The 4th annual
"Nothing but the Blues Fest" opened
up with a strong St.Louis presence, featuring
the strong sounds of Phat noiZ. Phat noiZ is
composed of the guitar stylings of Alvin Jett,
the sax skills of Frank Bauer, Jeremy West on
drums and Matt Davis on bass.
As the music built, so did the crowd throughout
the set, bringing with them a cool breeze just
in time to calm the 98 degree heat wave.
host of the show was local radio station WGLT
89.1 FM (Normal) 103.5 (Peoria), known locally
as GLT - News, Blues, and all that Jazz. Emcee
for this evening was GLT music director Jon
up to the stage was the unparelled sound of
the Rich McDonough Band. This band showcases
the guitar magic of Rich McDonough, whose had
a guitar by his side since the age of 12.
If you've never heard Rich perform, he literally
makes the guitar sing! According to Rich, "it's
a second language to me". A language he
speaks very well. Adding to this sound were
the vocals and harmonica of Les Moore, with
his smooth delivery of song a perfect match
to Rich's work on the 6 string, Sharon Foehner
adding a stellar bass line, and Joe Pastor keeping
a solid rhythm on the drums.
final St. Louis band to take the stage was the
ever classy, yet sassy, Ms. Kim Massie. Opening
with the Etta James cover "Damn Your Eyes"
Kim switched into sharing with the crowd 'Mama,
he treats your daughter mean'. Obviously a crowd
pleasing style, as one of her showstoppers 'I'm
a Woman' was only bested by 'The Chair', where
she says "If I can 't sell it, I'm gonna
sit back down on it".
For more photos, enjoy our photo gallery below
Switching into a Rock & Roll mode, Kim literally
swept the crowd into a frenzy with a little
Led Zeppellin, 'Whole Lotta Love'. Kim
ended her set with the moving version of 'At
Last' that she does so well. An Etta James classic,
with Kims special delivery, this song never
fails to bring everyone to their feet.
Next up, the west coast based harmonica and
piano team of Rod & Honey Piazza and 'The
Mighty Flyers' (You may have read our recent
show / cd
review). What can be said about this husband
and wife team - a uniqueness in itself - that
hasn't been said so many times before?
Maybe that Rod - master of the chromatic harp,
and Honey, who would make her mentor Otis Spann
beam joy from heaven - filled the dance area
in front of the stage with their enthusiastic
style of blues, as they sang "we're gonna
have a Big Blues Party", and made a very
fitting end to the 4th Annual "Nothing
but the Blues Fest".
Thanks goes out to the gang at GLT Radio and
Eric Tapley of Chance Entertainment for bringing
such a solid day of music to the natural ampitheater
ot the Bloomington Sale Barn. Make this a 'must
do' on you fest calendar, and tell them STLBlues
5 on the ol' STLBluesoMeter!