Right Next Door at the SpeakEasy

The Lance Dieckmann Band plays until 1am at the SpeakEasy on Wednesdays, so I headed there after the HOB jam to get some more of my blues fix.  The crowd had thinned out temporarily after a busy night when they played the iconic Robert Cray cover song Right Next Door.  Lance Dieckmann has the voice for this song, and he was well supported with Phil Diiorio on lead guitar and Larry Morgan on bass guitar.

Lance and Phil Slow It Down

After HOB jam ended, I headed over to the Gaslamp SpeakEasy to catch the Lance Dieckmann Band, which is always there on Wednesday nights until 1am.

I got so caught up in dancing, I almost forgot to get some video of them until they did this nice slow song.  Lance Dieckmann on harmonica and vocals, Phil Diiorio on guitar and Larry Morgan on bass.

Annette DaBomb’s Jazzy Blues at Speakeasy

I have missed hearing Annette’s incredible voice and the way she sings the blues, mixing it in with her jazz roots when she plays with her jazz band at the Gaslamp Speakeasy every Thursday night.  She is fun, personable and wonderful to listen to.  I will definitely be back more often!

Here she is singing that great cover song, Got My Mojo Workin’, with band members Doc Holiday on keys, Tony Peterson on drums and Doug Brunelle on bass guitar.

Here’s another clip of them doing the cover song Hard to Handle.

If you haven’t heard Annette’s group in person, you are missing a special evening and a real treat.  They also play at Magnolia Tap & Kitchen about once a month.  Check my calendar to see when they will play there next.

Tuesday Nights with Lafayette

Every Tuesday night you can catch Lafayette Falkquay and his blues band playing at the Gaslamp SpeakEasy.  Lafayette is one of those southern bluesman you don’t get to hear often enough, so its always a treat for me to listen to him perform.  Here is a video from last night with Lafayette singing Going to Louisiana, supported by Chris Terrell on drums and Ronnie Baumslater on bass.

Guitar Jam at SpeakEasy

There were a number of guitar players who showed up at the SpeakEasy blues jam Monday, and in this video they all jammed and did solos.  From left to right, Jon Fai, Patrick Jarrell, Brandon Cerquedo and Fuzzy Rankins.  Bob Prater was on bass and Bruce Hutcherson on drums.

Monday Night Blues Jam

Here is some video from Monday night’s blues jam at the Speakeasy.  Fuzzy Rankins on lead guitar, Irakli Aladash on bass guitar and Patrick Jarrell on rhythm guitar, along with an out-of-town visitor, John Rokas, on drums.

Thanks to Irakli for sending me this clip.

Jammin Monday at SpeakEasy

I was away most of last week and missed catching the blues around town, so I hope to catch more of the bands and jams this week.  Last night I stopped in at the Gaslamp SpeakEasy Monday night jam for the second set, and I got to hear these musicians jammin together with Fuzzy Rankins.  It was a great set and this video is of their last song before the break.

On guitars with Fuzzy were Patrick Jerrell and Jon Fai (furthest to his right), Karl Bradley on drums (who did a solo in this video), Bob Prater on bass guitar, and behind Jon (where its hard to see him) was Justin Fools on harmonica.

Blues Calendar: Jan 6 – 12

Blues Calendar - Jan 6

There are a lot of blues bands and jams this week across the downtown area.

Jams are happening Monday at the SpeakEasy, Tuesday at Patrick’s, Wednesday at the House of Blues (7-11pm – but not on the schedule since they don’t offer drink discount), and Thursday at Spaguetteria.  All the jams are very different and draw their own unique mix of musicians.  So check out more than one of the jams if you can.  You never know who might show up from out of town or one of our local bands!

Also not on the schedule is Lafayette Blues band at the House of Blues Voodoo Lounge from 7-11pm on Friday.

For the drink discount, print out and show this calendar to the bartender.  Enjoy!!

John January Joins Monday Jam Night

Last night John January showed up at the SpeakEasy blues jam, and played the lead guitar and sang, along with Patrick Jerrell on rhythm guitar, Irakli Aladash on bass, Christine Gilardi on vocals and Karl Bradley on drums.

Not sure how to get the red-eye out of this iphone video.  Couldn’t do it with my editing software.  Anyone have a way to do this or to avoid it in the first place?

Later in the 3rd set, Fuzzy Rankins, who hosts the jam, finished up the night playing his cover song Down Home Blues, along with his drummer Bruce Hutcherson, and Bob Prater on bass, Patrick Jarrell on rhythm guitar, Justin Fools on harmonica, and a keyboardist I didn’t know.

The place was packed most of the night, so word is getting out how good this jam is!  See you there next Monday.

Leilani Joins in SpeakEasy Jam

Leilani Kilgore led the jam at the SpeakEasy last night with this Etta James cover song I’d Rather Go Blind. She’s just 17, but she has been out at the jams lately playing with local veteran musicians, and she holds her own.  With her on bass is Irakli Aladash, Bruce Hutcherson on drums, TC Tye on keyboard and Justin Fools playing the harmonica.

This video is long and a little too grainy particularly towards the end, but I wanted to capture the whole song.

There was a full house of musicians who came in to jam, but I wasn’t feeling so well and headed out early and missed the rest of it.  But I’ll be back next week.  This is becoming the place to go Monday nights for blues downtown, and it seems to just get better and better.