but I took care of that jones’n I had for live music. Went down to Katie’s in Bacliff for the Amigo’s jam tonight. After this morning, I wasn’t in the mood to have anyone go postal on me at church anyway. So I called up BIL and we met down there. He even brought his SU, long time since I’d seen her.
This was definitely a diamonds night. Whoa, these guys were on fire. The Amigos, Jim, Bob, Ken and John acted like they were ready to kick it up a notch and did pretty well. They’re basically an impromptu cover band but not a note by note, boring kind of cover. They bring a little something different to the song, which is cool. Don’t really like straight up covers.
But the fun part was the jammers tonight. If you’ve never been to an open jam session, it’s a bit different from an open mic night but similar in some respects. You walk in, sign up and get ready to play. Difference at Katie’s is that they have a pro rhythm section to play with you. You bring your instrument, get on stage, tell them the key you’re in and off you go.
Tonight’s first guy was an old dude that can’t sing or play. Hey, it happens. But looking around the room, I recognized quite a few players from previous sessions or other venues. Then, it happened. Matt Johnson, formerly the the lead guitar with Dave Nevling, popped up on stage. Then Rick, a very, very good alto saxophone guy went up with him. Then Rick Lee, a very, very good blues guitarist that hosts his own jam night at the Hideaway got up with them. What a show. Rick Lee is a master entertainer and was pumping the crowd. The sax dude is really good. And Matt Johnson is like a young Mark May or Jimmy Vaughan but is adding a bit of modern sound to the mix. They did a rendition of Who Do You Love that lasted about 20 minutes of pure jammin’. Way, way cool.
Ahhhh. Now I can start the week. Late.