Keb’ Mo’ aka Kevin Moore, played to a rowdy, packed house at the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, AZ on May 16, 2014. Keb’ Mo’ is no stranger to Tucson or AZ. As he pointed out during the show, his first trip to Tucson was in 1973. Tonight was very special. The electricity between Keb” Mo’ and the crowd was the main element that made this magical evening happen.
Kevin’s “band” consisted of himself on electric guitar, two steel resonator guitars and an acoustic guitar, Tom Shinness on the harp guitar, bass, mandolin and cello, and Casey Wasner on drums. They have been touring this year to promote his new album, “BLUESAmericana.”
The third song finished Keb’Mo’s warm up and the audience was wound up and ready to play and have fun. They were on their feet and shouting requests. Keb’Mo’ was willing to oblige and started deviating from the set list. The addition of “Loola Loo” was an example. The crowd knew all his songs as they provided the chorus. He introduced a song from the new album, “The Whole Enchilada,” by prefacing it by saying “Sometimes you record something you like. That don’t mean everybody’s gonna like it.” At this point someone in the audience finished the phrase. “Who’s over there finishing my sentences? You got a lot of women around you man. I don’t know what you are doing, but I’ll talk to you after the show. I’ll figure that one out.” He starts with his Sly Stone impression. Opps, that’s the wrong song as he slides into “Enchalada.”
From there, he does a ”set change”. He introduces “Suitcase” by quoting his friend Howlin’ Wolf. “People say they don’t like the blues. They wrong! You ain’t got no money, you can’t pay your house rent and can’t buy no clothes, you damn sure got the blues!” “Suitcase” showcased Keb’Mo’s strong ties to the blues as well as his superb guitar playing. Kevin has consistently shown his impressive songwriting skills throughout the years. His new album is strong evidence that he still pours himself into the music. He completes his songs by adding in a few dashes of his humor and as a result, his songs are irresistible. For more information on Keb’ Mo’, please click here.
He ended the two-hour set with a feisty “Dangerous Mood” which left the fans wildly clamoring for more. He gave four more songs during the encore. For a complete set list, click here.