Friday, July 11, 2014
BIG RIB Festival at Highland Park
Last night we went to the Big Rib Festival's first night of music and enjoyed an evening of soul and blues: Fat City, James Hunter and his band, and Shemekia Copeland.
The weather was cool. The crowd easy-going. People were grooving. Some dancing like can openers and letting it all out!
The night was a perfect respite from all the work we've been doing.
I've seen James Hunter and his band several times before. We have his CDs. He's such fun and his sound (even tho' he's British, mind you)) reminds me of the movie The Commitments. I like the mix of instruments in his band (organ, guitar, sax, drums).
Fat City, a local band, with members Tom Castronova- Lead Vocals and Percussion Bob Miller- Guitar and Vocals Mike Patric - Bass and Vocals Dan Castronova- Drums and Vocals Paul Fricano- Sax, Percussion, and Vocals Jon Tucker- Keyboards. Last night another Castronova (brother, I'm assuming) was play with them. This band's music is blues, soul, classic R&B, a whole lotta funk. They were the opening set and I just loved them!
Shemekia Copeland has a set of pipes on her. My goodness she can belt a song. She's full of personality. Her band (guitars and drums) knows how to bend a song. The evening just rose to the nearly full moon set high in the sky.
More music to come today (7/11), Saturday (7/12) and Sunday(7/13). Some BBQ too.