Rita's is a new restaurant, 10 weeks into its gestation and people are becoming familiar with this new establishment.
Owner Steve invited me in and bought me dinner last night. Although the prime rib was recommended I was in the mood for some fish and chose Rita's Ahi, which came with a salad. The Ahi was a thick piece that was seared and peppered and they insisted I give the house dressing a try.
Dinner opened with a basked of bread, and I enjoyed an unsweetened ice tea while listening to the first set of Jamie Gallo a vocalist/guitar player that shared the "stage" with a drummer and Bass player who shared an occasional vocal on the chorus.
Jamie is what we use to refer to as a show stopper. She appears to be taken in by the energy of the music coming through and around her and exhibits dramatic responses to the the sound.
You will have to catch Jamie's act for yourselves as it's hard to explain what I experience when I watched her.
I saw her at another one of her gigs the night before and I had the same experience. She has a following that likes to show up where she is singing/playing and get involved with the energy that comes spilling out.
One woman described her as a Janis Joplin type and although I found that a stretch of her imagination I knew what she meant.
I love Jamie's energy on "stage" and she clearly could be described as a dynamo.
I enjoyed her set enough to bring a friend back up there later in the evening and catch a couple tunes and he was enthralled with her. Upon further observation, it is safe for me to say that guys will flock to Jamie's gigs and they do and they will, so it will be fun to see them all at our event on Oct. 19th, and you can read more of my previous and future articles about That Joni Mitchell Music Tribute night... just google me gaiabest examiner.com and let your fingers do the walking.
Jamie is an impressive Band leader with an energetic presence and a powerful voice. She seems unstoppable going from gig to gig and you will want to catch her act as soon as you can.