Thursday at Floridian Social Club: Ashley Smith and the Random Occurrence
Our review of Orange Blossom Jamboree will be posted shortly, but we couldn’t wait to share this about Ashley Smith and the Random Occurrence appearing Thursday, June 9, at Floridian Social Club in St. Petersburg. ASTRO have delighted at all of their concert appearances and have crushed festival sets at Gasparilla 2020, OBJ 2021, Suwannee Hulaween 2021, and at the recent OBJ in Brooksville.
At the time, we wrote:
Opening set at a festival, especially on a Thursday at noon, is a challenging proposition. Many have not arrived yet; others are still at their campsites. Ashley Smith and the Random Occurrence ignored all of that and crushed a brilliant performance. ASTRO had delighted at last year’s OBJ and followed that up at Suwannee Hulaween. This set was a light year beyond those.
Ashley Smith posted the best set by a female vocalist all weekend, and the band set the bar way high. The secret sauce might have been the violin playing of Nick Ewing, but the entire band was in magical lockstep, and the sound was absolutely pristine. (As a constant critic of sound, you just don’t expect such perfection on the very first set.)
[ASTRO: Vamp (Atmospheric), Atmospheric, Decide for Yourself, Sirens, Strange, Limbo, Worthy, Alaska, Tension, Unfortunate Circumstance, Changing Views, Loneliness My Lover, Three Goodbyes]
ASTRO are: Ashley Smith, vocals; Nick Ewing, violin; John Soler, acoustic guitar, vocals; David Diaz, bass; Bryan Smith, electric guitar, background vocals; and Andrew Kilmartin, drums.
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