Dirty Honey’s ‘Can’t Find The Brakes!!’ Tour Rolls Through Harrisburg, PA With Austin Meade

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Photo Credit: T. Cody Strubel

The Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (HMAC) was the epicenter of hard rock and blues on Saturday, November 4th, 2023, as it hosted the Dirty Honey ‘Can’t Find The Brakes’ tour. The night was a thrilling spectacle of music and energy, featuring two of the industry’s most promising bands, Dirty Honey and Austin Meade.

Austin Meade, a former drummer turned guitarist, brought a unique blend of soulfulness and 70’s classic rock to the stage. His journey in music began in his pastor-father’s church, where he discovered his true voice while playing the guitar as a teenager. His music, influenced by his experiences and background, speaks of corrupted love, cocaine, prison, church, and the hard living of the common working man.

Meade’s performance that night was a testament to his profound and provocative songwriting. His setlist included “Deja Vu,” “Happier Alone,” and “Blackout;” songs that are sonically suited for both dive bars and arenas. His music, a descendant of the 70’s classic rock age, resonated with the audience, creating an atmosphere of wide-open soulfulness.

Dirty Honey, a Los Angeles-based quartet, has been making a name for themselves in the hard and blues rock scene since 2017. The band, composed of vocalist Marc LaBelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Jaydon Bean, is known for their dynamic live performances and airtight songwriting.

Their performance at HMAC was no exception. The band’s setlist included fan favorites such as “Can’t Find the Brakes,” “California Dreamin’,” “Heartbreaker,” “Don’t Put Out the Fire,” “The Wire,” “Another Last Time,” “When I’m Gone,” “Won’t Take Me Alive,” and “Rolling 7s.” Their performance was a testament to their belief that rock ‘n’ roll should be right on the edge, with a preference for personality over polish.

The Dirty Honey ‘Can’t Find The Brakes’ tour stop in Harrisburg, PA was a night of electrifying performances and unforgettable music. Both Dirty Honey and Austin Meade showcased their unique styles and left the audience anxiously awaiting both band’s return to the area. The crowd interaction was palpable, with both Austin Meade and Dirty Honey engaging with the audience and creating an electrifying atmosphere. This concert was a testament to the power and appeal of hard rock and blues rock, and a night that will be remembered by all who attended.

Austin Meade
Dirty Honey

T. Cody Strubel is the founder of Rock Documented, a platform he established in September 2015. As the Lead Photographer, Writer, and Editor, Cody has been instrumental in shaping the site's content and visual aesthetic. His exceptional work in music photography was recognized by the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall of Fame, where he was voted "Best Photography" at their inaugural event. Cody's equipment of choice includes two Nikon D850s, a Nikon 22-70mm 2.8 VR, a Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 VR, and a Black Rapid Shoulder Strap. His passion for music and photography, combined with his commitment to promoting local talent, makes him a vital voice in the Central Pennsylvania music scene.

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