LOD 12: Best Blues Rock Performance…The Tangiers Blues Band

Photo by C. Rotolo (Tangiers Blues Band @ LOD 12)

Night 3 – The Wonder Bar: A Blues-Rock showcase was held at The Wonder Bar on Saturday afternoon featuring many of the areas most melancholy front-man, backed by psychedelia-laced fret-work by some of the funkiest guitar maestros Asbury has to offer.  The great Billy Hector stepped to the stage, as did Billy Walton, even Little Jimmy & The Midnight Sun played a set, however, none were more impressive or crowd jostling than The Tangiers Blues Band who revved up the riotous showgoers with “Pump It Up Blues,” inspired a series of late night love making with “Welcome Home Blues,” and quaked the Boardwalk barroom with its rendition of the Beastie Boys “Fight For Your Right To Party.”  Fronted by a pimp named King, led through a bluesified soundscape by an axe wielder named Waterside Slim, and featuring the famed photo journalist Danny “Slow Lips” Clinch on harmonica, The Tangiers Blues Band is a music making spectacle of the most bewitching kind.

Honorable Mentions…

Tara Elliott & The Red Velvets: Tara Elliott recently retooled her cast of players, a move that has allowed the Jersey-based outfit to undergo a transformation from dirty Garage maestros to a Bluesified Hard-Rock heat-seeking torpedo, bombarding the brain and attacking the senses with singed arrangements backing the the songstress’ sultry vocals.  This band is a different animal than it once was, the cheers and adulation cast forth by Stone Pony patronage on Friday evening after the group’s closing number “Take The Time,” is evidence of its artistry, professionalism, and charisma.

Ruby The Hatchet: This Bluesy Hard-Rockin’ four-piece they call Ruby The Hatchet resides in Asbury by way of Philadelphia and closed out The Lanes on Friday night, and into the wee hours of Saturday morning, with a bewitching set of material from its 2011 self-titled debut EP.  Cloaked in a scarlet hue of mysticism and debauchery, the outfit’s seductive siren, Jillian Taylor, snarled like a savage songbird over charred guitar-work, and a thunderous rhythm section.  This band gets better each time I see them.

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Chris graduated from The College Of New Jersey in May 2011 with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Professional Writing, as well as a degree in Communication Studies. He has held down a position in the Asbury Park Press’ Sports Department since September of 2010 and is a contributor to the outlet's Arts & Entertainment section, and has contributed to The Aquarian Weekly all while being the sole operator of Asbury Park's premier music news outlet Speak Into My Good Eye.
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