It Was An Evilicious Night, Indeed!

I am biased when it comes to Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson; she is a friend, a cousin of a life-long friend, and a great singer. Still, I say without reservation that she is a consummate entertainer who is worth your time to see. She performed her brand of jazz/blues/soul music recently at The Extended Play Sessions at the Fallout Shelter.

Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson

Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson

For this show, she had an all-star band with her who had not played together in at least ten years. We were certainly a lucky audience!

The Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson Band

The Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson Band

I first saw Michelle perform twenty or more years ago at a free concert in a Boston park (when the city had them in various parks every night of the week) and was extremely impressed then. I lost track of her but about four years ago I discovered that she’s my friend’s cousin (I have known this particular friend since fourth or fifth grade) and started following her career again.

Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson

Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson

The all-star band I mentioned was Scotty Shetler on saxophones, bass clarinet, and mandolin; Mike Mele on guitar; Ken Clark on Hammond B3; and Zac Casher on drums.

Scotty Shetler

Scotty Shetler

Mike Mele

Mike Mele

Ken Clark

Ken Clark

Zac Casher

Zac Casher

Michelle is a student of the great female singers such as Etta James and sings their songs as well as original songs with great emotion that is visible on her face and in her movements.

Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson

Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson

She talked about a time in their career where they felt like ‘acoustic perfume’: when a band is playing, generally in a bar, and the audience treats them like background noise. I certainly hope they do not experience much of that any more (although I have seen Michelle perform at the type of place where bands are treated like acoustic perfume and she generally commands their attention after a short while).

Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson

Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson

Ken Clark

Ken Clark

Scotty Shetler

Scotty Shetler

Mike Mele

Mike Mele

Zac Casher

Zac Casher

What a hot night was had by all that evening! Now that she is playing around more frequently (including a gig at Scullers on June 30th with this same great band – buy tickets here), you have no excuse not to see her!

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on June 24, 2016, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Suuuuuuuze – thank you for such amazing photos and for your generous and kind words. I’m so grateful to know you. ❤

  2. Debra Faust-Clancy

    Great review. You captured the essence of a very fine night with Ms. Evil Gal, both in your marvelous writing and your pics. I feel like I wuz there…. And I can see I missed a good one. Evilena puts her heart and soul into the music and it comes out every pore!

  3. Michelle Willson is hands-down my absolute favorite blues singer. I first saw Michelle perform live in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1997. I was absolutely transfixed by her ability to take the stage in what first appeared to be a rather sedate New England setting and transform the energy of the room into something resembling a sweat-soaked Mississippi juke joint full of frenzied dancers. Now that I actually live down South and have seen the power of Clarksdale first-hand, it makes me respect the dynamic show Michelle puts on even more. Thank God for social media that allows me to continue to see her so far from home!

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