On New Year’s Eve, I was excited to see Jahman Brahman – who once again was a band I had heard of but never experienced live. They did not disappoint. I enjoyed their full sound and was definitely getting down in the photo pit.
I knew I had to pace myself to save energy for what I was expecting to be a serious throwdown by The Werks on NYE. I wandered the Newport and explored the balcony and artis area while taking in the DJ work of Heady Ruxpin. As an aside – I am constantly amazed by the amazing talent not only of the musicians, but of the artists and fans at these shows.
I found myself back on the floor for the beginning of The Werks first set. You could tell from note one that this was going to be a serious party. My first set highlight was the set closers Better then Before into Duck Farm, but I didn’t even want a break.
The band took a very short break and came back on with about three minutes till 2013. Dino Dimitrouleas, Rob Chafin and Chris Houser led the chatter up until the countdown commenced and the band went into the traditional Auld Lang Syne, then straight into OG.
My favorite moment happened during this set when lighting director Jim Dewey channeled Metallica by fronting For Whom the Bell Tolls.
The other highlight for many was when the original Werks lineup from 2007 – Houser, Chuckie Love, Dave Bartoletti and Chafin cam together for Sane.
Overall, two days of bliss from The Werks and Friends. Once again the boys showed me what others are just beginning to find out. This band is on its way to the top!!!
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The Newport Music Hall, Columbus, Ohio
Plain White Toast,
Better Than Before>
Auld Lang Syne>
For Whom The Bell Tolls>*%$
E: Shakedown Street.&
* With John Gentry Jr. on guitar.
% First time played.
$ With Lighting Director Jim Dewey on vocals.
@ With Chuck Love on bass.
^ With Dave Bartoletti on Keys with Norman Dimitrouleas.
# The original Werks lineup from 2007 Chris Houser, Chuck Love, Dave Bartoletti, Rob Chafin.
& 2001 and Spiritualized teases.