Review of our show in Tarzana. Thank you Bluzy Redhead!!
I recently watched a program on the History Channel about the "Italo" bullet trains that can reach speeds of up to 180 mph. The audience at Cadillac Zack's Mond...ay Night Blues Party last night (3/19/18) witnessed the human form of this high speed transit system in Italy.
Like these trains, the headliner (The Zac Harmon Band) went from 0 to 180 on the first note of the first song and never stopped until it reached its destination at the end of the track. No stopping in between for boarding or unboarding. Streamlined in form & motion with perfect timing and expert workmanship, these five men worked together like intricate precision parts, not unlike "Italo."
Before I get into the headliner, opening the night was David More from San Francisco, consisting of David on vocals & guitar; Wade Olson on drums; Chris Matheos on bass. The band has a rock star visual & audible look & sound to them. Each of them bring years of experience to the stage, having played with a myriad of bands. David was born & raised in Argentina and has a thick accent, which at times, when speaking, you cannot understand, but David lets his guitar do the talking for him and it speaks clearly & distinctly!
Their set consisted of mostly covers, including "Got my Mojo Working" which was popularized by Muddy Waters in 1957; a snipet of "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin; "Commit a Crime" by Howlin' Wolf; "Foxy Lady" by Jimi Hendrix, all of whom he drew inspiration from. At the age of 8 he started playing guitar and when he turned 12, he was all about Deep Purple. This man's guitar riffs and his looks are rock-star quality with that same stage presence persona. He describes the band's music as hard rock, classic rock and blues. Well done.
On to the headliner. On a personal level, Zac Harmon is a warm, compassionate, empathetic, passionate man. When he takes these qualities up on the stage for all to see, and combines his strong, velvety & soulful voice and searing guitar riffs, all of those adjectives become magnified into surrealism.
When Zac introduced the band he preceded each name with the word 'Doctor', so it was comforting to know if anyone fainted or felt overly emotional due to the lyrical and instrumental content, we would immediately get help. (I was close at least a couple of times.)
In addition to Zac on vocals, guitar, personality, sensuality and songwriting, were Corey Carmichael on an 88 keyboard/organ & backup vocals; Ralph Forrest with sticks in hand & backup vocals; Christopher Gibson on six-string bass & backup vocals; Texas Slim on guitar & backup vocals. And why wouldn't Zac lead a band full of backup vocalists blending into harmonious harmonies given his last name is HARMONY without the Y?
Per Zac, the show was going to be a 'lowdown throwdown' and I am going to add 'Smokin' to that description. The room felt the love and the happiness that exuded with every passing note. With smiles on their faces and skill in their instruments, they lit up the room full of blues' lovers! Each one of the musicians were at their best in skill levels and wowed the amped-up audience in each and every song. If they do that for a crowd of 150, can you imagine this exact set performed at a stadium, which, let's get real, is where they should be performing for thousands (with me in the front row, of course, right. Hey, it's my fantasy!)!!
With a ton of truth in Zac's originals, steeped in real life issues, they performed a song about Trayvon Martin and Philando Castile which brought tears to my eyes and pain to my heart: "Stand Your Ground." Other originals included "I'm a Healer," "Sugar Man," and more. Because the band plays & interacts well with others, there were a few audience participation numbers in the set, as well as some covers.
Bob Dylan's "Knocking on Heaven's Door" was dedicated to veterans, first responders, nurses and doctors. He asked the room if there were any in the crowd and had them all stand up while we applauded them for their bravery. The drummer, Ralph, took center stage at the end of the song and deservedly put the focus on him and him only - truly brilliant unique end to a song!
Pulling from their diversified play list, we heard old school R&B, gospel, blues, funk, soul. The music was love - their love for what they do, for how they live their lives, their love for their families and themselves. True love that threw down in a lowdown way and reached the hearts and souls of the audience that couldn't get enough.
Most headliners at the Maui Sugar Mill Saloon are not loudly called out by the audience to do an encore, but it happened last night. There was NO way we were ready to let them go, so they ravaged the hell out of "Hoochie Coochie Man" with sensuality, conviction & grit, deeply steeped in the blues, babies. In the lyrics of Muddy Waters: But you know I'm here... Everybody knows I'm here. Well, if you were not t(here) then you need to check out their touring schedule and go experience this band live for yourself! This is an approved bluezy redhead act, so act now & go see them.
The fact that Cadillac Zack is able to get world-renowned artists to what some might call a dive bar in a tiny (yet tantalizing) suburb of Los Angeles is as surreal as this band's performance.
the bluezy redhead
Texas Slim’s March Schedule:
03/15 with Zac Harmon Band - Boulder Station - Las Vegas, NV
03/16 with Zac Harmon Band - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ...
03/17 with Zac Harmon Band - Big Mama’s Rib Shack - Pasadena, CA
03/18 with Zac Harmon Band - Malarkey’s Grill - Long Beach, CA
03/19 with Zac Harmon Band - Maui Sugar Mill - Tarzana, CA
03/23 Texas Slim Trio - The Goat
03/24 with Andrea Dawson - Balcony Club - Dallas, TX
03/28 with Generals Army - Vernon’s Gastropub - Addison, Texas
03/29 Special Guest - North Texas All Stars - Tavern on Main Street - Richardson, TX
03/30 House Band - Babb Brothers BBQ - Dallas, TX
Zac Harmon's "Stand Your Ground" is nominated for two the Independent Blues Award. Click on the link below in the box to vote for it! Thanks and feel free to share with your friends!
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Interview Slim & Jim Suhler did about Saturday's Robert Johnson 80th Anniversary Show!
Join us next Saturday the 17th as we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of the Robert Johnson Sessions recorded here in Dallas at 508 Park! A very special evening of Robert Johnson's music and stories provided by Texas Slim, Aaron Burton, John "John MacDonald (jmac) and Jim Suhler. Ticket link in post below. This is a show you don't want to miss!!
Pat Bywaters will lead a fascinating tour of 508 Park at 7pm right before our exceptional show. The beautiful Art Deco building with tremendous historic signifi...cance sat empty for 30 some years and was almost a goner! The planned restoration will see it become one of the most unique buildings in the world, an arts Mecca with a Museum of Street Culture, galleries, a rooftop stage and a 78-rpm recording studio, just to name some of the highlights!
Don't miss this exciting event !!
Write up in the San Angelo newspaper about our gig this past weekend
San Angelo newspaper article about Zac Harmon Band this weekend. So damn proud of them ❤
Texas Slim this week:
Thursday 5/25 Tavern on Main Street - North Texas All Stars Jam.
Friday 5/26 Babb Brothers BBQ House Band...
Saturday 5/27 The Goat - Texas Slim Trio
Photo by Thierry WAKX taken live on stage in Caen, France
Saddened to hear the news of Lonnie's passing. Opened for him on several occasions and got to spend time a good deal of time with him. Another great one gone.
December 18th, 1933 - April 1st, 2017
With the deepest sadness, we the Baker Brooks family announce the passing of our father, Legendary Blues mu...sician Lonnie Brooks at the age of 83 in Chicago, IL on 4/1/17. Please respect the family's privacy during this time of grief.
Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
Review of the Kansas show we played Saturday. Scroll to the bottom for the Zac Harmon review.