Peter Wolf Delivers Classic Blues
Peter Wolf, former front man of the J. Geils Band and disc jockey at defunct Boston FM radio station WBCN (it is now digital only), delivered an action-packed performance on another lovely night under the stars at the Lowell Summer Music Series.
While not a sold-out show, the crowd was large and enthusiastic.
As soon as Peter and the Midnight Travelers took the stage, many people got to their feet and remained there, which is always a good sign! Peter was constantly on the move, dancing and prancing across the stage and singing at various spots so that everyone got a chance to see him straight-on.
The set consisted of both J. Geils Band hits as well as solo material. I knew most if not all the J. Geils songs, but not his solo work; I enjoyed every song, despite not knowing many of them.
Even though he appeared to be camera-shy (no professional cameras were allowed at this show), Peter’s antics on stage said otherwise. He has great rapport with his audiences, especially the women. Even though several tried to get too close to him when they were invited to dance on stage late in the set, he maintained that good connection while they were forcibly moved off the stage. I imagine he’s used to that…
I am unable to confirm the names of all the Midnight Travelers, but I know Duke Levine on guitar, a fabulous guitarist on his own, and Marty Ballou on bass, are part of the band. They back Peter well. Each one got some solos, but the show was really all Peter.
The Dennis Brennan Band opened the show and I really enjoyed this band. I knew of them because they perform regularly at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, but this was my first time seeing them.
They played a slightly longer set than most openers at the Series which I appreciated. Dennis is a talented blues and roots music guitarist and has a great band with him.
I do not know the names of all the band members, although Richard Gates played bass. I plan to see them – hopefully soon – at their regular gig.
This show was a lot of fun – between the energy emanating from the stage and the happiness of the audience, a fine evening was had by all.
Posted on September 9, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged blues, Boarding House Park, boston, concert review, Dennis Brennan, Duke Levine, Lowell Summer Music Series, Marty Ballou, music, Peter Wolf, Peter Wolf & The Midnight Travelers. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Thanks. Always seen him as a cool dude. I believe van Morrison. Used to phone in requests when PW was blues DJ! Regards Thom.
That’s a very cool story, Thom! Cheers!