By Madeline Ziecker
Where were you on 4/20? Most north shore dwellers were packed like sardines, happy as clams, jamming side-by-side to one of the best shows at Charley’s Restaurant & Saloon this year – Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real’s ‘Wasted’ Tour.
Only Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real can make sweating for several hours and trying to buy a drink at Charley’s on 4/20 a cherished experience.
For those who are unfamiliar with the band’s frontman Lukas Nelson, he is one of country legend Willie Nelson’s two (rising) sons.
Lukas Nelson and his band have had several accomplishments in the past year, including being featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Even with their base in Los Angeles and busy tour schedule, the band still finds time to fly home to Maui every few months and play a local show for their family and friends.
Band members include Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Tato Melgar (percussion), and Corey McCormick (bass).
Charley’s is somewhat of an unofficial Nelson family venue, so it’s appropriate that Nelson Jr. would round-up his band to rock the North Shore and celebrate the promise of the green in his hometown.
From 10 p.m. to well after midnight, the band played songs from their recently-released album Wasted that were “holiday” appropriate, like “The Joint.”
They also made sure to play some favorites from their last album, along with a handful of signature covers like The Rolling Stones‘ “Sympathy for the Devil,” where Nelson adds in Hendrix-esque electric solos to spice up the classic hit.
The band played a second Charely’s show on Saturday, April 21 for those who missed 4/20 as well as some die-hard fans who shelled out another $22 to see the band again.
As expected, both shows sold out.