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WBKM.ORG Birthday party with Bob Wagner And Friends, The ID, and The Seth Yacovone Band at Nectar’s November 12, 2013   Leave a comment

I had a great time at the Wbkm Dot Org birthday party Tuesday night. I got out of work at nine, did a quick turn around, and walked into Nectar’s at 9:40. Bob Wagner, D. Davis and friends were on and playing a blues rock standard. It took a few minutes to shake off work, but as I got into the groove, I was amazed at how good those two guys are on guitar. I’d seen Bob a couple of times in other bands, but had never seen him as a center piece, and he was as great as I expected. D was really good too, and at one point he was playing a killer lead, and underneath Bob was playing something so gentle, that it made the whole song sing. I missed the bass player’s name, but he was rock solid, as was the mighty Steve Hadeka on drums. For one song, and older gentleman, who’s name I missed, sat in on drums, and Joe Moore played some smoking sax. Hadeka returned and they played a song that was a nice pop song sort of thing, that just built and built and rained down rock and roll fire by the end. OK, there we go! The pulled out covers of Dirty Works, and Mr Soul. They played a staggering version of Chris Robinson’s Train Robbers, and closed the night with Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad. The twin lead guitars were glorious and over the top. Yes, that random blues band, on a Tuesday night in Burlington, could just be one of the best bands ever. That’s just how we do it in Burlington.

Next up, Tony’s kids, and a bass player, too the stage. The ID switched gears and played some indie rock. While they had some things going for them, it’s hard to go on after a great band. They are young, and may have great futures, but they didn’t rock it as hard as the band before. That said, they started to lock in for the last couple of songs. They have potential, but it’s not fully realized yet.

Up Seth Yacovone hit the stage with his band. Again, I missed the name of the bass player, but Hadeka was on drums. The trio brought the energy back to the Wagner level, and they rocked the night away. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Seth, and his playing is fluid and ferocious. He played some outstanding leads, and I loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, at one point, the length of the day started to wear on me. It was hard to walk away from something so good, but I was pretty exhausted, so I headed out. I walked home in the happy bliss of knowing there is more great music in this town than I can possibly catch, and that there’s a whole crop of kids on the horizon that are on their way to similar greatness. Thanks WBKM for such a great party, for 6 years of music, and for letting me be a part of it!

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The Id and Stone Cold at Nectar’s July 5, 2013   Leave a comment

I took a chance on a couple of bands last Friday evening, or late afternoon.  Two of Tony’s, from WBKM, kids were playing in two bands at Nectar’s from 5:15 to 6:30, or so.  As a rock fan, I’ve developed some standards, so I was a bit apprehensive, but took a shot.  To be honest, both The Id, and Stone Cold were young.  The both had some chops, but will take time before they get seriously good.  That said, they are off to a great start.

The Id is a three-piece, guitar, bass, drum, combo.  Drummer Giana may need to learn the art of the flourish, and what beats don’t need to be played, but was absolutely rock solid.  She had nice timing and never missed a beat.  Guitarist Devin has some serious ability to run the frets, but needs to make each note be felt by the audience more.  Their bass player was named Gabby, and her singing and playing were quite impressive.  The one song she sang, I forgot the name, was one of their best.  Their songs were somewhere between indie and classic rock.  They have some good ideas, but I don’t think they are fully developed yet.  They did a good job with covers of Muddy Waters and Captain Beefhart songs, and have serious potential.

Devin stayed onstage and was joined by a singer/guitar player who’s name I’ve forgotten and Oscar on drums. The two guitars and drums band missed a bit without a bass player, but was pretty good.  They opened with the Sweater Song.  Their original stuff had a nice rock feel, and Oscar did a great job singing and playing drums.  The other singer/guitar player had a good voice and cool songs.  They definitely have something going.  At one point in the set, they played an indie rock version of Fearless, which was pretty cool.  Late in the set Devin picked up the bass for a couple of songs, but I think the two guitar interplay is their strong suit, so adding a bass player could make the band sing.

I’m happy I made it out to support a friend’s kid’s band.  Even though I did not leave fully musically satisfied, I left with abundant hope for the future.