Saturday, August 11, 2007

Steve Freund @ JJ's Blues Lounge

Saturday night, I dropped into JJ's Blues Lounge in San Jose to see Steve Freund and his trio.

For a long time, I hated going to JJ's. Since, the ownership change a few years ago, JJ's Blues Lounge is a really pleasant club to visit and hang out. Johnny has done a really nice job with the place. He and his staff provide a friendly atmosphere. They've got a good sound man that manages the sound quite nicely.

JJ's has a real funky vibe to it. Every former Chicago area resident that has ever been there says that it reminds them of bars on South Western Avenue on Chicago South Side. Steve must have been feeling it, too. He, Burton Winn and Robi Bean delivered three powerhouse sets that were straight from Chicago old school style.

He asked Kevin Coggins and me to join him for a few tunes. That was a lot of fun playing some old school classic Blues. Chris Brown, Steve Welch of Blues Cadillac and Gino Bambino of the Rhythm Doctors were hanging out in the packed house and enjoying the music.

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