The Soul Stew Revival has freshened its repertoir with some great tunes, added horns (I think) and delivered the goods in fine fashion at Chautauqua Auditorium on the latter's 110th anniversary.
(Caught the SSR this past spring at Denver's Paramount Theater and, frankly, don't recall whether horns were present. They did a nice acoustic set at the Paramount that they did not repeat this past weekend, unfortunately, because it gives the high-volume thing a rest and allows the audience to regroup.)
Scrapomatic (DTB vocalist Mike Mattson's band) did a fine 30-min set of acoustic soul. Then the SSR came out and rocked the joint for two hours straight.
A very hot night inside the wooden auditorium, but well worth it.
Not a comprehensive setlist, but they opened with the Band's version of Don't Do It, and included Derek & Dominoe's Anyday, ABB's Don't Keep Me Wonderin', Jr Wells' Little by Little, a Stones tune (I wants to be loved?), Aretha's Save Me, The Weight (go Susan!), and many more.
It's always good to visit the Hill in Boulder and enjoy the company of women who can kick my ass on the trail. (Please.)
Catch the SSR if you can, they do a great mix of Derek and Susan's stuff, plus killer covers, with Derek soaring and playing in tandem with the horn section, which struck me as particularly well-dialed.
Sound quality suffered at the higher volumes, but when they stripped down the 11 piece band, the sound improved and sounded great.
Recommended. Next: Coco Montoya in Denver this week, Hornsby in Denver in mid-Aug. and ABB at the Rocks, Aug. 30.