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Greta Van Fleet at F.M. Kirby Center


Date: August 25, 2017
Venue: F.M. Kirby Center
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA

“Greta Van Fleet Sold Out” signs plastered the windows of the F.M. Kirby Center as music fans with tickets filed inside. What waited inside was a small stage in the theater lobby and the opportunity for everyone to squeeze closely. Even before the opening band played, the crowd buzzed with stories of Greta Van Fleet’s past show experiences and praises. The future of modern rock brought the youth of today together with their parents for what was sure to be a hell of a show.

Opening band Rahway stepped out on stage to greet the hundreds in the crowd with the energy cranked high. Rahway brought a dose of modern rock and metal sounds along with that energy as well as the showmanship. They even incorporated two little fans near the end of their set and let them rock out on stage. It was a solid opening for a night of rock and roll.

Tennessee natives Goodbye June took the stage soon after with a bit of a different vibe. With the attitude and heavy tones, they added a funk and soul that truly makes them stand out in this day and age. They have the chops of many classic rock musicians, which drew the crowd in right away. What made them seem to stand out most, though, is the genuine emotion and passion for the music they create and the fun they have performing on stage. If Goodbye June keeps working hard and touring hard, there could be quite some promise for them in the future.

After a brief intermission, a DJ from local radio station 97.9X stepped out to introduce the headliners. He stated, “This will probably be the last time you will ever see this band in such an intimate setting,” and it was simple to see why after Greta Van Fleet began their set. Not only do the four members have a genuine love for rock music, but they have a love for all genres of music. And this love for all styles of music only strengthens their music and performance. Each song mixed funky blues with prog rock and even folk influences, coming together to form an experience. The talent and passion the band showed throughout their set reignites a faith in the future of rock music.

 

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