Ra rocks Flint, Michigan

Ra, an alternative metal band based out of the Los Angeles area, performing at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan on Saturday, December 17, 2022. (Photo credit: Mike Shaler)

BY MIKE SHALER | Go Venue Magazine

At the last stop of the 20th Anniversary tour of the album From One, Ra delivered a stellar performance for The Machine Shop crowd on December 17th, 2022. With A Killer’s Confession and Avalon Black also on the bill, it made for an awesome night of rock and roll.

Flint’s own Avalon Black, who have rightfully gained traction over the past few years getting radio play and opening gigs with national touring bands, started the show with a rocking set full of energy and pumping vibes.  Jordan Orvis on vocals, Taylor Von Brockdorff on bass guitar, Kris Kress on guitar and Jed Thibeault on drums embody the make-up of a band with big things on the horizon.  It’s cool to see local bands excel.   

A Killer’s Confession kept the beat rolling.  Led by lead singer Waylon Reavis, who many people know as a former vocalist of MushroomheadA Killer’s Confession is a hard-hitting alternative metal band who takes no prisoners as they shred the sound waves.  JP Cross on bass guitar, Hayden Helms on guitar and Lee Hutt on drums rounded out the animosity.  With songs like “The Boys”, “Be My Witness” and “Numb”, A Killer’s Confession is laying the groundwork for longevity to keep rocking the crowds for years to come.

Ra took the stage with enthusiastic applause as fans greeted them with glee.  Sahaj Ticotin on guitar and lead vocals, DC Perry on drums, Travis Montgomery on guitar and James Alexander Lascu on bass guitar who I’ve known since his days with the now defunct band, Wilson. Ra busted out a slew of great songs like “Sky”, “Intercorrupted”, and songs like “Let’s Go To Mexico” which Sahaj was inspired to write during quarantine. Ra has created some great songs, it’s a wonder how this band isn’t much bigger, as I’ve seen similar sentiments in comments on their YouTube videos saying how underrated Ra is.  Fortunately for us in attendance, we got to witness the fantastic talent at work.

Sahaj was very appreciative of the fans and gave thanks for how well his song “Do You Say My Name” gave him his life and career in the music industry.  Needless to say, the crowd erupted when the song was played, there was even a mosh pit going. Waylon Reavis, sans make-up, came back onstage to join along on vocals. 

Even though this was the last stop of the tour, make sure to keep an eye out for all of these bands on future tours and shows, as each of them gives electric and entertaining performances.


A Killer’s Confession

Avalon Black

All images © Mike Shaler

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