Jeff Austin Band with Jon Stickley Trio At 5 Points (Up In The Church Where They Do The Boogie)
The final review of 2018 is back home at 5 Points Music Sanctuary in Roanoke Virginia. It’s has been many months since, I made it back down to 5 Points Music Sanctuary and my travels have taken me all over the country. It feels good to be back in a place that truly feels like my home venue. The sanctuary always has a welcoming presence and Roanoke, Virginia is one of the most laid back cities in the country.
Jon Stickley was in fine form this evening, having just seen the trio not too long ago, it was nice to see them trying new songs and changing their style. The more I see, JST, the more I am impressed with Lyndsay and in particular, the song “Price Of Being Nice”, which is reminiscent of dance music with a bluegrass twist. The rousing performance had me excited for Jeff Austin and his band. Having left Yonder Mountain many years back, Jeff has taken his own trajectory and I can honestly say, puts on a much more riveting performance than anything YMSB has been doing as of late. Jeff Austin would tune his mandolin around Tyler Godsey while he spoke about the great things that 5 points is doing for the local community.
“Static State Of Mind” stood out to me as one of the best performances of the evening. Psychedelic-Jam-Grass there is no stopping these guys as they continued shredding all night. Jon Stickley and Lyndsay would join Jeff Austin and his band on stage for two songs; one would feature Jon on vocals. I don’t know why he doesn’t sing more? The second, a John Hartford, song “Up On the Hill Where They Do The Boogie.”
This was honestly one of the best nights of music I have ever witnessed at 5 points. I will be doing some more with 5 points in the future so look out for more reviews from this fantastic venue. Back to our regularly scheduled programs! We have many reviews and shows coming up.
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Editor: Robert (R.A.) Fadley
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