The three groups pulled a considerable audience to Newman’s quiet downtown on Friday night, and though each fit into their own rock ’n’ roll niche, no one was lacking in support or applause.
Punk band the Great West End recently experienced band-member shifts that seem only to have made the six-year-old group even faster and louder. Original guitarist Justin Lane rejoined, and Michael Hardwick, of Turlock’s now-defunct Word of Man, has taken over on drums.
Lane adds his vocals to Adam Hackney’s back-up and guitarist David Garrett’s lead, and their three voices blended together live, whether layered on top of each other or interchanging.
President of the West Side Theatre Foundation Foundation Dave Galatro took pride in introducing the next band, Every Atlas, as they hailed from Santa Nella and Gustine, stating, “Us West Side boys have to stick together.”
The group held a nice middle ground between the opener and closer, getting just as loud as the Great West End when they wanted to (the latter’s Garrett is their bassist), but also pulling in the audience for more intimate moments with just singer-songwriter Alex Periera’s voice and guitar.
Every Atlas brought with them 30 copies of their upcoming self-titled EP, which they plan to release to the general public soon. The EP is a mixture of old and new material, featuring a couple live tracks, singles from their in-progress full-length album and a remix.
“We’re trying to still finish our actual record with this lineup,” said Periera. “It’s a little expensive to record and everything. But we’re getting there, probably before the end of the year.”
The Josh Rosenblum Band closed the night. Though the group’s pop-rock and optimistic love songs changed the pace of the night, Rosenblum’s guitar solos are consistently the flashiest at any show they play, coming as they do from his strong foundation in classic rock artists like Jimi Hendrix and the Beatles—the latter of which the Modesto band crafted an energetic rendition of their song “Blackbird.”
Though this kind of concert was new for the West Side Theatre, the foundation expressed interest in pursuing more shows in the same vein, and everyone involved seemed pleased with the opening of its doors to local artists.
“This venue is really cool,” said Periera. “They’re super nice, treating us amazingly, feeding us, giving us drinks and letting us use their beautiful place.”
The Great West End, Every Atlas and the Josh Rosenblum band can frequently be found playing music in Modesto, Turlock and beyond. Further info and music can be found at their respective Bandcamps: thegreatwestend.bandcamp.com, everyatlas.bandcamp.com and joshrosenblumband.bandcamp.com.
The West Side Theatre’s events calendar can found at westsidetheatre.org.
Nathan Duckworth can be reached at 209-892-6187 ext. 24 or email@example.com.