It’s the Holiday season which mean one and only one thing, Chuck Magid and Oxford Noland are at Will’s Pub in Orlando for the 6th Annual X-MAS Rager! Coming down the chimney like rock-n-roll Santa, Chuck Magid is handing out a good time to everyone who comes to Will’s Pub tonight. I’ve been good this year so I’m sure I’ll get a wrapped box full of sick riffs. The night begins with Kristopher James on acoustic guitar for early birds grabbing a drink at the beloved Will’s Pub. Refurbished during the pandemic, this veteran venue provides a familiar friendly vibe while hosting killer music.
Indie rock duo Oxford Noland, Shua Harrell and Aaron “Bucky” Buckingham, whom are blood cousins, are an entire band all by themselves. Bucky plays drums, bass, keys and sings while Shua sings and plays guitar. Their sound is somewhere between My Morning Jacket and Fleetfoxes. Their tunes warm up the growing crowd on the Saturday before Christmas. Bucky continues to impress with his brain able to play both drums and hold down the bass line at the same time. Wow!
The main event tonight is guitarist Chuck Magid with his band of Merry Men. (I know it’s a Robin Hood reference, but it works here). He has Daniel Heitz (Steeln’ Peaches, Daniel Heitz Band) on guitar and Glenn Kastrinos blastin’ those big bass notes. Not to mention the amazing James Adkins (Walking Collective) on drums and Aaron Bucky Buckingham helping out on drums tonight as well! Last, but not least, everything is made better with the presence of Tommy Shugart on keys and organ.
They get things rollin’ quickly with “Power of Flower.” The guitar heavy evening of rock sounds great and fans begin to crowd the front to see the band. Chuck and Daniel are wearing their signature hats letting us know they mean business. Touching on blues and funk, the six-piece moves into a dramatic exploration of “Feels Like Rain.” Riling up Will’s Pub the band performs “Go By Richard, Not Dick” and a “Born to Be Wild” cover that housed a rockin’ jam in the inside. After they cover “Ramblin’ Man” they move into Chuck’s newest release “1969.”
The music is loud just the way I like it and I focus in on every note they are playing. That’s a good thing because next they cover the impossibly difficult Kung Fu and their song “Samurai.” They finish strong with “Rock N Roll” and the people let them have it! Whistles and woots are heaved up on stage like presents onto Santa’s sled.
All the boys and girls are going home happy tonight. Ready to tuck in and dream of big hats and hot licks on their way to a wonderful Christmas week.
XMAS RAGER PHOTO GALLERY
Chuck Magid’s XMAS Rager! Written by Spencer Storch
Chuck Magid’s XMAS Rager! Photos by Megan Shea & Juergen Boehmer.
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