By Gus Samarco, Rock At Night Raleigh, North Carolina Correspondent
Venue: The Ritz, Raleigh, North Carolina – July 6th, 2016 – HellPop Tour with: Sunflower Dead, Shaman’s Harvest, HELLYEAH with Headliner: In This Moment
Members: Nathan Hunt (Vocals & Acoustic Guitar), Josh Hamler (Guitar) and Matt Fisher (Bass), Adam Zemanek (Drums/Vocals), Derrick Shipp (Lead Guitar/Vocals)
For the past two years, Jefferson City, Missouri based rock band Shaman’s Harvest has been extensively touring across North America as both headline and support, positioning themselves as a radio favorite and attracting loyal fans across the country. Airplay of “In Chains”, “Dirty Diana” and “Dangerous” have become popular songs on the circuit as well as other songs from their latest album Smokin’ Hearts and Broken Guns.
During their most recent HellPop Tour, which includes Sunflower Dead, HELLYEAH and In This Moment, Shaman’s Harvest, Rock At Night caught up with them at The Ritz, Raleigh North Carolina, on July 6th. Photographing this show was the perfect excuse to visit The Ritz in Raleigh, which was actually my first concert at this venue–and I was impressed. It is a great spacious venue with good acoustics, very competent light and music techs. Best of all, from the person collecting the tickets to the security folks in the photo pit, I had a great experience. A big shout out to the staff at The Ritz ! Keep up the great work!
Inside the venue I was surprised to see a variety of local and craft beers on tap, again, a great venue, even more if you are a “pain in the neck beer drinker” like myself.
Shaman’s Harvest performed on stage after Sunflower Dead, and did an awesome job of lifting the crowd into a “ready-to-rock” spirit. With a blend of hard rock, Southern rock, blues and a hint of funk metal, Shaman’s Harvest delivered–and the crowd was loving it! I could feel the band’s energy at the show with the same intensity as during the headliners performances. Shaman’s Harvest gives 100 percent and did not disappoint. The crowd, which was comprised of mixed generations, all were digging the band, whose music was not only good for the soul but also fun to watch. All around, Shaman’s Harvest put on great entertainment– as you can see from the pictures–for the whole family.
After their performance I had the pleasure to chat with guitarist Josh Hamler, who was very friendly and accommodating. I love when band members make themselves available to the fans, keeping it real. He seemed very humble and appreciative. Josh’s message was “If you like rock music, find yourself a rock concert this summer, and visit your favorite band’s concession stand for a CD or T-Shirt”. Indeed! Support your local working musician!
You can check out the photo highlights of Shaman’s Harvest in the photo gallery below:
Confirmed appearances include:
Saturday, May 13 Columbia, MO The Blue Note !
Saturday, May 14 Rock Falls, Illinois Long Shot !
Sunday, May 15 Loves Park, Illinois Forest Hills Lodge !
Friday, May 27 Pryor, Oklahoma Rocklahoma
Saturday, May 28 Anthony, Texas Wet n’ Wild Water World
Sunday, May 29 Dallas, Texas KEGL’s BFD Show
Friday, June 10 Battle Creek, Michigan The Music Factory !
Saturday, June 11 Steven’s Point, Wisconsin Live On Main !
Sunday, June 12 South Bend, Indiana The Bear’s Big Growl 5
Friday, June 17 Sunrise Beach, Missouri Picklehead’s Roadhouse !
Saturday, June 18 Clive, Iowa 7 Flags Event Center #
Sunday, June 19 Wichita, Kansas The Cotillion #
Tuesday, June 21 Lubbock, Texas Lonestar Pavilion #
Wednesday, June 22 Midland, Texas La Hacienda Event Center #
Friday, June 24 Abilene, Texas Abilene Civic Center #
Saturday, June 25 Denver, Colorado The Fillmore Auditorium – KBPI
Monday, June 27 Corpus Christi, Texas Concrete Street Amphitheater #
Wednesday, June 29 Birmingham, Alabama Iron City #
Thursday, June 30 Orlando, Florida Hard Rock Live #
Friday, July 1 St. Petersburg, Florida Jannus Live #
Sunday, July 3 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina House of Blues #
Tuesday, July 5 Atlanta, Georgia The Masquerade – Heaven #
Wednesday, July 6 Raleigh, NC The Ritz #
Friday, July 8 Norfolk, VA The NorVa #
Saturday, July 9 Inwood, West Virginia Shiley Acres #
Sunday, July 10 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel #
Tuesday, July 12 Peoria, Illinois Limelight Eventplex #
Saturday, July 23 Maryland Heights, Missouri Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre ^
Friday, July 29 Hinckley, Minnesota Grand Casino Hinckley Amph.*
Friday, August 12 Sturgis, South Dakota Iron Horse Saloon %
Saturday, August 13 Lincoln, Nebraska Bourbon Theatre %
Sunday, August 14 Tulsa, Oklahoma Brady Theater %
Tuesday, August 16 Memphis, Tennessee Minglewood Hall %
Wednesday, Aug. 17 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom %
Friday, August 19 Columbus, Ohio Express Live %
Saturday, August 20 Fort Wayne, Indiana Piere’s Entertainment Center %
Wednesday, Aug. 24 Post Falls, Idaho Greyhound Park and Event Center
Thursday, August 25 Missoula, Montana Big Sky Brewing Company
Friday, August 26 Nampa, Idaho Ford Idaho Center
Saturday, August 27 Jerome, Idaho Diamondz Event Center !
# – Opening For In This Moment and Hellyeah
^ – Opening For Halestorm and Shinedown
% – Opening For In This Moment and Nonpoint
* – Second of Four with Three Days Grace and 3 Doors Down
! – Headlining
If no notation, appearance is a festival
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