R5- Concert Review
(Upcoming issue of Vents Magazine)
0822/15 Song River
Could it be that the heat was on, and the current was the electrification the sold out crowd needed to explode the summer night of R5 along with openers: DJ Ryland and Jacob Whitesides Indeed all the right levels of voltage came together as the R5, “Sometime Last Night Tour” has been illuminating the rock pop scene all over this summer!
An audience of young teens, along with moms and dads, all were treated with a monumentally visage of excellent music, fun, and good times along the way. With DJ Ryland pulsating his masterfully skilled mixes intertwined with some of today’s hottest pop hits, he brought the audience to a dance in motion. During DJ Ryland's set, the band members of R5 came out and blasted Ryland along with his captivate audience of adoring fans with water blasters, cooling off the over heated music lovers, but rallying the intensity of sheer pop rock enjoyment. As DJ Ryland gave his half cocked grin, smoothed his blonde locks of hair back and leaped upon his DJ table the crowd was his and he set the stage for the next headliner... Jacob Whitesides.
Jacob Whitesides, hailing from Knoxville, Tn, at the young age of just 17, has been duly noted as the next big thing coming from the Radio Disney scene, and has a Twitter and YouTube following that excels all melodic pop sensations. With most of his notoriety beginning with cover songs, Jacob Whitesides debut EP, “A Piece of Me,” shows that his potential has arrived, and the long-span of time for a young crooner to hit the scene has notably succeeded. Jacob carries a confident presence of ease and assurance, with a smile and dreamy eyes to melt a young girls heart, all while being able to show he is very capable of carrying a mature crowd easily on his own. “Let's Be Birds,” from his debut EP is getting noticed for its lyrical content, and instrumental canopy. Jacob could easily sit alongside and perform with Macy Gray, Chris Isaak or Harry Connick Jr and be marvelous. Jacob Whitesides was the perfect middle for the layered show of pop rock.
R5. What is it about Ellington, Ross, Rydel, Rocky and Riker? Is it hip because they are family plus one? Could it be because they are all hottttt and their fans can't get enough of their posters to hang on their bedroom walls? OR is it possible that what makes R5 absolutely fabtabUlistic is... they actually can sing, write great lyrics, masterfully play their instruments and interact well with each other on stage and with their audience? All adding up to a premium pop-rock 'n roller delivery as their fans so well deserve!
Sometime ago pop had lost its truth, its essence, as it was all hidden under layers of synthesizers, electronics, facades of plastic parts that tasted like a bad generic brand of melted cheese on soggy white bread. R5, however, has breathed in rock n life roll back into pop rock and it tastes supremely excellent! Full throttle to the 'nth from beginning to the end! R5 gave their adoring crowd more than they had ever imagined possible, complete satiation. Mixing in tunes from their latest full-length second album, “Sometime Last Night,” and pleasing the older members of their audience with covers of Prince's, “Let's Get Crazy,” and their mix of verse and chorus of Marvin Gaye's, “Let's Get it On,” over to their cover of Lady Gaga's, “You and I.” From R5's opening with, “All Night,” everyone was ready to join in and party all night!
A personal favorite of mine (as the early influences of Michael Jackson funk and dance are def being channeled on this track), “Dark Side,” get's your groove into the move. There isn't one track on R5's latest album, “ Sometime Last Night,” that misses a piece of each of R5's members personality. Tending their own sound souls of what is and feels like is their music passion. All was well worth the journey to bring a worthy beat of needed pop-rock to their fans collection. A fun-filled pitch of energy, music, hanging with friends, and dancing to a feverishly hot good time rock n roll night!
R5's, “Sometime Last Night,” has now been uploaded on my iPod and my pop-rock n roll heart.
- Heart Made Up on You
- Let's Not Be Alone Tonight
- Dark Side
- Cali Girls
- Easy Love
- I Know You Got Away
- I Want You Bad
- Let's Go Crazy (Prince cover)
- Lightning Strikes
- You And I (Lady Gaga Cover)
- Let's Get It On (verse and chorus of Marvin Gaye cover)
- Repeating Days
- If I Can't Be With You
- Did You Have Your Fun?
- (I Can't) Forget About You
- Wild Hearts
- Ain't No Way We're Goin' Home