Nita Strauss Dominated At Come & Take It Live

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Nita Strauss Shreds Her Way To Austin

Nita Strauss headlined her first solo show in Austin at the Come and Take It Live on Wednesday evening. While this was the first time Nita performed solo here in Austin, most people would recognize her as the guitarist for Alice Cooper or her wildly popular all-female Iron Maiden tribute band, The Iron Maidens. She is also a very sought-after guitar clinician and, upon watching her play, it is not hard to see why. She is a technical genius with her guitar. But beyond the obvious skill, she is fun to watch. Her love of music shows all over her face and in her performance. She is truly captivating.

Playing a mix of covers, including Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper, as well as originals from her first solo album Controlled Chaos, she and her band, which included another guitar player, a bassist, drummer, and keyboardist. She really mastered every square inch of the admittedly small stage at the CATIL. Kicking off the show with “Pandemonium” and “Alegria” from her new album, hair was whirling, strobes were flashing, and guitars were shredding, delivering clearly just how fitting the name of “Hurricane” Nita’s new album actually is. It would be simple to focus on the fact that she is woman, say that it’s awesome to see a female with that much musical skill, but that would be lessening the true talent that Nita has. She is an exceptional guitarist with remarkable talented.

Other highlights from the show included covers of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High” in tribute to her time with The Iron Maidens all-girl tribute band, Alice Cooper’s “Eighteen” starring keyboardist Katt Scarlett on lead vocals, and an instrumental version of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On,” which closed out the night along with Nita’s own “Our Most Desperate Hour.”

 

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Setlist:

Pandemonium 2.0
Alegria
Mariana Trench
Lion Among Wolves
I’m Eighteen
(Alice Cooper cover) (Katt Scarlett on lead vocals)
Aces High
(Iron Maiden cover) (instrumental)
The Quest
(with drum solo)
The Stillness at the End
(preceded by band introductions)
The Show Must Go On
(Queen cover) (instrumental)
Our Most Desperate Hour

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I love music, I love crowded venues, loud music, and sweat-soaked fans. I love the sound of a venue opening its doors to the public. I ended up moving to the Austin area in 2011. I have nearly a decade of experience in the Entertainment & Private Event industries. I have supervised at a number of concert venues and festivals, such as Emo’s East, Stubb’s, ACL Festival, Bonnaroo, Austin Fan Fest, SXSW, and the Austin Trail of Lights. In 2014, I began to take an interest in all things media related. I ended up chasing those ambitions and became a content creator and a concert photographer. With no formal training in any of those areas, in 2017 I decided it was time to change that up. I decided to pursue a degree in the Arts focusing on Radio, Television, and Film. As I began my academic path, I inquired about the Media department. I currently am a multimedia journalist for the Student Life department at ACC. To further my education, I received a scholarship with the Austin Film Society to become a TV Producer at Austin Public Studios. I believe in capturing the essence of life and representing it in a creative effort.