The Troubadour has a long and storied pedigree, known for both international superstars like Elton John as well as local acts. No band better fits both of those pedigrees than The Jacks, who headlined the legendary venue for KROQ’s Locals Only show with support from Creature Canyon and Fox Wilde.
The small venue filled up quickly for the sold out show, and Fox Wilde took the stage to raucous cheers from their fans and friends peppering the crowd in matching band tees, raising their glasses at the bar to the brother duo and their band as they launched into their first number. Older brother Michael Lerios shredded around the stage on his guitar while lead vocalist and younger brother Demitri Lerios seemed at home on the stage known for flamboyant Elton, bending and kicking and high jumping from corner to corner of the stage as they performed, including a brief jump into the platform shoes of John, blending “Bennie and The Jets” into their set flawlessly.
Creature Canyon took the stage, continuing the evening of vintage-tinged hometown rock with vocalist Austin Steele battling his guitar strap and never missing a beat, true showmanship in the vein of the show going on.
When the Jacks took stage in support of their Self-Titled EP, the venue was literally filled to the rafters with family and friends, including the historic Loft, brimming with the band’s proud aunts and mothers singing along to every song, clapping and dancing together to “Walk Away” and “Holy Roller,” while fans took to crowd surfing along with the gritty Strokes-esque sound of the new Los Angeles staples, with Jonny Stanback on vocals and rhythm guitar, Scott Stone on bass, Thomas Hunter on lead guitar and drummer Josh Roossin. When the crowd expressed their dismay at the set’s end, they cheered and hollered until the band returned to the stage, performing a rousing cover of the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” for the packed house.