Here we sat on a Saturday afternoon early in June; looking out at the heavy rain that remnants of tropical storm Andrea was dropping in and around Halifax. Regardless of the weather we were gearing up to venture over to Michael’s Bar and Grill located at 6100 Young St. The rain was not going to stop us from catching a set by the band Mad Anthony who hail from Cincinnati, Ohio. Our good friend Terry Makedon from T-Mak World caught their show in Toronto this March and nothing but good things to say about their set.
Mad Anthony consists of Ringo Jones on Guitar/Vocals, Adam Flaig on Guitar/Vocals and Marc Sherlock on Drums/Vocals.
Our night started out by checking out Matt Mays @ The Cunard Centre. After that show ended we headed straight to Michael’s Bar and Grill to catch an act that prior to yesterday I was not familiar with. Mad Anthony are a excellent, high octane, 3 piece unit, consisting of two solid guitar players/vocalists, and a super energetic and talented drummer. I am sad to say that Mad Anthony had to play their hearts out for a small audience. One positive thing about smaller crowds is that it allows everyone in attendance to get up close and personal with the band.
With all 3 members contributing to the vocals they delivered consistent vocals throughout the show. Ringo and Adam are both powerful guitarist’s that obviously feed off each others energy on stage,seamlessly sharing the lead guitar duties.
Drummer Marc Sherlock was simply amazing holding the bottom end together with his powerful attitude filled drumming. He made the most of the small kit he uses on stage with rock solid timing and an over abundance of energy.
- Yellow Pages
- Bear Attack
- Million Miles Away
- Turn It On
- A New One
- Oxygen Tank
- Weekend Lover
- Sank for Days
- Strangest Dream
We highly recommend that you catch Mad Anthony live if they perform in your city on their current Canadian Tour.
As for the venue, it’s really a tough call. They provide some static stage lighting that reminded me more of Christmas lights then a rock and roll show, but the house audio tech did a great job mixing the band. To be fair we won’t finalize our opinion of the venue until we take in another show. We would love to see Mad Anthony back in HRM, performing at The Marquee,The Seahorse or Monte’s, where the high quality production could match the energy level that Mad Anthony generates on stage.
For more shots from the show check out our Facebook photos