Monday, August 23, 2010
Thurs August 19th -Bettye Levette, with Tom Nolan Band - Twilight Dance Series - Santa Monica, CA
Tom Nolan Band opened the show and brought a soulful presence to beach. As the sun was setting Tom and the Band were belting out classic soul numbers. As they exited the stage they announced they would be playing at Rusty's Surf Ranch after Bettye's Set, sounded like a plan too me.
Bettye brought some soulful stylings of her own. She sings with a power that not many singers today can match - Sharon Jones comes close but still has years of performing to go before she will have the command that Ms. Levette displays. After several songs off her new album INTERPRETATIONS: The British Rock Songbook and a few well placed classics of her own the crowd was asking for 1 more - and true to form Bettye Levette gave the people what they wanted.
As an added bonus Tom Nolan band played a set and a half of their bread and butter hits - and had a special appearance by Tom's son - who's name escapes me at the moment, but his rendition of Ophelia by the Band and Lepeorad skin pill box hat, by Bobby D. was terrific. He revisits Rusty's after the Twilight Dance Series Finale - Dr. John Thurs - Sept 2nd. Check back for updates of both shows.