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posted Friday, August 26, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 34
John Mayall delivers a night of blues to remember
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John Mayall delivers a night of blues to remember

by Mercy Moosemuzzle = SGN Contributing Writer

John Mayall
Mercy's friend Jollyness joined her to hear John Mayall at Jazz Alley on August 17. Mercy found Mayall's voice soulful, his harmonica phenomenal, and his keyboards outstanding. She commented to Jollyness that the group, Greg Rzab (bass), Jay Davenport (drums), and Rocky Athas (guitar), was amazing. 'He sure knows how to put a band together,' Jollyness agreed. The blues pioneer had well-earned long gray hair and a gray beard.

John opened with a song inspired by Sonny Boy Williamson, 'Bye Bye Bird.' An Otis Rush song, 'All Your Love,' followed nicely. There was a pleasing original, 'Moving Out and Moving On.' Mayall referred to 'All My Life' as a song from Chicago. He did a nice rendition of Mose Allison's 'Parchman Farm.' An audience member moaned 'Mayall,' during 'Long Gone Midnight.' Mercy had to agree.

Curtis Salgado's 'The Sum of Something' was well served. John said the next song was in memory of all the good times in London at the Flamingo, 'Blues for the Lost Boys.'

Mayall said, 'The next song is the one we have to do every night, but we do it differently every night.' 'Room to Move' earned a standing ovation. 'Maydell' was a satisfying encore.

Storm vs. Liberty
The game between the Storm and the New York Liberty on August 20 kept the audience on the edge of their seats until the buzzer. The fans were very happy to see Lauren Jackson back for the first time since June 21. She had been out because of a hip injury. Although L.J. seemed a bit stiff, she scored 20 points and seven rebounds, and was named player of the game.

The Storm stayed ahead of the Liberty for the first half, scoring 32 to their 27. By the end of the third quarter, New York was ahead 49-45. They were leading by two points at the last minute. Sue Bird did a block and Katie Smith scored three so the Storm won 63-62. Bird also contributed 14 points to the game.

Cuteness said, 'The last time Liberty won in Seattle was 2005. I would have been depressed if they had won again after we dominated the first half. We lost our rhythm. Great to see Lauren Jackson back. She was obviously playing limited minutes. She was having foul trouble. It was a crazy finish. After Katie Smith scored the three-pointer, all the Storm had to do was keep possession. Liberty stole the ball and missed their shot. It's really nice they won with Lauren Jackson back.'

Something's Afoot
Mercy and Cuteness enjoyed Something's Afoot at Taproot Theater (closed August 13). Mercy felt the Agatha Christie spoof had fun music and choreography. Cuteness admired the timing of the cast of Deanna Sarkar, Tim Tully, Gerald B. Browning, Natalie Ann Moe, William Hamer, Pat Sibley, Dale Bowers, Jenny Cross, and Ian Lindsay under the direction of Scott Nolte. She thought the physical comedy of Ryan Childers stood out. Cuteness also thought the voices were good.

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