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Cave Bees, Modern Trigger, Bearchild, Better Things at The Monkey House July 15, 2017   Leave a comment

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Cave Bees pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Saturday night at The Monkey House. It was one of those classic shows with two bands that I knew and loved and two that I new nothing about. It was a slightly warm lovely evening and the walk to Winooski went smoothly.

I got in and settled and around 8:45 Cave Bees hit the stage with a roar. With blistering volume and punk rock drive they opened with a song about a car and it’s 22R. Up next was a “new” one about rocking the Queen City tonight. They went back to their album for a powerhouse version of The Lunacy. They slowed down a little for the grinding I Need A Raise then ramped back to full speed for Round Sum. We in the crowd sang Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh on Flight Of the Alligator. Sweet Pussy rocked hard and Mine All Mine was fast and nimble. They closed the night with another “new” song called Juliet. It was a wonderful rocking set.

Up next was a band from New York called Modern Trigger. They played as a four-piece with singer/guitar player, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. The songs had a nice indie punk sound and moved in fun directions. They opened with a song about the only one left to blame then played a song about feeling great about moving out of the futon in your basement. They played a song that said never again and may have been about Pee Wee Herman. They played a song called Time from their EP Forgiveness Is Divine but Never Pay Full Price For Late Pizza. The song about never asking for any of it had a nice sweep. They closed the eight song set with a song about outer space. The whole show was fun, rocking, full of harrowing changes, and I really liked them.

 

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Modern Trigger pic by Tim Lewis

Up next was another band from New York called Bearchild. They are a trio with a singer who alternates between keys and guitar, bass and drums. Their sound is smooth and powerful and still kind of indie rock. They began with a recorded piano intro and sang a song about who should be the ones. The next song was another rocker then Justin Williams switched to keys for a bit. He sang a song about what’s yours is mine and a nicely dramatic song called Fire And Smoke. He switched back to guitar and the band rocked out Rift. They closed the seven song set with and epic keyboard sound for Time Travel. I’m so lucky to have seen them.

 

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Bearchild pic by Tim Lewis

After a short break Better Things hit the stage fast and loud for 25 Miles Per Hour Blues. They played an intense and beautiful indie rock set. I didn’t catch the titles of the next two, but they had a huge sound and were played at maximum volume. They eased up a tiny amount for the gorgeous Ex-Files then played an instrumental version of a new song. It was pretty col. They closed the six song set with Stick That In Your Juicebox and Sip It then I started moving forward on the long walk home.

 

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Better Things pic by Tim Lewis

Eric George, Sean Hood, and Dino Bravo at The Monkey House June 25, 2017   Leave a comment

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Dino Bravo pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Sunday at The Monkey House. It was the fourth in the The Show Up Shows series that raises money for different worthy organizations. This one benefited 1% For the Planet and was set to run from 7-10 to make it an early night so people would show up. I had missed two of the shows but did catch one a few months back and was expecting the same format of an emcee hosting the show and four bands playing 4-6 of their songs. Sunday’s show had a different format with no emcee and only three bands.

A little after 7 Eric George took the stage with an acoustic guitar and played a dozen songs. He sang about believing in science and being a stranger to people. He sang about how there is always a map and played one that had a Hana Zara vibe. He sang about crossing the river and about letters never sent. He played a cover of a White Stripes song then closed with songs about good friends and mountain top removal in Kentucky. He has a nice voice and is a pretty good guitar player and the small crowd appreciated the performance.

 

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Eric George pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, Sean Hood from Eastern Mountain Time took the stage with an acoustic guitar. He spoke a little about how 1% is doing good work to help our planet then lit into his set. He opened with Birds of Park Slope and his playing was slower than Eric’s but much more intense. His lyrics paint stark portraits of what it feels like to live through this life. He sang a song about drinking all alone and how his friends have had enough and how he guessed that he had enough too. He sang about how things were headed for trouble and how he should leave, but instead ordered a double. He sang about low down mid-December. He pulled out a cover of Tom Petty’s Walls. He sang about drawing the line tomorrow at nine and wrapped the seven song set with a new positive song about how he lives. It was a captivating performance and I loved every note.

 

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Sean Hood pic by Tim Lewis

The potential fourth band never showed so after a bit of a break Dino Bravo VT set up and played a wonderfully loud blistering rock show. They opened with Matthew Stephen Perry just singing while the rest of the band rocked like usual. Stone Temple Pilot’s Creep was a fun way to begin the show. Matt then picked up his guitar and the band let loose a tremendous version of Song About The Ocean. Jeff LaBossiere is a steady and powerful drummer who keeps the songs interesting. Chris Farnsworth has that great sense of melody that makes his guitar playing so wonderful to hear. Josh Shedaker rips it up on bass and sings backing vocals and lead as needed and always sounds great. Ocean is an epic song with huge builds and I loved riding every note. They kept rocking hard as they played Sugar Coated Candy Stix, Pop Music and Two Car Garage. They eased up a little for Crime Scene then pulled out the harmony guitars for Strawberry Blonde. A cover of 20th Century Boy was fun and rocked hard. The room was half full and everyone seemed really into Dino as they kept rocking hard on Chuck Berry. A cover of Ween’s Birthday Boy was fun. I think they played an instrumental next then closed with Past The Mark. As the song careened to an end it fell into a distorted mass of music then gelled back into a few bars of Creep before it finally faded away.

It was a bit late at that point, so I headed out quickly and took the long happy walk home.

 

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Dino Bravo pic by Tim Lewis

Posted July 1, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Mikey Holland, Black Rabbit, and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at The Monkey House June 9, 2017   Leave a comment

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Friday at The Monkey House. I worked until 7, checked in with Nathan Curtis and just before 9 we headed to Winooski. While it felt like the end of an era, my focus was squarely set on the rock show in front of me. We got drinks then hung out on the picnic tables outside and chatted with Josh Shedaker for a while. I kept glancing in the open window and when I heard the sound of an acoustic guitar getting ready to play, I headed in.

Mikey Holland from The Dazies sang and played guitar and the songs had a neo-romantic Posies sort of sound. The first song was about suffocating in the USA and the second was about panicking all the time. He sang about a piece of my love and he sang about a famous Boston bartender named Johnny Allen. He sang a song about feeling like an idiot with the tag line 1 2 3 4 5 Hey, I’m Alive, and it was fun that it was the 5th song of the set. A cheery song about the misery of being on the outside looking in followed. He sang about the little things that keep him up at night and closed with a song about howling at the moon called Wake The Night. I liked his set and liked his songs and he made them sound great.

 

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Mikey Holland pic by Tim Lewis

The room was full of local stars and it was not long until Black Rabbit took the stage with a roar. At top volume and peak punk rock intensity Rabbit lit into the set with The Original Original. They told us what Nicky said then sang about Carnage. They played the first new song of the night and it’s already on it’s way to becoming one of my favorites. They rocked hard on the bouncy My Blue Sky then said Sayonara. Another new song, maybe Quiet Down, was great and it’s already on it’s way to becoming one of my favorites. Alienation has that great flow to it and Rejected is such a universal sentiment. They sang about JFK, at a beautifully blistering volume, on Mark My Words. The Invisibles has that great line about lipstick and dynamite, and is always fun to hear live. Another new song, The Shutout (?) was cool and it’s already on it’s way to becoming one of my favorites. They went back to the first EP for the tale of Papa Neutrino. They pulled out a cover of Husker Du’s I Apologize that made the room a happy place. The next one was the last new one of the night and it’s already on it’s way to becoming one of my favorites. They went into the home stretch with the powerful Tibbar Tibbar. Darlene Scarano leaned into the mic and said Is Phil Yates really leaving town and they closed the night with New Rose. It was such a fitting end to a powerhouse show.

 

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Black Rabbit pic by Tim Lewis

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Black Rabbit pic by Tim Lewis

I chatted with a few people in the break but soon it was time for the last Phil Yates & The Affiliates show before Phil moves to Chicago. They opened by rocking hard on Burn It Down, Bernadette and that set the tone for the night. They kept rocking at full pace with Might As Well Settle then played the cool new song Send Him The Bill. If Only I Was Lonely was a bit mellower but still had some rock to it. They ramped back up on Co-pilot. I Am A Hatchet has a nice groove to swing to then they rocked out Burn Burn Burn. She Has Your Name sounded sweet as always. I’m not sure what the next one was, but it was pretty cool and may have been about sour grapes. Fixin’ To Die is another cool new song and sounded great. They brought the volume to peak intensity and the and the speed up to Rabbit level for a stunning Ninjas Vs Zombies. They kept rocking hard on My Favorite Bag then played a blistering Little French Earthquakes. They played a lovely version of Big Star’s Thank You Friends then closed the night with Phil putting down the guitar and singing the heck out of Honeycomb. It’s sad that Phil is leaving and nice to know that he can come back anytime, but of all the shows to leave on, this one rocked hard.

 

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

Plastique Mammals, Ruckzuck, and Floral Amoral at Nectar’s May 22, Ruckzuck at Radio Bean May 22nd, and Ruckzuck at The Monkey House May 23, 2017   Leave a comment

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last Monday and Tuesday at three venues in town. It began a few months ago when singer Faith Kelly posted a question in the Facebook group Vermont music live and I replied and we chatted a bit. I listened to her band Ruckzuck, liked the sound, and put a note on the calendar that they were playing at The Monkey House on Tuesday.

As the show approached I realized they would play three shows in two days and decided to go check out the first show and see what it was like. On Monday, May 22nd, I worked from 11:30-8, dropped my stuff at home then took the lovely walk down to Nectar’s. There was a duo on stage as I got in and settled. Plastique Mammals are a keyboard/bass player and drummer and have a trippy sound. The songs start slow as they build loops then tend to get crazy by the end. Keyboard parts get added to the mix. Bass riffs get added to the mix. At one point he played a wicked bass solo into the mix and added another one over the top. I only caught five songs but their mini epics were fun to experience.

 

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Plastique Mammals pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Ruckzuck took the stage. With Mack Bedo on drums, Nick Bedo on guitar and Faith on keys and vocals, the band had a hypnotic flow to their music. They opened by saying “Welcome to the Spaceship” and dove into a fun spacey jam. They stayed there for the second song then rocked hard on Alan’s Garden. The fourth song was more poppy and Faith played the reverb soaked Ukulele to tremendous effect. The band closed the set with an over the top huge song that made me swoon.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

I hung out for a bit as Floral Amoral took the stage. With a singer/electric guitar player, electric guitar player, bassist and drummer they had a low-fi indie psychedelic sound that was really fun. The second song was more of a rocker and the third jammed hard. The clock said it was time to go to the next show so I sadly left. It was a quiet night in town and as I walked up Main st and took the turn up Church st I could hear their music flowing all over downtown.

 

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Floral Amoral pic by Tim Lewis

I arrived at Radio Bean just after the midnight start time but the band were still loading in. I got in and settled and soon enough it was time for Ruckzuck’s “second set”. They opened with a song about what goes on in your mind and it was easy to dive back into their spacey grooves. The second song had a bit of a Hawkwind flow and I was in a happy place. The next couple had more of a pop feel then they played another epic where Faith’s voice reached for the stars and Mack’s drumming became hypnotic. Nick laid in some cool rhythms as the keys flowed their way through the songs. They wrapped up around 1am then it was time for the short walk home.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

I chatted with Nathan Curtis at work and said the two shows were fun and he said he was up for checking them out. I worked until 9:30 and we met up and headed to The Monkey House. Despite the rotary in Winooski being partly closed, we somehow got in and parked and walked in as Ruckzuck were starting their set. We had missed Floral’s opening set, but what can you do. I headed to the front and got right back into the groove. The songs have a hazy spacey flow and my body just seemed to remember where they would go. I couldn’t tell if the second song was really long or if it flowed into the third but I was in a happy place as the music washed over me. At some point Nate had called another coworker, Billy Greer, and he showed up and checked out some of their set. The band did another killer rocking version of Alan’s Garden with a long rocked out ending. Faith played the ukulele for the next song and a kazoo through a heavily reverbed mic for the next one. The effect was beautiful. They took a chance and played a brand new song and I’m so happy they did. It was wonderful. They wrapped the night with an over the top epic rocker that made me swoon.

We hung out and chatted with the band for a bit then Nathan dropped me at home. It’s amazing how easy it was to catch all three shows and Ruckzuck are so much fun, it made me want to keep coming back. Hopefully, they will journey this way again.

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

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Ruckzuck pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Ryan Ober Band, The Nancy Druids, and Gold City Ashes at The Monkey House April 1, 2017   Leave a comment

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. I met up with Nathan Curtis just before 9 and we drove to Winooski and got settled in.

It was not long before Ryan Ober picked up his electric guitar and started playing and singing. Joined by Creston Lea and Jeremy Frederick on drums, the trio rocked out some bluesy songs with a pop edge. The first song was about loving a girl for a long time and Creston kept asking what her name was. The second was a rocker called What Is Life? Ryan had a ripping solo at the end and played so powerfully that the stage could not hold him. They played a few of Ryan’s new songs and covers like Dylan’s To Be Alone With You and a rocking version of Ray Charles’ Sticks And Stones. Ryan’s song Caveman Blues was pretty fun and had a bit of an Elvis Costello vibe. They closed the nine song set with Ryan’s tale about how his friends say he can’t get away from the blues, and fun was had by all.

 

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The Ryan Ober Band pic by Tim Lewis

 

During the set Nathan met and chatted with Star and we hung out close to the stage and rocked out as The Nancy Druids weaved their magical spell. Their melodic indie music rocked hard and sent shimmering vibes through the club. They opened with Sky and we were off and running. With some snow outside on an April night, December still seemed appropriate. Halo has a great bass riff from John Franklin, powerhouse drumming from Ann Mindell and Sean Toohey sent the solo into a feedback guided blissful universe. By Design was super catchy and The Space Between was gorgeous and a little extra fun considering the Facebook post I did earlier in the day that threaded the space between a secret and a lie. They pulled out the brand new song Icicles, I think that’s what it’s called, and it was pretty great. The stomp rock of Just Another Day kept us grooving and Might Have Been had a wicked guitar effect at the end. They closed the set with a song that may be called Who You are and it had more great Ann drumming and a colossal ending. The Druids always make me happy when they play.

 

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The Nancy Druids pic by Tim Lewis

 

The set break was a little longer than the first one, but we hung out in the front as Canadian band GOLD CITY ASHES took the stage. They are an electric guitar/singer, bass, drums trio and had a classic rock sound. Nico had a great bounce to his drumming, Chris played a lot of leads with a slide and Lynn’s bass playing was just amazing. It was mesmerizing to watch her play. Chris was an engaging front man and was very welcoming and appreciative. His voice was nice and the songs rocked hard. The first couple had a nice stomp to them and the third song had a big bluesy feel. The next couple kept us rocking hard then they got into a jam with California Love, They tossed a little roll away the dew in the middle, then went back to the hard rock. Later in the set they played a heavy version of After The Gold Rush that made me smile. They wrapped the 15 song set with a rocker that had space for each member to do a short solo and ended with a blistering song called Big Brother which had an epic set up, a hard rocking middle and a Judas Priest ending.

We hung out and said Hi to the band then Star took off and I caught a ride home from Nathan. It was yet another wonderful night of music and was great to make some new friends.

 

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Gold City Ashes pic by Tim Lewis

Cricket Blue, Silver Bridget, The Parts, and Phil Yates & The Affiliates at The Monkey House March 19, 2017 Show Up Shows vol 2   Leave a comment

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. The show was set to go from 6:30-10 and I had to work until 7. It was a benefit for Planned Parenthood and is part of a series of shows to benefit worthy organizations put on by The Monkey House and Sean Hood.

I got out of work at 7 on the dot and ran over to the Monkey. I assumed I would miss one of the four bands but would be happy to catch what I could. Cricket Blue were on stage and playing as I got settled in and said hi to Jeremy Gilchrist. I wasn’t listening with full attention but still liked the sound of the new song they were playing. I got into focus mode and loved the guitar and vocal interplay on Quiet pt 2. They followed with Ode To Billy Joe and wrapped up the set. I missed a few songs but was happy with what I caught.

 

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Cricket Blue pic by Tim Lewis

 

The emcee of the night, Annie Russell, got up and plugged Planned Parenthood and encouraged people to vote in the silent auction with poise and humor. I think she began the night with a stand up set, which was what let me catch a couple of Cricket songs.

Up next Silver Bridget took the stage. Matt Saraca rocked the electric guitar while John Townsend formed the rhythms with acoustic guitar and kick drums and Johnnie Day Durand‘s musical saw soared over the top. They opened with Heart Of Gold then brought us to The End Of The World. And I Love Her was sweet then we went out to the Blue Bayou. They capped the set with Nowhere Man and the quiet and appreciative crowd was well pleased.

 

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Silver Bridget pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came up for more announcements then made way for Danny LeFrancois and The Parts. Danny sang and played electric guitar and was joined by Steve Sharon on drums and Jason Pappas on bass. They opened with a heavy rocker that showcased Danny’s deep guitar sound. Driving All Alone was second and rocked hard too. The third song was a rocker about drinking and the fourth was a fast Irish ditty about a liquor store. The mellowed out for It’s A Shame and were joined by a fiddle player. I think his name was Jake. They brought Sean up to sing the next one and a distant memory made me cringe. It proved to be unfounded as Sean sang the heck out of a gorgeous song about Berlin after the wall or Oklahoma at dawn, or something like that. He stayed on stage for a cover of Achy Breaky Heart and that was the one I was worried about. It was fun and the audience liked it, so that was cool. After that, they called it a night.

 

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The Parts pic by Tim Lewis

 

Annie came back and announced the auction winners then Phil Yates & The Affiliates hit the stage hard and loud. They played a blistering Co-Pilot and kept rocking with My Favorite Bag. They eased up for the gorgeous If Only I Was Lonely then went back to full on rock for my new favorite song Send Him The Bill. They kept rocking with Burn It Down Bernadette and played one of the most intense versions of Little French Earthquakes that I’ve heard. They capped the night with Ninjas Vs Zombies and I was in a happy place.

I headed out pretty quickly and took the long happy bunny chasing walk home

 

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Phil Yates & The Affiliates pic by Tim Lewis

 

The Dirty Blondes, Swillbillie, and Crazyhearse at The Monkey House March 11, 2017   Leave a comment

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Dirty Blondes pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at The Monkey House. It was a long work day that I made a bit trickier than ideal, but the numbers feel into line at the end, so that was cool. I went home, ate dinner and contemplated the cold temperature and lovely wind. i knew the show was going to be hot so I bundled up and took the long walk to Winooski.

I got in and settled and chatted with Miller about music for a while then the Dirty Blondes hit the stage. From the opening strains of Burn, Chris Clark and Ornan McLean were completely locked in and drove the heavy rhythm while Jesse Azarian ripped out some sweet guitar leads. Becky Rogers and Diane Sullivan sang well and engaged the attentive crowd with joy. They had us do the Kung Pao then screamed out the story of the Scorned Woman. They turned us on with their love on Oh Dirty Blondes then made sure we were all Drunk. They were pretty emphatic about that new guy not being James Bond and the band played a killer extended outro for the song. This made us shower praise on them and we all sang Hallelujah. They pulled out a new song that was really good. I’m not sure if it is Bernie Sanders has our back or Bernie Sanders is a lot like you, but either way, the message was clear. They got a little extra dirty for Slut and Jackin’ Off then praised one of the greatest drummers ever in Ornan. They were going to wrap the night with a ferocious Yayo but in the late middle Eros finally arrived so they played the Kung Pao for her to close the night. She’s a huge fan of the band so it was very appropriate.

The set break was not long and Swillbillie hit the stage. The guitar/singer, bass, drums band rocked hard with a swampy country edge. They played songs about the Devil, whiskey and chickens and were lots of fun. They ran the first three songs together before settling in and chatting with the audience a bit. Richard Bailey is a good singer and a fun front man. They sang songs about the devil coming after me and whiskey high and rolling on. They rocked hard and loud for about an hour and played 14 super fun songs. They ended with a bluesy song about a milk cow followed by the tale of a rooster in the morning when you’re trying to sleep. It was my first time seeing them and hopefully, I’ll get back to see them again soon.

 

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Swillbillie pic by Tim Lewis

 

I chatted with Miller and some of his friends during the set break but when I heard the opening strains of Demon Moon I headed back to the band. Crazyhearse rocked the hell out of the song and the crowd was happy. With a guitar/singer, guitar, bass, drums lineup they had a country tinged gypsy rock feel. The band are tight and talented and a pleasure to listen to. They kept us rocking for a bit then David Kloepfer traded his guitar for the electric banjo. The next two songs had an epic feel and I was elated. He switched back to electric guitar and rocked the next one nicely. They brought up a singer who’s name I missed and his bluesy gravelly voice sounded great. The song was something about being asleep when I’m dead. A cover of John Fogerty’s Old Man Down The Road was fun but the next song had a jam in the middle that got the whole front of the room dancing hard. They brought the power up to full blast for Windigo and kept it there for the closing Oklahoma Road Rage.

I was tired and knew the next day would be long, so I headed out quickly and took the long cold happy walk home.

 

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Crazyhearse pic by Tim Lewis

Posted March 15, 2017 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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