>>This past Friday night was one for the books. The energy, the environment, the people in the room, the familiar faces and the new ones, everything felt right. A stellar place with nothing short of smashing performances, the night could have gone on another couple of hours and there would have been no objections. Held at the beloved Three Heads Brewing, the evening was kicked off by none other than Caroline Vreeland. Entering the stage in iconic, timeless Caroline fashion everyone attentively awaited. Captivated by her silky vocals and smokey tone, the audience was entranced. Casting sultry spells with her commanding confidence and stage presence, the intimate atmosphere had people continuously gravitating towards the stage. With dreamy dynamics musically, powerful vocals, and punching lyrics, the audience couldn’t help but sway to the hypnotic beat, melting melodies and relatable lyrics. Performing some of her biggest hits such as “Love Is Here,” “Drinking For 2,” and more, Caroline’s latest EP release Notes on Sex & Wine which dropped this year has been gaining traction. After Caroline’s last song the crowd pleaded for more as they quickly made their way over to her merch table.
That resounding roar rapidly resurged as Roses & Revolutions took the stage. Made up of lead vocalist and keyboardist Alyssa Coco, guitarist Matt Merritt and drummer Toussint Lipton II, the sheer power and artistry that these three delivered was incredible. Between Alyssa’s effortless range and compelling vocals, Matt’s tight, articulate riffs and Toussint’s driving, dirty beats, the room was immediately ignited. With nonstop energy and fun from start to finish, it is quite evident to see that they love what they do. With contagious smiles on all of their faces throughout their set and constant dancing and grooving, this band sure knows how to embrace the moment and have fun. Engaging with the crowd, Alyssa’s playful personality, bubbly aurora and abundant energy had the room dancing, singing, and feeling good. Invested in every second, their magnetic personalities shined through, as well as their polished musicianship. Putting on an incredible show, their live performance is at such a seasoned caliber.
Keeping the night full of surprises, not only did they play many fan favorites as well as new tunes that are to be released shortly, but they also jazzed things up with covers of “Dance Monkey” by Tones and I, “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac, “The Hills” by The Weeknd, and “Needed Me” by Rihanna. Caroline was also welcomed back on stage to join R&R for another Fleetwood Mac cover of “Dreams.” Keeping the party going they also reunited with old friends, inviting them up on stage to jam. Two highlighting moments of the night out of many came in the form of Toussint’s drum solo break down and Alyssa’s jingle melody mashup. Though a man of few words, when he’s in his element and on the drums, Toussint has a lot to say. Starting out with a jungle vibe jam, he made his way through a wide array of addictive, nasty beats as the crowd became hooked and hollered back. Being a Rochester based band, Alyssa creatively concocted a catchy slew of famous 585 jingles that had the room laughing and singing back.
Hitting us with all the right tunes and sharing special moments with the crowd, this past Friday really was a memorable night. With new tunes soon to drop and many exciting things in the works, we look forward to seeing how 2020 treats these two talents. Eagerly awaiting their return to ROC, you can still catch Roses & Revolutions on their upcoming tour.
For tickets and more information visit their website at https://www.rosesandrevolutions.com/tour.