“Full Throttle Saloon” presents “Throttle Fest Kansas City”
Berkley Riverfont Park, Kansas City, MO
August 24th, 2012
I was one of a couple lucky photographers to get to shoot at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis as an official FTS photographer for owner Michael Ballard. At the end of the week we were asked to be part of Throttle Fest where they were going to bring the FTS experience to Kansas City. The idea was simple, tons of bikes, hot women, cold beer and loud music from noon till 2am. Of course my answer was YES!
One of the bands that played that weekend was Hinder. I have always really liked the high energy and in your face tempo of Hinder’s music with songs like “Use Me” from their 2008 album “Take it to the Limit” which is one of my favorite songs of all time. Of course Hinder has had large airplay with songs like “Lips of an Angel,” “Get Stoned,” “All American Nightmare,” “Up All Night,” and “What Ya Going to Do,” just to name a few. I had a good feeling this was going to be a good show!
Even though the weather wasn't really cooperating over the weekend the rain did manage to hold off for the festival style show and crowd turnout was great. Just like their studio music, the band was high energy and sounded very good. I was overall impressed with lead vocalist Austin Winkler however he sings somewhat out of his vocal range and at times it shows. I'm sure night after night of singing like that will scratch up anyone’s voice so I gave him a pass because he was a great showman and did sound good most of the time. Guitarists Joe Garvey and Mark King were impressive and had good crowd interaction. They, as well as bassist Mike Rodden were all over the stage and really worked the crowd over to really fire every one up. Drummer Cody Hanson rounded out the band to put together a 75 minute set that I would go see again in a heartbeat!
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