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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Posted on June 24, 2016, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged blues singer, boston, concert photos, concert review, Evil Gal, Extended Play Sessions, jazz, jazz singer, Ken Clark, Michelle Willson, Mike Mele, Scott Shetler, The Fallout Shelter, Zac Casher. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.