The Dude on the Right,
A Concert Review
And Awaaaaayyyyy We Go!!! It was a most excellent night last
Thursday with this dude getting to see not one, not two, but three
bands all in the course of some five hours. Now, you ask "How
the hell could that happen, there was only Jak Makral in the
Bog?" Well, let me tell you.
The evening began with me and my buddy climbing into the
dude-mobile and cruising down to beautiful Merrillville, Indiana. The
occasion - the return of George Thorogood and the Destroyers to the
Star Plaza after a two year hiatus. We arrived in Merrillville about
7:30 for the 8:00 show, stopped at a White Castle's for a quick
bite, and cruised on into the parking lot.
Tickets in hand, who inside did we bump into but the boyz from
Shuddup 'N Drive. Some pleasant conversation followed, as we heard
in the background a lot of people going "Aren't those the guys
from Shuddup 'N Drive?" Wow, these guys really are famous. But
the lights went down, and stumbling to our seats we went. I don't
know how it happened, but I got stuck sitting next to some big fat
white lady who kept spilling her fat into my seat, while her
boyfriend put his arm around her and tried to fondle my arm thinking
it was hers. YUUUUCCCCKKK!
The opening act was a guy called Elvin Bishop, a bluesy, jazzy
kinda guy with a pretty cool back up band. You gotta like the rock
and roll business. Where else could you stand in front of an
audience and talk about your fishing license, write a song about
your cool dog, or goin' fishin', and still have the crowd yelling
for more. Even during the Goin' Fishin' song, he jumped into the
audience to find his catch of the evening, and snagged this
good-looking brunette and took her on stage to play his guitar while
he did the fingerings. It was way cool, and I give Elvin Bishop TWO
THUMBS UP. He's a pretty cool guy.
Then came a short brake as the made way for Lonesome George. Much
to my delight, that fat lady and her "drunk as a skunk"
boyfriend departed, not to return the entire evening. Don't really
know what happened to them, but I didn't miss them at all.
Finally, the lights went down again, the stage was filled with a
purple glow, and Lonesome and his band started the show.
George Thorogood is one of those guys who is there to have a good
time. With definite a definite influences from the Chuck Berry type
of music and the Chicago blues type of music, he definitely puts on
one hell of a rock-em, sock-em show.
Highlighting a few songs from his latest release "Boogie
People," songs like "Born in Chicago" and "If
You don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave)," got the crowd on
it's feet, but it was the older Thorogood material that really
rocked the house. Songs like "I Drink Alone," "You
Talk Too Much," "Madison Blues," "Born to Be
Bad," and the traditional story followed by "One Bourbon,
One Scotch, One Beer," got the crowd on its feet, throwing
roses at George, and trying to stage dive. Then there was a rousing
"The Sky is Crying" showing his bluesy talent with a
George was definitely in fine form musically, although he has put
on a few pounds in the last few years, and delighted the crowd with
his spins, knee drops, and rockin' guitar work. And the rest of the
Destroyers weren't bad either. The sax solos by Hank
"Hurricane" Carter had the crowd excited, while Steve
Chrismar through in a few solos that almost were on par with the
licks of Thorogood.
Needeless to say, Lonesome George and the Destroyers get TWO HUGE
MONDO THUMBS UP! What an awesome show!!!!!
Then, back into the car and into the Hermann Hall parking lot.
Down the stairs and into the Bog I went to catch the end of Jak
Makral. I guess I really didn't miss too much, with the same sort of
music they've been playing for the past few times they've been here.
Seems Jak Makral jumped on the Black Crows bandwagon too, playing a
few songs made popular by the BC's. They did get the people on the
dance floor, as usual, and through in a few more songs by Elvis, etc.
I guess I can't really say too much about them, I wasn't there that
long, but from what I'm told, it was basically the same Jak Makral
So, hell, I suppose I'll give them at least One Thumb Up for the
effort. They aren't that bad.
And that's it for me this week. It was an awesome Thursday night
last week, one that goes down in the pages of The Dude on the
Right's history. Next week in the bog is a band called Swoo. We
really didn't like them at all last time they came around, but hey,
maybe in that year or so they've changed. And, coming soon, or so we
hear, is a big bashola for Keith's graduation at the end of classes.
The rumor is still being confirmed, and conflicting reports give us
different places and times, but we'll be sure to keep you informed.
And as the semester comes to a close, if you haven't learned it
by now, you probably aren't going to learn it now. Probably
should've dropped that class. So, what else is there to do - Go to
the Bog and have a fun time because it can't get any worse. And
finally, Party Smart, or don't party, and as always, Rellim Reeb,
The Dude on the Left
OOOOWWWWW!!! Anyone get the number of that semi?? Didn't think so.
Well anyway, last Thursday saw the return of Jak Makral, a Bog
favorite. They opened up by stating that they hadn't been here in a
LLLOOOONNNNGGGG time (at least six months I'm sure). But to my
surprise, their impending fame hasn't totally gone to their heads,
and they have taken time to learn some new stuff, but I'll get to
that I'm sure.
We were taking bets on the set opener, and I was amazed that we
were all wrong, They opened with a pretty decent, albeit shortened,
"Purple Haze" by Jimi. They went into some original about
Mary and her little lamb, then proceeded into your fairly regular Jak
Mak set. We got some Violent Femmes in the form of "Add It
Up" then we got a "Ballroom Blitz" by Sweet. Then we
got a couple a Jak originals like "Walking on Water" and
"Spanish Rhumba". Then we got a pretty unusual mix of
tunes in a BoDeans Medley. They started out with "If I Could
Hold You", and while the guitars jammed a bit, they went into
"Caught in a Trap", by the King, back into the BoDeans,
then into that disco anthem "Kung Fu Fighting" then back
into the BoDeans. WOW! That put and end to the first set, and the
crowd was definitely primed for more.
The second set was pretty jammin as well. They played some Stevie
Ray, and another REM song, "Finest Worksong" They also
included some more originals like "I Like It", and
"The Ballad of King Willie". Now I don't know how many of
you actually take the time to actually listen to the words to any of
their tunes, but after two years and probably seven Jak Mak shows I
finally figured out what the King Willie song is about... his big
club. I guess I'm a little slow. It's good to see that everyone is
playing the Black Crows these days, and Jak Mak is no exception,
including "Twice as Hard" in the second set.
The third and final set really separated the men from the boyz so
to speak. Everyone was having a blast, some were having too much
fun, others way too little. But Jak Mak, led by the lead singer that
Kate Terbucci wants really bad, kept the crowd rockin' hard with a
few more originals and another song by the King. They even had a
chance to play that Otis Redding hit, "Hard to Handle',
All in all it was an awesome evening, and everyone had fun (even
the guy who was de-pants while standing on a table in from of the
whole world) and I'd be mistaken if a band that lets everyone have
so much fun got any less that TWO THUMBS UP! Yep, I'm sure that
comes as a real surprise to a lot of you out there that have heard,
or read our views of Jak Mak before, but I believe that each night
is new, and there are always exceptions.
I guess that'll be about it for yet another exciting installment
of the Unknown Reviewers. Oh yeah, shame shame Mr. D for trying to
undo Ms. B's bra on the dance floor.... tacky tacky... Next week we
get to see Swoo.. a band that played cool tunes last time they were
here, but either lacked experience, or decent equipment... hopefully
things will be a little different and we'll actually get to hear the
words to the songs. Who knows. Well, until next week, as always,
I'll C.U.Next Thursday so we can pack the Bog to the Walls. (Nice
beer phase diagram Rapunzel). Oh wait, I forgot somethin'. There is
a rumor that there is going to be a party to end all parties to
celebrate Keith's graduation. We hear Shuddup and Drive will be
playing a record length of time and there will be more beer than
anyone could possibly consume. We're not sure of the exact date yet,
but you can be sure that this will be the event of the year, so
clear your calendars, and we'll keep you posted.