I have seen Mike perform with a variety of musicians, from Eric Johnson with whom he recorded an incredible album in 2014 to numerous session musicians.
A couple of years ago, I saw Sonny Landreth, one of my favorite guitarists, perform with Cindy Cashdollar (who I saw for the first time that evening) at Regattabar. It can be incredible seeing one fabulous guitarist do a solo show, but adding a second one can bring a show to a whole other. What a duo!
I thought I knew what to expect from Victor Wooten, the amazing bass player who coaxes notes from the strings that I have rarely heard from other bassists. I was wrong – Victor delivered a show that was mind-bending and better than any show of his I had seen. The sold-out audience at Regattabar was the lucky recipient of this goodness.
On this evening, the night after the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, the French band Dorado Schmitt and the Django Festival All-Stars appeared at Regattabar. They began the show with a moment of silence for the victims and also had a candle of remembrance burning on stage.
Dedicated to the gypsy jazz stylings of Django Reinhardt, Dorado bears a resemblance to Django (could it be what looks to be a false mustache that does it?).
All I knew about Grand Fatilla before I saw them perform at Regattabar was that the same bass player who is in one of my favorite bands (Club d’Elf) was in the band, and that was enough for me to want to see Grand Fatilla perform.
I was not at all surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed this show; excellent musicians and interesting music are a great combination!
For those of you who do not know of him – and I bet there are a fair number of you who do not – Andy McKee is one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. I did not know of him until a friend told me about her favorite musician over a year ago, and decided to see him at Regattabar last year.
As soon as this weekend’s shows were announced, I knew we would be in the audience once again to see this extraordinary guitarist work his magic.
Lil’ Ed Williams, the leader of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, may be lil’ in stature but he is a powerfully large ball of energy when he performs. When I saw him on the schedule at Regattabar, I knew I would be in the audience.
This was my first time seeing him live, and all I knew was to expect to hear Chicago blues.