Sunday, the last official day of the 80th annual Daytona Beach Bike Week was the day referred to as survivors day for many reasons. It was almost low key as most folks were getting started late. First, it had been a hell of a week partying and enjoying live music. Secondly, it was the first day of daylight savings time and magically overnight the sandman stole an hour of sleep. Either way, people were out and having a good time. All Music Magazine was not about to stay at home as we were out there as well.
The first stop was Seminole Harley-Davidson in Sanford, Florida to see the upcoming band Grindstone Sinners. Anyone that knows me has heard me taunt about this fine band, since the members were still in high school four years ago. Why they haven’t landed a record deal by know is beyond my comprehension. Jay Umlauf on lead guitar and Jared Forst on rhythm guitar, going back and forth is pure magic. Singer Ashlyn Weidemiller’s powerful vocals just cut through the music. Jeff Hunt on bass and drummer Daniel Conner round out the backbone beat of the groove. Yes, I said groove. This five-piece powerhouse with influences of 1960’s and 1970’s blues/rock artists like Duane Allman, Jerry Garcia, and Jimi Hendrix is a groove. Umlauf also sights Stevie Ray Vaughan in his playing style.
Tie dye and all, The Grindstone Sinners are one of the best young bands in the Central Florida area. Join me in backing this band to get them signed and out on the road for the world to enjoy!
Ashlyn Weidemiller– Lead Vocals
Jay Umlauf– Lead Guitar, Vocals
Jared Forst– Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Hunt– Bass Guitar
Daniel Conner– Drums
The Sky is Crying
They Love Each Other
That’s What Love Will Make You Do
Let It Rock
Back to Shenandoah
Love Me Now
My second stop of the one day survivor tour took me to OB’s Restaurant and Lounge in Deland, Florida. Nashville’s Jasmine Cain is one of the nations top female rock performer in the motorcycle events industry. Cain played seven shows during Bike Week’s nine days. Jasmine Cain showed she was a survivor and a badass as she just plain brought it at OB’s. It was as if it was day one of Bike Week not day nine. The three-piece band’s show of Rock ‘N’ Roll and Metal was on full throttle.
Jasmine belted out powerful vocals as she plucked and slapped her bass strings. Taylor McKee was just ripping the leads on the Dio and Metallica covers. Philip Kelly, or PK, kept the rhythm on the drum kit as the trio blasted their set in front of the full house.
This Sturgis, South Dakota native has released seven albums, and has won over 30 music awards including four Top MCMA for top female vocalist, JPF female artist of the year, and two NIMA alt-rock band of the year awards. I had her on my radar heading into Bike Week and thankfully I was able to catch up with her on the very last day. Jasmine Cain puts on a show that you will remember for a lifetime, so don’t put it off if at all possible!
In closing out this incredible nine days, it was rewarding and fun. Most days were a three-hour commute round trip on very little sleep. The shows I saw and the individuals I met made every minute of the experience one I will cherish forever, or until next year!
Jasmine Cain – Vocals/Bass
Taylor McKee – Guitar/Vocals
Philip Kelly – Drums
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