Celebrating their success after The Black Crowes, The Magpie Salute hit Saint Andrew’s Hall with The Trews, treating fans to a taste of old and new.  

Canadian veterans The Trews open the night with “Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me”.  Usually a four piece band, tonight the crowd was treated to an acoustic set with the MacDonald brothers, Colin and John-Angus. This band has had a lot of success over the years, sharing the stage with legends such as The Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, and Bruce Springsteen. They have released five full-length albums, the latest being Time Capsule, a compilation of their top songs from over the past 12 years plus four new songs for fans to enjoy.

The duo fills their set with a wide selection from their discography, with hits like “Hope & Ruin”, “Under The Sun”, “Tired of Waiting”, “Den of Thieves”, and “Highway of Heroes”.  Colin’s warbling, soft yet strong vocals rang throughout the room while John-Angus’ guitar was dizzying, harmonizing perfectly with Colin’s rhythm guitar. Their sound is almost fanciful, it brightens your spirits and truly connects with you. Longtime fan or new listener, you feel immersed in the music.  Their catchy tunes translate into an acoustic set perfectly. Ending the night with “Oblivion”, The Trews keep the energy and emotion high to the delight of the packed room. A fantastic start to the night.

The Magpie Salute take the stage with The Black Crowes number “Gone”, and immediately sets the tone for a night of pure, soaring rock n’ roll. The Magpie Salute is an exhilarating band that features musicians who have played together for decades throughout various projects. The band brings Rich Robinson, guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, together with fellow key members of The Black Crowes – guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien – alongside drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The Magpie Salute also holds a talented cast of vocalists, including lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.  Since their formation in October 2016, fans of The Black Crowes have welcomed The Magpie Salute with open arms, relishing in hearing their old favorite songs again. Their self-titled album was released in June, and has experienced widespread success.

The set primarily focuses on covers from The Black Crowes, as well as hits from Rich Robinson (“Shipwreck” and “The Giving Key”) and Marc Ford’s (“Smoke Signals” and “I’m Free”) solo acts. The only original song of the night was the grooving “Omission,” which Robinson introduced as “the first official Magpie song”. While we greatly look forward to hearing more of the band’s original music, it is a treat to hear various covers, including Pat Kelly’s “How Long”, Humble Pie’s “Rolling Stone”, The Velvet Underground’s “Oh! Sweet Nuthin'” and Delaney & Bonnie’s “I Don’t Know Why”.

The band keeps their set loaded with callbacks to the Black Crowes with hits like “Under a Mountain”, “Good Morning Captain”, “Wiser Time”, “Ballad in Urgency” and many more. However, his band isn’t just a repeat of their past. Their sound is a fierce, earthy, guitar heavy take on the classics. Mixing emotive, dynamic vocals and extensive, sensational, instrumental jams before and between songs, this band shows their new colors. As The Magpie Salute closes out the night with Black Crowes favorites “Jealous Again”, “Stare It Cold”, and “Remedy”, the crowd sings along in unison, loving the old and immersing themselves in the new sound and what lies ahead for the band.

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Event Date: 30-JUL-2017

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Calling Detroit, Michigan home, Sami has been photographing for many years. In the last few years, she was introduced to the local music scene and began photographing shows. She works freelance contributing to National Rock Review as well as being the owner of Sami Lipp Photography. Capturing the excitement of live music and the passion of musicians is something she lives for. She looks forward to expanding her career in music photography.

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