Bistro Bistro out here in Reston has free shows every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday night. The catch? It doesn't start 'til 10pm. It is understandably a little far and late for most folks. But it is an excellent way to see a lot of top notch (usually local) talent.
Steve Guyger (vocals & harp), David Earl (guitar), Big Joe Maher (drums & vocals), and Steve Combs (bass) played BB-R last night. Guyger is an awesome harp player and powerful singer who makes his home in the Philly area and doesn't stray this far south very often. David Earl's guitar work was superb. Big Joe should be familiar to most of you from his work in his half dozen or so bands. He and Steve #2 provided a great foundation for Guyger and Earl.
The band was really tight and played some powerful blues. Guyger is a well respected harper and I was really looking forward to seeing him. I wasn't disappointed. For us dancers, the band played a couple danceable tunes the percentage of which got greater as the band played. Unfortunately there weren't many dancers in the crowd.
In fact, much of the show was lost on this audience. No fault of this or any other band, the majority of this crowd treats the band as just part of the atmosphere. Only a handful of the crowd on any one night are really there for the music.
Anyway, I'd managed to convince fellow blues fanatic, Chris Kirsh, to come out. We had a great time. It was 1am and the band was packing before I knew it. Damn, time flys with a good band.