Sorne at The Blackheart, Round Two. I was excited. Supposedly the show was starting at 9pm. My friend and I got there right on time. We sat outside so we could enjoy the beautifully crisp evening. We also thought the band would be performing outside again. About 30 minutes passed and we could see the guys in the band hanging out, but there didn’t seem to be any sign of movement to the outdoor stage. In fact, there wasn’t even any equipment set up out there. i was confused. By 10:10, we heard music starting up inside the venue. WTF?? How could they play inside?? This is NOT an inside band. While I really love The Blackheart AND it’s decor, I would have much preferred to see this band perform outside. I think that there have been several problems with neighbors complaining about loud music, so they must have brought the band inside because of that. At first, it was really frustrating because people had already packed inside the room they were playing and my friend and I were way in back. I couldn’t see shit! I’m short. Sue me! Little by little, as people moved out of the room, we were able to inch up closer to the band. I have to reiterate that this a band to see LIVE. Their recorded music does not do their songs justice. It’s not only about the band, the throbbing drum beats, and the incredible vocal gymnastics of the lead singer, but it’s also very much about the crazy energy that comes from the audience. They are as much a part of the show as any of the band members. These are true fans in attendance. They are dancing and singing along and really just feeling this music. There was one chick that seemed to be auditioning to be in the band as she harmonized (very loudly, I might add) along with the lead singer. Yeah, she definitely wanted to be in the band. I could feel the electric vibe that the band was emitting spread throughout the entire audience. You can’t help but get caught up in it. I DID!!! It feels incredible to be at their shows. That’s why I went back for more last night. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it to the end of their set because I had to work early the next morning. I really did enjoy the show. And I was happy to hear a couple new songs last night. I’ll never forget the audience participation with the line “The bloodstone is rising inside of me”. Sorne had the whole audience singing along with him as he directed traffic. It was magical.
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I was originally supposed to see this band perform at Beauty Ballroom a couple of weeks ago. My work schedule did not cooperate and I unfortunately had to miss it. My friend, who did see them at this show, found out they were having a DVD release and show at The Blackheart on the 14th and told me that I was going. I basically did not have a choice. He said they were amazing at Beauty Ballroom and it was an experience that I couldn’t miss. I was down…no matter what!! I was actually also very excited to check out The Blackheart. I had heard a lot about this Rainey Street but surprisingly had never checked out any bars down there. It’s a short block of historical buildings/houses that have all been converted into bars/restaurants. I loved it!! When we walked into The Blackheart, it was literally like walking into someone’s house. The band played outside in the backyard. And it really felt like we were hanging out in a friend’s backyard. Although, there were definitely way more people there than a typical backyard party. The weather looked like it wasn’t going to cooperate. The winds had picked up…you could just feel the storm brewing. The band had to make a few adjustments on how the night was going to play out, but they finally began to play at around ten. They’re a three piece…drums, mixer, and vocals. I think the lead singer also plays guitar, but due to technical difficulties, I never got to hear him play it. His vocals from the get really got to me. He has a range that immediately reminded me of Jeff Buckley. Jeff Buckley is one of my all time favorite artists. I love and adore him and his music. And this guy was channeling him for sure. I was blown away. His voice is the only thing that reminds me of Jeff because the music is way different. Because of the drumming the music almost has a tribal feel to it. As I looked around the crowd, I could obviously see that these people were there for Sorne. They were their followers. They were moving and singing in a way that signaled they had been following for a long time. I was mighty impressed with both this outpouring of love from the audience and the way Sorne gave it back in bundles with the energy with which they played and delivered their songs. I was drawn in to the entire atmosphere of the show. And when the lead singer jumped into the audience and began his “rain dance”, it was inevitable that the heavens would open. And open they did. As soon as I felt the first couple of drops, I took cover under the porch. The band played for one more song, but then, unfortunately they had to cut the show short. I would absolutely love to see them play again. They completely won me over with both their performance and the connection they have with their audience. I’m not sure how long they’ve been playing together, but I hope that they continue this beautiful journey. I’d love to see where the road takes them.