a quick note about the new venue Lucas School House.
It’s Great! Welcome to the community of music,
especially the Blues. Go see it, hear it, and have
some food and drinks in a cool, smoke free environment
- with great sound too
Steve Shaw was the warm up and he was very good.
about Kelley Hunt – Kelly can definitely kick
ass on stage!!! She is outstanding and has great
stage presence. Even better her original music,
and her arrangements are well produced and well
rehearsed. The band and she are very solid. Yamaha
pianos should let Kelley “road test”
all their keyboard products as she uses all the
range of the piano and uses it for effect, mood,
and great background “chordings”.
does great piano and vocals with Rick Kurtz on guitar,
Eric Dinenna on drums, Mitch Reilly on guitar sax
and flute, and Kenny Ames on bass. The music is
a smooth seamless blend of her roots with gospel,
blues, rock and roll (oldies like Jerry Lee Lewis)
and many great female and male singers of the past.
It is a respectful borrowing of these influences,
not a cheesy copy.
first blush the band seems a little eclectic. Rick
looks like he’s with Charlie Daniels, Kenny
like he should be with Rupert Holmes, Mitch looks
like Dr. John, and while I couldn’t actually
see Eric behind the mixer and cymbals etc. he is
as busy and as wide ranging as the drummer from
Chicago. After one song this all disappears as the
group takes Kelley’s lead and the arrangements
and blends them so well you get only one sound –
a great song
of great songs, the showstopper, just before intermission,
was her tribute to her friend Johnnie Johnson -
her version of St Louis Blues. Just Kelley her piano
and her great vocal range and style. Wow! Terrific
and the band pound out 2 hour plus sets of non-stop
music that had the joint literally jumpin’.
Each of the band members is “featured”
at various times on various numbers and they are
all very gifted and versatile in the lead and as
a support or sideman role.
Some songs of course rock long and hard and some
soft and easy but they all fit and works into a
well put together show that has moods and feelings.
Late in the last set they did a number called “That
Ain’t Love” which is a great 4 bar,
starts with a driving bass, builds a little, gets
down and sexy, then Kelly and the guitar and drums
build it back up. This number had movements and
moods It was great, and the analogy is obvious -
I wanted a cigarette after it. Wow.
encores - first a gospel influenced number that
seemed entirely appropriate, as there had definitely
been a meeting here tonight. Then, to wrap it up,
the band found some adrenaline, and pounded out
a rockin’ version of Kelley’s “Deal
joint was jumpin’, the band was rockin’,
the food and drinks were great, the staff and facility
are great. This has to be a 4.99 on the STLBluesometer.