Last night the band Times of Grace, made up of Jesse Leach (former Killswitch Engage singer, current vocalist of Empire Shall Fall) and Adam Dutkiewicz (current guitarist of Killswitch Engage), brought the house down at Grammercy Theater. Supporting acts included Dead Men Dreaming, War of Ages and Straight Line Stitch.
Dead Men Dreaming, hailing from Staten Island New York, opened up the show with a very animated set. They were comedic and had eccentric stage presence and even a bit of a fan following.
War of Ages took the stage next and the way they tore it up, I thought they were the ones headlining. Their energy and raw emotion was unbelievable to see and I can't wait until they come back to New York. Not to mention vocalist Leroy Hamp is passionate about his music and his fans. He's an all around nice guy (atleast to me when I met him at the merch table).
Straight Line Stitch has an enormous amount of talent but they were a bit disappointing on stage. The sound quality was not that great and the only ones in the band who kept the liveliness up were vocalist Alexis Brown (whose hair covered her beautiful face throughout the set) and drummer Kanky Lora.
Headlining band Times of Grace did not disappoint. It was Times of Grace first concert in New York as a band and the crowd couldn’t get enough of them. The crowd engaged in “Jesse” chants throughout the show. The only disheartening part about their set was that it was way too short.
When you take the L Train to Bedford Avenue on a Saturday night, you tend to see all walks of life. One thing about Williamsburg, are the buildings which look either old or new...there is no in between. If you look closely the old, cruddy warehouses are turned into clubs and major party spots at night. One street may be completely empty while the next one over is filled with bars and music venues. My destination, however, was Kent Ave.
After grabbing a bite at the local pizzeria, and then a pastry at New York Muffin (their marble chocolate muffin with a Chai Latte warms the soul), I made my way to Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Avenue also known as the building with the small red gate, right by the water) for night two of the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend 2011.
Arts and Fashion intertwine on this weekend in order to showcase and even debut the talents of young designers. Some pieces I had the privilege of see were by Argentinean designer Juanita Cardenas, professional/chic designer Nathalie Kraynina, abstract designer Hayden Dunham and edgy, punk rock designs by Total Crap Uninc.
Curated by Arthur Arbit, the Williamsburg Fashion show happens twice annually. This is its eight consecutive show.
The next Williamsburg Fashion Weekend will take place in September 2011.