Hey Monea: Plenty in the Tank
Day two of Hey Monea’s “Nothing In The Tank” Tour brought the Canton, Ohio trio to New Hope, PA on Friday night. While New Hope is not exactly where UMC laid its roots, it was close enough to the Lehigh Valley to be on my own “Can’t-Miss Shows of the Week” list.
Having your favorite band’s music at your fingertips on digital platforms. Experiencing a live performance, when done right, is something that can’t be captured in a studio. Hey Monea gets it right every time. From Dan Monea’s jaw-dropping lead guitar solos, to the perfect vocal harmonies with his “little brother” Nate, it was well worth the hour or so drive to get there. We even got treated to a pretty awesome bass solo from Steven Fernandez. From start to finish, their set was every bit as good as I expected and then some. If you are anywhere near one of their tour stops in the next few weeks, I highly recommend that you take advantage of the chance to see them live.
One of the perks, if you will, of attending a live show is the chance that a new artist will make a lasting impression. On Friday, Florence, Alabama’s Ethan Sak was that someone. Opening the show on his first-ever tour, the 17-yr-old singer/songwriter delivered a rock-solid, high energy performance. Friday was the day his debut single, “Make My Heart Go,” was released, and his performance left you thinking that there’s a lot more where this came from. The Spotify embed to the single is below.
As for the venue, Triumph Brewing, it was top-notch all the way. Craft beers, great food, a nice stage area, a solid sound system, and a good built-in draw make this a great place to see or play a show. Touring bands and locals may want to add Triumph to your list of desirable places to play.