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N.Y.C. Invades Arizona for Kory Laos Charity

N.Y.C. featuring Tommy Bolan formerly of Warlock, Hemlock, Stands With Fists, Flam Chen, Angelic To Ashes, Cities Like These, Double Speak, and great new band Sinister Mustard kicked off the Kory Laos Memorial Freestyle BMX Bicycle Park Charity summer event series with an amazing Mother's Day concert to remember.

The 150 who attended the show for the low price of $ 15 were treated to inspired performances by the acts who played this night.

Up first was incredible three-piece band Sinister Mustard. They were actually supposed to play later in the bill, but because of a missing bassist in another act, they went on first and what a way to start the show. They mowed throught their set with precision and had the crowd moving and grooving to their brand of power metal. These guys not only kicked butt on stage but off as well, lending N.Y.C. their equipment when N.Y.C.'s truck broke down in LA and came to Az without cabinets or a drumkit.

Next up was Double Speak, hard alt with a horn section from hell. These guys were tight and heavy, great show.

Third on the bill was young band Cities Like These. They have a massively cohesive sound for such young guys and despite a misake or two, they just came out and obliterated the audience.

Fourth up was Angelic To Ashes. Despite playing two acoustic shows for the charity over the weekend, they came out and crushed the crowd with birthday boy lead vocalist Grimy putting on an amazing performance, showing why they're one of the best bands Arizona has to offer.

Fifth on stage was neon painted Stands With Fists. You not only get great music but an incredible performance when they play. New bassist Andy Pyle adds an element they've never had before, and their sound is fat, hard, and heavy. Add the fact they perform with pyro thechnic theatre group Flam Chen and you get an amazing show.

Next up was longtime power metal band Hemlock, with original lineup now performing. They had the crowd moshing from first note to the last playing their hit songs from all five CDs, with particular attention payed to the song "No Time For Sorrow," which kicked the crowd's ass and mine as well. If you get a chance to check these guys out before they hit Japan again, then check them out.

Last on the bill was headline N.Y.C. featuring Tommy Bolan formerly from Warlock. The band's truck broke down 60 miles from home, but they showed up without sleep and tore up at an instore record store appearance, then greeted all at a Mother's Day buffet in their honor and finished up by just crushing the crowd at their show that night. They cruised through their set from new release "Zyko" to screaming fans lining the front row. They didn't want N.Y.C. to stop and neither did I. What an incredible performance - no wonder Tommy Bolan was named one of the top guitarists of all time by many publications. He left the crowd speechless.

If you get a chance, check out myspace.com/nyctheband and the other acts who played this night as well. You won't go wrong. The Kory Laos charity will be planning more events this summer and you can find more info at korylaos.com.

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1. billy hoskins writes:

that was a b****in show, when are N.Y.C. coming back to town?

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