Saturday was night two of the Fort Worth Music Festival, or it was supposed to be until it got rained out. So I headed out to Zio Carlo’s Magnolia Brew Pub for the Full Moon Art and Music Gathering. The event was funded by a creative grant from Deviant Art and featured works from local artist, and music from local musicians.
After wading through the mud slide that had taken over part of the pub's parking lot, I made it inside in time to hear the end of Reinventing Jude’s set -- always a pleasure to hear Jude perform.
In-between bands I decided to take a shot at deciphering the Brew Pub’s pizza menu. They have a long list of specialty pizzas, and the way the menu is laid out is a bit tough to read (especially when there is a line of people wanting the attention of the bartender you order from). The pizza was tasty though, and they bring it to your table.
The next band up was a group called The More You Know. The band consists of Mandy Hand (bass,keyboard,vocals), Robyn Reid (cello,vocals), Po-Chu Lu (violin), Rich Sanchez (drums) and Sloan Clark (guitar,vocals). The band had a whole lot more groove than I expected from a band with stringed instruments, and aside from a cover they did toward the end, it was pretty enjoyable. Reid did the vocals for that one, and she kept having to look at the lyrics sheet on the floor. Vocals from Sloan were a bit rough in places as well, but the instrumentals were first rate. This is a fairly new band and although they still have a few rough edges they show promise.
Closing out the night was an Oak Cliff blues act called The Cliff. They consist of Cyndi Ramirez (vocals, Dave Curiel (drums, Vocals), Kelly Tomlinson (bass, vocals) and Ean Christman (guitar,vocals). They started off the set with Route 66 (not something you would expect from a blues band), which was followed up with the ZZ Top classic Fool For Your Stockings. They Did Unchain My Heart, and then Cold Shot by Stevie Ray Vaughan. Vaughan covers from Texas bar bands have reached an over-saturation point, and I always cringe when one of his songs is being played. That said, having female vocals kind of took the curse off of the thing.
Following that, they really won me over by playing Junior Well’s iconic Messin’ With the Kid. It’s one of my favorite blues tunes, and even though they copied the Blues Brothers stage banter at the end (lame), they did a good job of the song.
Getting completely away from the blues genre, they did Hello, It’s Me by Todd Rundgren, Moon Dance by Van Morrison, and You Can’t Do that by The Beatles. They ended the set with Call It Stormy Monday, by T-Bone Walker.
All in all, The Cliff is a good solid blues and soul band. The rhythm section is tight, they don’t overplay, they don’t do 45 minutes of Stevie Ray Vaughn covers, and they mix it up a bit genre wise. Nothing earth shattering, but a nice end to a rainy night of music and art.