Smart bets: Wayland

Frontman Mitch Arnold describes his rock ‘n’ roll band as “blues-based, melody-driven, guitar-crushing, hard-hitting, dirty and independent.” And it’s that rough-around-the-edges aesthetic that beckons Wayland’s concertgoers to swap their daily stressors for a rowdy, sweaty evening of escape. Popular single “Get A Little,” for example, combines ’80s rock testosterone with singalongs for the modern worker: “Counting down the days to Friday night / By the end of the week, I think I’ve earned the right / to get a little drunk / get a little stoned / catch a good buzz to my favorite song.” Fans can even tick some of those boxes alongside the band members, who offer VIP ticketholders a beer and shot on their tour bus. Wayland plays The Grey Eagle on Saturday, July 23, at 9 p.m. The Low Counts, Jeff Santiago and 710 OIL open. $14/$17. thegreyeagle.com. Photo courtesy of the band

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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