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Coco Montoya Coming to SPACE in Evanston

Coco Montoya at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire
Coco Montoya at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire
Joe Skotnicki

It probably is difficult to schedule tours, but I’m sorry, the middle of the week is just a little difficult for most people to go out to catch a concert. With that said, here comes Coco Montoya to SPACE in Evanston this Wednesday night Aug. 20. Being a considerable fan of Coco, this would have been something that would have gotten this writer to travel to Evanston.

Coco is coming to town sporting a new live double CD on RUF Records. “Songs From the Road” was just released in July. It was recorded in Seattle on July 17 & 18, 2013 at the Triple Door. It’s packed with 14 songs containing almost two hours worth of music.

Coco is forever grateful to his mentors. Starting out as a drummer for Albert Collins, Albert taught Coco many tricks of the trade including how to play guitar. He taught him about patience. Maybe that’s why it took him so long to put out a live recording. Coco has seven studio albums dating back to 1995.

Previously Coco was a member of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers for about ten years. While with the Bluesbreakers he shared the stage with Walter Trout.

Montoya is a left-handed guitarist who plays a left-handed guitar with a right handed neck. Basically the strings are upside down. He has a powerful guitar attack that can be slowed down for some heartfelt blues. Recently he has collaborated with Paul Barrere of Little Feat and Bluesman Doug MacLeod. He has worked with Keb Mo to bring out his vocals more and has covered some non-blues tunes such as the Mary Wells hit “The One Who Really Loves You”.

If this Wednesday works, doors open at 6:30, show time is 7:30. Tables seating will cost you $27.00, general admission is $15.00.

Check out the SPACE website for other upcoming blues shows such as Elvin Bishop, Duke Robillard, Bob Stroger & Kenny ‘Beedy Eyes’ Smith and Robert Randolph.