Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday Night : UltraLovin' It

Ultralove is cool.
And all you have to do is see him live to know.

When you're at an Ultralove show, it's like you're at a party and you're welcome. It's laidback, fun and cool. The dance floor is full and the drinks are flowing*. The Ultralove band is sharp, insane and deep in the pocket. Rhythm section Seth Murphy (drums) and Mike Gunn (bass) hold... it.... DOWN!! These are the guys you want in your backline. And forget about it- Douglas Showalter (guitars) and Adam Berg (keys) are impressive, original and unforgettable. The hooks stay long after the show is over. I've heard members of the Harvelle's staff singing "Imma Be" way past last call. It's truly infectious. I must also mention Love Logiq and Soulstar who provide a hot vocal ambience that fills the room.

Slow your roll sweet peaches... Ultralove plays every Monday night at Harvelle's in Santa Monica. They have a CD available "Revolution" on iTunes and Amazon. *Don't drink and drive.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Arthur Adams : This Is The Future Of Blues

Arthur Adams is like those films that they made back in the 50s, 60s and 70s of what the future would look like as movie makers imagined.

He's exactly like that.

Except he sings and plays the blues. And he is here NOW!!
This is the future of blues; the reinterpreting and playing of the classics - like St Louis Blues, Crossroads, Red House & Lil Red Rooster and jamming on E-A-B (or some 1-4-5 progression) all night long.

Cartoon saxophone player Bleeding Gums Murphy taught us that "the blues don’t make you feel better, they make other people feel worse." And John Lee Hooker said, ‘The blues don’t make you feel sad. It makes you feel good.’ Music is like medicine.”

Arthur Adams is medicine.
For now and forever.