Euge Groove, an alumni of several pop acts, including a stint with the legendary funk band, Tower Of Power, performed Friday, February 2nd, at the Boulder Station Hotel in the Railhead Showroom to a packed house.
And coincidently, Euge's former employers, Tower Of Power, arrive the following weekend for three big nights, February 9-11, at the Orleans Hotel. Original members, Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Doc Kupka, and my favorite funk rhythm master, David Garibaldi, are the four original mainstays driving the standards they wrote over thirty years ago. Songs like What Is Hip, So Very Far To Go, You're Still A Young Man, Soul Vaccination, are stil the most requested along with newer tunes recorded in the last ten years, like the now popular, Diggin' On James Brown.
Tonight Show bandleader/jazz guitarist Kevin Eubanks breaks stride from Jay Leno for one night at the Santa Fe Station in the Chrome Showroom on February 10th.
Smooth jazz bass player Wayman Tisdale returns to the Boulder Station Hotel on February 16th. Wayman is probably the only musician today who will one day receive a sports pension from his twelve year tenure as a pro-basketball player.
The great guitarist/vocalist Jerry Lopez is still bringing on "the healing" at the Palms Hotel every Monday night with his band, Santa Fe And The Fat City Horns. Bandmember and featured alto saxophonist Phil Wigfall is undoubtably one of the most underrated jazz musicians performing today.
Local radio station Sunny 106.5 hosts the Third Annual Chocolate Affair at the South Point Hotel on February 11th with entertainment provided by saxophonist Rocky Gordon and his band KGB. Rocky and his band will also be featured during KXPT 97.1 The Point's Sunday Morning Jazz Show at the Promenade on February18th.
Condolences go out to the families of Michael Brecker and Alice Coltrane. It is somewhat poetic that these two great artists passed on within twenty-four hours of each other, both who carried the legacy of the legendary John Coltrane.