Concert Review: Sevendust Slays at The Firmament with Tremonti, Cain Hill, Lullwater, & Kirra

Sevendust at The Firmament // 2.06.19 // © Carrianne Stoker-Postier 2019

Greenville, SC– A midweek evening of rock and metal packed the house, courtesy of headliners Sevendust and support from special guests TremontiCain Hill, Lullwater, and Kirra. Even The Firmament’s main parking lot was full by 6 p.m., as an eager crowd of friends and fans were ready to kick off the multi-band event.

Openers of the night were rock and rollers, Kirra. Founded in Oklahoma City, OK, the band consists of Daxton Page (guitar/vocals), Ryne McNeill (bass/vocals), Zach Stafford (drums), and Gabriel Parson (vocals). Kirra is no stranger to tragedy, after their January 2018 loss of original vocalist, Jesse Williamson, due to a car crash. However, they remain steadfast and have continued to tour. Gabriel permanently joined the band in April 2018 and they continue to work on new music. They rocked their new single “Sixteen Suns” for the Greenville crowd. Give it a listen HERE.

Next up was four-piece rock band, Lullwater, originally from Athens, GA. The band consists of John Strickland (rhythm guitar/lead vocals), Daniel Binnie (lead guitar), Roy ‘Ray’ Beatty (bass/vocals), and Joseph Wilson (drums/vocals). Lullwater is out supporting their new album, Voodoo. On stage, they had an approachable sound that also felt a bit 90s grunge and raw around the edges. This is a band with a foundation of relatability and connection. Check out the video for their song “Empty Chamber” HERE.

Cane Hill took to the stage next and brought their heavy metal mayhem with them. Formed in New Orleans, Louisiana, the band consists of Elijah Witt (vocals), James Barnett (guitar), Ryan Henriquez (bass guitar), and Devin Clark (drums). The guys powered up the crowd as they blasted through songs such as “Lord of the Flies” and “It Follows”. The band is on tour to support their new album, Kill The Sun.

The evening was on full charge as heavy metal band Tremonti continued to make the earth rattle. Founded and fronted by lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Tremonti, his powerhouse band also currently includes Eric Friedman (guitar), Ryan Bennett (drums),and Tanner Keegan (bass). Starting off as a solo project, Tremonti has grown into a force to be reckoned with. The band is touring in support of the 2018 album, A Dying Machine, and delivered a hard-hitting performance playing songs such as “Cauterize”, “The Things I’ve Seen”, and “Catching Fire.” No stranger to the stage, Mark displayed an effortless way of connecting with the audience while demonstrating his solid shredding skills and striking vocal delivery. After their set, the band visited with fans at the merch table, showcasing their appreciation for their fans.

Atlanta, GA based Sevendust closed out the evening with an intense delivery of deep riffs, fierce beats, and commanding, soulful vocals. The band is headlining the tour in support of their most recent album, All I See Is War.  On stage, Lajon Witherspoon (lead vocals), Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals), Morgan Rose (drums/vocals), John Connolly (guitar/vocals), and Vince Hornsby (bass) powered through songs such as “Black”, “Praise”, “Trust”, and “Enemy”, while maintaining a personable presence with the crowd. Sevendust appeared genuinely excited to be sharing the space with their fans and concertgoers likewise were thrilled to be in the moment with the band.

Don’t miss them out on the road. The US tour continues:
2/13 @ The Paramount – Huntington, NY
2/14 @ House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
2/15 @ The Strand Ballroom & Theatre – Providence, RI
2/16 @ Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
2/18 @ Toads Place – New Haven, CT
2/19 @ The Chance Theater – Poughkeepsie, NY
2/20 @ The Rapids Theater, Niagara Falls, U.S.A. – Buffalo, NY
2/22 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
2/23 @ The Machine Shop – Flint, MI
2/25 @ Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
2/26 @ House of Blues Chicago – Chicago, IL
2/27 @ The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
3/01 @ The Cotillion – Wichita, KS
3/02 @ Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
3/03 @ VIBES Event Center – San Antonio, TX

SEVENDUST

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TREMONTI

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CANE HILL

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LULLWATER

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KIRRA
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