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The Dude on the Right
A Concert Review
Alrighty then... The band was Little Feat, they have a new album
called "Ain't Had Enough Fun," and they definitely
were...fun that is!
There I was, watching some pretty lame fireworks for Memorial
Day, and waiting impatiently for a band who, quite honestly, I only
remember one song - that being "Let It Roll" from a few
years back. Cajun rock & roll is what they are about, and it was
just a blast.
The band opened with "Rad Gumbo" and the crowd jumped
right in from the start. And the best part is nobody stopped - not
the band nor the crowd, and it was nearing 11:15 at night. Now,
admitting again that I'm not that familiar with Little Feat songs,
I'll leave my partner for more of the set list. But now that I have
experienced Little Feat live, I think I'm kinda hooked.
Led by Shaun Murphy, their newly acquired vocalist (alright, she
isn't really new, she's helped them out backing up before - but hey,
now she's a full fledged member), and Paul Barrere on guitar and
vocals, the band showed a talent that has brought them through 13
albums. Shaun added a kinda different element with the addition of a
female in what appears to be a male dominated band, but the move was
refreshing, her vocals great, and a change that the crowd was
Throughout the evening, a bouncing crowd was thrilled by wailing
guitar work, solid vocals, and just one big party, which is kinda
what Little Feat seems mostly about.
And so, without much further ado, Little Feat was a great show -
I had fun, and more importantly the crowd had a blast, so I have no
choice but to give Little Feat TWO BIG THUMBS UP!!!
Opening for Little Feat was Leon Redbone, you know, the
"Getting to Know You" guy. Just three people up on that
big old stage, I liken Leon Redbone to Bob Dylan with class. You
couldn't understand but a few words he was mumbling, but it was
still way cool. And the way he used his drink as a slide on his
guitar was way talented. He was good, the crowd was receptive, and
I'll give him ONE THUMB UP!
What a great way to officially kick off the summer: two great
shows, one nice night, and just one big party. Until next review,
Party Smart, and as always, Rellim Reeb, Rellim Reeb!!!
The Dude on the Left
Little Feat's two shows sandwiched the WXRT fireworks to kick off
summer this past Memorial day weekend at Navy Pier's Skyline stage.
The late show kicked off with "Rad Gumbo" and got the
crowd up on their Feat and dancing to the band's Cajun sound. The
band has added vocalist Shaun Murphy since this reviewer has last
I must admit I was a little apprehensive about how she would fit
into a sound I have grown to love over the years. Would the songs
sound the same? Would they change the lyrics to one of my favorite
songs to, "Fat Woman in the Bathtub"? These questions were
answered when Shaun led the band through some material off their
latest release, "Ain't Had Enough Fun". "Romance
without Finance" and "Big Bang Theory" were proof
enough for me this new line up would work. And work it did, as they
moved through some of their older classics. "Fat Man in the
Bathtub" was sung by guitarist/vocalist, Paul Barrere in a
fashion that would have made Feat-founder, the late Lowell George
proud. Sam Clayton came down from his congas to duet with Shaun on
"Pretty Good Love". The band then moved into "Oh'
Atlanta", and I felt I was back in the old south, especially
when the next number was "Dixie Chicken". This Featured
solos by each band member, showing they haven't lost much after all
these years. The band closed the set with "Let it Roll",
from their come back album several years ago.
Finally, they returned for an encore of crowd favorites, "Willin'"
and "Feats Don't Fail me Now". All in all a great show.
TWO THUMBS UP from this reviewer for a grand total of FOUR THUMBS
Leon Redbone was the opening act. His trio played loose Dixieland
jazz that some in the crowd were really into. Leon marked the
evening by taking a Polaroid of the crowd. The enthusiastic group
down front loved it, and Leon commented, "I'm looking for a few
good audiences to take out on the road". Maybe he found some
folks to follow him around, kind of like Red-heads or maybe
bone-heads. One Thumb up for the man in the dark glasses and nice
suit, which gives him TWO TOTAL THUMBS UP!
It's only June and the summer has been so busy - I almost can't
wait till the next show. But for now I need some sleep. Hang Loose!