March 13, 2010
Fillmore, SF, Ca
It seemed unlikely that Salvador Santana was the son of Carlos Santana and he'd show up to play. Had I done my homework I would have found out that it was actually very likely. and in fact, that is what happened. I missed it but did see Salvador sit in with both Trombone Shorty and the New Mastersounds. I would say his name gets him further than his talent. He did some bad rapping and a bit of nondescript organ playing. No idea what he did with his own band. His set was 20 minutes or so with Dad joining him on one tune.
I expected the show to be opener/headliner but it was really more of a co-bill. Trombone Shorty played a long opening set (1:15-1:20) with a lot of covers. I could have lived with 35 minutes from him and then two full sets of New Mastersounds. By the time Trombone Shorty got through shake yer ass, watch yerself, let's get it started in here and let's get it on, I was ready for the set to be over, it went on another 20 minutes. By the time he was playing the love boat theme, I was completely over it. That was my fill of horns for the next 3 months.
The New Mastersounds took the stage quickly, set break was 15 minutes. They played a 2 hour set, included a long encore. It took the NM a while to get warmed up, they sorta eased into it. Trombone Shorty had the crowd fully primed though, so it was an awkward transition. The band caught up the crowd eventually though and then it was on!
It was 11:30 by the time New Mastersounds started, by then the crowd had started to thin, by the end of the night, you could easily walk to the front, there was lots of dancing space everywhere! That's the absolute best at the fillmore! Couldn't give you a setlist. The Santana kid and the Trombone Shorty horns sat in at...it was a lot of fun, nice way to keep the party vibe from phil's birthday going! Wrapping the weekend up tonight with Poor Man's Whiskey and Del McCoury...it's a weekend to remember! I'm happy to have been privy to it all!
I thought the show was good. Also missed Salvador's set. Walked in during Trombone Shorty and actually thought he was better than NMS. Maybe it was cheesy before I got there, but I thought he did a good Marvin Gaye (Let's Get It On).
New Mastersounds were their regular funky selves. The Santana sit in did nothing for me (def thought, geez Carlos must be kicking himself). The Trombone Shorty sit in was cool - gotta love the horns.
I was surprised at the amount of people there. If New Mastersounds played off the West Coast, I have to think they'd be a small bar band at this point in their career. Lame poster, but, hey, at least they had one (cough RRE cough).
Too many covers from Trombone Shorty, the guy is very charismatic and a trombone playing band leader is pretty unique...just not enough originality in the setlist for me.
I agree the poster was kinda lame, a little clip art-ish.
Trombone Shorty is a genius.
New Mastersounds have a documentary coming out abou them: