Wednesday, August 18, 2010
HOT BLUES AT LOCKBOTTOM IN AKRON
I missed the first concert last week, but made a point to attend this week to see Aces & Eights, a blues band out of Cleveland. My friend Nancy joined me and we ran into an old friend, Garry, as we settled on the lawn for the first half of the show. We could not have asked for a more perfect evening, weather-wise and the crowd was friendly and lively and obviously there to enjoy the music. By mid-concert there were a couple hundred others clapping and tapping our feet along with the band.
First, let's talk about this fantastic band. Aces & Eights consists of Dave Morrison on harmonica and vocals, Tim Matson lead guitar and vocals, backed up by Ray DeForest and Fred Debay, and Jimmy Yarnell on drums (hope I got all those names right!). These guys got us started on a lively mix of Chicago blues, jump blues, R&B, and soul and were joined shortly by Becky Boyd on vocals who really got our blood pumping with her strong, bluesy voice. Check out more about Becky and Tim Matson at http://www.myspace.com/beckyboydtimmatson.
I think this idea is a hit and I hope they find a location to bring these concerts indoors for fall and winter. As we all discussed at intermission, there is so much really good local talent, finding a venue where we can go to listen in Akron would be terrific rather than driving up to Cleveland and finding our way home late at night.