Walls of guitar amps, smoke machines, a large light show, lasers, screeching guitars and more pyrotechnics than the Fourth of July are a few things to expect as glam rock and hair metal band The Midnight Devils take the stage at Sandy’s Bar & Grill, located at 703 S. 11th St., Saturday evening.
The Midnight Devils will perform at 10 p.m. on the outside back patio at Sandy’s Bar & Grill near the sand volleyball court. The Midnight Devils bass player and lead vocalist Sam “Spade” Morris said people should be able to find the venue.
“If you aren’t sure where the show is at just look for the fireworks blowing up in the sky. It’s going to be pretty hard to miss,” Morris said. “Expect the unexpected. It’s a big rock-and-roll show.
“Expect great rock-and-roll music. Most of all expect to have a lot of fun,” he added. “This is going to be a show you will be talking about in the morning over coffee and flapjacks.”
Sandy’s Bar & Grill co-owner Tim Pendrell is hoping Saturday is a “legendary party.
“I kind of want it to be the biggest one in town,” Pendrell said.
The Midnight Devils are kicking off its third Midwest tour called “Unrest in the Midwest” in Nebraska City and released its latest album “Lost In The Volume” May 20. Morris said The Midnight Devils will be performing songs from its new album and its “Midnight Devils” album that was released in 2014. However, the audience can also expect to hear some 1980s rock-and-roll classics from Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Warrant, Bon Jovi, Poison, Motley Crue and possibly some of the hits of the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley.
The Midnight Devils features Chris “Sniper” Hineline on lead guitar and vocals, Jeremy “The Playboy” Deans on drums and Morris on bass guitar and vocals. Morris said the band may have a special guest joining them on stage as well. Hineline and Morris are also members of the rock band 3D In Your Face. Deans was a part of the “Midnight Devils” album in 2014.
3D In Your Face has released three albums previously and has five independent releases. Morris said he and Hineline have worked hard over the past six years to create a “very unique style and sound that mixes ‘80s hair metal with old-school glam and punk.” He added The Midnight Devils’ album allowed 3D In Your Face to be booked at a national festival called Rocklahoma in Pryor, Okla., this year. The band played in front of 50,000 diehard rock-and-roll fans and shared the stage with Scorpions, Rob Zombie, Megadeth, 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, P.O.D., Five Finger Death Punch, Sebastian Bach and Great White.
“‘Lost In The Volume’ is an album based upon two years of traveling in this rock-and-roll circus,” Morris said. “It’s real and straight from the heart.”
Morris says The Midnight Devils are a “high-energy, from-the-heart” rock-and-roll band that was influenced early on by bands such as KISS, Van Halen, Motley Crue and Poison.
“It’s not just about the music. It’s about the show and the whole atmosphere. It’s about having a great night and a good time. We truly believe that towns like Nebraska City deserve a great rock-and-roll party and we will do everything within our power to make that happen,” Morris said. “The music that we play is electric, it’s exciting, it’s unpredictable. It makes you feel alive inside like you could conquer the world. It’s kind of like that same feeling you get when you’re driving in your car with the windows down and your favorite song comes on the radio. You can’t help but hammer the gas pedal and sing at the top of your lungs. We get that same feeling every night on stage when the crowd is singing right back at us.
“The Midnight Devils are not just some band setting up and playing the hits. We live and breathe this music. This is our heart and soul,” Morris added. “This is the first stop on a tour that is going to take us into 2017 and you never forget where it all started. This show will be a treat for the eyes as well as the ears.”
The band’s “Unrest in the Midwest” tour is expected to end in April 2017. Morris said this will be the band’s first time performing in Nebraska City, however, they were scheduled to perform in town a few years ago. Morris said a huge storm flooded Nebraska City the night before their performance, which made it impossible for the show to go on.
“We’ve only cancelled a handful of shows throughout our careers and it feels good to be able to make it up to our fans in Nebraska City,” he said.
Morris and Pendrell said The Midnight Devils performing in Nebraska City was solely based on its fans. Pendrell said he had a number of the band’s fans asking him to book the band.
“He got in contact with me and told me that he wanted to throw a huge rock-and-roll party. I told him these type of shows are our specialty,” Morris said. “I told him we would bring out the big guns and put on a show that the AppleJack Festival had never seen.”
This will also be the first AppleJack that the band members have ever attended.
“We were told that this is one of the coolest festivals in Nebraska and that the town really comes alive during the celebration. We said, ‘Absolutely, sign us up for this party,’” Morris said. “I’m beyond excited to take it all in and be a part of this great festival. I am a proud Nebraskan and it’s been a dream come true touring all these towns and meeting all these amazing people. We don’t take that lightly.”
Pendrell the Sandy’s Bar & Grill will be jam-packed with activities all weekend, but Saturday’s events begin with the Nebraska versus Oregon football game at 2:30 p.m. The band Enigma will perform live music from 4 to 8 p.m. A Burlesque show will be from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. followed by The Midnight Devils taking the stage at 10 p.m. Pendrell said people arriving after 9 p.m. will have to pay the $5 cover charge. Admission is free for those arriving before 9 p.m. Pendrell added that people have to be 21 and over to attend.
For more information about The Midnight Devils or 3D In Your Face, go to www.3dinyourface.com, facebook.com/themidnightdevils or facebook.com/3dinyourfaceband. Morris added that the band’s albums are streaming on bandcamp.com or fans can watch their music videos at youtube.com.
For more information about Sandy’s Bar & Grill’s AppleJack Weekend Beach Party, go to http://bit.ly/2cTpWNV.
For more information about the events going on during the AppleJack weekend, go to gonebraskacity.com.