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The Magpie Salute- Show Review

            The Magpie Salute- Show Review

August 5th, 2017- Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

By Dominique Wheelock- Senior Photographer, Boston Rock Radio

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Hot damn! Seriously, if I had two words to describe this show, those would be them!  If you missed this show, you missed out on one of the best shows I’ve seen all year- and I’ve been to quite a few.  This was the first touring year for the newly founded band full of musical veterans.  From what I hear they sold out their very first show back in January- and it’s no surprise.  Let me give you a brief history into this band before we get into the good stuff!  

In case you didn’t know, The Magpie Salute features three key members who were in The Black Crowes; a band that found their fame in the very late 1980’s before disbanding in 2015.  This includes guitarist and co-founder of the Black Crowes, Rich Robinson, bassist Sven Pipien, and guitarist Marc Ford.  Joining them on lead vocals is the super talented John Hogg, formerly of Hookah Brown and Moke.  The musical talent doesn’t stop there, however, as they’ve also got a third guitarist, Nico Bereciartu and drummer Joe Magistro.  Lending a hand to the vocals are back-ups, Charity White (who was also a singer for The Black Crowes), Adrien Reju and, Katrine Ottosen.  

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I honestly was not sure what to expect with this show and how John Hogg would pull off that Black Crowe’s sound, but wow did he impress!  I remember seeing The Black Crowes in the early 2000’s at one of the big Massachusetts State Fairs and I felt a little like I was being taken back to that time in my life with that southern harmony and the bluesy-rock guitar riffs.  They opened with a Black Crowes hit “Wiser Time” which was off their album “Amorica” released in 1994 and the hits just kept on coming as they rolled into some of my favorites such as “A Conspiracy” and “Jealous Again.”  There were also a few Rich Robinson originals played as well as covers of songs from Hookah Brown, Bob Marley, and Led Zeppelin.  

It was a well-rounded night that showed off superior musicianship spanning several decades.  They had the crowd clapping, cheering, bobbing their heads and wanting more.  There was no need for an opener with the 20 song setlist; The Magpie Salute was who everyone came to see and they nailed it! This is one band you definitely want to follow and I hope they come out with an album soon!  

Below are some photos from the show and make sure to check out The Magpie Salute in a city near you!!

www.themagpiesalute.com

 

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