Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gracie Curran and The High Falutin' Band - Live at The Tap

Gracie B. Curran & The High Fallutin’ Band
Live - The Tap
September 18th, 2010
Review by Georgetown Fats

It was a great night for blues music in the Merrimack Valley. Gracie B Curran, making her debut at The Tap in Haverhill, backed by the High Fallutin’ Band channelled Etta, Janis and others to deliver a high impact show to the assembled and disassembled masses.

With the support if Marty Phillips as a guest sax player, Tommy Carroll on guitar and band leader, Ross Liberti in drums and Geoff Murfitt on bass the high energy Gracie B Curran lead her band through sets of well travelled covers tweaked appropriately for a female vocalist.

Curran’s command of the microphone was only exceeded by her command of the crowd; full of vocal talent and sass she had already whipped the assembled crowd into a party before we had arrived. With deft ability, Curran made sure to throw bon mots to her assembled colleagues and band mates while never interrupting the flow of her own show. She owned the room with a combination of pure vocal talent and exuberance.

Almost as entertaining as the show was Curran’s handling of a a gentleman who may have had a few bad ice cubes. Allowing the gentleman ‘just enough rope’ to add to the entertainment, Curran kept her cool and never lost her command of the room.

In between sets, I also had a chance to steal away to the new club opening in the former function room for The Tap. Schedule to open in the beginning of October and featuring dedicated blues nights the room is bound to enhance an already burgeoning Haverhill music scene.

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