As Sevendust wraps up their An Evening With Sevendust tour, they played the Machine Shop in Flint, Michgan on their second to last night.

Sevendust were in fine form as they hit the stage at the Machine Shop on June 26th, 2014. This, being the second to last night for their acoustic tour in support of their recently released acoustic album, Time Travelers & Bonfires.

Time Travelers & Bonfires was recorded at Architekt Music in Butler, NJ and released on 7Bros. Records, in conjunction with ADA Label Services. The band raised the money to record the album using the Pledge Music website. The album was completely fan funded with Sevendust reaching 235% of their goal needed. The band donated 5% of the money raised after the initial goal to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The band consists of Lajon Witherspoon (Vocals), Clint Lowery (Guitar/Vocals), Morgan Rose (Drums/Vocals), John Connolly (Guitar/Vocals), and Vince Hornsby (Bass/Vocals).

This night at the Machine Shop was all about Sevendust and their fans, which the band refers to as family, their ‘Sevendust Family’. The band played two solid full sets, with no opening act, giving the fans a 2+ hour performance of songs throughout the band’s career interspersed with some fun cover songs.

My musician friends have always referred to Sevendust as a ‘Musician’s band’ and after seeing them live, I now know why. Each of these five musicians is incredibly talented. Each can easily be considered the top in their field.

They brought their own sound guy who is a master at mixing. I have never heard a show at the Shop sound as good as this one did tonight. Kudos to their sound guy. He definitely knows his way around the board. Each instrument sounded crisp, clear and they were well-balanced among the vocals. The sound was so good that it felt as if I were listening to them play through a pair of hi-end headphones!

Lajon was very friendly with the crowd and interacted with them several times. He even told a story about him growing up in Nashville, TN and how his parents would drive past Johnny Cash’s mansion. There was always the same car parked outside of the mansion and Lajon said he would think about one day owning a mansion like Cash’s, driving a car like Cash’s or playing music (as Cash also did). Well, Lajon doesn’t own a mansion nor does he have that car but he does have the music! The band then went into a cover of Cash’s song Hurt, which Clint Lowery sang.

Another time Lajon talked about them supporting the troops over in Iraq and one of the troops came up to him saying he has from Flint, MI and had seen the band perform at the Machine Shop. Lajon praised our Troops and mentioned how the world is a small place with everything connected; some connected through music.

Although this was an acoustic performance, the band played with as much intensity as if it were an electric show. Each band member ‘rocked out’ on their instruments. Especially amazing to me was their drummer, Morgan Rose. He is a master at everything percussion and mesmerized me with his incredible musicianship. He played everything from using drumsticks to banging his hands on some conga drums, with chimes, etc. Not knowing his background, he reminded me of someone who has studied jazz drumming.

Sevendust is truly an amazing performance. These guys are tight and never missed a beat. Everything seemed so easy for them and they appeared to enjoy every minute on that stage.

Setlist: Trust, Prayer, Crucified, X-Mas Day, Under It All, Skeleton Song, The Wait, Denial, Disgrace, Ass Drop, Gone, Come Down, Hurt, Karma, Got A Feeling, Angel’s Son, Black.

Our photographer, Thom Seling, was on hand to catch this magical performance. Here are his images from that night.

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Sevendust are heading back out on the road (most dates are with Gemini Syndrome). Here are the tour dates:

July 23- Cleveland, OH @House of Blues

July 24- Pittsburgh, PA @Altar Bar

July 25- Lynchburgh, VA @Phase 2 Dining & Entertainment

July 26- Inwood, WV @Shiley Acres (performing w/10 Years)

July 28- Pensacola, FL @Vinyl Music Hall

July 30- Baton Rouge, LA @Varsity Theatre

July 31- Biloxi, MS @Hard Rock Live

August 01- Chattanooga, TN @Track 29

August 02- Morristown, TN @Citizen Tribune Jefferson Federal

August 05- Flint, MI @The Machine Shop

August 06- Des Moines, IA @Wooly’s

August 08- Lincoln, NE @Bourbon Theatre

August 09- Sturgis, SD @Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground

August 10- Minot, ND @City Auditorium

August 11- Fargo, ND @The Venue

August 14- Pontiac, IL @Freakster’s Road House

August 15- Waterloo, IA @Pepsi Pavilion

August 16- Sedalia, MO @Missouri State Fair

August 17- Wichita, KS @The Cotillion Ballroom

August 19- Tulsa, OK @Cain’s Ballroom

August 21- La Crosse, WI @La Crosse Center Oktoberfest

August 22- Fond Du Lac, WI @The Shack Event Center

August 23- Sioux City, IA @Hard Rock Hotel & Casino


About The Author

Erik's interest in music began at an early age. In high school, he was the co-host of the underground metal show the Social Mutilation Hour, on 89.5 WAHS, under the name of Neurotik Erik. During this period of his life, he independently promoted shows under the name of Ding Dong Ditch Productions. Erik would rent out local VFW Halls, use space at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus, or simply throw basement parties around the Detroit area. While at college at Ferris State University, he became head of the student run organization, Entertainment Unlimited, and continued to promote shows, but on a larger scale. He also helped start an underground magazine, 'Outpunk', where he interviewed bands and wrote music reviews. Additionally, Erik joined the staff at the Ferris State University Torch and wrote on a larger scale.

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