On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, punk-rock veterans, Face To Face, came to town with a very talented group of guys in-tow. The evening opened early with Joshua Black Wilkins acknowledging the rather sparse crowd, and playing a solid set in a somber, chip-on-the-shoulder, singer/song-writer fashion. His cover of an old Tom Wait’s song, seemed right at home with the rest of his set-list.
Blacklist Royals took the stage with enthusiasm, and seemed sincerely excited to be back in an area where they had some roots. It turned out that they had some relatives in the audience. The lead singer even blushed when apologizing to his mother after finishing a rather crass cover. They were followed by Teenage Bottlerocket, who swaggered around the stage with a cocky, over-the-top, rock-and-roll attitude that was a stark contrast from the more earnest performances of the night.
Face To Face brought their twenty (or so) years of experience to the stage with class. They played fast and hard, sounded great, and engaged the crowd in a charming, almost sweet, fashion.