Review by Fred Rudofsky
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Maybe there should be instant replay at concerts?
What should have been an electrifying night of the blues fell short of the mark. Upon further review, there were many reasons why, for this newbie to one band and a long-time fan of a Texas legend.
Savoy Brown (featuring Kim Simmonds) drew a strong contingent and played a competent but unspectacular hour-long opening set. Simmonds, who shared lead vocal duties with Joe Whiting (who played occasional sax) dialed in a tone derivative of Eric Clapton’s early Cream-era recordings and moved about the stage like a man half his age. “Meet the Blues Head On,” a uptempo blues-rocker, opened the show but seemed more appropriate for an arena rather than a theater; the riffs were predictable, and the lyrics melded every cliche imaginable.