An evening in Clifton park….My thoughts are fresh as I spent the whole evening at the concert. Though I have seen Sly Fox &The Hustlers before, I knew they were thrilled to be opening for Blues Traveler. Moments after I arrived I found a spot that I thought would be easy to move around from. Sly Fox & the Hustlers came on to stage strong and clear. They are a fun band to watch as they are always moving. Lots of bright lights changing hue. With Sly Fox, Vox 1 and guitar, Donna Floyd Tritico on Vox 2, Mark Tritico on drums, John Ellis on bass, Jeremy Walz on guitar 2 with Kevin Hendrick on trumpet, Luke McNamee on sax and Drew Costa, what could go wrong?
Walz and Sly no doubt had played together many times before and their sweet licks balanced each other, and Donna added a great solo on a Stones tune.The clear sax and trumpet sounds out the moments in time kept by Mark’s sticks.
Their play list included originals,’Back in Funk’and ‘Revolution 2012′ with a Blues Medley by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. A treat “American Gypsy” from their soon to be released CD and start of their tour finished their set.
The only complaint I had is that they weren’t on stage long enough.
I decided not a band to be missed. Everyone was geared up to be on hand,and their energy and their strong communication was evident as by my being right there next to the stage, dangerously close to a fine bouncer. I was able to hear bantering intermittent laughter and discussions in between songs. That sweet harmonica takes you places you have never been before…and the drummer shook the stage with his works. I do not remember a concert where the lyrics of so many songs were known by the fans and it was fun to watch the crowd sway and sing along. They, at times, were louder than those mics.
Presently touring, and writing music in between, the members of Blues Traveler really shared of themelves that evening. I did my best to take photos of the bass player who was non-stopping with is jumping and the mics stated every note played by harmonica, lead guitar, and keyboards. The band’s newest album, “Suzie Crack The Whip’ is stated to be important most because it is telling a story, according to a quote on their websites. “We plan to tour forever, says the band, and they typically play over 250 events a year. The members include John Popper on vocals and Harmonica, Chandler Kinchla on guitar, Ben Wilson on keyboards, Tad Kinchla on bass and Brendan Hill on drums and percussion. The band is also celebrating their 25th anniversary!
Thankyou to Sly Fox for the invitation and guest ticket.
this issue dedicated to’ Mr. Disappoint on Cue,’ who without the help of finally slamming one behind me, I wouldn’t have found a new door to gently open.