(with Allyson Jones)

At Johnny D's - Somerville, MA (9/9/05)



Lead vocalist Allyson Jones!!

At 9:50pm, Allyson Jones started her set with some good funky R&B stuff....Allyson is a very, very good lead vocalist. "Brown Skin" featured some fiery lead guitar riffs and "Black Coffee" was a James Brown-style groove with some funky rhythm guitar by Colin, some nasty bass riffs by Demetrius and powerful, tight drumming by Lyndon! "Same Old, Same Old" was some R&B mellow flavor. "It's Your Thing" started out with sounding a little like Charles Wright's "Express Yourself"....the highlight was the screaming guitar solo. "Use Me" was a great funk tune with a nasty slide bass solo and equally wicked drum solo! The encore "Lover Man" was some funk with moments of tight jazz arrangements (by the bass and drums). The Allyson Jones set ended at 10:45pm.

Allyson Jones, posing with Dr. Brookenstein!

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Greg Luttrell with Ben Hillman!

At 11:15pm, Blacksnake began their set with the Gap Band tune "Outstanding". "Let Your Love Go" featured a nasty rock guitar intro....HARD-HITTING FUNK-ROCK with some kickin' tight drumming and standout organ riffs! "Tell Me Something Good" featured Allyson Jones on lead vocals and it was nasty. "Shake Your Body Down to the Ground" (the Jacksons tune) was so good that M.J. would be proud of them. After a couple of reggae tunes, it was on to P-Funk land with "Wizard of Finance" sounded a little more R&B-ish but included a great sax solo by Andrew Clark! "Could You Be Loved?" was followed by "What's Your Pleasure", featuring a sax solo by Dan Abreu. "I Wish" featured some good sax work and no guitars. "Mind Over Matter" was followed by "Same Thing (That Makes You Laugh, Make You Cry)", a Sly Stone track which featured Ben on some good synthesizer riffs. "Ain't No Use" (by The Meters), "Nex 2 U" and "I'll Be Around" (by The Spinners) were followed by the last solo "Doreen", featuring a nasty lead guitar solo! The Blacksnake set was over at 1:00am.

Dan Abreu on the EWI!!

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