What an awesome night of music! The Dave Goddess Group was in top form and gave a performance that will be talked about by fans for years! Dave Goddess on vocals, Pete Cline on guitar, Mark Buschi on bass, Tom Brobst on keys & sax and Tom Baztylak took the crowd to another level from the start of the show opening with the title track of their new CD “Something New”.
The crowd became animated when they performed the classic “Just a Little Goes a Long Way”, and then jammed on “Nothing Cool” with Tom Brobst playing a mean sax. “The First Lie” sounded so much better live that it blew me away! They then dug deep to bring back an 80’s classic, “They Might Be Giants” that was well received. “Sweet Misunderstanding” was very Petty-like in its sound. “Lucky Guy” once again featured Tom Brobst on the sax where he just grooved out. “Call of the Wild” and “Can’t Fight” that featured dual vocals and guitar riffs by Pete Cline and Dave Goddess. “Wild and Willing” reminded me of early Bruce so much so hearing it live. “Lolita” featured an awesome pulsating beat by Mark Buschi and a solo by Pete Cline on guitar. Then the crowd was treated to the classic “Tragic Flaw” with a sax solo that had them, whistling and jamming on the dance floor.
They finished their set with the crowd favorite “You Can’t Keep Me Out” which elicited shouts for more, more, more! Their encore was the high point of the evening and featured the recognizable classics “Kids Out Looking for the Real Thing” and “I Got Wheels”.
Opening the evening were Mike Narvaez and Zack Ernst from The Feens with a rare acoustic set that showed a complete other side of mature sounding jams that featured originals “Strange”, “Space Van” and “Shiva” with a slice of James Taylor and Tom Petty.
The Creatures of the Golden Dawn with guest guitarist Steve Schlack from The Steeds sitting in For JT really lit up the evening with a style of music that can only be described as 60’s garage mixed with rockabilly, punk and 80’s alternative wrapped in one neat package. Performing tunes such as “Clown with a Broken Crown”, “Arbot Row” and “3 in the Morning” to open, they featured a nice guitar solo and an awesome harmonica jam by Mark. “Feels like the End of the World” reminded me of a punk protest 60’s song, how cool! “Pretty Things” had an eerie Tommy Tutone riff that was haunting. “Hurricane Fighter Plane” and “Red Crayola” reminded me of early Fred Schneider in its makeup and delivery. “Bye Bye Baby” was a like listening to a cross of Syndicate of Sound and Shadows of Night. If you have listened to Joy Division or the Troggs, you would have been at home tonite with The Creatures! Kudos go out to Sam Younes for his untiring work putting all this together!