Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The solution...(Is more music at The Funky Biscuit, less TV, right, Allen Kanovsky?)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 02/11/14

...to losing those Monday night blues is the BLUES. There is no more Monday Night Football for a while. Hockey puts me to sleep. Basketball is only worth watching for the last 4 minutes of the game. Pressing the remote can cause wrist problems. Sitting in the recliner can lead to obesity. It's easy. The Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton has a BLUES jam on Monday nights. What's the current word for--a blast---a gas---it rocks---dyn-o-mite---cool---hip---. They all describe the 'hap' and the 'vibe'. Last night J.P. Soars played host with his band fresh from Bethlehem PA. With J.P. were Pat Ward on bass, Chris Peet on drums and alongside on guitar Steve Laudicina. They were standing in for Dave Shelly who is recovering from a 'procedure'. If you pray add Dave's name. If you don't, put a little post-note in your heart for him. "J.P." starts it off with "I Want To Stay With You". His love of the gypsy sound comes to the surface when they do a BLUES standard "Fried Neck Bones & Home Fries". "The Viper" is a song about the kind of woman every man finds in his life. Hopefully, only once. Bluegrass is the influence of the next song and during a break neck solo, J.P. breaks a string. Without missing a beat Steve steps up and has us stomping to the rhythm. Soars hustles and has his strings back in place for the closing bars. He picks up a cigar box 'git' for "Full Moon Night" followed by "When You Ain't Looking" and then what he calls a "little detour" which gives all the band members the chance to impress. And they do. J.P.'s new CD will be out in April. I hope I can get to the release party. After a short break Drew Preston (guitar/vocals), Bob Grabow (sax/vocals), Chris Peet (switching to bass), Richard Conlan (drums) and Tom Regis playing the B3 and keyboard. Also, a retired dentist, who when asked his name kind of replied with something that I couldn't hear or understand. Heretofore he will be referred to only as RD. Bob opens the Jam set by singing "While You Were Stepping Out". RD does a respectable guitar solo and then Bob tears it up with his tenor intonations. As usual Drew is at his creative best. Bob sings another doing "See Me In the Morning" and then Drew gets his vocal turn with "The Whole Wide World Can See". Al Poliak has taken over at B3 and sings one. I was listening closely and forgot to make note of the tunes title. Sorry. JAZZ/BLUES vocalist, Lynn Simone takes the stage with a fresh set of Jammers including Eric on violin, Steve Laudicina, Richie Schmidt (guitar/vocals), Cary Vann (B3), and Chris back on drums. Lynn carries you back to the BLUES shouters of 'long ago'. Her first song is "Down Home BLUES". It has couples on their feet and shakin' it. Eric takes a violin solo that is totally in a BLUES mode. Lynn takes the tune out with scat lines. The next song is a soulful one titled "Steal Away". The shuffle is the beat for "Ain't Gonna Make You Feel Like Dirt" that says something about a girl in a short skirt------visions-----! After a solid reaction to Lynn, Richie changes eras with some solid Rock & Roll. He sings  "I Won't Be Your Fool No More" followed by the BLUES tune "Truckload of Love" and "It's Going to Come Back to You". Drave Taylor has taken over at B3 and Richies wife Tess playing keyoard.  J.P. returns with Drew, Kilmo, Chris and Tom. They do a list of tunes. medley style starting with "Tell Her I'm Not Coming Home". Afterward Jamie King Colton takes over at B3 and does one in his inimitable style. Now a band called "Live Wire Entertainment" is on stage. FUNK/Funk & more funk. They trans from "Do What You Do" to "Just My Imagination" which was a Temptations hit. They bring up a 10 year old young man who then shakes the walls down with his talented drum solo. I stand around telling "war" stories with Tom Regis and Tess Schmidt. She and Richie have been on the South Florida scene since the early 80's and have some stories to tell. Closing this down, I go back to the beginning and how to lose that Monday night relapse into morbidity. Try the Monday/Tuesday night special $5 hamburger. It comes with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and an ample portion of fries. Do not tell Mr. Poliak that I told you about. I was sworn to secrecy but you know what they say about secrets. "Tell one person and---------. It's easily worth 9 or ten bucks but don't tell him I said that either. Keep it a secret.   

Al's Disclaimer:
A short note: The reason I write this is because I love music and words. I do not book acts. I do not promote acts. I do not accept invitations to review artists. I go to venues of my own choice. When and where is not influenced by anything other than who I would like to hear that night or day. If I don't like what I hear, I won't write about it. When I like it I let you all know. I never mention a name without asking permission. "Pardon me, Miss. Would you like to dance?"       

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