Review and Photos by Fred Kuhlman
Venue: The 44 Sports Grill & Nightlife (https://the-44-sports-grill-nightlife.business.site/ )
Date: Friday July 2nd, 2021
I decided to check out a local bar near where I live. I had heard good things about it and a couple of local bands I like would be playing there in the future. So, I decided to go and I had 3 things that I wanted to accomplish: check out the venue, try to produce better quality videos with sound and finally check out a couple of local bands.
First, lets talk about the venue, The 44 Sports Grill & Nightlife on Peoria Ave and just west of 43rd Ave. Most of the times at bars they have either no stage or one that is only a few inches above the floor. I was happily surprised that they had put in a really nice stage. It is large enough to handle a 5-piece or more band and the band members have penalty of room to move around. Also, the stage is about 3 ft above the main floor. This is really nice because it allows the audience to see the band very well. I also like the lighting and sound in the venue. For a bar it was very good. Overall, I believe that this is one of the premier small concert venues in the west valley. If you get a chance, go check it out.
The next part of my adventure was to attempt different setting for recording sound and video. A couple of weeks earlier I was at the Marquee videoing for Oddity Paradox and the sound recording level was overdriving the system. So tonight, I attempted different settings of the mic and camera audio levels. After a few misadventures, I got a few good videos with sound. I turned over to the bands so they could decide if they wanted to post them. I now believe I have a better handle on the sound recording levels for all future concerts. If you go to the Facebook page for the bands you can check out the videos.
For tonight’s event there were 3 different band performing: Addict3d, Choke Chain and Oddity Paradox. First up was Addict3d which per their Facebook page, a band with “rock & roll with a twist of hell yeah”. They were a solid rock band and enjoyable to listen to. The middle act was Choke Chain. Choke Chain will be opening for Faster Pussycat on August 5th at the Marquee Theatre.
The last band on the bill was Oddity Paradox. I say them when they opened for The Iron Maidens (review here: http://beneathadesertsky.com/2021/06/30/oddity-paradox-and-empire-of-dezire-showed-how-phoenix-bands-can-rock/ ). Since I didn’t get a good video of them that night, I wanted to try ands see if I could get one with good sound that was not clipping. I actually got about 5 different videos and they have posted a couple on their Facebook page. Oddity Paradox is a dynamic rock band that performs hard driving rock songs. Their lead singer, Ikky Stane is very dynamic and struts around the stage like a ringmaster. They have dual guitarist, Scotty Grimes and Horace Miller. For tonight’s show, Horace did a solo which was very impressive. This was the last show for a while for their drummer Matt Taylor because he broke his hand in an accident. Then there is the outrageous bass player, David “Grizzly” Barcai. It is worth the money to watch David as he does his contortions on stage and then walks into the audience. To top the show off, David took one of his basses and smashed it. If you get a change to see Oddity Paradox, I would highly recommend it. Their next show is with Dead West at the Marquee Theatre on August 28th (https://www.facebook.com/events/346492297081529/ ).
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/addict3daz
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChokeChainAZ/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oddityparadox/