By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: The Orpheum, Tampa, Florida–May 25, 2017
Broadside is a pop punk band from Richmond, Virginia that now calls Los Angeles home. They are signed to Victory Records, and were listed as one of the 100 Artists You Need To Know in 2015 by Alternative Press. Certainly the fans knew them, as Tampa gave them an enthusiastic welcome while they played their popular songs and new songs from Paradise, their latest release. The crowd surfing was just getting started as they built on the energy from Nothing, Nowhere.
First formed in 2010, the band’s current lineup consists of original members Niles Gregory, Guitar; Dorian Enrique Cooke, Guitar; Ollie Baxxter, Vocals;who replaced their original singer in 2013; and Pat Diaz, Bass Guitar, who joined up in 2015. Their tour drummer is a mystery, their former drummer left in 2015, and no drummer is credited as part of the band. Whoever he was, my advice would be to keep him if you can!
Of course, the energetic vocals of Ollie Baxxter were also complemented by the high-flying antics of Niles Gregory and the solid work of Dorian and Pat – Pat even added a few hair whips into the mix, and though they’re not going to be mistaken for a metal band, they did a great job of pumping up the crowd!
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.