in which the writer goes on and on and on about shwingy
events she's attended.o
Cloudy, pissy day.
I'm watching all the bands setting up at a street festival. Every bloody one is
late. A van parks and starts emitting guys and each one has
a different kinda hat on. Ok, that's better, so far, so good.
I shall let these ones live.
One guy looks like he's a character in an animated
movie. A springy person, body in an S curve, always slightly
under compression. Great face, exaggerated features; so when he
grins, the back row still gets the full hi-beams. Band is
Guitar, Guitar, Drums, D.R. on Harp and Vocals. And Boots.
(Plays Hat, too, at the Juilliard level....)
Has some kinda shamanistic quality,
I think. Really radiates so much more than bourbon-soaked
stuff . Does hardly any shtick to speak of, unless you count
literary references and shots at the fake-osphere of media and TV, the
He just plays and plays until
everything finally slips away and you laff some stupid laff, some
whoopy kinda laff, from the relentless inveigling generosity
of it. I mean, how often does intemperate indulgence feel
just exactly right? Yea verily, not often enough.
Great blues is when you come
away with a fat belly fulla grins.
Went home from this event, read the reviews about
the DR Band. Thought, Ya, ok, sorta -- but not exactly.
check the image at left, class:
Look at his nose. Now that's love! Let's
have some RESPEK, y'all, cuz he's hurtin himself for
The voice and the body moves are about the same: all
out, all the time. Candor over all. Springy crouch,
great huge pirate's grin, (should wear an eyepatch), boot
stamping, some kinda personal dance move involving elbow and head,
and a voice [his+harp] that makes you wanna ring
out his clothes and make soup.
[As any journalist would be required to
observe, for accuracy.]
Whole crowd that afternoon felt
tickled. People who didn't smoke wanted a cigarette.
The Band in DR Band are tight and wild and smokin
and playful and confident. Each one so solid.
The gig list on the band's site
is up to date and if you're on the east side of the continent, you
need to check this out. Regular gigs around Ontario and Quebec.
Regular gigs in Toronto. Some out west. Some
in Yerp. Hey, blues organizers all over the world--bring
in the David Rotundo Band and YOU will look bloody brilliant.
Brother David winning souls.....
Come on, ladies, unfold those arms!
(You, brown skirt, loosen up!)
Fotos from the DRB web site used with zero permission.
Foto credits found there.