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THE IRON MAIDENS RETURN TO THE VAULT IN NEW BEDFORD, MA, ON SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2023

The Iron Maidens, the world’s only all-female tribute to the legendary Iron Maiden, returns to The Vault in New Bedford, MA, Saturday, April 15, 2023, in a concert presented by JKB Entertainment Group. This is a 21+ show. Purchase tickets HERE.

ABOUT THE IRON MAIDENS

Formed in 2001, The Iron Maidens have quickly established themselves as one of southern California’s most popular tribute acts and are rapidly gaining international recognition. The band boasts beauty as well as excellent musicianship, lively stage presence, and a remarkable stage show with theatrical scenes interspersed throughout.

First and foremost on the agenda of The Iron Maidens is talent. These women are highly trained professionals with diversified musical backgrounds ranging from orchestral and musical theater to blues and rock. The band and its members have been the recipients of many awards including best tribute band, and best in category (guitar, bass, drums, voice) at events such as The Rock City News Awards, The LA Music Awards, and The All Access Magazine Award Show to name a few. The line-up is Kirsten “Bruce Chickinson” Rosenberg on vocals, Linda “Nikki McBURRain” McDonald on drums, Courtney “Adriana Smith” Cox and Nikki “Davina Murray” Stringfield on guitars, and Wanda “Steph Harris” Ortiz on bass.

The Iron Maidens cover Iron Maiden material from all eras of the band’s career, encompassing the band’s biggest hits as well as fan favorites. The stage show includes appearances by Maiden mascot Eddie, the grimreaper, the devil and more.

The Iron Maidens have packed houses everywhere they have played.

ABOUT STORMSTRESS

American heavy metal power trio, Stormstress, was born amidst a bomb cyclone that hit Boston in October of 2019. Co-fronted by Detroit-raised Berklee College of Music Alumni, identical mirror-image twin sisters guitarist/vocalist and PRS Guitars Pulse Artist Tanya Venom and bassist/vocalist Tia Mayhem with ‘Hit Like A Girl 2014’ finalist powerhouse Maddie May Scott on the drums, these three wildly ambitious and seasoned players make Stormstress a force to be reckoned with. Their signature sound shaped by heavy riffs, powerful grooves and melodic vocals paired with their high-energy, bombastic live performance style has been compared to the likes of Halestorm, Avenged Sevenfold, Led Zeppelin and Dio. Award-winning songwriters, Tanya Venom and Tia Mayhem, write primarily about self-empowerment, individuality, and breaking boundaries while delivering a unique dual frontwoman experience.

Stormstress hit the ground running and hasn’t stopped since. The band released their debut single “Paint the Mask” inspiring a nearly sold-out debut show in February of 2020 shortly before what became the worldwide quarantine. Despite facing the world-halting Coronavirus pandemic at such an early stage in the band’s career, Stormstress persevered and released their second single, “You Can’t Hurt Me Now,” in November of 2020, accruing over 100,000 streams on Spotify within the first month of its release. Come February 2022, Stormstress released a third single, an emotional power ballad called “Fall With You” featuring a string quartet part and gothic ballroom music video. In April of 2022, Stormstress released their debut full-length album “Silver Lining” in collaboration with producer Liz Borden of the legendary all-female punk band, Lizzie Borden and the Axes and Sarah Fitzpatrick. The album dropped with a sold-out release show followed by a successful mini tour across the northeast and midwest.

ABOUT GROUNDLIFT

Frontman Ace McCormack and bassist Mike Dutko instantly became friends when they had their first rehearsal and discovered their palpable musical synergy. Leah Bluestein became the obvious choice for drums when they heard her play like a combination of Dave Grohl and Neil Peart. 

The joining of their three varied and eclectic music tastes resulted in a fresh, unique sound where Ace’s love of beautiful melodies, Dutko’s adventurous Queen-like writing style, and Leah’s unbridled technical prowess all shine through. They are three musicians obsessed with their craft, allowing each other to fire on all cylinders with no holds barred. Combining tasty and inventive licks with catchy melodic hooks, surreal lyrics, shredding guitar-drum-AND bass solos, and an unfathomable rhythmic tightness, Groundlift is truly a band unlike any other. 

With their hard rock inspired vibe, thick pocketed grooves, and catchy tunes that will stick in your head for days, Groundlift is a band that can get the the hard-core punks back flipping into the moshpit, the indie fans singing along, and the fellow musicians nodding in approval all at the same time. 

Beginning with hard rock and punk roots, the band expanded their sound into funk and progressive influences on their single “Till You Run Out of Time.” Now with their latest collaboration with producer Steve Evetts, the trio has honed their sound into a mix of classic rock and roll, funk, blues, progressive rock, and Brit-pop glory.

The Vault is located at located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford, Mass. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.com and start at $30.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:

MUST BE 21 or OLDER with Valid ID for Entry.

All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds or exchanges unless the concert is postponed or cancelled.

There is NO SMOKING OR VAPING allowed inside The Vault or in the bathrooms. If you are caught doing either, you will be escorted off premises and forfeit your tickets.

JOURNEY TRIBUTE BAND THE GREAT ESCAPE TO PERFORM AT THE VAULT IN NEW BEDFORD, MASS., ON DEC. 3RD

The Great Escape is the premier tribute to the music of JOURNEY! The band will perform an evening of Journey songs at The Vault in New Bedford, MA, on Saturday, December 3rd, in a concert presented by JKB Entertainment Group. Purchase tickets HERE.

Formed in 2008, The Great Escape performs the timeless music of Journey with the note for note accuracy and energy all Journey fans come to expect – a Journey experience you don’t want to miss. Their live shows have even prompted some to ask if Journey was actually performing.

Whether playing in a large scale venue, nightclub or private function, The Great Escape aims to leave their audience energized, entertained and eagerly anticipating their next show.

The band has a large dedicated following, adding more and more loyal fans with each performance.

The Great Escape was voted Best New England Tribute Band at the 2008 and 2013 Limelight Magazine Awards show!

Jason Paulino fronts the band with his powerful vocals, incredible range and enthusiastic energy. When singing the songs of Journey, Jason’s vocals are indistinguishable from Journey’s Steve Perry – it’s an amazing performance every time!

Rich Vigdor is the band’s lead guitarist. Rich will dazzle any audience with his note-for-note renditions of Journey’s familiar guitar riffs and solos.

Chris Brunelle fills a big role with his keyboard and piano playing, a critical piece in so many Journey songs, as well as adding some lead vocals.

The backbone of the band is filled by Tony Clement, conducting the band with his power and precision drumming, and the rhythmic bass playing of Bob Wheeler.

Come experience The Great Escape as they breakout their high energy musical performance and take you on an incredible Journey!

The Vault is located at located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford, Mass. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.com and start at $18.50.

Corey Feldman & His Band To Kick Off The Vault’s Re-Opening Weekend Concerts on Dec. 2nd

Corey Feldman, famed actor and musician, is embarking on his first US tour in five years with a stop at The Vault in New Bedford, MA, on Friday, December 2, 2022. This will be the first concert at The Vault since they announced their reopening to outside concert promoters last month. This show is presented by JKB Entertainment Group. Purchase tickets HERE.

“We have presented nearly 20 shows at The Vault before they closed in early June and we are excited to welcome everyone back on December 2 with Corey Feldman and His Band,” said JKB Entertainment Group co-owner Katie Botelho. “This is going to be a great show that you should not miss!”

Featuring an all-new band, Feldman is hitting the road in support of his new album Love Left 2: Arm Me With Love which features the viral hit “Comeback King” featuring Curtis Young, as well as his new box set Love Left 2.1

Corey Feldman began his career at the age of three, starring in a Clio Award-winning McDonald’s commercial and hasn’t stopped working since. Corey has been a mainstay in the industry, appearing in over 100 films. In 1979, he landed his first leading role in The Bad News Bears and made his big screen debut in Time After Time. Since then, Corey has gained recognition for his work as the voice of Young Copper in Disney’s The Fox and the Hound, and as Tommy Jarvis in the Friday the 13th franchise. This led to Corey’s appearance in a series of Blockbuster hits, including, Gremlins, The Goonies, Stand By Me, and The Lost Boys— for which he received a Young Artist Award.

Other notable roles include the voice of Donatello in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and appearances in The Burbs and Maverick. He has become a full-time producer, producing sequels to The Lost Boys for Warner Bros, as well as a cannon of other films and TV shows such as A&E’s The Two Coreys, and more recently, he served as executive producer for the Lifetime Network’s A tale of 2 Coreys. Corey both produced and starred in his newest feature film, Corbin Nash. Corey has spent time touring with his band, completing eighty shows in a mostly sold out US tour, and he recently had his first Top 40 Billboard hit single off his latest solo album.

In addition to his impressive background in entertainment, Corey is also a NY Times best-selling author for his 2013 autobiography Coreyography. Corey also serves as National Ambassador for CHILD USA, helping to bring awareness to the campaign for statute of limitation reform for victims of child sexual abuse.

The Vault is located at located at 791 Purchase Street in New Bedford, Mass. The venue is set within a former bank building featuring original vault doors and a truly historic feel. Tickets start at $25 with options to purchase a VIP Meet & Greet with Corey Feldman.

“NOSFERATU” 100TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LIVE SCORE BY PAUL BIELATOWICZ AT NARROWS CENTER IN FALL RIVER, MA, ON OCT. 29TH

F.W. Murnau’s silent film classic Nosferatu has been terrifying audiences for 100 years. On Saturday, October 29th, the Narrows Center in Fall River will present the movie that has inspired generations of filmmakers with a new score performed live by Paul Bielatowicz who is best known as the virtuoso guitarist for Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.

For this special one-off Halloween weekend concert, Bielatowicz has put together an all-star band featuring keyboardist Dave Bainbridge (The Strawbs, Lifesigns), bassist Mike Dutko (Groundlift) and drummer Leah Bluestein (Goundlift). Expect scares, laughs, audience participation and FANGtastic fun. Experience Nosferatu like never before – the loudest silent movie you’ve ever seen!

Join us for a Spooktacular live performance of a new rock soundtrack that breathes new life into the undead classic. Costumes are encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the top three best costumes.

The Narrows Center is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River, Mass. Tickets to this show are $25 in advance and $30 day of show. They can be purchased by visiting nosferatuLIVE.com or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

VANILLA FUDGE AND MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNIVERSARY TOURS COMING TO FALL RIVER, MA

JKB Entertainment Group, the publisher of Limelight Magazine, has booked two classic rock shows at the Narrows Center in Fall River, MA, this fall. On October 6, Vanilla Fudge returns to celebrate their 55th anniversary while Michael Schenker will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a touring artist on October 19. There is no opening acts for each show. Purchase tickets to Vanilla Fudge by clicking HERE. Purchase tickets to Michael Schenker Group by clicking HERE.

ABOUT VANILLA FUDGE

Since the summer of 1967, Vanilla Fudge were architects of a new musical style that included psychedelic, rock, soul music and gospel. They were, and are masters of reinterpreting other artist’s hit songs, and their effect on the soon to explode late 60’s “heavy metal” scene was undeniable.

To be an influence on the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Van Halen certainly secures a place in rock n roll history for the legendary Vanilla Fudge.

Now in their 55th year, the powerhouse vocals and keyboard flourishes of virtuoso organist Mark Stein, along with the fluid guitar explosions of Vinnie Martell, all anchored by one of the best rhythm sections in the history of rock music, with the legendary Carmine Appice on drums and Pete Bremy on bass, they create a sound so unique that it cannot be imitated. Your spirit will jettison right back to a “happening” in that magical summer of 1967, and this “happening” needs to be felt live to truly be appreciated!

ABOUT MICHAEL SCHENKER

Michael Schenker Group (MSG) is a legendary name. After two phenomenal records under the guise of Michael Schenker Fest, a true guitar hero is returning to his roots. By forming Michael Schenker Group (MSG) back in 1979, Michael Schenker laid the foundations for one of hard rock’s most glorious solo careers. And while nobody expected anything less from a former guitarist for Scorpions and UFO, it’s close to impossible mentioning everything Michael has built over the past 50 years, or the countless people he influenced or played with. This, truly, is the stuff that hard rocking myths are made of.

Very few guitarists can be cited as a primary influence for the likes of James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell, Slash or Kerry King. However, to understand Michael Schenker means to understand one primary thing: he’s not here to be worshipped or adored, he’s not here to get rich, he’s here to play. And he’s doing it with the same swagger, verve and dizzying artistry as always.

The Narrows Center is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River, Mass. Tickets to this show can by visiting the Narrows website or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

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THE HAXANS BRING THEIR “HAUNTED HOUSE PARTY” TOUR TO ALCHEMY IN PROVIDENCE, RI, ON OCT. 22

JKB Entertainment Group/Limelight Magazine is excited to announce that its Halloween show will take place at Alchemy in Providence, RI, on Saturday, October 22, 2022. It will feature a headlining performance from The Haxans (featuring Ash Costello of New Years Day and Piggy D of Rob Zombie and Wednesday 13). In keeping with the Halloween festivities, guitar virtuoso Paul Bielatowicz, of Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, will open the show by performing the first two acts of his soundtrack to the classic 1922 “Nosferatu” film. Everyone is encouraged to arrive in costume to this all ages show. Purchase tickets HERE.

ABOUT THE HAXANS

The Haxans are Ashley Costello, subcultural style icon and leader of Warped Tour screamo stars New Years Day, a seeming heir-apparent to the glory days of My Chemical Romance and AFI, and Matt Montgomery, better known by his alias Piggy D., bassist for over a decade with multiplatinum shock rocker Rob Zombie, guitarist with horror punks Wednesday 13, and sometime visual and musical collaborator with rock icon Alice Cooper.

A Goth-pop duo, decked out in creep kitsch high fashion, and named after a silent film from the twenties about a 15th century German guide to hunting witches, The Haxans sound exactly like everything those images conjure. It’s the psycho-saccharine music of a fiendish creep’s fever dream…Classic art-house cinema, b-movie horror, spooky decadence, vintage American myth, and black roses dripping with blood are all tossed in The Haxans cauldron, like so many ingredients from a well-worn book of spells.

The Haxans isn’t a side project. It’s the irrepressible, irresistible, and inevitable exorcism of the party-centric Halloween costume shop kicking around inside the brains and bodies of the group’s two coconspirators.

ABOUT PAUL BIELATOWICZ

Paul Bielatowicz is best known for his virtuoso guitar work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock.  He’s played, recorded and toured with Carl Palmer (ELP), Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic), YES, Todd Rundgren, John Lodge and The Alan Parsons Project.

In 2014, he released his debut solo album Preludes & Etudes, featuring solo electric guitar arrangements of virtuoso classical showpieces. When COVID 19 halted all touring, Paul spent the best part of two years working in the studio, writing and recording music for three albums… one of those projects is this soundtrack to the classic 1922 Nosferatu film. 

The Nosferatu Live show brings together a variety of musical styles and instruments (guitars, keyboards, analog synths, vocals… even a Theremin) in an exciting theatrical production that breathes new life into the undead classic!

Alchemy is located at 171 Chestnut Street in Providence, RI.

VANILLA FUDGE RETURNS TO THE NARROWS CENTER IN FALL RIVER, MA

Legendary rock band Vanilla Fudge will return to the Narrows Center in Fall River, Mass., on October 6, 2022. This concert is presented by JKB Management & Booking. Purchase tickets. HERE.

Since the summer of 1967, Vanilla Fudge were architects of a new musical style that included psychedelic, rock, soul music and gospel. They were, and are masters of reinterpreting other artist’s hit songs, and their effect on the soon to explode late 60’s “heavy metal” scene was undeniable.

To be an influence on the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Van Halen certainly secures a place in rock n roll history for the legendary Vanilla Fudge.

Now in their 55th year, the powerhouse vocals and keyboard flourishes of virtuoso organist Mark Stein, along with the fluid guitar explosions of Vinnie Martell, all anchored by one of the best rhythm sections in the history of rock music, with the legendary Carmine Appice on drums and Pete Bremy on bass, they create a sound so unique that it cannot be imitated. Your spirit will jettison right back to a “happening” in that magical summer of 1967, and this “happening” needs to be felt live to truly be appreciated!

The Narrows Center is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River, Mass. Tickets to this show can be purchased HERE or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.

NEW VENUE – RICHIE KOTZEN TO PERFORM AT THE MET IN PAWTUCKET, RI, ON SATURDAY, SEPT. 10TH

Richie Kotzen (of The Winery Dogs, ex-Poison and Mr. Big) is embarking on a solo tour with his band that will make a stop at The Met in Pawtucket, RI, on Saturday, September 10th. Groundlift open the show. Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased by clicking HERE. This show is presented by JKB Entertainment Group.

(Please note that this show replaces Richie’s Kotzen’s show at the Vault Music Hall on the same date. All ticket buyers have been notified of the venue change and given the option for a refund. Anyone wishing a refund, should contact the promoter jkbentertainmentgroup@gmail.com with your full number to complete the refund process).

Richie Kotzen has always been on a clear, laser-focused mission as an artist. While he is rightfully acknowledged worldwide for being a stellar guitar player, an emotive singer, and, frankly, a balls-out dynamic live performer to boot, Kotzen is quite aware he must maintain an ever-vigilant eye on ensuring one particularly important creative arrow in his artistic quiver continues to be properly nurtured — and that is his songwriting.

 “My whole existence has been driven by songs,” Kotzen admits. “I realized when I was very, very young that if I didn’t have a song to sing that, was mine, I probably wouldn’t have much of a future as an artist. That’s where I come from. It’s like I get to live my dream scenario, because my job is doing what I love to do, which is making music. It’s how I live.”

Good songs are indeed Kotzen’s creative stock in trade, and the man has spent decades making sure he delivers the goods on a consistent basis. As a vocalist, Kotzen’s impassioned style exists at the crossroads where the likes of Paul Rodgers, Terence Trent D’Arby (better known these days as Sananda Maitreya), and Rod Stewart meet. All that primal vocal energy also feeds into his love of great songwriting. To that end, Kotzen cites Daryl Hall and Don Henley as two legendary songwriters he respects and looks up to, both of whom he takes cues from for inspiration. “I’m more of a conversational writer,” Kotzen explains. “I don’t write about aliens and spaceships. It’s more about what I’m thinking, and what I’m feeling. Here’s the thing — I wait. I wait until I have something to say — and usually, that’s when it all comes together. When something strikes me, I’ll sing it into my phone, and then it’ll either live there and wait until another day, or I’ll work on it and it’ll end up on an album. That’s my process.” 

That said, the muse struck Kotzen in a much different kind of way when he got together with his longtime friend and confidant, Iron Maiden guitarist/backing vocalist and songwriter Adrian Smith, to lay down nine galvanizing tracks for March 2021’s collaborative triumph, SMITH/ KOTZEN, in addition to its follow-up four-song Record Store Day EP released later in the same year, November 2021’s aptly rousing BETTER DAYS. What both these hard-charging S/K releases reveal is a creative relationship previously only hinted at through their shared musical brotherhood. “I didn’t know what to expect,” Kotzen reveals. “Adrian would come in with either a lyrical concept or a riff, and then we would work on it together. That would usually lead me into writing another section for the song. If he came in with a chorus, I’d be writing a verse — or, if he came in with the verse, I’d come up with the chorus. We just ping-ponged our ideas back and forth like that.” 

One of the best give-and-take SMITH/KOTZEN song examples is “Scars,” a deeply cutting, yearning modern blues-burner of a track wherein Smith provided the verse riff and overall concept and lyric, and then Kotzen improvised the B section for it right there on the spot. “What you hear on the first pre-chorus is the original improv I did when I sat in front of the microphone and just freestyled,” he reports. “The song has a real honest sound to it because of that — and then the chorus just evolved from there.”  

The reason SMITH/KOTZEN works so well is quite simple. “The reality is, Adrian and I connected artistically. We just hit it off,” Kotzen confirms. “The shows we performed together earlier this year on the West Coast and in the U.K. were great, and hopefully, it all continues.” (We kinda suspect it will — or, to modify the title of one of the album’s most poignant songs, we do indeed know you now, and we want to see and hear more of what you’ve got to offer.)

  Kotzen’s undeniable push-pull skills are apparent not only all throughout SMITH/KOTZEN, but also by way of his continually resonant collaboration with Return to Forever legends bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Lenny White, along with keyboardist Rachel Z and violinist Karen Briggs, in the jazz-fusion super collective known as Vertú — “a highlight of my career I’m still very, very proud of,” he clarifies. 

In addition to that creative benchmark and his ongoing role as the frontman of the quite formidable rocktastic three-piece band known as The Winery Dogs, Kotzen is an avowed, inveterate solo artist with 22 albums released to date under his own name. None of them are more personally affecting than his February 2020 three-disc retrospectacle 50 FOR 50, released via Kotzen’s own Headroom-Inc. label. Ostensibly intended to celebrate his 50th birthday at the front end of that fateful year, Kotzen found the genesis of 50 FOR 50 by combing through his personal archives to hone in on 50 tracks in various stages of almost-completion in order to come up with the right finishing touches to get them across the finish line. In the process, many of these songs took on a much bigger weight than the songwriter had perhaps initially envisioned.

“I still think it’s one of the best things I’ve done,” Kotzen declares. “And I’m still super-excited about it. A lot of times folks think everything you write about literally happened to you, but sometimes you may write a song about something you saw someone else go through. You may fabricate scenarios and characters from your own mind without even realizing you’re doing it, so the source of creativity becomes much broader than strictly writing about what happened to you specifically.”

Since Kotzen’s planned cross-country tour to support 50 FOR 50 around the album’s initial release timeframe was unfortunately derailed due to the pandemic, he’s now set to return to the live stage with a vengeance in the power-trio format he loves so well, starting in August 2022 to make up those earlier dates as well as play in a number of additional venues. After all, playing his music live is what brings everything together. “I like the flexibility in the level of improvisation I can do in that trio format. I go to that place in my head where I know what I’m feeling when I’m singing onstage, and I connect with it,” Kotzen observes.

Understanding the imprint of his own global artistic reach ultimately brings Richie Kotzen full circle with the feelings evoked by the music he cherished during his own youth, not to mention his regard for the musicians who made it. “Thankfully, I’ve been very lucky in that way,” he concludes. “People tend to gravitate toward others who are carved out of certain like-minded stones, and then you figure out how you fit into each other’s orbit. Me, I like to do that with my music.” Considering how the impact of Kotzen’s ever-expanding catalog stretches to the literal edge of the Earth, we expect the shared orbit of his songs and what they mean to his listenership and fanbase at large will only continue to widen.

The Met is located at 1005 Main Street in Pawtucket, RI.