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Party vibe arrives from overseas.

Byline: Alan Nichol

JUMPING ahead a couple of weeks, two more overseas acts have local shows.

Firstly, the Belgian soul/reggae outfit, The Caroloregians, top another varied Boss Sounds bill at the Cluny 2 on March 3. Although a new name to the UK, promoter Adam Collerton tells me that they are a great band with a Meters/Upsetters-inspired dance-friendly mix of rhythm, soul and funky reggae.

Given the top-notch track-record of the Boss Sounds shows, that sounds like a worthy recommendation.

They come fortified by Hannibelle & Midnight Blue - a North East reggae band - plus the Ska'd For Life DJs. Sounds like it's party time!

On the same night (March 3), at the O2 Academy an American bluesrock band, the WT Feaster Band, have chosen to launch their new album, Juggling Dynamite, in Newcastle.

The band - fronted by Indianapolisborn Travis Feaster on guitar/vocals - have played the region a number of times. They started in pubs like the Tyne Bar in Maling Street.

Feaster, still in his late 20s, is clearly looking forward to his return to the band's "second home".

He said: "We are looking forward to seeing all our family of friends in the North East. It will be something special to have them there with us at the launch. They've been with us from the very beginning and are so supportive - they're awesome!" Hot-wired electric guitar, bass and drums are given a young vibrancy. Another party night!

FINALLY, in similar vein to Feaster, is local blues-rock guitarist/singer Mitch Laddie. At just 21, he has already made a huge impression.

Indeed, he made his mark at 15 when Walter Trout became aware of his talent.

March 7 brings the two together at the O2 Academy ... Trout taking the headline spot, of course.

Mitch has a fine new album due for release a few days later. Burning Bridges (he's pictured on the High Level bridge on the cover) is a very assured and varied album that proves that Laddie is no one-trick pony.

A nice acoustic touch on Changing Tides & Burning Bridges is a diversion from his powerful electric sound. Track eight is called Getting It Right. I would say he is doing that!

As Trout once said: "Mitch is amazing.

If you close your eyes when he is playing he sounds like a guy who's been at it for 40 years."


FRONTMAN Travis Feaster
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 17, 2012
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