By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: The Orpheum, Tampa, Florida–March 30, 2017
Why aren’t we in a band together? So we became one. This was their origin story, according to Conner Holcombe (Vocals/Piano/Guitar). They were already friends, playing in local bands in Tallahassee, Florida, sitting around chatting one day, when those infamous words were spoken, and a short time later, it became the reality that is Brightside. Connor shares vocal duties and the band really does share with frontman Jake Long (Vocals/Guitar). Will Dunaway (Bass/Vocals) supplies mostly backup vocals and of course a unique bass line, while Dillon Jordan (Guitar, Tongue) flirts with the crowd and lays down the licks and Cory Clark (Drums) concentrates on keeping the band to the beat. All together they work as an excellent unit, and the fans were also in for an extra treat as the band hung out in the merch area for the rest of the night, the most accessible of them all. With one LP, one EP, and two singles under their belt, the band has plenty of music available to satisfy their fans, and a lot more to come!
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When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.