Daring Greatly, in case you haven’t heard yet, is the new band to go see and listen to. The band was recently invited to play at the Whiskey a Go-Go in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. Lucky for me and more than 40 other fans, Dail had the brilliant idea of chartering a bus to take a group up with them to see them perform in the historic “Whiskey”. The hard part was finding a bus big enough for all the fans who wanted to go!
There was quite a crowd gathered at the pickup location. I think the band finally realized that their message of love, friendship and connection was being returned tenfold to them, with this large group ready to go party and hear some music, supporting them all the way. They must be doing something right, to be able to pack the house with that many fans so far away from home.
The fully loaded bus arrived in Hollywood and we descended on the Whiskey, ready to hear our boys play. The “boys” consists of Dail Croome on the bass and father to Patrick on the acoustic guitar and Liam on the keyboards. Brayden Tario keeps things moving on the drums and Brandon Haddow accompanies on the electric guitar. They all share the same tattoo on their right arms: Quiet Your Mind. While they all contribute to the song writing and lyrics, Dail, Patrick and Liam blend their vocals into a very pleasing harmony, one that is very much in sync with each other and very easy on the ears. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the entire band is very easy on the eyes too.
When it was time for Daring Greatly to perform, they began with a cover of Neil Young’s “Old Man” to get everyone’s attention, which definitely worked. It is a good thing that Dail has a sense of humor, as the boys kept reminding him that he is the old man of the band. They followed this with a cover of Suite Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills and Nash which again showcased their incredible harmony.
The rest of their performance consisted of original songs that can be found on their recently released CD “Cornerstones”. They started with “The Other Side”, followed by “My Ecstasy”, “Big Things are Coming” and finished the show with “Shine”. It was evident that each of them poured their heart into the performance and had a great time doing so. The fans that came on the bus and the rest of the crowd hearing Daring Greatly for the first time loved the performance and reflected the love back to them.
The Whiskey a Go-Go was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 for its history of being the launch pad for many bands that grew to stardom, such as The Doors, Janis Joplin, Van Halen, Johnny Rivers, Motley Crue and Guns N’ Roses, to name a few. With its history going back to 1964, it has seen its share of emerging stars. Daring Greatly is in good company.
The Whiskey a Go-Go was so pleased with their performance that they have asked Daring Greatly to come back to be a headliner for them on January 7, 2017. Maybe they can get a volume discount on more party buses. They will need more than one next time!
Their CD “Cornerstones” can be purchased at iTunes and at any of their live performances. Their schedule and more information on the band can be found on their website: www.daring-greatly.com.
Annette Higby / BackStage360