In January of 2015, Sundance Film festival introduced many big music names to be sweeping through Park City Utah for their Winter Fest Live segment that included artists such as Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling! I had the pleasure of spending time with Lindsey, her management and crew, as well as the warm up band The Strike the night of Lindsey Stirling’s concert, January 27, 2015. Lindsey and The Strike are two names that are definitely not strangers to me. I have been following Lindsey Stirling for many years now, and have followed The Strike for sometime as well. I’ve even spent personal time with Miss Stirling as a friend when she lived in Provo, UT, and her sister to this day still remains as one of my best friends. The Strike is one band that I have personally known for at least a year and a half now, and I have even been featured in their video called, “Warriors”. Two things I wish to point out about the show with Stirling and The Strike together in Park City last month:
Talent. Both musicians Lindsey Stirling, and Christopher Crab (lead singer of The Strike) have a little something I’d like to call….talent! If you aren’t familiar with Lindsey’s famous dance routine on stage while playing violin (including her legendary back bend), SHAME ON YOU! If you haven’t seen the energy Chris puts off during a show with The Strike, well for now I will forgive you….for now! If you don’t know who The Strike is now, don’t worry, you will. Chris’ explosive performances with Lindsey’s explosive plancing (play dancing according to Rhett and Link in a recent interview they did with Miss Stirling), are PHENOMENAL together, and paired very well during the Park City Live performance! Watching them perform back to back was like watching an atom bomb go off in the middle of a stage! But that’s to be expected when you pair the best band with the best musician, both from Utah. Together, they shatter every expectation you have.
Unique and Explosive. I’d like to take a moment now and focus on the nature of both musicians, Lindsey Stirling and Chris Crabb. Both of them know good music. Both of them know how to perform. Both of them know how to ENTERTAIN! And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the key to an explosive performance! Sure, you see a lot of bands do their thing, nothing real unique. Couple of guys on a guitar, a lead singer. But have you ever seen a violinist rock out while playing her violin so vigorously? Or watched a band with not just a couple of guitarists and a drummer, but three other members who play a brass instrument, and a keyboardist to top it off while the lead singer passionately tells his story in lyrics and energy that will shock you? If you haven’t, you need to! Not only are they both explosive, but both unique.
Chris Crab and his band, as well as Miss Stirling both now live in LA. If you live near there, I would highly recommend going to see one of their concerts. And if you’re lucky like me, back to back.