By Meagan Iwaniszek Reynolds
This past Friday at The Spot on Kirk, Jamie Booker from The Bazaar of Roanoke, a local non-profit dedicated to fostering and cultivating artistic expression in SW Virginia, put together a wonderful line up of eclectic musicians for a fun night of local music.
The Aurora Observatory opened the show with an energetic set. It was their first show in Roanoke since April, and with their new drummer, Phillip Roseberry. They played original songs off their first and second albums, and finished their set with a cover of Faith No More’s, Everything’s Ruined.
By the time Subtle Munitions went on, The Spot was packed with friends and fans of the 3 bands. Subtle Munitions, fronted by Geoff Conley, provided a very creative and chill atmosphere with their unique sound and original songs. It was my first time seeing this band, and I was very impressed by their refined sound and solid playing.
Finally, the Illbotz took the stage and got the crowed hyped. It was their first show in Roanoke in about 2 years. Stephen D, Big Perm and Dj Samson entertained the crowd with their mix of comedy and hip hop. These guys never disappoint and always bring the energy. They had a couple of friend’s join them on stage, including their robot mascot, and long time friend Sara G. Towards the end of their set, they took a moment to remember and dedicate a song to their late friend Grandpa Chaos.
All in all, it was an awesome night for Roanoke’s local music scene. The crowd really turned out and were graciously rewarded with three sets of high-energy, original music.
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