I Love Zydeco but…
I’m trying to give the band the benefit of a doubt. They might have been having an off night. They might have been tired or sick.Unfortunately, they weren’t terribly interesting – and they didn’t look interested in their performance.
Jeffery complained a number of times about how hot it was on the stage (seriously? is it ever cool on a stage, especially in a small venue?). He was wearing a leather vest and cap and the lights at Johnny D’s aren’t very far from the musicians faces.
The crowd seemed to be enjoying the music because they were dancing. That doesn’t mean that the music was good, though. Don’t get me wrong, they weren’t bad. Merely not interesting.
They didn’t engage with the audience at all which is a shame; one of the things I like best about small venues is that they are intimate and the musicians can interact with the crowd. This band did not take advantage of that.
I would not rush out to see them again. Instead, I would go see C.J. Chenier or Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas or any one of a number of excellent zydeco bands that perform in the Northeast.