HBR played their last show of the current tour at Don Quixote's in the Santa Cruz Mt town of Felton. This place is a laid back Mexican restaurant and dance hall, which caters to a relativly local crowd.
Derek Bodkin, the drummer from Five Eyed Hand that played at the Zoner Jam, opened the show at 9:00. Other members of the band were in the house, but this was a solo set with Derek singing and playing guitar.
HBR came onstage at appox 9:45 and opened with "Come All Ye Who May" It had a slinky, bluesy feel to it that really drew in the crowd. Maybe it was just my hot dance partner that made the song so intense for me.
The first set included classics such as McReynolds "Hard Hearted" and Dylan's "You Ain't Going Nowhere". Soon to be classic Nat Keefe's "Be Kind Boys" was another highlight.
Second Set was strong with "California King" (a song about a mattress) and "Up On Cripple Creek". Triple encore was excellent with "Beneath the Blossoms" "Birds & the Bees" and one of my favorite Peter Rowan songs "Howlin At the Moon"
First time I saw this band a few years ago, I thought they were good but still had a "Long Way to Go". They certainly have come a long way and I will bet they are going futher still. They need to continue to expand their jamming and perhaps leave out songs such as "Honey Bee" which sound a bit juvenile for the late night crowd.
Come All Ye Who May
Time's at Hand
Be Kind Boys
Sing Me A River
You Ain't Going Nowhere
Waiting For A Squall*
Always Be the Moon
Return Some Day
Up On Cripple Creek
Cold Frosty Morning>
Guns or Butter
Beneath the Blossoms
Bird & the Bees
Howlin at the Moon
* with Derek Bodkin
Very nice review, thanks!
I would have been at this show but I had to work, so it's nice to get a report.
Keep 'em coming!
Thanks for the review Ripp. Glad you got to see Derek do his singer songwriter thing on the guitar. The guy is talented for sure.
HBR gets better everytime I see them. They are definitely nipping at the heels of bands like RRE and YMSB in the talent dept.
I say they done trumped RRE.
i'll second that based on their appearance w/ SCI @ the Greek
HBR brings it
I thnk that RRE has high expectations surrounding them, Expecially here in the West where we don't see them that often. HBR has a much different feel to their shows. Their shows are always very personal with the audience and consequently are always fun. One thing I have noticed is that RRE does not do well in a mulitple line up. Strawberry, Kate Wolf, Greek were kind of weak shows, except the late night show at Kate Wolf, which was excellent.
I agree that RRE was weak at the Greek and HBR edged them out, however I wouldn't judged them on that one show.
Next competition is Hardly Strictly. Get your bets in.
I agree with you rip, that late night RRE show at Kate Wolf was one of the best west coast shows I have seen them do. I still have more fun at HBR shows