Sunday, June 05, 2005

Bob Walkenhorst, Saturday June 4, 2005

(Posted at the Rainmakers message board)

It's like Wednesday and Saturday were reversed this week. This show felt more like a Wednesday than the Wednesday show did.

It was a quite small crowd for a weekend show. Down right tiny crowd when I got there at 8:20, though it filled in more as the evening wore on. Never standing room only, though. I don't think the booths along the wall ever got used.

Mellow mood. Or... The dancing started early, but that was just me. :) I was dancing before it all started. They had some quite good music playing. I also got up and danced during John Northern twice. And danced to the first several songs of the Bob set and I think I danced more than sat.

Most other folks just sat and watched on the drumless stuff. But when there was drums, there was dancing. Now, I don't personally get how having drums makes a difference, but apparently they do.

I was not at all surprised to see a drum kit on stage when I got there. (Or, rather, most of a drum kit. The large tom was missing at that point. I'm thinking Jeff brought the tom when he got there.) I would have been more surprised not to see it, actually. They played a good long while with bass and two guitars. Then Jeff got behind the drums for several songs. Then back to bass and 2 guitars. Then, towards then end of the show, Bob played drums for a while.

Back up a song. They played "Paradise". I love that song as they do it. And I remember they used to do it without harmonica, that that was a later addition, but, frankly, I can't even now imagine it without the harmonica.

So, after that song Bob got behind the drums and Jeff sang "Thinking of You". The song which Jeff wrote that, as reported here previously in posts now gone, was recorded by the Skatalites and is getting airplay in France.

After that song, was "Hoo Dee Hoo" (er, I think I'm remembering right, anyway). And Norm sat down on his amp for that song, leaving Jeff the only one standing. Bob sang while playing drums. Yes, Norm had an amp. That was odd. He also had his silver bass there, but he didn't play it, he played Bob's bass.

And somewhere in there they did "A Little Bit of White Trash" (or whatever exactly the official title is).

Jeff played one of his electrics while Bob was on drums. He had both, but unless I spaced out and missed it, he only played one of them, the bigger one.

Let's see, before I got distracted by mentioning the mood, and thus talked about dancing, I was talking about crowd. Like I said, small crowd for a Saturday. Threat of bad weather probably contributed to that. Though, me, I looked at the weather on the Internet; the tornado watch was set to expire at 11 pm, and from the radar, didn't look like we'd get anything before we got to Molloy's. So, I figured I wouldn't have to drive in it, so no problem.

We did get a strong rain storm during the show. The electricity even flashed off. When power returned (took a few moments more to get power back to the equipment, or maybe they just had to turn stuff on again, I've no knowledge of the technical side of music) they picked up where they left off, mid song.

I went out and watched the rain during one song. I like rain. :) There's just something nice about it. And I got to see a really pretty lightning strike while out there. Somehow, that did not mentally prepare me for the very loud thunder that came soon after.

Another note on dancing. John Phillips (older brother of Steve if anyone was wondering) has been doing crew stuff at both Elders gigs and Bob shows lately, so I've seen him around quite a bit lately, but I hadn't ever seen him out on the dance floor. When they played "Jan Vermeer" him and a female I didn't recognize got out on the dance floor and were doing some very nice dancing. The kind of fancy dancing I have no talent whatsoever at. But I enjoyed watching while doing my own kind of dancing. He, with that lady and then a different female danced a couple more songs too.

I overhead on stage Norm saying to Bob or Bob and Jeff "38 views and no replies", obviously referring to a message board post, and my post on the Elders board about this show seemed to be the only one it could apply to. Then not too much later they mention this speaking to the audience. Norm just says "the message board". :) And, I think they mentioned this in relationship to the lack of crowd at the show. You know, I think there were more Elders fans at the previous weekend show, without Norm. Those escaping the cold (outdoor Elders gig; it was a nice afternoon and cooled off much after dark) or coming after the Elders show. There were even Elders members there by the end of the Bob show. (I actually mentioned that show on the Elders message board beforehand too, not as a suggestion that anyone go to it, just saying what I was doing.)

Jeff, of his drumming, or of him playing the drums (drum set) said he has no pride. I'm not sure exactly what he was commenting on, because I don't get the comment. Maybe he means he doesn't think he's very good as a drummer but does it anyway? But, hey, he's good enough. No fancy drum parts needed.

This show had a homey feel. Not the extatic top of the mountain feel of some shows, but a different sort of real good feeling. A homey, comfy feeling.


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