Last night I saw Los Lobos at The Brooklyn Bowl for $25 and what a deal...Just the usual great Los Lobos show despite the fact that they played only 4 songs I would have picked: Will The Wolf Survive, Kiko & The Lavender Moon, Don't Worry Baby and Let's Just Say Goodnight. They opened on these acoustic mishaped Mexican looking guitars with 4 cuts that absolutely cooked then the drummer and sax/keyboard guy came out while they strapped on their electric guitars and I got to hear a few they rarely play (Angels With Dirty Faces, Short Side Of Nothing, Wicked Rain, Saint Behind The Glass) that are all good. They even did their gritty swinging bluesy That Train Don't Stop Here Anymore that moved perfectly into The Allmans' One Way Out. They also covered and closed with the crowd yelling/singing Not Fade Away moving into the Dead's great cut, Bertha. There were two more killer jams-and it's funny since I never had any use for the Allman's or The Dead live-with the last encore Mas Y Mas and Roses For Maria from the last album with Steve Berlin extending himself on flute and getting all spooky, jazzy.
They are so so good. With their solid and basic blues, tex mex and rock foundation they do so many different things. Long live David Hidalgo.
Then for lunch I got to see NRBQ who were playing an hour set nearby my residence. Yes, it beat work, but I was totally unimpressed. Painless and pleasant and sort of fun music-like Chinese food that never filled me up-but nothing that stuck with me or held onto me. Lousy vocals and noticeably bad lyrics. I did like two songs that have titles something like Floaters and If You Got The Blues, Get Rhythm. They did the Kinks' great better things and it was better than the rest of their set.
Maybe I'm a snob, but when I think of great bar bands I'm thinking Southside Johnny and Los Lobos.
Undfortunately I was too old and too tired to see Neko Case for free tonight. Next time.