Jakals, The Nancy Druids, and Late Night Sneaky Uncle at The Monkey House September 30, 2017   Leave a comment

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Jakals pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturday’s ago at The Monkey House. I met up with Christopher Larrow and Rich Haskell and we arrived close to showtime. We got in and settled and a lovely sound came from the stage.

Jakals are from Boston and played some songs with a nice sweep and feel to them. Everyone enjoyed their sound including Mary Wolcott who had arrived separately. Most of the songs had a pop sound with a jazz or prog or almost metal feel. Katie Solomon had a nice voice that often soared and roared and reminded me of Dio when she really let it out. They played a bunch of songs from their Keep Mother Sane album. I really enjoyed their set until the fourth song, Homesick, which just took me over the top. I was in bliss as they played songs like Devil’s Eyes and closed the set with a rocker called Abel. I’d go see them again anytime.

 

Up next The Nancy Druids took the stage. They opened with the swirling Sky then rocked out December. Ann Mindell gave her new drum set a little extra kick on Halo. By Design was especially enjoyed by a few familiar looking faces in the audience that made me realize who the final band of the night would be. The Druids rocked on with a song about seeing salvation all around then Sean Ripped launched a great solo on Just Another Day. A lovely song about life followed then they shimmered the room with Disappear. A song about not remembering who you are had a cool John Franklin bass line and more over the top drumming. They closed the night with a space between a secret and a lie.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

Chris and Rich had taken off but Mary and i were game for checking out the next band. With Anne-Marie Costa on keys and vocals, Jamie Williamson on guitar, vocals and tall wizard hat and Peter Danforth on sax it was almost a Cranial Perch reunion. They were joined by a cool rhythm section and called themselves Late Night Sneaky Uncle. They had a bit of an off kilter Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your Kim Jong Un for a while kind of vibe, and opened with a hymn about current events. They played songs that embraced chaos and songs that embraced beauty and sang about dotards and rockets. They played a folky song with a Sweet Jane vibe. The played a little Show Me The Way, To The Next Third World War that could possibly be still knows as Alabama Song. It had been way too long since I had heard Anne-Marie sing and her voice is more amazing than ever. The set had songs about diving into swimming pools with no water and how things go over and over and out the wrong way. The blend of order and chaos was expertly done and very enjoyable. They closed the 12 song set saying the truth lies somewhere in the middle.

I said a couple of quick goodbyes and Mary and I headed back to the party that was forming at my place.

 

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Late Night Sneaky Uncle pic by Tim Lewis

 

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