The blues are alive and well in the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue.
We went to Chico last night to the Big Room in the Sierra Nevada Brewery which is my all time favorite venue if you don’t count the lounges and stages on the Blues Cruise. Great sound system, great accoustics, great seating, great service and food. This was the most fun we’ve had out since the cruise in January. Everything was just perfect.
Tommy Castro and his band, Deanna Bogart, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Magic Dick of J. Geils band fame were all on stage. It was a super show, full of fun and energy and great music. The crowd was delighted and everybody danced, danced, danced. We were all out on a Tuesday night for this. These people were definitely our demographic so it was fun and comfortable. We got to connect with a cruise buddy, in fact she’s the one who clued me into the ticket sales for the shindig last night. YAY Keitha!
Tommy started with “A Good Fool is Hard to Find,” and then “If I Had a Nickel” (which probably isn’t the name of the song) and various other Tommy songs. Deanna was playing keyboards and they did a great song about being the Girl in The Band. Her keyboard playing is really something to behold when she gets going.
Magic Dick came out and played a few songs. He doesn’t do that much for me, and had a harder time taking cues when they were jamming than anyone else did which was aggravating to watch – otherwise they were tight, tight, tight. He played The No Sleepingest Woman – that was kind of a fun song. He’s a good harmonica player, that’s for sure.
Ronnie Baker Brooks came out and played. He did a good audience participation song called “Take Me Wit’ You” that everybody sang along with. He came down in the crowd and played, which I love. He’s a great guitar player, Chicago blues style, with big energy and charm. Very fun to watch and listen to. It’s nice dancing in the Big Room because you’re right there with the musicians. Up close and personal, just like it should be.
Ronnie said he has women say to him, “Can you do me, Ronnie, like you do your guitar?” and we laughed and then he proceeded to make love to his guitar right there in front of us. Not humping it or anything, but having sex with it nevertheless. Very sensual playing, and I don’t know how to describe it other than it sounded like fucking feels. It made me horny watching him play.
After everyone had their Me time with the band backing them, they took a break and came back and jammed together. I think the best stuff was when Deanna and Keith were playing sax with Tom playing trumpet and they were all up together in front. They were hot hot h0tt!
All in all, a great night. Click the picture below to see a few more crappity pictures on Flickr.