Concert Review: Mike Zito, Pittsburgh, May 18, 2018

Concert Review, Mike Zito, Moondogs Pub, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Dave Resto

By Dave Resto

Fresh off his win of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award for “Rock Blues Artist” 2018, singer/song-writer/guitarist Mike Zito and his band performed live in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 18th.  Zito is touring in support of his newest album from Ruf Records, First Class Life, released on May 11th.

At this point in his long and successful career, Zito has performed on many high-profile stages. But to get there, he’s had to play his fair share [Read More]

By |2018-05-24T14:56:58-08:00May 21st, 2018|Concert Reviews|2 Comments

Concert Review: Robert Cray Band, The Canyon Club

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By Martine Ehrenclou

The lights had dimmed. We were ushered to our seats at The Canyon Club in Santa Clarita, CA on April 22nd  just as Shawn Jones was announced. Only two days ago, a friend had praised Jones and suggested I listen to his music. And there he was, totally unexpected, opening for Robert Cray. Guitar in hand, Jones stepped to the mic and greeted the audience with a warm smile. I didn’t [Read More]

By |2018-04-26T14:18:44-08:00April 24th, 2018|Concert Reviews|9 Comments

Concert Review: Jonny Lang, The Canyon, April 8th, 2018

Concert review, Jonny Lang, The Canyon, Martine Ehrenclou, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Martine Ehrenclou

By Martine Ehrenclou

To listen to Jonny Lang’s music is one thing. To see him perform live is something else altogether. Jonny Lang came alive on stage at The Canyon in Santa Clarita, CA, on Sunday April 8th. It’s a show I won’t soon forget.

The club was jammed. His fans knew what they’d come for. I suspect I was one of the few who’d never seen him live as the pre-show conversation with those around us [Read More]

By |2018-04-13T07:33:47-08:00April 12th, 2018|Concert Reviews|44 Comments

Concert review: Dan Patlansky with Mollie Marriott, The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

Photo: Richard Bolwell

By Scott Bampton

On a typically bitter winter evening in northern England, Mollie Marriott’s job of “warm up” act takes on a quite literal meaning. With the crowd still filtering in to The Deaf Institute from the freezing streets of Manchester on March 15th, Marriott wastes no time breaking the ice with her sizzling vocals. Clad in in a black jeweled corset, Marriott effortlessly dazzles the rapidly filling room with tunes from 2017’s The Truth is a Wolf, as well as older favorites like [Read More]

By |2018-03-21T12:25:33-08:00March 18th, 2018|Concert Reviews|0 Comments

Concert Review: Samantha Fish, Moondog’s Pub, PA

Concert Review, Samantha Fish, Dave Resto, Rock and Blues Muse Photo: Dave Resto

By Dave Resto

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Samantha Fish, who is currently touring with a hot new band, performed to a full house at Moondog’s Pub, just north of Pittsburgh on February 8, 2018. Prior to the start of the concert, proprietor Ron “Moondog” Esser made a brief announcement, saying of Fish, “This may be the last time you see her in a venue this small and we’re happy for her. She deserves it.”

At 29, the Kansas City, MO native, who [Read More]

By |2018-02-15T15:22:15-08:00February 14th, 2018|Concert Reviews|11 Comments

Concert Review: The Astounding, Tommy Emmanuel, Smothers Theater, Malibu, CA

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By Martine Ehrenclou

Two-time Grammy nominee and legendary guitar virtuoso, Tommy Emmanuel, brought his captivating and infectious show with opening act, J.D. Simo, to the Smothers Theater, Malibu, CA on January 18th.

With not an empty seat in the house, there was a certain electricity in the air that night as everyone knew there is nothing like seeing Tommy Emmanuel live.

Before the legendary musician graced the stage, J.D. Simo appeared, Gibson 335 in hand and nothing [Read More]

By |2018-01-29T10:14:19-08:00January 20th, 2018|Concert Reviews|4 Comments

Concert Review: Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, The Canyon Club

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By Martine Ehrenclou

As many times as I’d heard that the blues-rock and soul band, Tommy Castro and The Painkillers, were outstanding live, I didn’t fully understand until Sunday night, January 14th, at The Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA.

Before the band appeared on stage, two people sat next to us and started talking up Tommy Castro and his band and the magic of their live performances. Another woman a couple of seats down joined [Read More]

By |2018-01-29T10:14:20-08:00January 16th, 2018|Concert Reviews|3 Comments