Dirty Honey dazzles Louisville fans with high energy headline show with Austin Meade.
At the beginning of 2023 it sure felt like this year was going to be “The Year of Live Music”. Coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic and with the number of amazing tours already announced, the first part of the year was an absolute feast for concertgoers across the country. Now, as we rapidly approach the end of 2023, one of the hottest bands around, Dirty Honey, is closing out their first ever headline tour and possibly staked their claim on the best show of the year!
The California based Dirty Honey, fronted by one of the most dynamic vocalists around, Marc LaBelle along with hip guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian and their newer drummer, Jaydon Bean (a long-time friend of the bands who came on board this past January) laid down a set of down-and-dirty blues-infused rock’n’roll that was electric from the word go! Back in August, Dirty Honey announced a massive Headline tour aptly named the “Can’t Find The Brakes” tour in support of their new album with the same name that was released on November 3rd. After providing support for bands like The Who, Slash, Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Mammoth WVH, Kiss and most recently Guns N’ Roses It was time for Dirty Honey to take center stage, which they did with a massive tour (39 shows in 58 days) that covered the four corners of the US and then some. Louisville sure didn’t miss their opportunity to see Dirty Honey, with a long line of crazed fans lined up in the cold well before the venue doors opened.
As the house lights dropped, the excitement in the room spiked exponentially as the guys took the stage and straight into the opening songs of the evening, “Can’t Find the Brakes,” the bands huge hit “California Dreamin’” and “Heartbreaker” that set a high bar for what the rest of the evening would hold. Onstage the band was tight and thoroughly enjoying themselves, with plenty of fan interactions and smiles as the evening featured several more songs from the new album including “Dirty Mind,” “Coming Home (Ballad of the Shire)” featuring Justin Smolian on acoustic guitar, “Don’t Put Out the Fire” and a medley of “Satisfied”, “Get a Little High”, ”No Warning” and “Ride On”.
A couple of treats also rolled off the Mercury Ballroom stage tonight as Dirty Honey delivered a fiery Rolling Stones cover of “Honky Tonk Women” and an unbelievable cover of Aerosmith’s “Last Child” that has to be experienced live. All in all, Dirty Honey’s 90 + minutes on stage in Louisville was everything you could ever ask for and then some from a rock n’ roll show. The buzz heard and felt from the fans leaving the venue was all you really needed to know about how the show was and something that will be talked about, well into 2024. Don’t walk, RUN to see Dirty Honey in the new year!
Opening the evening was Texas based musician, singer, and songwriter Austin Meade. With a solid set of original songs including songs from their latest album, Take a Trip, Austin and his band proceeded to get the crowd dancing and singing right from the start. The guys ended their time in Louisville with their latest single “Blackout”, closing a fun set that is sure to earn the band some new followers.