Sunday, October 23, 2005

RJ Mischo @ The Poor House Bistro

Yesterday, I went down to the Poor House Bistro with the family in tow to see the prolific and captivating, RJ Mischo and his fine band consisting of: Kid Andersen, Vance Ehlers and Hans Bosse. RJ was in fine form as he ripped through a bunch of his own material from his recently released CD entitled, "He Came To Play!" He mixed in some classic songs from the books of JB Hutto, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter and Big Walter Horton. RJ is one of those rare musicians that is true to the tradition, while adding a bit of himself to his performances which make them unique and spell binding.

Rick Estrin said it best, RJ has the prettiest tone around. Plus, he really knows his way around those ten holes. When you add in the electrifying guitar playing of Kid Andersen and the rock solid groove laid down by Vance and Hans, it made for a great evening of music. RJ was also kind enough to ask me to play on a couple of Elmore James tunes. That was a great deal of fun!

It was great to see a bunch of familiar faces and to meet some new people. We should probably all say a prayer for BJ as my kids adopted her into our family for the evening. I fear she may be scarred for life. It was great to see the fabulous Robin O and the lovely Miss Heidi.

Demonstrating that the Poor House is a family friendly environment, there were a multitude of kids in the audience. While I was walking to the bar, I found a little girl's hair bow on the ground. I walked up to a group of four young boys and asked them, if it belonged to them. Their eyes got as big as dinner plates before yelling the obvious, "Hair bows are for girls! We are not girls!"

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