Ayron Jones and the Way Rock the Neptune Theatre

If you haven’t heard of him already, you will soon. Ayron Jones just released his sophomore album “Audio Paint Job” on July 2nd. His music reflects the Seattle music scene he grew up in, resulting in a beautiful mashup of Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix. Yet, he’s breaking new ground by incorporating elements of gospel, soul, and hip-hop.

Last night, Ayron Jones and the Way took the Neptune Theatre by storm. It was a guitar onslaught from the get-go. The kid is making a name for himself in the local scene as a guitar wonder, and it won’t be long before news starts to spread. It’s one thing to listen to the album recordings, but live is a whole different experience. The stage is where he belongs, and he knows it.

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Performance Highlights

Every. Damn. Guitar solo.

Ayron lets it rip every time he steps away from the mic (sometimes even while he’s singing). There’s an attitude that comes with his guitar play, which is something that has been missing from the scene for quite some time.

While certainly a highlight, the solos don’t take away from the rest of the arrangements.

Whether a casual or avid guitar fan, you owe it to yourself to see this man play. Don’t miss him next time.

Best Songs:

“Boys from the Puget Sound” – What better way to take the stage in Seattle than to hear “the baddest band in town” come in guns blazing, screaming “here come the boys from the Puget Sound”?

“Take Me Away” – This is my favorite track off “Audio Paint Job” and it did not disappoint. The dynamics of the song translate perfectly to the stage. While Ayron is certainly shines in every song, the rhythm section displayed their chops, laying down a perfect groove underneath the guitar god’s wailing.

“Mr. Jones” – Once again, the rhythm section held it down enabling Ayron to get the crowd involved. We gleefully chanted “Mr. Jones, tell me, are you ready?” while getting our two-step on.

“West Coast Feeling” – this is a track I hadn’t spent as much time on. That said, I haven’t been able to stop listening to it since the show. This track has an identity factor to it and I can see this translating extremely well to a broader audience. The Neptune was certainly feeling it. Check it out. I’m sure you will too.

Honorable Mention

Noelle Tannen and the Filthy No Nos

Another act that I cannot wait to see again. This was the first act of the night that I caught, and boy am I glad I did. When reading about them they were advertised as a hip-hop/pop group. What I saw live was a full-blown blues/rock show. Noelle is a killer vocalist and knew how to work the crowd. The highlights of the set were the final two tracks (didn’t catch the names) which will be on the group’s upcoming record.

To my fellow Ducks, they will be performing in Eugene tomorrow night (June 26th) at Old Nicks Pub. Be sure to check them out!

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