• Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Vegas Rock Revolution Brings Kyuss’ John Garcia & More to Vamp’d

Last month, John Gist of Vegas Rock Revolution did it yet again by bringing an amazing showcase to Count’s Vamp’d in Las Vegas!

Opening up the show was locals Mojave Sun, who if you’ve not seen, you need to. Vocalist Mariah Baldwin channels a beautiful mix of Janis Joplin and Robert Plant in her overall aura and performance. Along with guitarist Blake, the duo bring pure blues and rock n roll to the stage, and it is hard to take your eyes off of either of them.

Up next was San Diego’s Formula 400. Their thrash vibe was a stark contrast to Mojave Sun, but it definitely kept it interesting! These guys may seem rough around the edges, but who can turn down songs about drinking and having a good time?

It was obvious that Formula 400 was having a blast on stage, and honestly, that is all you can ask for from a live performance. As far as my comparison to thrash, I’m not talking about Metallica. These guys definitely have more of an Anthrax type of vibe where it is fast and melodic, but fun to witness. I will absolutely be checking them out again if they come back to the Vegas area!

We were met with yet another contrast as far as bands go, when the UK’s STEAK hit the stage. Their mood was completely different. With a name like Steak, I was expecting some raw punk or something along those lines, but I was pleasantly surprised by their much more well-done sound.

The band itself was fantastic if your thing is along the lines of TOOL or even Joy Division. They had a much darker vibe, and even the lighting reflected that. It was tons of fog and gloom, but it was really enjoyable.

If you are in the UK, definitely give them a chance! Hopefully they make it stateside again soon, as I’d definitely be in that crowd.

Wrapping up the evening was the man everyone came out for: John Garcia of Kyuss!

His performance was much more intimate than I expected. It was simple and stripped down to just an acoustic guitar. While I might not be super familiar with Kyuss as a whole, I left the venue that evening wanting to learn more. Songs that stood out to me were “100 Degrees” and “Green Machine”.

Garcia’s voice was unique and powerful, and provided an energy to the entire crowd. I looked around and not a single head was turned away from the stage, as people took in every moment. Next time he comes through town, I will definitely be one of the people glued to the stage.

Overall, the evening was punch after punch of great music. John Gist has a talent for stacking a lineup that has a little something for everyone, but without getting too crazy in terms of genre diversity to where you have people flat out not having a good time. Everyone I spoke to in the crowd that night, many of whom I’d never met before, and I frequent Vamp’d regularly, really enjoyed every single band.

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PHOTO CREDIT: ALL PHOTOS BY STEPHY MUZIO FOR ZROCKR MAGAZINE – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

By Stephy Muzio

Stephanie " Stephy " Muzio (formerly Hayward) - Public Relations / Writer/ Photographer and Co-Founder of ZRockR Magazine Co-host of ZRockR Magazine LIVE! Stephy was raised on rock and roll. Originally from Illinois, Stephy is the daughter of an aspiring metal guitarist and a former rock n roll radio dj. Stephy’s first concert at the tender age of 8 was Rob Zombie at the original Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas, where she happily threw horns up and sang along to "Dragula" with the best of them ( she incidentally loves horror films too!) . She performed with the VGA choir at the 2007 Video Game Awards show at Mandalay Bay when it was hosted by Samuel L Jackson, sharing the stage with the likes of Foo Fighters as well as Kid Rock. An LVA alum, when she isn’t singing or playing herself (she plays a few different instruments), she is out in support of the local scene and at her friends gigs around the southwest and even when she is back home in Illinois! She has written as well as done some photography previously for a couple of smaller zines including Vegas SoundZ when it was in print. Stephy takes the adage of ” If it’s too loud that is just too damn bad! ” to heart- after all- she was raised around screaming guitars, thunderous drums, production studios and only Led Zeppelin and Nirvana played extremely loud would put her to sleep as a kid! Stephy is a large part of the backbone of ZRockR.

One thought on “Vegas Rock Revolution Brings Kyuss’ John Garcia & More to Vamp’d”
  1. Thank you so much for being part of the show and documenting a show that was very special for not only Vegas Rock Revolution but also for the fans that flew in from all over the country to be there. LOVE the pictures!

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