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Concert Review: Tripp Mathis at Shaw's Patio Bar & Grill

Tripp Mathis Saturday, Sept. 22 Shaw’s Patio Bar and Grill 1057 West Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth 817-926-2116 shawspatio.com

Posted 11:27am on Monday, Sep. 24, 2012

You know Fairmount is starting to take its place in the music scene when you can find a show to go to just by driving down Magnolia with the windows rolled down. Saturday night was a great night to put this tactic to the test because it was both cool enough to drive with the windows down, and Tripp Mathis was playing outside on the patio at Shaw’s Patio Bar and Grill.

I was expecting to see Tripp playing some makeshift stage area in the corner, but Shaw’s has a pretty decent stage and a pretty sizable patio. Along with Tripp (guitar, vocals, harmonica) we had Hayden Siegel (bass, vocals), Blake Throckmorton (Drums) and Live Oak general manager Blake Barker (mandolin). There was room for more on stage, and the patio was pretty packed. I can see some cool music happening at this place in the future.

The gig started out as Siegel headlining, but he then invited Tripp along and basically told him it was his show -- which was a stellar move, because Tripp Mathis is a music force to be reckoned with. Tripp was part of the late great Catfish Whiskey, and these days he is generally found doing a solo act. His voice is emotive, and his guitar work is tasteful and compelling. He plays harmonica as well, and while I normally cringe when I see a guitar player strap on a harmonica in one of those holders, he can actually play (cross harp, even).

The band had never played together before this night, so this basically was just a loosely organized jam session. Some of the songs were great, some less than great, but overall it was a lot of fun. They did the worst Led Zepplin cover I've ever heard, and while Hayden is a decent bass player, vocals are not his thing.

Tripp’s 2-week-old son, Jude, was there, as was his 2-year-old daughter Layla Belle, and his father even got up and played harmonica for a song or two. His daughter got up on stage and played tambourine for us through one of the songs, and if you can’t have fun with a 2-year-old percussionist on stage, you have issues.

We got some originals, and some notable covers. Fire on the Mountain by The Grateful Dead, The Pusher by Steppenwolf, and I Shall Be Released by Bob Dylan to name a few. Disorganized or not, I can’t think of a better way to spend a fall night than sitting outdoors in the cool night air listening to good music.

Eventually Blake Barker had to head back down to The Live Oak while the rest of the band played on and after the show at Shaw’s was done, I followed him down there. There was a benefit being held for The Zac Galaviz Foundation. This is a group dedicated to a local musician who passed away from cancer in 2008. The foundation raises money for scholarships for musicians. It’s a worthwhile cause, with cool live music. They do these concerts every year, and next time I’ll plan to be there on time.

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