Whiskey and music are a timeless, enigmatic combination, and SoundDiego combined the two for its most recent live event at Seven Grand in North Park. The DJ Robin Roth-hosted event featured Oliver Trolley, The Hampton Beats, and The Hollerin, and all three bands rocked the night away in the back lounge.
The Hollerin were a great complement to the barâ€™s hunting lodge aesthetic. As winners of SoundDiegoâ€™s Garage 2 Glory contest, The Hollerin had earned their way to the lead-off slot in the nightâ€™s lineup. The bandâ€™s music was upbeat, a little bit country, and a little bit punk. For a virtually unknown band, The Hollerin did a good job tearing the crowd away from the hosted bar for a few songs.
Next, The Hampton Beats scared up a few good hits when they took the stage with their unique style of rock and roll. The six-piece had great energy, with their single â€œPartyâ€ serving as the set standout. The Hampton Beats have been working with producer David Jerden (Social Distortion, The Offspring), and his experience has added a welcome new element to the band’s sound.
The stars of the night, however, were headliners Oliver Trolley, a local quartet comprised of Kevin Childs, Brian Zanini, Adam Lopez, and Brian Meyer. Oliver Trolley released their EP, Ships, earlier this year to much acclaim, and their music is now a staple on local radio programming like 91xâ€™s Loudspeaker. Crowd favorites of the night included their single, â€œMinerals,â€ and â€œWatching the Red Sun.â€
At every SoundDiego Live event, a Jack Daniels-branded guitar is given away to one lucky RSVP-er. In this case, that lucky person was yours truly — and taking home a new guitar was a great way to cap off the evening.