Artist: Robin Trower
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Jamie McClean Band
Label: V-12 Records
The name of Robin Trower is not a secretly whispered one for those followers of the six-string legends of music and this particular performer has been doing his thing since the late sixties as an original founding member of the band Procol Harum. I’m sure you know the name offhand as the song “Whiter Shade Of Pale” has been covered by a number of bands over the years and is a part of most people’s Rock and Roll psyche. I will admit that I am a casual fan at best and could not cite many of his compositions but that is where I let my friends be the music educators and ensure that I am properly schooled in his mastery. Trower has played at the legendary Times Square venue a number of times and tonight would be the first time that I got to enjoy him live and in close quarters. Since this was going to be my first time, I had to say that I was very excited. For those who might be unfamiliar with the venue, and shame on you if this is still the case after ten years, this show was a seated one and that meant if you didn’t get a ticket early that you were very likely to be turned away at the door. Looking around it was easy to see that this was an older crowd of supporters who had clearly been fans of the man’s work for decades. That is always nice to observe. Opening the show would be the Jamie McClean band that played a healthy dose of traditional Blues and while we did not arrive early enough to see them begin, we managed to catch the last three numbers. It was enough to get an idea about them and they were rather good. Perhaps I will see them again and maybe they will even offer up a set over at the Lucille’s restaurant space which is located right next to B.B.’s main venue. Did you know that this space offers its patrons free music every night? I only wish I had the kind of life that let me just absorb that and dine out again and again but alas I do not. So where was I? Oh yes, the Trower gig.
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