Blacktop Mojo Concert Review

Blacktop Mojo with The Holdouts Concert Review
Crusens
Creve Coeur, Illinois

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Blacktop Mojo brought their show to Central Illinois after a long break due to the pandemic. The band has been busy working during their time off. The band released on their eponymous album that came out Friday, August 13, 2021. Every week since the album has come out, I have listened to it. Needless to say it is an awesome album that everyone should add to their playlist.

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Rock and Roll: räk-en-rōl

I    Popular music usually played on electronically ampliflied instruments and characterized       by a persistent heavily accented beat, repitions of simple phrases, and ofte country, folk,       and blues elements

II   To move or get going 

When you hear Blacktop Mojo, their music is pure Rock and Roll.  

The open was a local country rock band that has a shotgun shell in their logo, The Holdouts.  At first when I heard them, I thought it Blacktop Mojo and Matt James has cut his beard but it was the singer from the holdouts.  They were a blend of modern country rock and older country and the two piece are pretty good musicians.  

The Holdouts

The Holdouts

 

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The venue is a pretty large bar with a stage at one end and three different bar areas and a large covered patio. The crowd was mixed between older people out celebrating birthdays, regular bar patrons, older fans who had not seen the band and their adult children who were as excited to see Blacktop Mojo as their parents. It was a crisp fall night as the smell of weed wafted through the air mixed with the fall leaves.

Blacktop Mojo did not keep the fans waiting and took the stage as soon as their gear was set. The band consists of vocalist frontman Matt James, drummer Nathan Gillis, bassist Matt Curtis and guitarists Chuck Wepfer and Malcolm Booher who joined this tour in place of Ryan Kiefer. Do not worry, the band states that Ryan Kiefer is still a member of the band.

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Chuck Wepfer of Blacktop Mojo

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Matt James of Blacktop Mojo

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Matt Curtis of Blacktop Mojo

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Matt James of Blacktop Mojo

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Chuck Wepfer of Blacktop Mojo

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Matt Curtis of Blacktop Mojo

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The band was nearing the end of their tour and so their show was a well-oiled machine.  The energy from the start to finish was so rocking.  The band and the fans were there to throw down.  

Their setlist was heavy on their fourth album and I was extremely happy about that. Their were some songs from their album Under The Sun that they really had not toured with since the pandemic hit.  Not everything was bad from the pandemic.  Matt explained that the song “Bed Tundy” was a result of watching too many serial killer documentaries.  They also performed their old hits and sounded so good on “Burn The Ships” and “Come Get Your Coat” and their power ballad “Anyway The Wind Blows”.  I should add that song to my best songs for having sex list.  Missing from the setlist was their cover of Aerosmith’s “Dream On”. 

The Full Setlist:
Wicked Woman
Lay It On Me
End of Days
Bed Tundy
Do It For The Money
The Void
It Won’t Last
Come Get Your Coat
Burn The Ships
All Mine Now
Rewind
Tail Lights
Where The Wind Blows
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Encore:
My Girl
Why
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Get out and see a live show by Blacktop Mojo. You can stay up to date on their tour dates on their website: Blacktop Mojo

 

 

                                

Blacktop Mojo Concert Review

Blacktop Mojo with Drugs Delaney and Autumn Rove Concert Review
Monarch Music Hall
Peoria, Illinois

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Blacktop Mojo is a band that you have heard of but may not have seen live yet. Their name would indicate they dominate the four-square court but hey, they actually dominate the rock stage. They burst onto the scene with one of the best covers of “Dream On” by Aerosmith that has ever been done. They are touring in support of their latest album, Burn The Ships produced by the legendary Jimmy Johnson. Mr. Jimmy Johnson has produced everyone including The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. While their album is an almagation of rock from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Sevendust, it does not do the live show justice.

Local band, Autumn Rove, hard rockers from Peoria, Illinois started the night. For fans of Sick Puppies or Skillet had a short but strong set. They told the crowd they were working on new music and hoped to have it out soon.

Autumn Rove

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Another local alternative rock band, Drugs Delaney, performed next. They are a local band who was touring in support of their album, Circus.  Drugs Delaney is a local favorite.  

Drugs Delaney

Drugs Delaney

Drugs Delaney

Drugs Delaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blacktop Mojo had an intimate crowd join them on a Thursday in Peoria, Illinois. The crowd was as anxious to see the band live as I was. They exceeded our expectations and left the crowd with that endorphin rush that a great, live show gives to its fans. Vocalist, Matt James, leads the band into the next level with his smooth and powerful voice. The evening began with my favorite song, “Burn The Ships” about a Viking fight and going to Valhalla. Some technical difficulties arose but the band just performed acoustically to get through any bumps in the show. Performing a beautiful, acoustic cover of “She Talks to Angels” by The Black Crowes.

Their full setlist:
Burn The Ships
End of Days
Trouble on The Rise
Open Road
Sweat
She Talks to Angels (The Black Crowes cover)
Where The Wind Blows
All Mine Now
It Won’t Last
Pyromaniac
Dream On (Aerosmith cover)

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Get out and see a live show by Blacktop Mojo. You can stay up to date on their tour dates on their website: Blacktop Mojo