‘Evil Gal’ Michelle Willson Sings Her Heart Out
This show at Glenn’s Restaurant was my first opportunity to see Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson and her band perform since the fabulous Scullers show that was recorded for subsequent release as ‘Fortune Cookie’.
Michelle has a powerhouse of a voice that is extremely well-suited to jazz, soul, and rhythm and blues songs.
I first heard Michelle sing about twenty years ago in the parks of Boston, and was immediately smitten with her voice. Regrettably, I let her drop off my radar but was delighted to discover that she is still performing.
Michelle did not have all members of her usual band at this show, but I thought everyone was a terrific musician; they sounded as if they play together regularly. Mike Mele on guitar, Zac Casher on drums, Mark Earley on saxophones, and Marc Hickox on bass comprised the band.
Songs from Ruth Brown, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Ray Charles were on the set list. Some of the songs allowed Michelle to belt out the words, while in others her voice was softly sensuous.
One of the things I most enjoy about Michelle’s performances is how much she loves performing. Her exuberance is infectious.
One cannot help but smile – and sing – along with Michelle.
Michelle is a force of nature; I would like to see her again (and again) in clubs that are more suited to her style. At a restaurant, people talk over her singing and there is general noise from the dinner service.
Go see Michelle at a show and pick up a copy of ‘Fortune Cookie’; I don’t think you’ll regret it.
You can catch members of the band with Michelle as well as with other projects; Mark Earley, for instance, is a member of Roomful of Blues.
My only complaint is that my friend and I were told we had to vacate our table (for one in a back room) to accommodate a larger party coming in mid-way through the show. The restaurant knew we were there for the music and the request/demand was unacceptable. Because we complained, we were not relocated.
Otherwise, it was another night of wonderful music – it was the perfect way to cap off a holiday weekend!
Posted on May 28, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged boston, concert review, Evil Gal, Glenn's Restaurant, Marc Hickox, Mark Earley, Michelle Willson, Mike Mele, music, songstress, Zac Casher. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.