Friday, January 2, 2009

Derek Trucks Band-Snoqualmie Casino

This was the first concert of the year and a new venue for us as well. The new Snoqualmie Casino turns its ballroom into a theatre for concerts, so it wasn't acoustically perfect but the experience here made up for that.

Plenty of free parking all around the casino made it an easy in and out and the venue is right off the freeway, so access is great. There was no body cavity search and once your ticket is scanned they give you a wristband so you can wander the casino. You can bring your drinks into the show and they are casino cheap and strong, so I've been told. For non drinkers, bottled water is free!

The show started on time and the band was hot! Some of the highlights were Sailing On, Get Out My Life and a smoking My Favorite Things that evoked some Coltrane as well as Duane Allman. After touring with Susan Tedeschi as Soul Stew Revival, the DTB was ready for some long, bluesy jams and Derek delivered some smokin' hot solos. He had the slide on for most of the show and was working the whole neck.

Mike Mattison was looking like Joe Cocker as he escaped into the soul of every word he sang. His sweet voice is always a complement to the outstanding musicianship of the whole band and you can see how deeply he feels this music being played by his friends and bandmates. Bassist Todd Smalley had a smile on his face for the whole night and sometimes his bass sounded like horns as he pulled and bent some deep notes.

The new songs are very jazzy as well as bluesy and the Afro-Celt influences continue to be strong. New album is out on 1/13 and I'll be picking it up fast. All in all, absolutely great show and was surprisingly impressed by the venue.

Peace Out, CWR

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