Saturday, May 16, 2009

The BellRays Rock The Delancey

The BellRays: May 9 @ The Delancey, New York, NY

Last week, I went 'round to The Delancey. It's located conveniently, not far from Mercury Lounge, where I had spent the earlier part of my evening. I dashed over to The Delancey just in time to catch the last song by local band Sister Anne whom I hadn't heard before. The song I did hear, I liked. I'm going to have to check out their stuff.

I had a reason for my Saturday night dashing about. The BellRays were in town and were set to hit the stage at 11:30. If you don't know who they are, you should check them out. They're a great rock, punk and soul band. The band, Lisa Kekaula (vocals), Bob Vennum (guitar), Justin Andres (bass) and Stefan Litrownik(?) (drums) took the stage and all I can say is, DAMN! You just have to see them live to get a full picture of how bad ass they are. Kekaula is hands down one of the best female rock singers out there. Hearing her on record vs. hearing her live is like comparing an ice cube to an iceberg ... they're both cold but to witness one, the iceberg, up close and in person or in this case Kekaula, is breathtaking.

Their set was a whirlwind of sweaty take no prisoners rock 'n' roll. Other than the drummer needing a bit more punch to his playing, the band provided the perfect foundation for Kekaula to do her thing. It was over far too quickly. I could have listened to them for another hour. If The BellRays are playing anywhere near you, GO! They do a killer show that needs to be witnessed.

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