& The Mighty Flyers / Lickerish / Savage City
The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano,
CA - 30 June 2006
by Gary Schwind
Savage city is a large ensemble with guitar,
bass, keyboards, drums, trumpet, two tenor saxophones and the vocals of
Deanna Savage. Deanna has a big voice similar to Candye Kane. At the beginning
of their set, her vocals weren't coming through the sound system as strong
as the rest of the band, but that condition was remedied as the set went
Savage City played a high-energy set featuring
"I Feel Lucky," "Old School," and "Don't Roll Them Bloodshot Eyes at Me"
among others. "Old School" is the tune where Deanna Savage most reminded
me of Candye Kane.
Midway through the set, Deanna left the
stage while the band played an instrumental, featuring scat vocals by the
trumpet player. It was pretty well done, and overall, it was a good opening
Lickerish began their set with "Killing
Floor" from their just-released CD. I noticed that Lloyd Kermode played
an electric guitar for this set. Last time I saw them, he played an acoustic.
It changes the sound, but not drastically so. Another thing I noticed was
the energy level. Savage City had displayed a lot of energy on the stage,
and while Lickerish has only three members, they weren't lacking in energy.
The songs Lickerish played were shorter
than the versions of those songs on their CD. They seemed to play with
a sense of urgency, leaving very little time between songs. Maybe there
was a sense of urgency to fit in all their songs in the allotted time.
Personally, I think it's a good thing. You could tell that they were there
to play and not to regale you with tales of what had happened to them during
the week. I'd say they did a pretty good job of getting through their set
list, playing eleven songs (seven originals, four covers.
Lickerish set list
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
I'm Tore Down
Drive Me Crazy
Hard to Handle
Change My Mind
All in all, it was a good set from this
Long Beach band. The sound was good, the energy was good and the crowd
was into them. I would give one bit of advice though. Your original songs
are really good. I wouldn't mind seeing you minimize the cover songs to
play more of your originals.
Then came Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers.
At the beginning of their set, Rod came to the stage in a bright yellow
suit and played a harmonica solo. After a couple minutes, he was joined
by the drummer. Then came the piano player and guitarist. Finally the two
saxophone players came to the stage. They cooked from the first note. They
finished their first song and I thought, "Where do they go from here?"
I needn't have worried about that. They
cooked through their whole set. And that's not just a turn of phrase. The
temperature in the room actually seemed to rise when The Mighty Flyers
were on stage. Aside from the ability to make room temperatures rise, there
is something else unusual about The Mighty Flyers. They are the first band
I've ever seen where the keyboard player is a part of the rhythm section.
Instead of a bass guitar, this band features the bass lines of the keyboard.
At one point during the set, everyone left
the stage except for the keyboard player and the drummer. That was incredible.
I've never seen anyone play the keyboards like her. That was probably the
hottest number of the whole set, which is saying something.
All three bands put on a great show, and
I would go and see each of them again. Orange County, if you missed this
show…too bad. It was a good one.
the official Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers homepage
the official Lickerish homepage
the official Savage City homepage
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