Review: Adelita’s Way @Crafthouse Stage and Grill Pittsburgh

words and pix: Ed Thompson © 2019

Let me just start by saying this. Adeltias Way will be as big as Greta Van Fleet is in two to three years. The vocals and songwriting ability that this band has can allow this band to skyrocket with success in the coming years. I said 5 years ago that GVF would make it out of the small venues and headline the larger concert venues across the country and look where they were last summer. I have a strong feeling that AW will do the same.

The first three bands for the night were INCREDIBLE. Tonight was the first time that I went and covered 4 bands and one after the other got better than the previous one.  SHATTERED; a Pittsburgh based band was great. New lead singer Chris Taylor was great on vocals. The band behind him supported him well. I saw SHATTERED about a year ago and their improvement is ridiculous. Keep an eye on Chris and SHATTERED in the near future. They have a ton of potential.

Awake at Last was great too!!  They hit the stage and had the crowd screaming for more once the lights went out. They have a new CD coming out. I bought the presold option and the songs already released are INCREDIBLE. Worth the purchase. Vincent Torres, the Awake At Last’s lead singer is great. I actually met him outside the venue handing out PR material to all the patrons. I thought he was a PR intern till they hit the stage and I saw Torres behind the mic. From there on out he was a great lead singer, one to keep an eye out for.

American Sin with a fill-in lead singer was off the carts. Their energy with the vocals they have on their CD’s along with the energy that they put into their shows is refreshing.  The lead singer never sits still. The drummer is all over the place.  Keep an eye on this band too. Their CD’s are also great and have a new one coming soon.

I always liked Adelitas Way ever since they had their single as part of the WWE. I looked forward to this show for a while.  The lead singer, Rick DeJesus has a certain kind of swag to him. He says what he wants and does the same on the stage. Again, a refreshing trait in the year 2019.  His vocals and stage presence are off the charts. He keeps the crowd right in the palm of his hand. The first three songs of the setlist are great. Their most popular right now and truly gets the crowd going. What It Takes, Sick and Still Hungry are THE perfect set opener before Rick stops and talks to the crowd. The nearly sold-out crowd at the Crafthouse in Baldwin were in the same mindset I was too as they went crazy with the first three songs. However, there was no lull in the action like many setlists have. The middle of the set and into the closing part of the set was just as good.  Adelita’s Way and Rick DeJesus were great from beginning to end. There was no bathroom break or time to get another drink in this set. Rick was supported by Trevor Stafford on drums and Andrew Cushing on the bass. Trevor was impressive on the drums. He is truly one of the up and coming drummers in the industry.

I am already looking at Adelitas Way’s future tour schedule on their site and Facebook.   I’d highly suggest that everyone do the same. This is an impressive band on the rise.

  1. What It Takes
  2. Sick
  3. Still Hungry
  4. Vibes
  5. Ready for War (Pray for Peace)
  6. Last Stand
  7. Bad Reputation
  8. Alive
  9. Tell Me
  10. Cage The Beast
  11. Criticize
  12. Notorious
  13. Rage Jam
  14. Invincible