Aaron Flinn, Seth Yacovone, and The Full Cleveland at Nectar’s November 11, 2017   Leave a comment

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Seth Yacovone and Aaron Flinn pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music a couple of Saturday’s ago at Nectar’s. I had taken the day off and spent the afternoon at a friend’s wedding. I got home at 6:30 then did a quick turnaround but still arrived about 7:15. Aaron Flinn was on stage with an acoustic guitar. His voice is strong and his guitar playing otherworldly and I quickly became enchanted. I think he was playing something about walk on son. He tossed in a few riffs of The Beatles song Birthday, since it was the WBKM birthday concert that night. He followed wtih his unique take on Here Comes The Sun. He played a new song about how there is so much love locked away in the world. He played a Randy Newman song called God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind) which was pretty great. He played an instrumental where his hands danced over the guitar strings seeming to never touch them yet still evoking staggering notes. He played the super-fun Miss Ready Blossom that made me smile all the way through. After that song Seth Yacovone came to the stage and sat next to him. Seth played an acoustic too and they played a cool version of Aaron’s song Raise Your Hand. A couple of notes into the next song made my jaw drop as they settled into Cowboy In The Sand. By the end Seth’s guitar lead was so furious it sounded like he was playing an electric. Who would have imagined that two players with acoustics could have such a huge sound? Up next was a Seth song about Martha which sounded great. Aaron left the stage and Seth continued solo with a song about rocking to the end of the line. He played songs about the end not controlling the means and being on the run when the highway is his home. He played something that was surely dangerous and a song about time fading away. He played a fiery song about how everyone is exactly like you where he used a slide and got a tremendously furious rock sound going. He kept the slide for the next song but it was more mellow and bluesy and was about having no expectations. He played a song about the spirit that lives in this place and gave it a huge rocked out ending jam. He rocked hard on a song about being a union man then played a blistering Mr Reed. Since it was Neil Young’s birthday too, he played a super cool version of Powderfinger. He brought the energy to full blast for Little Richard Will Rise Again then called it a night. Between the two of them I got to see 22 glorious songs. What a way to start a birthday.

 

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The Full Cleveland pic by Tim Lewis

Still to come was Craig Mitchell’s Prince cover band but before that The Full Cleveland took the stage. They filled the room with people happily dancing. They opened with a song with a reggae vibe about being only a fool. They followed with something about get it right and seeing the light. From there all of the songs became familiar. They settled into a series of ’70’s soft rock songs like I’d Really Love To See You Tonight and I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You. The audience loved it as I slipped to the back of the room. They played instantly recognizable songs like I Want To Kiss You All Over and How Long Has This Been Going On. They Sang Baby Come Back and Steal Away. They Played Sailing and Reminiscing. I was pretty firm in my decision to stick it out for the next band as Cleveland played She’s Gone and Thunder Island. At that point it was getting late and I had to work the next morning. When they began to sing about Pina Colada’s, with no end in sight, I made my escape and took the lovely walk home.

I heard later that the Prince tribute was amazing. I wish I had caught a little of it but can only do as much as I can do.

 

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The Full Cleveland pic by Tim Lewis

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