Juice 2018 Tour
07/09/2018 Schubas Tavern, Chicago, IL
12/09/2018 Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO
13/09/2018 The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS
16/09/2018 Globe Hall, Denver, CO
21/09/2018 Albright College, Reading, PA
28/09/2018 The Chicken Box, Nantucket, MA
29/09/2018 The Chicken Box, Nantucket, MA
26/10/2018 Fête Music Hall, Providence, RI
Since Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers canceled their appearance, the lone local band Radiochurch opened up the show. The quartet features singer Ellis Cleve, guitarist Trevor Wiest, keyboardist Jack Barrett, and drummer Lars Johnson.
Ellis made several comments about playing on a Tuesday, such as “Who’s favorite day of the week is Tuesday?” Answer, “Nobody’s.” They still thanked us for coming out on a workday/school night, and made us feel warm on a chilly rainy night.
Musically, Radiochurch did not sound gospel, as you might expect from the band name, but was had a surprisingly smooth sound.
Boston’s Juice is normally a 7-piece band, but looking over my photographs, it appears that acoustic guitarist Kamau Burton was missing from the lineup. The band in attendance was singer Ben Stevens, violinist Christian Rose, guitarist Dan Moss, drummer Miles Clyatt, bassist Rami El-Abidin, and guitarist Michael Ricciardulli.
25 bands called “Juice”
Anyway, the R&B band got a lot of attention when they won the grand $20k prize for the Land The Big Gig Competition at Summerfest. By this time (2016), they already had a self-titled album, with “Gold” as the lead single.
The band’s setlist is mostly songs from their self-titled, but throwing in some tracks from their new EP Workin’ on Lovin’... which, when they introduce the new songs as “dance” songs.
As previously mentioned, this was the band’s first time playing in Minneapolis. However, vocalist Ben Stevens added that, “It’s not the first time we’ve been here before.” Possibly referring to friends and family in attendance.
Juice is stopping by the Schubas Tavern in Chicago tonight. For a Friday night, and a very populated city like Chicago, the group will have a great time tonight.
Juice at 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis (04 Sep 2018)