The Blackberry Belles - Regular readers know I am a fan of this local trio and you can go deep into the archives for show reviews, album review and interview if you like. The garage-soul-rock sound they create is retro but unique to this day and age. Out of the gate, I could not hear the keyboards, although it faded in during the first song. The sound was exceptionally soft tonight for some reason. They were politely asking for all kinds of monitor adjustments and I felt like asking for some PA adjustments as well. They were not served well tonight. There was also a little less energy than I am used to for a Belles set. Interestingly enough, it allowed the slower more relaxed songs to come through better than in the more raucous sets. However the rockers did not explode as they usually do. The guitarist/vocalist was recovering from a nasty bug, which I am so far fighting off a bit myself, so maybe both of us being less than 100% may have made things a little less vibrant tonight. Still, good songs and a great sound when the PA pushes it forward make this a band you should check out next time (where they are opening for a pretty good touring band--stay tuned).
Quote of the Night: From the opener... "We will dedicate this set to a Woman from New Jersey who we have just learned died earlier today." Patti Smith? Say it ain't so! "So we dedicate this set to Whitney Houston by playing a full set of her covers." Do NOT do that to me, guys. In fact as they said more someone said "Not funny." and later when they brought it up, the drummer said "Too soon." Sage advice from the guy behind the traps.