It's the last Saturday of the month -- time again to bring on The Good Show Live Music Series concert at Lola's in Fort Worth, sponsored by KTCU's The Good Show and DFW.com. Tony Diaz and Tom Urquhart fancifully titled this installment "Fall Imagination." Perhaps that's because, despite what the calendar says, you have to just imagine that it's fall in Funkytown.
I got there early this time, even beating the taco truck, because for some reason Sally Majestic was the opening act. These guys should be headlining any show they play, but then again, they were playing a semi-acoustic set with no drummer.
It didn't matter. Scott Vernon (guitar, vocals), P.J. Frye (bass, vocals) and John Steven (guitar, vocals) performed with absolute perfection. We got all their originals, and, as usual, Frye's voice was simply amazing. The full band has a bit of a harder edge to it, but the craftsmanship of the band's original music really shows when it's stripped down to the bare essentials.
Up next, we had Denton based Jessie Frye. When I saw her setting up, I got ready to head for the patio to hang out with the smart people. Cute girl and a piano -- all I could think was that Diaz had booked another damned Sara Bareilles copycat.
Alas, Diaz has excellent taste, so I took a chance and hung around. I'm glad I did.
Frye plays piano and sings. Her backing band is Matt Olmstead (drums), Michael Garcia (guitar) and Paulo Castillo (bass). She has a big voice with a certain torch-singer quality. While performing, she is constantly in motion, even at the piano, where the bench was on two legs at times. Those suggestive moves made those of us in the audience feel just a tad dirty. (She was also wearing a short skirt and fishnets.) The band was tight and punchy, and there was a definite chemistry.
Toward the end, Frye crawled around and laid on the stage for a bit, which I don't think anyone would do if they had seen what I've seen on that stage. Clone of Sara Bareilles she is not.
JJ and the Rogues were up next, and they performed brilliantly, as expected. Then, to close out the night, we had Luke Wade and No Civilians.
The last few times I've seen Wade perform it has been as a solo act, so it was good to see the new band. In addition to Wade on vocals, there was also Scott Lee (bass), Justin Barbee (keys, trumpet), David Wade (sax, flute) and Aaron Haynes (drums). Oh, and Fort Worth's queen of violin, Marian Brackney.
Wade has an amazing voice, and his songwriting skills had a similar effect on the girls in the audience as Frye did on the guys. He has been touring out of state lately, and his following continues to grow along with his talent. I expect great things from this guy. The full band with horns really filled out the sound, and Brackney's violin playing was nothing short of angelic.
Aside from great music, you never know what to expect from The Good Show Live Music Series. It may be punk one month, hard rock the next, but it's always a blast, and I never regret going to one.