Joe Bonamassa Reigns Supreme

Photo: Stephen Rose

Photo: Stephen Rose

At the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night, Joe Bonamassa brought his Three Kings tour to a close with a fiery performance. The Three Kings tour highlighted the work of Freddie, Albert, and BB King. Bonamassa, a virtuoso in his own right, did a fantastic job showcasing the work of these iconic blues titans and was backed by a 10 piece band that included: guitarist, Kirk Fletcher, former Late Show with David Letterman drummer, Anton Fig, and Reese Wynans of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band, Double Trouble. Joe states, “All through the tour I’ve been saying the exact same thing: Behind me are 10 of the greatest musicians in the world. It’s true! The world’s greatest.”

I was in awe throughout the night as Bonamassa’s tech, Mike Hickey, brought out guitar after guitar that I, or any gearhead, would’ve loved to play, let alone own! The night began with a handful of Freddie King songs, including Going Down, followed by a grouping of Albert King songs before finishing off the set with some memorable material from BB King. The encore consisted of three songs that every guitar player ends up learning at some point: Hideaway, Born Under a Bad Sign, and The Thrill is Gone. 

Joe Bonamassa previously played shows dedicated to the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Unfortunately, I missed those performances, but feel very fortunate I was able to catch him on this night of royalty. Joe could feel that there was something special about this night and said, “I’m proud to say that after 13 years and almost 30 albums, I’ve achieved one of my greatest dreams in life, so thank you for being here.” I believe that many of those in attendance felt the same way, Joe.

I want to thank Sonya Singh for her contribution.

Setlist

See See Baby
Some Other Day, Some Other Time
Lonesome Whistle Blues
Sittin’ on the Boat Dock
You’ve Got to Love Her With a Feeling
Going Down
Play the Blues for You
I Get Evil
Breaking Up Somebody’s Home
Angel of Mercy
Cadillac Assembly Line
Oh, Pretty Woman
Let the Good Times Roll
Never Make Your Move Too Soon
Ole Time Religion
Nobody Loves Me but My Mother
Boogie Woogie Woman
Hummingbird

–Encore–

Hideaway
Born Under a Bad Sign
The Thrill is Gone
Joe Bonamassa

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Slightly Stoopid Enlightens the Greek

Stoopid fansOn Saturday night, Slightly Stoopid brought its Everything is Awesome tour to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The line-up included fellow Southern California acts, Stick Figure and Dirty Heads. Stick Figure did a great job getting the crowd ready for the night. The band’s dog, Cocoa, sat toward the front of the stage for the duration of their performance and was a highlight of their set. Dirty Heads brought exuberance to the sIMG_3766tage and had many members of the audience rapping along in unison to the first few songs of their set. After great performances by each band, it was time for Slightly Stoopid to take the stage. Shortly after 9pm, the red and white stage lights began to illuminate the aromatic haze that filled the air. The band, with instruments in hand, assumed its place on the stage and was ready to continue the chilled-out vibe the previous bands started.

 

Slightly Stoopid kicked things off with “Dabbington,” the first track off their new release, Meanwhile…Back at the Lab. This instrumental track has a memorable hip hop-type drumbeat and, thanks to Karl Karl and DanielDenson and Daniel Delacruz, the infectious horn parts were stuck in my head till the following day. Guitarist, Miles Doughty, steadily churned out some melodic staccato rhythms with his twin humbucker, hardtail Fender Strat. A non-musical highlight for me was his Star Wars themed cabinet and shirt. Also, the artwork on the grille cloth was something very reminiscent of Empire Strikes Back. MilesAs I looked into the crowd I saw a sea of smiles and people really enjoying the moment and enjoying the band. It was easy to tell that Slightly Stoopid have a strong following based on the diverse groups celebrating this band’s music together.This band has been playing together since 1995 and brought a very tight-knit level of musicality to this historic venue on a warm Southern California night. On this night, everything was awesome

 

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