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posted Friday, April 1, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 13
A Dyke About Town: Laura Love delights sold-out crowd at Triple Door
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A Dyke About Town: Laura Love delights sold-out crowd at Triple Door

by Mercy Moosemuzzle - SGN Contributing Writer

Tower of Power
Mercy's friend Mischief joined Mercy for Tower of Power at Jazz Alley on March 24, because the late show was too late on a weeknight for Cuteness. Mischief had never heard of the band because she's not a big fan of funk. When she heard them, she said, 'Wow, that was great.' She liked their chemistry, and pointed out she couldn't stay in her seat.

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).

Brags' vocals knocked Mercy out. Tom Politzer's sax, Adolfo Acosta's trumpet, Mike Harper's guitar, and Roger Smith's piano stood out. The total brass sound was excellent.

The group opened with 'We Came to Play.' 'Sweet Soul Music' followed, as did 'Soulful Song.' 'Soul With a Capital S' kept the theme going.

'What Did You Say?' had a nice guitar solo. The piano was featured in 'On the Serious Side.' 'Get Your Feet Back on the Ground' followed nicely. 'How Can This Happen to Me?' featured a fine trumpet. Brags nailed 'Me and Mrs. Jones.' Emilio sang 'Diggin' on James Brown' with his soulful voice. 'So Very Hard to Get' featured the trumpet. 'I Could Never Make You Happy' slowed the pace down again, and also had a trumpet solo. Piano was featured in 'What Is Hip?' Castillo said, 'We should change the name of this place to 'Soul Alley.'

Laura Love and Bitch
Mercy's friend Jousts joined her for Laura Love and Bitch at the Triple Door on March 27 because Cuteness had to be home with Equality. They had never heard of Bitch before. Jousts noted Bitch was a remarkable performer. The Lesbian singer/songwriter had a strong voice, fresh lyrics, and a fun range of styles and instruments. Her violin was lovely. She said Laura Love was her inspiration in learning to rock her bass. Alligator accompanied with swell keyboards. High points were 'Everything Shattered Including the Light,' 'Nothing For Me This Time,' and 'Open Up.'

Laura Love and Jen Todd took the stage. Laura mentioned she is living in Okanogan County. Love let her powerful voice go with 'The Cuckoo.' Her bass was soulful. Jen Todd's guitar was knowing and her harmonies luscious. A song Laura wrote in the field holler style, 'Load Up,' slowed things down, but just for a moment. 'Keep Your Eyes on the Prize' returned to the upbeat rhythm. A hot original, 'It's No Time For Messing Around,' continued the pace. 'Hey, Lady, Do You Have a Light?' was another fine Laura Love song.

Laura joked about herself and Jen playing for Salt Lake City Gay Pride, an event they said drew two people. They sang a medley of 'More Than a Mormon,' 'I am Mormon, Hear Me Roar,' and 'The Mormon I Wake Up' in honor of the event. Jen sang a delicious solo, 'Gonna Get it Right This Time,' a nice slow folk song. Bitch came back on violin and joined on Love's most famous song, 'Let Your Freak Flag Fly.' Lisa Koch came to the stage to sing a Venus Envy song, 'Put a Little Light in Your Heart.' She also sang a song of her writing, 'My Skin Has Fallen and It Can't Get Up.' Laura sang 'Amazing Grace' as an encore, knocking it out of the ballpark. Jousts said to Mercy, 'That was the best concert of the year.'

Cris Williamson
Mercy is looking forward to seeing Cris Williamson at the Triple Door on Sunday, April 10. Cris is bringing friends including Lisa Koch, Roxanna Ward, Nancy Rumble, Mel Watson, and Jen Todd.

Now Seattle-based singer/songwriter Cris Williamson is celebrating the release of her latest CD, GiftHorse. Cris and friends will also debut a sampling from her upcoming project, an album of standards from the likes of Gershwin and Porter - music that informs her vocal and compositional stylings. Mercy remembers being knocked out by Cris singing 'Someone to Watch Over Me' at Lisa Koch's birthday bash.

You can get your tickets at thetripledoor.com.

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