On a beautiful Memorial Day, Ray Brothers BBQ kicked off their fourth season of live music with a concert featuring The Lightkeepers, paris_monster and Chris Eves & The New Normal. “The 4th Annual Backyard BBQ” was a benefit show with ticket sales going to 4 Animal Adoption agencies in the area.
The Lightkeepers hit the stage first with classic rock covers and original tunes from their new SAMMY-nominated album Poor Man’s Blues. Lead singer Jes Sheldon has an incredible energy and charm that captures the audience and certainly sparks the band. The Lightkeepers ripped through their set and left a smoking crater on the stage.
Luckily for the huge crowd that came, that crater was filled shortly afterwards by the duo paris_monster. It is difficult to categorize their music, but in a very good way. You have not seen anything like these two, and the sound they put out is mesmerizing. With a driving bass line and synth fills, Geoff Kraly fits perfectly with singer, keys player and drummer Josh Dion. Their incredible set ended with Chris Eves (high school friend of Geoff) joining the duo on guitar for the final two songs, trading solos throughout. It’s no wonder Turkauz picked these guys to open for them on their West Coast tour. paris_monster has also been touring heavily, not only throughout the United States but Europe as well.
As the sun began to set, Chris Eves & The New Normal began the final set of the night. Chris and his band tore into some covers ranging from The Grateful Dead to Michael Jackson. The band also debuted several new songs from an album that will be released shortly. Everyone was grooving and swaying as the music filled the rolling hills of Central New York. It’s a wonder the beautiful amphitheater is still standing after all of these rocking sets! The audience definitely got their money’s worth with these three incredible bands, delicious BBQ Nachos, tacos, half chickens and pork, not to mention puppies and cats to pet and adopt. If you have never been or are a regular to this outdoor venue, it is a summer must. Colin and Tucker Ray have cultivated another great line up this season along with a wonderful atmosphere for live music. You can check out the rest of the line up and get tickets to The Yard Amphitheater at Ray Brother’s BBQ HERE as well as Instagram and Facebook.