Summer concert season is officially in full swing and that means there are plenty  of opportunities to take in some live music. This past Thursday The Underground was the place to be for rock fans as the Las Vegas hard rockers Otherwise brought their energetic live show to Charlotte. The band is out this summer with a run through the US on the “Close To The Gods” Tour.

As the band took the stage, the small but appreciative crowd gave them a huge welcome. They jumped right into things opening with “Coming for the Throne” as the audience pumped their fists in the air. Frontman Adrian Patrick wore a hooded poncho and worked the room with ease pointing to individual fans that were crowded up against the barricade and singing directly to them. The sound quality at The Underground is top notch and Patrick’s vocals sounded fantastic as did the entire band. The stage set was sparse with an Otherwise banner as a backdrop behind Brian Medeiros’ drum kit and some strobes on each side of the stage. The exception to this was Adrian’s mic stand which was decorated with scarves, bracelets, and other accouterments. Lead guitarist Ryan Patrick was a real treat to watch as he posed and jammed all night long with not only technical precision but real showmanship. Drummer Medeiros and bassist Tony “The Beast” Carboney backed their band mates by providing a thundering beat. The band included four new songs from their upcoming album in the setlist including “Close To The Gods” and “Angry Heart” which were well received and fit nicely in with the rest of their catalog. The highlight of the evening came toward the end of their set as the band cranked into their powerful rock anthem “Soldiers” with the crowd taking over the “woah, woah, woah” sections of the chorus. In sharp contrast to “Soldiers,” Otherwise closed out the night with a heartwarming rendition of the ballad “I Don’t Apologize(1000 Pictures)” as both Adrian and the audience held up the heart symbol with their hands.

Otherwise has a great rock sound with powerful riffs and plenty of melodic hooks and they absolutely give one hundred percent when they are out on that stage. For those who attended the Charlotte show, it was an exceptional night of hard rock that they won’t soon forget. You’re going to want to check these guys out when they roll through your town.

Set List:

Coming For The Throne

Die For You

Close To The Gods

Vegas Girl

Angry Heart

Silence Reigns

Fate Is Your Enemy

All The Pretty Things


Meet Me In The Dark


We Won’t Stop

Love & War


I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)


Photo Gallery

We would like to thank David McDonald form the Century Label Group for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Kris Engelhart

I am a small business owner, freelance writer, and part-time piano instructor in Charlotte, NC. My musical career started at the age of five when I was forced into taking piano lessons. I played flute in the school band and added the guitar as a young teen. There is nothing I would rather do than be at a live show. My first concert was Shaun Cassidy at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo in 1978.
My top five live shows ever are:

1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY 1984- They played for 3 ½ hours and it was awesome.

2. Carolina Rebellion- Metrolina Expo Grounds, Charlotte, NC, May, 2011 – The first ever Carolina Rebellion featured over 15 bands with Avenged Sevenfold headlining. Non-stop music for over 12 hours.
3. Chevelle- Food Lion Speed Street, Charlotte, NC, May, 2008 – The first time I ever saw Chevelle live and I was hooked!
4. Skillet with Red- Bojangle’s Coliseum, Charlotte, NC, April, 2010 – Skillet is one of my favorite bands and they totally kick it live.
5. 106.5 The End’s Weenie Roast #9- Verizon Wireless Amiptheater, Charlotte, NC , October, 2003- Featured Staind, Shinedown, Three Days Grace.