A Tribute to John Keeslar LIVE SHOW review by Dick Metcalf

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series Live Show Reviews


It’s been a whole host of years since the gang of players featured during the BENEFIT SHOW reviewed here had opportunity to get back on the stage (at least for me, since I had been out & about roaming the globe)… so imagine my pleasure when my friend Bartlett on Bass and his wife Jan told me they would be together again for this benefit at the Triad Theater in Yelm, Washington… I was looking forward to it, I’ll tell ya’, folks!

I rolled up in front of the venue about an hour before the show in my 1966 GTO & was almost immediately met by Steve, who was going out to get his axe… along the way, of course, we caught up a bit & I showed him the ride (of course)…

After following Steve inside the theater space, it was like old home week… most of the players had played with various & sundry groupings in Michelle Jones ultimately hip “Blue Bottle Cafe”, where I did lots (& LOTS) of live show reviews back in the day!  This new Triad venue is more like a full-blown theater space, with a fine stage crammed with many folks I recognized from back in the good old days… Steve introduced me to several folks I hadn’t met before, lending the whole affair a truly “homey” atmosphere that makes it very attractive to me… I’ve no doubt I’ll be visiting this great little theater again soon.

Once folks started filling up the overstuffed couches & chairs, the band began to setup, & wound up looking somethin’ like this during their soundcheck:

As you can see from the photo, there’s a “country tinge” to the group, but knowing their various talents, I know they are a very diverse group, with high performance energy, so I could hardly wait for them to get krankin’ those tunes out… in the intermediate time, I also got to see Michelle and Flemming Olsen, as well as many others who wanted to join this great reunion time… as you’ll see & hear below, the band is just KICK-tail on one of my favorite songs from the band “Walter’s Birthday“, “Concrete Floor”… check ’em out & be SURE you’re there for their next performance… I give them a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, to be sure:






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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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