LIVE: The Bruce Katz Band @ Athens River Park, 8/21/15

August 27th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Chris Vitarello

Chris Vitarello

Review by Jim Guldenstern
Photograph by Richard Brody

What do you get when you go to hear the Bruce Katz Band, and there is no Bruce Katz? You get an evening of great music. You get a picturesque summer night. You realize just how great Bruce Katz is.

We were welcomed to Athens’ River Park by the event’s promoter, Rick Surrano. He then informed us that Mr. Katz had been “summoned up to a greater power” which turned out to mean Butch Trucks was calling on him for a gig elsewhere. What would they do to fill the void?

Luckily they found an organist to play with them. Woodstock’s Jeremy Baum did yeoman’s work keeping up with the challenge. Boston-based Ralph Rosen was the kind of drummer I like. He was rock steady all night, and except for two great solos, you barely knew he was there. Chris Vitarello rounded out the trio. His guitar work was incredible all night long. And he had vocal chops as well. You could tell he was running the show.

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