The historic Roxy Theater, known for promoting the next big artists of Hollywood ahead of the curve, began filling up quickly this Thursday night in anticipation of FOXTRAX’s first headline tour gracing West Los Angeles. With its easily accessible GA pit and hometown venue vibe, this was the perfect place to have the now Los Angeles local, originally from New York, band perform.
The openers this night also proved to be well known by Los Angeles locals; the Roxy seemed to be at almost full capacity by the time the second opener graced the stage, with friends of band members scattered all around in groups. Three/\ Sides is an indie psychedelic rock band with its roots in California, along with Orange County based Americana rock band The Brevet. The two bands warmed the crowd up wonderfully for FOXTRAX, and in a style all their own. Three/\Sides brought the groove, even when singer and guitarist Mark Cross had difficulty onstage changing guitars for the next song. This proved though to be endearing, leaving everyone smiling and laughing with Cross. The Brevet was truly rock and roll with a raw energy that takes the audience on a journey all their own.
By the time FOXTRAX entered the stage, the Roxy was near capacity with little room to walk around, full of long time fans excited to see one of their favorite artists perform. The group opened the show with one of their new singles “Grey Morning,” getting everyone on their feet and dancing. The group debuted new work to be on their new EP this night as well; the long time fans gasped as each new track began. Ben Schneid, front man vocalist and guitarist, created palpable energy onstage with his passionate vocals and crazy stage antics such as jamming out with drummer Jon Stenz on top of his drum set multiple times through the set, eventually leading to a complete collapse at the end of the set, something rarely seen at a pop alternative rock show. Schneid made the show especially intimate as well by switching out his guitar for his keyboard to perform some of their more stripped down tracks. The highlight of the show though was when Schneid made an announcement that one of their long time fans was in fact in the audience tonight, stating her name and emphasizing how important their fans really are to them. FOXTRAX ended their first Roxy Theatre performance on a high, leaving everyone in the audience excited to hear their full new EP in the coming months.
The next stop on the FOXTRAX “Nothing Lasts Forever” tour is in Portland, Oregon at Lola’s Room of the Crystal Ballroom on November 14th, so be sure to grab your tickets quick if you live nearby. They will be finishing up their West Coast tour at Barboza in Seattle, Washington, the next day on the 15th. This is a dynamic trio you do not want to miss.
Photography by Sarah Woods
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