Blacklist Regulars Opens Up for Legends in New Lenox, Illinois for the #TriplePlay Concert Series on July 20th, 2019


By:  Coren E. McLeod

Man, it was a hot one on Saturday, July 20th, in New Lenox, Illinois. It is summer festival season and many are braving the sultry heat to catch some live music in their respective hometowns. I love being outdoors singing along to my favorite bands playing their music.

Weekends are made for fun and I was cordially invited to New Lenox #TriplePlay concert series by the astounding Blacklist Regulars.  Coming straight off their new full-length album release through Pavement Entertainment, “Through the Blast” is gaining the honest respect it deserves.  Blacklist Regulars consists of 4 awe-inspiring musicians hailing from Ireland and Venezuela: Luke (Singer), Arturo (Guitar), Alejandro (Bass), and Tomas (Drums).  

This particular night was an important show for the guys of #BLR. They were granted the opportunity to open for 2 legendary acts: Blue Oyster Cult and Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers.  The heat was on and the audience was building up as Blacklist Regulars prepared themselves to wow everyone who came out.

I happened to be front and center to show my dedicated support.  I have known Blacklist Regulars for the past 2 years. I heard their song “Superhuman” and was automatically hooked from the infectious guitar riff right at the beginning.  The confidence which evokes from Blacklist Regulars shows up very well in their performance. Luke is what all frontmen should be: charming, involves the crowd, and sings his heart out.  Arturo plays the guitar with precision and grace all at the same time. It is fun to watch and listen to. Alejandro, with his long hair, maintains a solid bass line, while Tomas hits the drums very powerfully.

“Through the Blast” is a fantastic album and the guys got to play some of their new music that day.  Hearing “Let It Roll” (one of my favorite songs on the CD) live was a treat. That song in particular has a tattered feel to it, yet I catch myself singing along to it without bother.

Blacklist Regulars knows how to combine alternative rock, 90’s grunge along with some beats to make their music their way.  I hear influences from Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Depeche Mode. You can hear precisely that in the other two innovative songs “Enemies” and “Falling From the Sun.”

With the music industry being so tough, seeing the Blacklist Regulars rise above the scrutiny to become a leading force within the Chicagoland area is satisfying to witness. Come fall, #BLR will be on the road with Powerman 5000 and touring through the Midwest.

If you have not already, make sure you pick up, stream, and listen to the astounding new album “Through The Blast” from the Blacklist Regulars.  It will leave you wanting to relive an era in which music was unfeigned, grimy and altogether forthright. I know for a fact this album will be on my Top Albums of 2019….  #Cheers 

Tantric Shatters Expectations at BaseCamp in Lisle, Illinois on June 21 st , 2019 for #MUDDFEST

It is without a doubt that when a band is on tour, they want to exceed expectations since their last performance. On Friday, June 21st, that is what happened with Alternative Metal band Tantric from Kentucky.  Currently, they are on the road with other acts like Saving Abel, Trapt, Saliva and Puddle of Mudd. The tour made a stop at Lisle, Illinois’ own BaseCamp Pub and Eatery. The locals were ready for a festive Friday night after a grueling work week.  BaseCamp was packed and ready for a good time.  

Chicagoland is known for big names, especially in the metal/ alternative realm of music:  Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed, and even Chevelle. Tantric slays whenever they arrive into town and that is exactly what they did to the audience at BaseCamp for #MuddFest.

With a brand new drummer, Tantric is touring in support of their latest album, “Mercury Retrograde,” which is still casting a phenomenal spell over the airwaves and their loyal fans.  BaseCamp was filled from wall-to-wall with an abundance of Truly Hard Spiked Sparkling Water on hand to keep the carbs low and the rock energy high.

The eyeliner was thick among women/men and the humidity made for a sweaty situation.  Yet, there was a sense of joy and a hard party vibe which was about to explode!

The stage was ready for Hugo (singer), Jaron (bass player), Baz (lead guitar) and Ian (drummer).  Once you hear the opening violins of “Down and Out,” you get chills!!! You know what is about to go #down….  (See what I did there???? #Iamfunny #lol)

Hugo picks up the microphone and the first words he sings, “I am coming up for air so I can check myself,” reminds you of the truth, which are behind the lyrics of all Tantric songs.  Hugo’s voice is legendary: deep, soulful and sexy. He appeals to women with his swagger and men wish they can embody that. With a career that spans over 2 decades, Hugo deserves the recognition of being a marvelous front man that I have been a fan of since 2002.

There was for sure something in the air that night.  Maybe it was because it was the first day of summer. Jaron has a very commanding presence on stage.  He is a master at his Fender Bass Guitar and this is coming from a chick who has always thought Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was the bass player that everyone should take lessons from. However, watch Jaron when he plays, “Astounded.” He is aggressive, precise, and hits every note with power.  It is mesmerizing and shows an incredible amount of energy. #Cheers to you Mr. Man!!!!!

There is no question that Baz plays his Gibson guitar with a vengeance.  You see the passion, dedication, and his beautiful hair, delightful, drifting through the wind as he drives home every Tantric song.  Many jaws drop and you feel as if your body is about to shatter, especially during the hit “Breakdown.” (#Goodtimes…)

With a new drummer hailing from LA, Ian ignites a new vigor in Tantric.  Ian is heavily tattooed and smashes his cymbals during every song. His arms fly everywhere, but he is still true to Tantric’s overall vision:  Post Grunge magic accompanied by very talented musicians. #truefanhere

The end of Tantric’s session when they play live is just awesome; their finale is a very close and personal song that I tend to get emotional over.  “Mourning” has turned into romantic yet teary song which incorporates a little bit of a jam session. This helps to keep things fresh and inviting. All of the audience is engaged and loves its different feel, a standout from the songs that  Tantric is normally known for…

Honestly, I cannot get enough of Tantric.  I tell my coworkers, clients and friends/family that if Tantric is in town, you can expect me to be at their show without question. I will be dancing, jumping up and down, plus singing every word to every song.  It is what I do and is a release for the stress that I encounter in my everyday life.

Make sure to catch Tantric on tour with #MUDDFEST.  They are coming back to Illinois on July 5th with Saliva to play Top Fuel Saloon in Braidwood.  Get your tickets NOW!!!!!

And bring Mountain Dew…  ☺  #justsaying