Traveling from Philly, what amazed me was how his bongo player, Eric George, learned his tunes on the spot…while they were playing!

The band has only played four locals gigs this year and I made it my mission to see every one of them. Steve is even considering designating me the honorary fifth member of the band. Billy Preston got nothing on me! More from the group in my end of the year wrap-up soon.

The much touted VIA Fest was this weekend but I took an alternative path and caught up with a few local favorite bands that I hadn’t seen in awhile. This particular show was a house gig won by a couple who live in Crafton, mere minutes from my childhood home where my mother was babysitting the kids while my wife made a rare appearance out. I was debating on whether to even go this night for several reasons. I just saw the band the night before, I didn’t know the hosts and we weren’t able to stay out too late anyway. I am so glad I decided to go because the band played even better than the night before, the hosts were super nice and welcoming and the music wrapped up around the time we had to leave. Add the fact that they opened with a special acoustic version of my all time favorite song from them, this easily turned out to be my favorite show of this year so far!

This was my first house show. With a totally chill vibe (read-pin drop quiet) I had to be sensitive with taking photos. Nobody wants some dude killing the intimate atmosphere with shutter clicks all night. A big thanks and shout out to Raymond from Pairdown for hosting the gig. Also, Emily has a full band gig on Thursday July 28 at the T’bird, which is tomorrow. Nothing against her awesome band but her tunes sounded amazing solo.