Berks Jazz Fest 2007: Joe McBride

Berks07_McBride.jpgWednesday night the great Joe McBride & The Texas Rhythm Club gave a concert at the Peanut Bar in Reading, this was a non-ticketed event in a restaurant, providing an intimate setting to the music. All the tables were booked and we were staying at the bar enjoying the show. The current lineup of The Texas Rhythm Club consists of Keith McKelley on sax, Walter Barns on bass and additional keys, and Rob Hubbard on drums. The band was crowded together on the small stage delivering a strong vibe, they kicked their show off with the Ronnie Laws classic "Always There", then continued with songs from Joe's various albums and a share of well selected covers, among them a groovy version of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" which promted several members of the audience to dance in front of the stage. Joe McBride was great as always playing keys, singing and joking in between songs providing his unmistakable brand of music, while sax player Keith McKelley turned out to be a huge talent with his expressive playing, getting a lot of shouts of appreciation from the audience. Drummer Ron Hubbard delivered a steady beat, while bassist Walter Barns stepped out more than once to give us some funky slapping on the bass. This was a great and very entertaining evening, heads bopping, folks dancing, everybody having a good time.

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