This past week in music for the SW Florida area once again shaped up to be one of the best yet, as the week launched with a live tribute show in Cape Coral. This past Thursday evening served up a show that was one of the best (if not the best) tribute shows this fan has ever taken in; as I am not usually a fan of tribute bands–I tend to prefer to see the ‘real deal’. However, a Pink Floyd tribute band named, Earthbound Misfits pulled into the Dixie Roadhouse and laid down one stellar show of lights and Pink Floyd covers that would make you look twice to see who was really playing on that stage, as the sound was that tight and detail oriented.
Earthbound Misfits covered the best picks from the Pink Floyd library within their show with songs such as: ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’; ‘On the Run’; ‘Money’; ‘Us and Them’; ‘Mother’ and ‘Have a Cigar’, to name only a few. These covers were so well done right on down to the double sax playing of the lovely Ms. Alyson. It is highly recommended that any Pink Floyd fan catch this show if it comes through your local area.
One of our own local gems opened up this show, Thursday evening, and that would be Back Lash. Back Lash is a five piece rock band that features a talented married couple and they would be Tom Kalvin (TK) and Karen Quint Kalvin. TK is the lead singer of the band and does help out with percussion detail as well, while Karen packs a bit more variety in her talents shared in that she plays keyboards, guitar and also sings lead on a few selected covers Back Lash spins. They cover all kinds of rock covers within their live show from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin, Santana, and a bit more progressive with The Cranberries. They touch upon some blues a dash of Stevie Ray Vaughn, as well.
Friday evening brought another musical treat, in that Keith Clanton brought yet another new line up to his group, the Clanton Gang. What a great line up it was and Keith brought his new gang to Jack’s Bait Shack, in Naples. The jamming gentlemen on stage were as follows: Keith Clanton on lead vocals and guitar; Dominic Theil on bass and vocals; Alan Small (helping out from Headcount) on guitar and vocals and finally, this line up featured the talented Michael Casella on the skinz. All though two members of this crew were not regular members of this group, they indeed fell right into place on stage with Keith and Dominic rather well and very quickly.
Some new covers on the harder edge were added to the Gang’s set lists that included covers from: Judas Priest, Seether and a grand version of ‘Sober’, from Tool. Some other songs added were from: Maroon 5 and Joe Walsh and all sets were impeccably played for the crowd at Jack’s.
Saturday brought a great variety on the music page, as this evening ran from the Buddha Nightclub with Push on stage and ran through downtown Fort Myers featuring: Superbot, Paul Denver and Traffic Jam, featuring Timmy Johnston and Vic Jimenez as guests at Spirit of Bacchus and there was a three-band showcase hosted at Red Rock Saloon with that roster reading as follows: Groove Alliance, 10 Even and 16 Penny. This was a fun evening that featured every genre of music with the exception of country being played live.
Mark Chang and the boys from Push pulled into the Buddha Nightclub for yet another fine show from this band. Push opens up with mainly covers and a lot from the 80’s era their first set and their show simply grows from there in the harder and more original music progressions of their remaining sets.
They packed the Buddha nicely, early on and that is a good sign in any local venue. J. Jaye Steele and his vocals and charm did not disappoint, as did not that of the performances from Tommy Yates and Mr. Jeff Miles on the drums.
Superbot plays a great variety of flavors within their live show and they brought down the walls and a solid packed crowd to the Cigar Bar Live this past weekend, as usual. They do have the freedom to play a bit louder in this venues and can relax and simply let it rip! The Van Halen covers are impeccable from this band and can come in a double shot. They cover other bands such as: No Doubt, Digital Underground and Rage Against the Machine as their crowd does not miss a beat with the music and plenty of Superbot antics.
The Spirit of Bacchus featured Paul Denver and Traffic Jam, which usually features anywhere from one to three guests that mainly play in other local bands that may not be booked at the time of Paul’s scheduled dates. This week featured Timmy Johnston on rhythm guitar vocals, from the famed 10,000 Views and also, Vic Jimenez who just returned from vacation, as well as his usual spot playing bass and lending vocals to the local band A200. These five gents in total, did a great job on some Tom Petty and Pearl Jam covers; as well as laying down a great rendition of ‘Mustang Sally’. Paul Denver brings talents via his vocals, some guitar, but mostly impressive is his skills playing the harmonica. This eclectic group is definitely one local live show to see.
The Red Rock Saloon featured a three-band showcase that featured the Funk brothers of Groove Alliance, 10 Even and 16 Penny. I was not early enough to this location to see Groove Alliance perform, but with being very familiar with this fine trio, this fan felt very secure that they did their usual best and brought the place to it’s feet a number of times. 10 Even is a harder edged, thrash type metal quartet that does pack a ton of originals in their show. Their sound was good and the songs were well written and performed by 10 Even this fan just felt that their style may be a new twist for downtown and it never hurts to shake things up some!
This weekend’s rabbit hole with my Nikon carried over into a full Sunday of music as well, with a five band line up being featured at Fuel Tap and Tavern, in Ft. Myers in the afternoon. The bands featured were: Mind Monkey, Underground, Model Citisin, Drunk Monkeys and the Clanton Gang. I captured the performances of both Underground and Model Citisin at this show and I have to say these bands did indeed present their best possible at this show.
Underground played their final show with hteir regular drummer, Michael Casella, and what a show this young man ripped on the skins. Michael and Ken Freeland poured their heart and soul into this final performance together and as a fan and photographer, it was great to watch gel on stage. All the best to Michael in his pursuit of more original projects and also to underground continuing with a new selection of Eric Scott on the drums from here on out.
Model Citisin represented very well at this outdoor show and indeed brought their usual best to this crowd. Evan Derby delivered well on vocals, as he always does displaying great versatility to range and style–all while working the crowd rather well. David Kunkel ripped some grand guitar leads on at least on newly crafted guitar. Andrew always brings his grand style to the stage and his drum kit, while Kirk nails it on bass everytime and lends great harmony vocals to Evan’s lead. They brought out covers such as: Garth Brooks, Pat Benatar, Rage Against the Machine and Muse…all done in the tight, hard and rockin’ Model Citisin style.
This week’s music rabbit hole closed with the grand live performance of 10,000 Views at The Beached Whale, on Ft. Myers Beach. The line up added a lovely treat, as Rick Gerstein of MT40 fame filled in for John Hyatt who was out of town to celebrate the wedding of his beautiful daughter. Rick fell right into place immediately and if anyone in the Whale was seeing 10,000 Views for the first time they would really have had no clue that the bass player was on a pinch hitting venture, as the sound was just as smooth and impeccable as usual from this band.
Most recently, though 10,000 Views added the additional team member in the realm of sound engineering and that newest member is that of Pat McGee, who is very well known in this local scene for his keen ear and quick ability to troubleshoot any issues that can arise. This week at the Whale was the best sounding live show yet for this trio that included: Stet Howland, Timmy Johnston and Rick Gerstein.
The originals were just as tight and powerful, as were the guitar, drums and vocals of Timmy and Stet. 10,000 Views is on a very focused path on their craft and music at the moment so any local fans not having seen their show since the addition of John Hyatt need to take a ride to the Whale and experience it for themselves. Every show there brings a great crowd, impeccable tunes and the best food, drink and staff that Fort Myers Beach has to offer anywhere along that strip of island.
Thanks to all bands and musicians for a great weekend, it only leaves me wanting to see what the next coming weekend and those of the coming busy tourist season will bring to us standard residential and local fans. The weekly music feature will follow shortly, along with an updated feature for a recording studio that changed locations and an introductory feature to another new local band that will hit the scene between now and October.
ROCK ON SW FLORIDA!!!!