Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hard Swimmin' Fish @ On The Border

Its hard trying to find live music that the entire family can watch, but we found a place close to home in Tysons Corner Virginia. Every Thursday night On the Border hosts a band in their bar area - where even patrons in the dining area can hear without difficulty. And no cover charge. This past Thursday, July 16th, we went specifically to hear the blues band, Hard Swimmin' Fish, who we heard the previous Saturday at the D.C. Wine Country Festival. This time we could hear the band just fine - and listened to two sets of mostly Chicago blues. They have a nice sound - starting with the unique acoustic guitar of Demian Lewis, to the harmonica of Waverly Milor, upright bass of Randy Ball, and the percussion of Jason Walker. At times Walker plays an interesting contraption - sort of like an amp with holes. They even had to scramble to cover a few requests they didn't know - such as the "Stray Cats Strut" - but you know Brian Setzer is somewhat a blues man. So we recommend both On the Border on Thursday nights and Hard Swimmin' Fish - you should find them somewhere between Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

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