Smoocho Gusto at Cascadia Grill, 2017/06/21

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series Live Show Reviews

Just DON’T let me hear you claiming that the Magickland of Olywa “doesn’t have anything good to do”… life here is full of great music, great food & wonderful people… I went out for a quick bite of Ahi, after reading that two of my favorite Olywa players would be appearing at the Cascadia Grill tonight; the Ahi was mighty tasty, the servers were very pleasant, and (of course), the music (as you’ll hear in the clip below) was top-dollar:

“Smoocho” is bassist Loree Gardner, and “Gusto” is the gent on the guitar, a (very) long-time Olympia jazz cornerstone – Steve Luceno.  Their playing was the perfect compliment to the laid-back atmosphere the little restaurant provides for their customers, and I enjoyed all of it very much.  Rather than a long diatribe full of reviewer hyperbole, I’ll just let you listen to two other clips I captured of their superb playing together:

…and one more:

SO – don’t be “couch potatoing” it when there is such great entertainment and LIFE available… get OUT of your house on these wonderful summer days and join the players!

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    • Absolutely, Charlie… of course, you’re in that “circle” of musical friends as well… really did enjoy Smoocho Gusto’s performance, & love the idea that restaurants are beginning to host players again here in town! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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