Mark your calendar
for this Saturday, June 2nd. JuggerNaut plays their first
gig in Jacksonville. Don't worry if you haven't heard of JuggerNaut,
because you will. JuggerNaut consists of five of the
best musicians in the region playing classic/traditional heavy metal and hard
If you enjoy listening to bands like Queensryche,
Iron Maiden, Skid Row, Tesla, Dio, etc., then you
this is the band for you to see. Juggernaut's first gig is a year in the
making, and it will be worth the wait.
Lead vocalist Mark
moved back to Jacksonville from central Florida and joined up with drummer Charlie
Ost with the idea of creating a band that
played the music that they enjoyed from the 80's and early 90's; the two of
them have played together during the early 90's and decided it was time to have
another go at it. Lead guitarist Bryan “Shredder” Udell
was brought in immediately and they hit the ground running. They soon ran into
Lead guitarist Tony Buttram and Bass guitarist Kevin Woolgar, who were working together just as
they had in the late 80's and early 90's. Anyone who has played rock music in
Jacksonville during the late 80's and early 90's will be, at the very least,
familiar with all of these names.
Be prepared to have
your head handed to you as these guys tear through covers like they own them.
Mark Hurst's vocals soar and he can go from full grit to crystal clear
instantly; his voice instantly reminds you of Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, mixed
with early Geoff Tate from Queensryche. The combined
lead guitar work of Bryan Udell and Tony Buttram is completely phenomenal – perhaps the best in the
region. Meanwhile the pounding rhythm section of Kevin Woolgar
and Charlie Ost is top-notch.
Thankfully, JuggerNaut is going to pump some much-needed life into
North Florida's music scene because their emphasis is on a style of music that
is often neglected, but still loved by many. Their first gig is at 8:00PM at
the Freebird Live on 1st. Street in
Jacksonville Beach with special guests LIFT as the opening