2021 So Far

NFA - The Rock Dance Band


July 17, 2021 at Forbidden Spirits

by Miles Overn

photo review


with Covid still active and new restrictions in place, we are choosing to do mini "photo reviews" for as many shows as we can this year

restrictions limit us to grabbing a few shots during the first 2 or 3 songs and then we need to be on our way

Greg Gaspari of NFA | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Greg Gaspari

Bill Clarke of NFA | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Bill Clarke

All photos copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Jay Agostino of NFA | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Jay Agostino

Bill Clarke and Greg Gaspari of NFA | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Bill and Greg

Adam MacGregor of NFA | Photo copyright (c) 2021 Miles Overn Photography

Adam MacGregor

Well okay then. That was big and in your face, in the best possible way. NFA - The Dance Rock Band took over the patio at Forbidden Spirits during the venue's Sinful Saturday series and brought it big time.

Frontman Bill Clarke started with what he calls their "fake out soft rock" intro before launching into "Any Way You Want It" by Journey. From there it was quickly into "Somebody Told Me" by The Killers, and then straight into "Hurt So Good" by John Mellancamp. After freeing his Roland Ax Synth from his keyboard stand, Clarke strode out in front of the patio and the band laid down a very aggresive version of "My Sharona" by The Knack, replete with dueling guitar and synth solos. All very high energy, all wrapped up in a ball of energy.

The crowd loved it all. The shtick of the opening, the banter between songs, and the uptempo, no holds barred delivery of past hits by classic artists and bands. An "E" for entertainment and for energy.

They've been booking a lot of gigs lately, off the back of some very, very good live performances. Listening to them is not a bad way for a music fan to spend an evening, so keep your eyes and ears open.