Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Little Feat & Delbert McClinton

The 2010 Loudoun Summer Music Fest got off with a very chilly start - great music - just strong winds on an unseasonably cold evening. The concert series is held at The Belmont Country Club in Ashburn Virginia and the series started with Delbert McClinton. It was a surprise that McClinton performed since his trumpet player, Quentin Ware, suffered a heart attack two days previous. Fortunately, after quadruple-bypass heart surgery he is expected to fully recover. Even with its problems, our medical system is amazing. So its no wonder that McClinton was a little off his game this evening. Still, he still has that blues-soulful sound and I love his material - particularly those off Room to Breathe.

Little Feat followed shortly afterward and they also have an ailing band member, drummer Richie Hayward. This original member of Little Feat is suffering from severe liver disease, please remember to purchase a Wrist band for Richie at any of their shows. In any case, the band still has it; Bill Payne and Paul Barrere, Fred Tackett, Sam Clayton, and Kenny Gradney. They were joined onstage by local sax man Ron Holloway and at times by John Kadlecik of Dark Star Orchestra. Ironically, they started with Fat Man In The Bathtub; a song I just taught my son and we were singing during the drive over. Soon followed a medley of Willin', Don't Bogart That Joint, and The Weight. I particularly loved the solos, plenty of bass, keyboards, even some Holloway Sax throughout the show. The performance ended with Dixie Chicken and an Oh Atlanta encore. Just like old times.

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