Piazza and the Mighty Flyers in Chi-Town
photos by Shannon
As I made my journey toward Chicago all I could
think of is how much I really enjoy seeing a live
band play some great blues. It took about 4 ½
hours to get there, but it was worth every second!
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers were slated to
play Buddy Guys Legends on Saturday, April 3rd.
I had been planning this trip to see my favorite
blues band for a few months. For whatever reason
these guys weren't coming anywhere close to St.
Louis. It was a nice and relaxing drive-straight
up highway 55 north. Traffic wasn't too bad (but
don't ask me about the craziness coming home on
Anyway, I arrived at Legends around 7:20 pm and
there wasn't an empty chair in the joint! I couldn't
believe how packed it was already. The band didn't
even take the stage until 11 pm, but I did manage
to see some nice "local" blues bands
that opened. By the time Rod Piazza came on stage
the place was packed with wall-to-wall, standing
room only crazy blues fans.
It was obvious that the Chicago blues enthusiasts
knew a good thing was in town. Rod Piazza has
been around doing his brand of jumpin' harmonica
sounds for over twenty years. The band has been
nominated and has also won Handy Awards recently
and in the past. They played two exhilarating,
soul-moving sets with such passion and gusto.
would have to say that my favorite moments of
the show included Honey Piazza on piano and Rod
working the crowd over with an amazing solo ending
with him jammin' on top of a group's table.
There is nothing quite like live entertainment!
The Mighty Flyers have just released their latest
album on the Blind Pig record label entitled "Keepin'
It Real". There are originals on the disc
as well as some covers of Muddy Waters and two
previously released tracks from the Kid Ramos
album "Greasy Kid Stuff". I suggest
getting your hands on anything Rod and the Flyers
have done. Very fine and interesting stuff. We
may even get lucky enough to get them back in
St. Louis this summer
one can only hope!
For more info you can check out www.themightyflyers.com
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