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Eric Krasno Shreds at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park


Pop-Break Live: Eric Krasno at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Guitar gods are called “guitar gods” for a reason — they’re masters at their craft. In early November, one of the true, modern guitar gods of the modern era, Eric Krasno brought his band to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Krasno is a consumate guitar player, anchoring both Lettuce and Soulive with his blazing blues, jam, jazz and rock sound. He is also a frequent “sit in” guitarist with various jam and rock bands playing throughout the country. He is also a Grammy Award winning producer and performer who has worked with Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone.

Kras, as he’s affectionately known as, is currently on tour promoting his solo record Blood from a Stone which dropped in summer 2016.

Pop-Break’s Matt Heasley caught Krasno and the band in action.

Love In the Blink Of An Eye


via Music Fest News

Falling in love can happen in the blink of an eye, and that is exactly what happened to me this past Thursday evening (November 3) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The culprits? Two bands I had yet to see perform before combining for a night that easily exceeded any of my expectations…

The crowd, now well warmed up, gave a very enthusiastic welcome to the evening’s headliners as they took the stage. The Eric Krasno Band, winding up this leg of the Blood from a Stone tour, wowed the crowd right from the start. Although I am quite familiar with each member of the band individually, I was pleasantly surprised by just how well they all meshed together: Danny Mayer (rhythm guitar), Eric Kalb (drums), DeShawn Alexander (keyboards), and Mary Corso (backing vocals).

Although it was a treat to see each member have his time to shine throughout the evening, for me it was their ability to come together as one, creating a sound that seemed to have the audience hanging on each cord or word coming off the stage. This band is truly a force in the world of live music that should only get better as time moves on. Picking a highlight of the performance is nearly impossible as the set seemed to be one nonstop treat. The album is tight and crisp, and the band keeps that intact while one stage while stretching out the songs and creating a wonderful live experience.

This was one of those nights that remind me of exactly what it is I LOVE about live music: going into the evening having never seen either band live and walking out wondering when the next chance to do so would be. Good music has a way of lifting you up and setting you free, and that is exactly what the evening did for me, sending me home feeling like I was floating on a cloud