Another Evening of Great Blues
When Regattabar announced a show by the legendary Coco Montoya, I knew I would finally be able to see him perform. I became aware of him about twenty years ago but for some unknown reason I never got myself to one of his shows.
What a great show it was – definitely worth waiting for!
Coco has much talent, both as a guitarist and songwriter, as well as a singer. I think most of the numbers they played were original (note to self: take notes so you can remember the names of songs!!!).
The band is extremely tight. It appeared that they were not working from a printed set list, and when Coco played the first riff of a song, the band got there with him immediately. Brant Leeper on keyboard and background vocals, Nathan Brown on electric bass, and Rena Beavers on drums and background vocals comprise the wonderful band.
During the first few numbers, Coco was getting feedback from the monitors, but he played through it like the professional he is until finally asking the sound person to turn them off. I have seen performers behave badly in situations such as that, so I appreciated Coco’s classiness.
Coco announced one of the songs by saying that he wrote it with Paul Barrere of Little Feat; I could hear that band’s style in the song and imagine them playing it their way. It would be the same song, yet it would sound different.
At one point, Coco broke a string, but he played through it and merely switched guitars at the end of the song. He didn’t appear to miss a beat!
Someone in the audience asked them to crank up the volume when they played, but I thought it was fine (I wore ear plugs for this show, which indicated it was louder than most shows at this venue)!
This was an underattended show, and I cannot comprehend that. Those who were there were treated to a terrific, intimate show from some darn good musicians.
Come out and hear live music! Whatever style you like, support musicians! Almost all, if not all, music is better live. Do your part to ensure the artists thrive!
Ticket courtesy of Regattabar; all opinions are my own.
Posted on September 12, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged blues, boston, Brant Leeper, Coco Montoya, concert review, music, Nathan Brown, Regattabar, Rena Beavers. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.
I remember seeing Rick Estrin & The Nightcats with about 20 people there several years ago. Granted, ‘Little Charlie’ Baty had left the group, and removed his name from the group’s name, not long before but the small attendance was quite surprising and even a little embarrassing.
Sometimes the small crowds are surprising. When I saw AJ Croce there this spring, there were 15 people there including me and his wife. Very sad… at least there were probably 75 at this show.
This was another great Coco Montoya show. My third at the regatta bar, and my fourth overall. I love his music and his band…
Suze, your photo’s are incredible, they really capture the joy these four musicians have when they are playing together. Thanks. Great Blog/review… Nat
Thanks Nat. I try to capture the essence of the musicians rather than trying for a big money shot. I’m glad to hear that you appreciate it.