Monday, May 25, 2015

Great Music in a Small Town from Vox Concert Series

I live in a small town, and we don’t really get good concerts other than the fair in September. I was pretty surprised to learn that we had a concert series here in Marshfield, Wisconsin for the last 10 years called Vox Concert Series. The Vox Concert Series has had over 300 shows over the years. I’m a huge fan of the show The Voice so when I learned that Nicholas David was going to be playing, I really wanted to see him, and was so happy when I was given a few press tickets to see the show.

Vox concerts have a few venues around town that they use depending on the artist and how much room they have. For the concert I went to, it was very intimate. There were no bad seats, so it was great to hear perfect and see the artists no matter what.

The night was kicked off with Kira Small. Kira now lives in Nashville, TN and has a very impressive track record with working with artists like Randy Travis, Martina McBride, Jamey Johnson and many more. I think she played for a good 45 mins and every song was fantastic. She was very interactive with us and explained the background of most songs which was really nice. We learned how or why it was written. You could really feel the emotion that she put into each piece.

Once Kira was done with her set, there was one more set before Nicholas David. Dan Rodriguez. I will be honest that I hadn’t heard of Dan before this show, and I was really missing out. He has a great voice and a great sense of humor. I can tell he likes to keep his sets light hearted and fun, which is exactly what he did. One of the things I learned is that in 2015 Budweiser had a commercial with one of the songs Dan wrote “When You Come Home”. Dan puts on a great show and is well worth seeing if he’s ever in your area.

Once Dan was done with his set it was time for Nicholas David to start his. Just like when he was on The Voice, he has his own style of dress. That is one of the things I really like about him. He’s original, nonconforming and does his own thing. His sound is just as unique as his voice. One of my favorite song he sings isn't an original but he puts his own spin on it;  Somewhere Over the Rainbow. He sang it on The Voice but hearing it in person was so much better. He did have a very long set including a tribute to the late BB King. His set was pretty long so the night got pretty late, but it was still a blast. After the show was over all three artists talked to whoever wanted to say hi and even signed my friend Dan’s son’s guitar (the were with us at the concert), so that made him super happy.

Over all I think Vox Concert Series did a great job booking the artists. I do wish it was a little shorter in length, maybe only one opening act. If they did only have one, then I wouldn’t have heard of one of the acts so it’s a toss up on that one. I’m hoping for the next concert I will get a table as it’s easier to sit at, plus you can bring your own snacks and drinks to the show.

Take a look at their upcoming shows, like on May 30th, Emily Earle (free at Columbia Park), or on July 8th with American Idol winner Lee DeWyze (would LOVE to see). You can buy tickets in advance or buy at the door for a few bucks extra.

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