Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Black Jacket Symphony: Ten and Nevermind Review

This past Friday I got to experience the Black Jacket Symphony and their recreation of the classic 90's rock albums  "Ten" by Pearl Jam and "Nevermind" by Nirvana. Let me just say it was seriously amazing and the most fun I've had at a concert in a long time! I was already familiar with the Black Jacket Symphony since I had seen a few of their shows (including Michael Jackson's Thriller which if you ever get the chance to see, go!) and while I was pretty much just a baby/child in the early 90's, but how can anyone not love that decade? Time to put on a flannel shirt, scrunchie and clogs!

Sometimes the blurriest pictures are the best

Essentially the Black Jacket Symphony performances consists of the singer(s) and band covering an entire album, typically a significant one, then there is usually an "encore" type of performance with a few more songs from the selected band/singer after the albums have been performed. This was one of my favorite parts of the show! Both singers (channeling Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain respectively) did fantastic and really captured the spirit of both the bands and albums. The band was also phenomenal (I'm so jealous of anyone who can play the guitar. Or sing. Basically any musical talent.) and it was like you were actually watching the real Pearl Jam and Nirvana, you could probably close your eyes and think they were actually playing in front of you. It was that good.

I would highly recommend this event (and the Black Jacket Symphony as a whole), it's a great chance to see some of your favorite musicians without actually seeing them, this gives everyone a chance to experience their favorite album live. Plus, tickets were $25 so not too bad for a night out with friends and it was worth every penny.  Iron City is a fun venue but try and get there a little early since parking can be kind of crazy when there are events, a little tip just pay the $5 and park close/ across the street from the venue. It makes life so much easier. Believe me. 


I had so much fun that I'm already gearing up for the June 6th performance! Join me at Workplay in Birmingham and buy your tickets here for either June 5th or 6th (you can go to both if you really want to get into it). Or check out what shows are coming to your city as well as what album will be covered. Go to a show. Trust me you won't be disappointed! 

Have you ever seen a Black Jacket Symphony performance? What album was it? 

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