I found myself on a surprisingly warm winter evening at the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg, KY. Saturday’s show was the first of what will be a great year of shows at the MAC and I’m looking forward to attending as many as I can and so should you! There is no better venue in Eastern Kentucky to catch a show. The lights, the sound, the staff, the location…it’s all perfect!
Of the last four shows I’ve covered here at the MAC, three have been of the country variety. Two Tyler Childers shows, one Sundy Best (both Kentucky artists) and a Gov’t Mule show stuck in the middle. There was absolutely no doubt that tonight’s show was all about rocking and rolling all night long and of course partying every day. Once you entered the theater, you were immediately drawn to a large lighted KISS sign hanging behind and above the drum riser on stage.
Ramble On are a very talented group of Eastern Kentucky musicians who opened the show with a short set of cover songs to get the big MAC crowd ready to rock, and they certainly did just that! With tunes like Black Betty, The Boys Are Back In Town, Train Kept Rollin, Long Way To The Top and the Led Zeppelin song “Rock N Roll”. With a name like Ramble On, there had better be at least one Zepp tune, right?! The crowd was charged up and ready to go after their set!
The stage went black, then a voice over the sound system announces what every KISS fan is expecting “You wanted the best! You got the best! A tribute to the hottest band in the world…..” Dressed To Kill launched right into “Deuce” and didn’t let up, playing each and every song to perfection! “Lick It Up”, “Strutter”, “Cold Gin”, “Firehouse”, “God Of Thunder” were among the amazing songs from the large KISS library they chose to perform. The MAC was ROCKIN’!
Mike Collins (Gene), Tyler Fugate (Paul), Brandon Collins (Ace) and Casey Miracle (Peter) make up this Harlan County, Kentucky based band. Father and son (Mike and Brandon) started the band as one-time performance for a Halloween party back in 2008 but this year marks the band’s 10 year anniversary. Those ten years of experience are on full display when watching this band perform. And when I say perform, I truly mean it, from spitting fire and blood to kicking in unison (with platform boots on, mind you) every KISS move is replicated perfectly from all those years of practice! One more great thing about their show is it is a family-friendly show as well. That’s a definite added bonus as KISS is loved by multiple generations.
For the last song of the set “Rock and Roll All Night” they invite several children up on stage with them, some of those kids are in full KISS costume! I found out after the show that some if not all of those children are family, sons and daughters of the band members and even some grandkids! The kids, audience and band members had a great time with that song! The MAC crowd was on its feet singing every word. That wasn’t the end however, did someone say encore?? “Let Me Go Rock & Roll” was a very fitting way to close the night.
Don’t miss these guys if they ever come anywhere near you. Even if you’re only a minor KISS fan you will enjoy this show.
Next show February 17th in Louisville at the Mercury Ballroom