Saturday, August 8, 2015

"The night life ain't no good life...(Allen Kanovsky does the research for us and let's us know...)

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 08/08/15

…but it's my life". Is a line from the Willie Nelson song, Night Life. (Later recorded by Ray Price, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra and B.B. King.)

Let me let you in on something that ain't no secret. Night time is when all the fun happens especially if you're out listening to live JAZZ or BLUES. You'll meet old friends, maybe make some new ones and get a chance to dance with gals who have smiles on their faces.

Last night at a relatively new joint (for music) named Dockers (on Federal Highway, Rt1, just south of the Ft. Lauderdale airport). that's the way it went.

Niles (Redbeans) Blaize (harp/guitar/vocals) was playing with Robbie Altar (vocals/guitar) between them stood Dennis Smith (percussion). Percussion meaning 100 or more little things to tap, shake or brush (see photos below). Robbie and Dennis were the new friends. Sitting with me were old friends and BLUESiacs, Dave Cat in the Hat and Piano Bob.

The trio opened with a Keb’ Mo’ tune titled "Angelina". The toe tappin' began and so did the fun. Niles and Robbie alternated on the vocals. "Sweet Home Chicago", "Big Fun On The Bayou", "One Night With You", "Take Five" (no vocal), Johnny Burnett's "The Train Kept On Rolling", "Worried 'bout You Baby", Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To", a Bluegrass melody called "If It Hadn't Been For Love", "Stop Breaking Down",  Robert Johnson's "Turn Your Lamp Down Low", "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Live in the U.S.A.". And that's just the first set.

If you want to learn about BLUES history sit between Dave & Bob. They can name every tune, give you the recording artist who did it and dates as well.

The 2nd set opened with "Tequila" giving Dennis a chance to show off some bongo chops. Niles invited his daughter, Melodie, to the stage. She is a very attractive young lady who plays ukulele and has a nice set of pipes. Melodie did a few including " "Where Did You Sleep Last Night", "All About the Bass" and "Pork Salad Annie". Niles’ wife Marie arrived with her friend Susan, having just come from a wedding. It didn't take long for Susan to get up and shake various body parts. Neither Piano Bob nor I can let a lady dance alone for long. "Hip Shake Boogie", "I Ain't Got You", then the "Night Life" song, "The Band Keeps Playing With A Honky-Tonk Beat", "You Can Find Me There", "Gonna Move", "Little Sistah, Johnny Cash's "Lonesome Whistle" which morphed in to "Orange Blossom Special" and the show closed with an old BLUES classic "Long, Lonely Time".

The night life is a good life. Get out and live it.

What is that big bright thing above him?

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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