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Monday, May 20, 2013

US - the roadshow goes on forever

U.S., for those who don’t already know, is a rock band whose main mission seems to be keeping rock music alive and well in the southeast. A good bit of their set is rock from the 80’s but don’t let that fool you, just when you think you’ve got them pegged they’ll kick off with a country standard like “Calling Baton Rouge” or "Save A Horse" and then turn it all around with their “Summer Love/Greased Lightning” medley from Grease. They entertain and interact with the crowds constantly and keep them involved. These fellows know how to show a crowd a good time.
U.S. turning it up at the Beechwood Feb. 4, 2012
They brought their road show to the Beechwood Saturday night and cranked it out with characteristic excitement; they deliver every show like its the first one they've ever done or the last one they'll ever do. U.S. has been burning up the highways for a long time and when you talk to Kelly (Nagy), the vocalist, you get the feeling that he hasn't lost an ounce of enthusiasm since they started. You can tell they enjoy what they do. Kelly, Jeff Manns (guitar), Richie Wright (drums) and Joey Vendetta (bass) always spend a lot of time visiting with people and taking pictures between sets. They are very friendly and appreciative of all their fans and their fans seem to feel the same way. Some people travel long distances to see this band. Their elaborate stage setup is something that has to be experienced, there are giant video monitors, fog and more lights than the mothership in Close Encounters, and that's just the backdrop for what happens onstage. J├Ąger shots, anyone?
February 11, 2012

Visit the U.S. website here.

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