On Saturday May 17, 2014 jazz-rock legends Blood, Sweat & Tears with new vocalist Bo Bice hit the stage at The Celebrity Showroom inside John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks. Bice was the American Idol season 4 runner-up in 2005, Carrie Underwood won that season.
The show was nearly sold-out with over 600 fans in attendance. The venue seats around 700 guest, so it was pretty much a packed house. As you would imagine, it was definitely an older crowd in attendance due to how long BS&T has been around (since1967).
Blood, Sweat & Tears (also known as "BS&T") is a contemporary jazz-rock American music group, active throughout the later part of the 20th century and still into the 21st. They are well known for their music throughout the late 1960s to early 1970's, and they are noted as well for their combination of brass and rock band instrumentation. The group recorded songs by rock/folk songwriters such as Laura Nyro, James Taylor, The Band, the Rolling Stones, as well as Billie Holiday and Erik Satie. They also incorporated music from Thelonious Monk and Sergei Prokofiev into their arrangements.
The band was originally formed in 1967 in New York City. Since their beginnings, the band has gone through numerous iterations with varying personnel and has encompassed a multitude of musical styles. What the band is most known for, from its start, is the fusing of rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into a hybrid that came to be known as "jazz-rock". Unlike "jazz fusion" bands, which tend toward virtuostic displays of instrumental facility and some experimentation with electric instruments, the songs of Blood, Sweat & Tears merged the stylings of rock, pop and R&B/soul music with big band, while also adding elements of 20th Century Classical and small combo jazz traditions.
Current members include, Dave Gellis-(guitar), Glenn McClelland-(keyboards), Jon Ossman-(bass), Carl Fischer-(trumpet), Trevor Neumann-(trumpet), Michael Davis-(trombone), Ken Gioffre-(saxophone), Joel Rosenblatt-(drums) and Bo Bice-(vocals).
The set lasted around 90 minutes and went something like this,
"Got to Get You Into My Life" (Beatles cover), "Almost Sorry", "Hi-De-Ho", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know", "And When I Die" (Laura Nyro cover), "Surreptitious", "Mercy", "Who Will The Next Fool Be", "Lucretia MacEvil", " Go Down Gamblin'", "Variations On A Theme" (Erik Satie cover) , "God Bless The Child" (Billie Holiday cover), "Smiling Phases" (Traffic cover), "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (Brenda Holloway cover) and two encore songs, "Vehicle" (The Ides of March cover) and "Midnight Rider" (The Allman Brothers Band cover).
A strange thing happened at the start of the show when the curtains went up. Bice's mic stand got caught on the bottom of the curtains and started to lift up off the stage, one of the stage hands had to run out and grab it before it went to high, he got it just in time. After the song was over, Bice said, "I have been performing for over 20 years and I've never seen this happen before. All I could do was watch that dad gum thing going up and didn't think to grab it, I could not believe what I was looking at". Everyone got a good laugh out of it, it was pretty funny after all and certainly something you don't see everyday.
Bice did an amazing job, this examiner was very pleased with his performance as well as with the rest of the band, they definitely blew the roof off.
A good time was had by all.
The Celebrity Showroom is a great place to see a show, some very big names has played there over the years. There's not a bad seat in the house and the lighting and sound are awesome. The staff is very friendly and helpful. To see what's up next at the Nugget (click here).
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "The Photos Are What It's All About", so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS
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