Monday, August 27, 2018

YouTube Channel Profile Series: Jolene Barens & Reckage35

Here's this month's YouTube Channel Profile, as we again spotlight YouTube channels whose content is at least half devoted to local metal, hard rock, and punk artists and concerts, in order to showcase them for current readers and encourage them to watch and subscribe along with them! This month's first randomly chosen channel only had a single video, so we randomly picked one more to fill things out, and as luck would have it, both were Sault Michigan concert filmers at some major recent hard rock events. Without any further adieu, here's what you should know on both!
Jolene Barens (

Owner: Sault Michigan-area resident Jolene Barens

Channel Timeline: Launched on April 24th, 2017; Only video posted on December 31st of that year

Channel Summary: Jolene's only upload is of British Columbia hard rock/post grunge quartet Theory of a Deadman playing their hit single 'Bad Girlfriend" during their headlining concert at The Dreammaker's Theater at the Sault Ste. Marie Kewadin Casino on December 30th, 2017, though despite the video's name, there's no sign of openers Infathom. The 2 minute clip also includes frontman Tyler Connolly mentioning to the crowd that Theory intend to return to the Soo "next year", but nothing firm has been publically stated to that end. While the vertical camera angle & overexposed lighting don't add any favours, Jolene got solid audio on this rock radio favourite! However, note that Jolene hasn't visibly used this channel in 2018. Visit this link for more videos from this concert, among other YouTube channels.

Dan Reck (

Owner: Sault Michigan-area resident Dan Reck

Channel Timeline: Launched on May 27th, 2009; Videos posted from the following day through September 10th, 2013

Channel Summary: Initially a personal use channel featuring two 2009 videos about his Ion XE paintball gun and one with Halo 3 gameplay tips, Dan resumed use of his channel in 2013 for concert video postings, courtesy of seven videos from that year's Shinedown and Pop Evil concerts in Sault Ste. Marie. Dan's last video is of In This Moment playing at the Allegan County Fair in the Lower Peninsula that September

Why You Should Watch: Dan's channel is worth a watch for fans of recent Kewadin Casino hard rock shows from Allstar Promotions, with him getting a solid angle of both bands at these well received concerts! As for his non-local concert videos, the paintball gun videos should be interesting uploads for fans, the Halo video has a good response from gamers, and the In This Moment video isn't bad either, despite it's vertical orientation. Note however that Dan hasn't visibly used this channel in five years.

Our Recommended Videos To Check Out

Shinedown - Simple Man: Dan's first two concert videos were from Jacksonville hard rock quartet Shinedown's headlining concert at The Dreammaker's Theater in July 2013, as he filmed their original song "I'll Follow You" and, as featured here, their acclaimed cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man", as preceded by a number of teased separate covers. While the audio quality is good for these softer performances, Dan never zooms the camera, which is a shame given the speaker's placement, and he did apologize for the shaky quality. Solid view otherwise from this well received concert, and there are more Shinedown videos from their local stop on other channels if you want more footage!

Pop Evil - 100 in a 55: Dan's other Sault Kewadin concert videos come from the Pop Evil-headlined concert that August, which served as a benefit for local teen Jessica Jorgensen during her battle with leukemia. His five videos include the Muskegon hard rock quartet playing their songs "Hero", "Boss's Daughter", "Monster You Made", "Last Man Standing", and as embedded below, "100 in a 55", which is the most viewed concert video on Dan's channel. Filmed from a similar sharp angle as his Shinedown clips (but closer), the stability effect added in post can be distracting, but the audio tends to be reliable, especially on heavier tracks, and fans will be right at home with these clips! Yes, other attendees did post videos from this show on YouTube.

I hope you guys liked this month's YouTube Channel Profiles! This series is slated to return on or around September 26th, and like this month, we will be spotlighting multiple channels again, as our first randomly selected channel only has 4 videos, all from the same concert, so we randomly chose one more to fill it out. As such, we will be looking at the channels of users tokenfinn (featuring videos from 2007's outdoor Kiss concert in Sault Michigan) and veteran local guitarist Tony Marcello (featuring hard rock covers by his old bands The Killer Hooks & Midpoint.) Give that a look next month, and stay tuned for more news and this month's CD review this week! Thanks everyone!

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