Last night at Darwin's The Beau Show absolutely stunned me with just how good the whole band was. Beau Hall is a funny guy and a stellar musician with a great band and we always enjoy his shows, but last night was the best, musically, I have ever heard the band be. I just kept thinking, anyone who thinks a DJ or a jukebox or anything else can beat real live music for fun and sheer joyous thrills has never seen a show like Beau's.
We arrived early while John McKnight was setting up his drums so I asked him if I could get a picture and he obliged. John is one of the best drummers in the Atlanta area, or possibly anywhere, and he can sing, too. I am always impressed by drummers who can do that because to me its like a real magic trick. John can do it.
There are three guitar players in the band: Beau, Zachary Canales, and, according to the Facebook page, Kirk Plunkett. If that wasn't the line up last night, I apologize. It was really not possible to hear the introductions very well. Anyway, they were awesome to hear and to watch. It's amazing what a wall of sound one great drummer and three excellent guitarists can create. It was on from the first song! Beau said it was "remix" night and they were doing his favorite songs, only with a funky beat and that's what they did.
As I've told you all before, I don't take notes at clubs and I never remember all the songs. I just know when a band is really rocking and if the musicians are feeling it with every part of their bodies and souls, and that's the way it was last night. They were fun to watch, too, with Zachary Canales especially in constant motion, and Beau too, with the other guitarist more of a calm center, if only by comparison. It seemed to me that he and John kept things anchored, and otherwise the whole stage might just explode from all that energy!
Anyway, the two songs that I did recognize and remember today were a completely different, Beau-style version of "Are You Experienced?" that completely worked in the most non-Hendrix style imaginable and a hilarious take of "It's Business Time," ("Two minutes of Heaven is better than one minute of Heaven....two minutes of me is all you need cause I'm so intense. I'm like love concentrate.") It was worth going out in the freezing weather just for that song, in fact.
That's not to say that the other songs weren't fantastic, too. There was not one dull moment or one less than stellar song in the whole time we were there, in fact.
There is nothing, I repeat, nothing better than a great live show, and The Beau Show is one great live show. You will laugh, you will be carried away by the music, and you will forget your day to day stresses and just be really, really happy for the course of the show. I believe that, because I know it's true for me and it surely looked like that was how the rest of the packed crowrd at Darwin's was feeling last night as well.
Next time you see Beau Hall is bringing his show anywhere close to where you are, get there if you can. You'll see what I mean!