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  Curtis Salgado plays BB's

On Thursday, July 14th I was able to catch a very poignant set from Curtis Salgado and his fine band from Portland Oregon. I have seen Curtis perform before and to be honest, I feel he is one of the best vocalists around. He also does some amazing harmonica work that is right up there with greats such as Rod Piazza (Mighty Flyers) and Rick Estrin (Little Charlie and the Nightcats). The house was pretty much packed when Curtis took the stage and people were whooping and hollering for more by the end of the first set. At this point I regretfully had to leave to due to being so tired from driving from Milwaukee but it was well worth the trip. Curtis has one of the best young guitarists in his band, Jacob Wolf, who is just a monster with his instrument. Some of the solos he did were right up there with my favorites.

New members of the band include drummer Mike Kassell and bassist Tracy (didn't catch his last name, sorry). All these fellas are one tight unit of musical oblivion. And of course there is Brian Ward on the keys that helped everything flow and jam just like it should. You should definitely try to catch this band whenever they come anywhere close to your area; the fine musicianship is well worth the price of admission. Curtis informed me he is in process of putting together a new album but is still heavily promoting his latest release, "Strong Suspicion". He also has more discs available, along with tons of useful information on his website at www.curtissalgado.com

~ Shannon

If there's good Blues music to be found, Shannon's on the scene! Member of the STLBlues Street Team
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