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Sublime with Rome, Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon

Let me start by saying this show, for a few reasons is a huge deal for MJW Photography and the While on Tour music blog. When hubby and I were first dating we would hang around my townhouse and listen to music, drink some beers and chill. Pandora was just starting to gain some steam so we would create the stations we wanted to listen to and sit back and enjoy. On a few occasions there was a song or two we liked but never made it to the computer to check out the artist. Except the one song that had my husband running for the screen…….”This is Outta Control” by Rebelution was that song. It started us on a musical journey that brought us here. We have been to four Rebelution shows since that day. Hill Kid, Marley D. Williams pretended to sign my forehead during our meet and greet in our hometown and now we got to photograph them opening for Sublime with Rome in Miami. EPIC.

Enough of my history I’ll get to the part you want to read…..the show.

We requested photo passes for this show months in advance and were told we wouldn’t hear anything until the week of…. the suspense almost killed us. We actually didn’t hear until the afternoon before the show but whatever we were super stoked to get the big YES.
First to hit the stage was Mickey Avalon with LD (aka LDonthecut) spinning. You may know Mickey from his hit track “What do you say”, theme song from the movie The Hang Over. Mickey didn’t miss a beat or a lyric with LD wrecking the turn table behind him.

MJW Photography: Mickey Avalon & LDonthecut &emdash;

MJW Photography: Mickey Avalon & LDonthecut &emdash;

LD is also well known as the DJ and producer for Sublime with Rome and produced the track “Franco Eyed” for a little band you may know called The Dirty Heads. Check him out, you won’t be disappointed.

MJW Photography: Mickey Avalon & LDonthecut &emdash;

MJW Photography: Mickey Avalon & LDonthecut &emdash;

After a few songs from Mickey and a short intermission we got down to business. Prior to the show I had heard of Pepper but didn’t really know their music. Wow…. I mean WOW. These guys came on stage with an energy that catapulted you out of your seat. They hyped the crowd up like no one else that night.

MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;
MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;

MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;
MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;

While playing their hit songs “Stone Love”, “Higher Ground” and “Crazy Love” they danced and performed their hearts out for the masses and the crowd went nuts for their every move. These guys are well known for loving and appreciating their fans so if you haven’t gotten familiar with them you should.

MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;
MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;  MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;
MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;

Vocalist and bassist Bret Bollinger, lead guitar and vocalist Kaleo Wassman and Yesod Williams on drums met and formed on the big island of Kailu-Kona, Hawaii. Sharing a love of surfing and music, they were destined to hypnotize fans with their charismatic personalities and their electrifying performances. They definitely have new fans in my husband and I.

MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;

MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;

MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;

MJW Photography: Pepper &emdash;

I’d be lying if I said we didn’t have to rock, paper, scissors for which one of us got to shoot Rebelution. I took Martin down with scissors…BAM! Now to control my inner fan girl and get the job done. Who am I kidding, I could barely take a picture I was dancing and singing so much. Not being able to use our flash hurt a little bit, but we were still able to take some pretty epic photos.

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

In true Rebelution fashion, Eric lead us into the groove with the album title track “Count Me In”. I don’t think there is a song they played I wasn’t completely stoked to hear but when Hill Kid threw up the deuces for “Good Vibes” I was dancing more than I was shooting.

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

I just knew they would play the song that made us fans to begin with and of course they didn’t disappoint. Fan favorite “This is Outta Control” had every single person on their feet despite the pouring rain that decided to drench us all.

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

 

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

MJW Photography: Rebelution &emdash;

An extra bonus provided by the Rebelution crew was a LIVE artist performance by the extremely talented duo that makes up Anamorphosis Art. Ania Amador and Christopher Morphis danced and painted throughout the entire set list without hesitation. The music inspired a work of art worthy of anyone’s wall. That painting is for sale on their website http://www.anamorphosisart.com as well as many others from tours with different bands.

After the amount of time media is permitted in the pits past I decided to do a little walking around in the crowd. Low and behold I see a few familiar faces trying to blend in. None other than LDonthecut and Andreas Ramirez (for those who don’t know Andreas is Rome’s brother and is also a pretty badass photographer). Like the crazy fan girl that I am I immediately screamed at them to get their attention and made sure they knew I knew who they were. Such cool guys. I got a hug from LD and Andreas gave me some knuckles. I have a picture to prove it but I was not prepared and a little flustered and made the rookie mistake of taking a completely blurry picture of a totally awesome moment. Doh! Andreas looks so much like Rome he could definitely be mistaken for the guy.

Now, onto the rest of the show. Remember this guy above in the picture. You know the badass photographer/brother to the now lead singer of Sublime with Rome. Well…..turns out he was the only person allowed to shoot from the pit area up front. The rest of us schleps got media duty from the sound board. Not to worry, we have a lens capable of getting the shots.

Sublime with Rome is comprised of Eric Wilson the original bass player from Sublime, Rome Ramirez and drummer Josh Freese. Obviously the loss of original vocalist and guitarist Bradley Knowell was a huge blow to Sublime and their millions of fans but they couldn’t have picked a better front man in his absence. Rome Ramirez brings the style and talent to keep the Sublime legacy alive.

MJW Photography: Sublime with Rome &emdash;

MJW Photography: Sublime with Rome &emdash;

They made sure to play all the hits we wanted to hear. “Bad Fish”, “Smoke two Joints” and “Santaria” are among my personal favorites. Not only does Sublime with Rome play the historic chart toppers but they also make sure to delight our ear drums with tunes from their debut album Yours Truly and newly released Sirens. Make sure to check out the new album if you haven’t yet. The single “Wherever You Go” is a funk driven love song about a love lost that lets the rest of us know Sublime with Rome will be giving us plenty more hits in the years to come.

MJW Photography: Sublime with Rome &emdash;

MJW Photography: Sublime with Rome &emdash;

MJW Photography: Sublime with Rome &emdash;

Content Writer: April Whitney
Photo Credit: April & Martin Whitney

About the author
April Whitney

April Whitney

April Whitney- Photographer, music lover and overall gypsy soul. I found my passion for photography, music, writing, and travel. While on Tour was born out of a desire to combine all of these things and become the wandering soul I have always wanted to be. I love to travel to different festivals, meet new friends and vibe out wherever the music may take me.

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