Monday, August 1, 2005

The Weekend Report

RJ Mischo @ the Poor House Bistro

Friday night, I took the family to the Poor House Bistro near downtown San Jose. The Poor House Bistro is a converted Victorian style home which features music on the patio on Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The Cajun-style food is reasonably priced and very good.

RJ was performing with Marvin Greene and the Chavez brothers. The first set was extremely laid back which fit perfectly with the lazy Friday afternoon atmosphere. There were several musicians in attendence including drummer extraordinaire, Jimmy Mulleniux and guitarist Johnny Reyes. RJ announced that there would be several guests druing the second set. Unfortunately, I couldn't stick around to watch it.

Andy Santana @ The Mojo Lounge

Saturday night, I caught Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys at the Mojo Lounge. The band featured: Andy Santana (vocals, harp & guitar), Palo Alto Slim (guitar), Mike Phillips (bass) and Joey Ventitelli (drums). They put on an excellent show. Andy Santana is an excellent harp player, top notch guitarist and singer. P.A. Slim provided some excellent guitar work in a very postwar Chicago vein. Mike Phillips and Joey V provided a rock solid groove from beginning to end. If you get the chance to see them, jump on it. They are worth seeing.

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