Alive Summer Music Tour, Alive’s monthly concert series, continues Friday with a killer double bill at Park Street Tavern. Lead sponsor Middle West Spirits will be in the house serving specialty OYO cocktails, and a portion of your $5 cover charge will support Music Loves Ohio, a charity dedicated to providing musical instruments for Ohio schools.
Kicking off the night will be Forest & the Evergreens, recent Alive Bands to Watch honorees whose innovative "young funk" has them among the city's most in-demand talents. Seriously, these guys are everywhere! And for good reason: Last year’s Tone Shoppe EP was a fine sampling of Forest’s abilities, but it only scratches the surface. The real draw is the triumphant live show — a rhythmically savvy, melody-inflected horns-and-guitars party that even the most guarded among us can groove to. They cite disparate talents James Brown and Feist as inspirations, and somehow they’ve melded both of them (along with all kinds of other stuff) into something singular.
Headlining will be Mount Carmel, a hard-touring blues rock power trio that has reclaimed the fuzzed-out sounds of Cream and Blue Cheer for a new generation. These guys might play even more shows than Forest & the Evergreens, but so many of those gigs are on the road that seeing them in their hometown is a rare privilege. They'll be fresh off a tour with Southern metal powerhouse Down, who happen to be big fans of theirs even though Mount Carmel sounds nothing like Down. (Maybe you recall Phil Anselmo pulling Mount Carmel guitarist Matt Reed on stage with them at Rock on the Range last year?) Last year’s Real Women continued to refine the trio’s classic rock homage, but Reed promises the next record will be unlike anything out of Columbus. Get a sneak peak Friday.