Sunday, August 15, 2010
Weds 8/11 Buddy Guy & B.B. King- Hollywood Bowl
With a double bill of perhaps the 2 biggest names in Blues, you know the bar was set pretty high. And tonight it would be the big blues bus that would deliver us to Salvation. I guess it was about 4 years ago that I discovered the "Bus to the bowl" and while I have arrived by car a few times since, the idea of letting someone else deal with LA Traffic is pretty appealing. Getting the Party started on the go has become an integral component of the Margie March - it makes the journey more festive and enjoyable, and with the Bus "March" friendly, the March has become quite "Bus Friendly".
When Buddy took the stage the band had already warmed up the crowd - Buddy jumped in and notched things up a bit. I've seen Buddy a few times, mostly at Festival Shows where the layout is wide open and you feel like your there with 50,000 people, well this show was not like that all. The pleasing confines of the Hollywood Bowl made for an intimate evening of many hushed moments that gave way to audience participation and stern proclamations : "I just got back from Tokyo and they nailed that, got it perfect, you guys just Fucked it up" Buddy's words after the Bowl Audience didn't recite the words when Buddy bowed the Mic towards them. The night continued on with Buddy paying tribute to many of the blues greats that he got his start with and played alongside for many years as some of the blues Stalwarts, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Howlin Wolf.
With some dazzling horns BB's band went to work laying the foundation. After 2 numbers BB made his way out and took his place center stage. BB engaged the crowd with stories and questions and worked through his set effortlessly. BY the end of the Night we knew we just witnessed to two legends perform and the evening was complete.
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B.B. King performs Wednesday night to an overjoyed crowd at the Hollywood Bowl. : Entertainment Photo