VENUE: IT’LL DO TAVERN, MONTGOMERY, AL
For some reason, it comes as a surprise to people that my favorite genre of music is hard rock. Sure, I like most genres, including orchestral. (I’m still debating whether I prefer Mozart or Tchaikovsky.) But there is something about the hard, fast drumbeats and the shredding and quick chord progressions on the guitars, coupled with that deep, throaty tenor, that sends something primitive in me to dancing. It doesn’t hurt any that I’m in love with the sound of the guitar, be it electric, acoustic, or bass.
I know I complain about cover bands sometimes. Okay, a lot. It’s mostly because I was spoiled by the bands in St. Augustine, most of whom played mostly originals. But I will admit that, when a cover band is good, damn is it good!
They had the right look, the right sound, the right energy. They are one of those bands who know how to feed off the crowd and really make them get their butts out of their seats and dance. They do it without having to tell the audience, or cajole them, to get up by the stage. Their music, and how they perform it, does the work for them.
I will add this about local musicians in Alabama (well, the ones I met in St. Augustine, too!). I have seen very few who aren’t good down-to-earth great guys (and girls), and who aren’t an absolute blast to hang out with, even when they’re not playing. Alabama musicians, I (almost) hate to admit it, but you all are turning me on to cover bands.
And hey, don’t worry if you missed out on Motor Gruve when I went. They have an upcoming show this Friday, June 10th, at the Blue Iguana in Prattville (a pretty awesome venue) and another on June 24th at Club Rewind (another nice small-town feel bar, just a little bigger than the It’ll Do Tavern, and practically right next door) in Montgomery. Go check them out!