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posted Friday, September 3, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 36
A Dyke About Town: John Hiatt rocks Zoo Tunes
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A Dyke About Town: John Hiatt rocks Zoo Tunes

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

High school reunion
Mercy took Cuteness to her high school reunion. Cuteness was a good sport. Mercy was amazed to hear one man who had bullied other kids in grade school apologize. She suspects a 12-step program must be involved.

Mercy heard a man say to a woman that they had had an affair of the heart when they were young. She said, 'No, we didn't.' Mercy would circle through the other conversations, but whenever she came back to their corner, he was saying 'yes' and she was saying 'no.' It turned out to involve holding hands at a very young age. It must have made more of an impact on him than on her.

John Hiatt
John Hiatt is another performer Mercy had never heard of before Cuteness told her about him. Mercy was happy to be turned on to the songwriter, who drew a large enthusiastic crowd to Zoo Tunes, with his distinctive rough voice and songs. His band of Patrick O'Hearn on bass, Doug Rancis on guitar, and Kenneth Evans on drums, rocked out.

Hiatt opened with the upbeat "Drive South," which got people up dancing. "Perfectly Good Guitar" was nicely pointed. "Real Fine Love," romanced the audience. "Lift Up Every Stone" was one of Cuteness' favorites with its lovely electric guitar solo. "The Open Road," continued the show with verve.

Cuteness told Mercy that John had gotten sober and changed the lyrics in upcoming song, "The Tiki Bar Is Open," to: "I know drink ain't no solution/ I ain't had one in 17 years/ But if that Tiki bar were to close tonight/ I might just disappear." Mercy liked that.

"Master of Disaster" also delighted. "Like a Freight Train," followed with its bluesy bass solo. "Cry Love" picked up the pace again. Mercy liked the song "Just Like Your Dad Did," with its lyrics about a 2-year-old child saying grace, "May the starving children be well/ But my brother's hamster burn in hell."

"Feels Like Rain" was slinky. "Slow Turning" earned Hiatt his first standing ovation. "Tennessee Plates" earned his second. The crowd stood again for "Have a Little Faith in Me," and once again for "Thing Called Love."

Tower of Power
Mercy is looking forward to Tower of Power coming to Jazz Alley, September 23-26. She is letting you know now, because they will sell out early.

Band members include Emilio Castillo (tenor saxophone, vocals), Stephen "Doc" Kupka (baritone saxophone), Rocco Prestia (bass), Adolfo Acosta (trumpet), Mic Gillette (trumpet and trombone), Tom Politzer (saxophone), David Garibaldi (drums), Roger Smith (keyboards), Mike Harper (guitar), and Larry Brags (vocals).

With 40 years of recording and touring experience and 20 CDs behind them, Tower of Power is releasing a new album, The Great American Soulbook, which shows the band "Bump City-izing" many of their favorite soul songs, originally recorded by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and Otis Redding.

Well known in the '70s for tunes such as "What is Hip?" and "You're Still a Young Man," Tower of Power toured with Sly Stone and Credence Clearwater Revival, creating traffic jams when they started to headline their own shows. They performed on records with Neil Diamond, Smokey Robinson, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, and Dionne Warwick, and influenced a generation of musicians.

You can get your tickets at www.jazzalley.com.

Bologna Opera coming to Columbia City
You can see Bologna Opera's production of Norma at Rainier Valley Cultural Center Wednesday, September 8. Information at www.columbiacitycinema.com.

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