Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires, of Birmingham, Alabama, returned to the 7th Street Entry on their summer tour, performing with their friends, excellent rock band Eleganza. They've performed with Eleganza! every Minneapolis (and surrounding area) show since they began coming here to perform one or two times a year, for years. And this time, they brought Eleganza with them to perform at the Lyric Room in Green Bay the night before, also with Green Bay area band, the New Old Thing.
Bandmates - frontman/vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Brian Vanderwerf, guitarist Greg McAloon, guitarist Jeffrey Johnson, bassist and vocals Tony Zaccardi, and drummer Tim Baumgart - have an visceral band chemistry that’s energizing and exciting to experience live. Having played together for several years, and in various bands for decades (such as Chooglin' Midnight Evils, Kruddler), they are real rock, raw, honest, dirty guitar-driven rock ‘n’ roll with heart. The songs are well-written - poignant, with wry humor, sometimes nostalgic for the past be such as “Old News,” beautifully fraught with emotional tension, sometimes moving on without looking back as in “Man on the Move.”