and additional color to Erik’s compositions. One progressive rock tune lasted nearly 20 minutes and was filled with epic solos from the band members. Nick LePar was impressive keeping a tight tempo and never seemed to tire during the delivery of the extended number.

In case you missed the interview with Erik Norlander check it out here!

Krypton Monkeys

Krypton Monkeys

The Krypton Monkeys opened the show and displayed their veteran presence and passion for progressive rock music. The Cleveland based band performed music from their latest CD release “Crush” and reminded me of the band, Asia. The guitar was incredible by Ron Redfield on “Save Me” and the band is a tight blend of veteran musicians with Jim Dudash on drums, Bobby Huszar on vocals and John McLaughlin on keyboards. Bassist Kevin Rian sat in with the band and was simply amazing and inspiring to watch.

Rock Lines was also fortunate to meet Erik Norlander and Ron Redfield was courteous to give us a copy of The Krypton Monkeys newest CD “Crush” for review. Kevin Rian shared his interesting background of working with Derringer, Pat Travers, Molly Hatchet and Cleveland bands of the past. We met the Krypton Monkeys manager, Jim Quinn who is a Cleveland icon of  the band management agencies and former member of The Damnation of Adam Blessing.

Erik Norlander & Jim Carver

Erik Norlander & Jim Carver

 

As luck would have it, the one-time I didn’t bring an extra camera battery and the low-light level at the Winchester Music Hall nearly drained my camera. Cyndi Konopka of Cyndi’z Photographix saved the day with her assistance and photographic expertise! Cyndi is a former photographer of Scene Magazine and Rock Lines is proud to announce Cyndi’z Photographix as a sponsor of our Entertainment section and will be added to our growing list of photographers of our publication.

Erik Norlander and his band will be performing at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in West Ashville, North Carolina on May 8th and at the Cherokee Arts Center in Canton, Georgia  (Atlanta area) on May 9th.

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Jim Carver is the President of The Rust Belt Chronicles.

In 2004, Jim graduated from North Central State College with a degree in Business Information Technology. Jim developed "Rock Lines" news report online in 2010.After a trial-run of The Rust Belt Chronicles in April of 2013, Jim decided to make his dream a reality in 2014 by re-launching The Rust Belt Chronicles.

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