THE MARK MICHAEL BAND
Sept., 7, 2002 - Waterfront Club - Bexhill
A small intimate South coast club, directly overlooking the sea, combined with the incredible energy & passion of guitar maestro Mark Smikins is one hell of a way to spend a Saturday night for any lover of the blues.
As a powerhouse trio the Mark Michael Band had the enthusiastic Waterfront Club crowd eating out of their hand after the first few songs. The night started with a subtle interpretation of the classic blues number 'The thrill is gone' & then straight into Gangster of love'. From that point onwards the crowd were won over by Marks fluid guitar playing ability. Drummer Gary Everest did't dominate but got it just right, while bass player Steve Stokes just moved with the groove & added real spice to this exceedingly tight three piece.
Mark & the boys know how to mix it around combining classic blues numbers with upbeat party sounds topped with a number of tracks off the stunning new album 'Steppin' Stone'.
The love & passion for Rory Gallagher came shining through in which I felt was the highlight of the night; a mesmerising version of 'Messing with the kid'. Proceedings were drawn to a close with that soulful & reflective number off the new album, 'Got the blues'.
You'll be pushed to find a more competent & versatile guitarist who is also blessed with significant stage presence. Keep an eye out for The Mark Michael Band & if you have not already caught them I can guarantee you won't be disappointed.
The Waterfront Club