After a short break to relax it was time to start working. The Madhouse was well packed and I had learned from conversations that many people here were already looking forward to seeing the Ron Evans Group for the third time in Augsburg. By the way, the first gig came about after the Ron Evans Group had attracted positive attention at the Blues Festival on Munich’s Rotkreuzplatz (together with Vdelli and the Heavy Hitters Acoustic Project – article here). Vdelli has been a constant act in Augsburg for quite some time, as you can see on the wall decoration in the club. So everything else took its course.
The band quickly warmed up and obviously felt comfortable on stage. It was all compact, just like a living room, and the sparks quickly flew over to the audience. Good music, best mood and satisfied faces on and in front of the stage. This evening was especially fun for me, too. All musicians had the opportunity again to prove their class and joy of playing with appropriate solo parts.
A special highlight is the extensive bongo drum solo by Rainer and Christoph in J.J. Cale’s “After Midnight”, but of course Rainer’s excursion through the restaurant and onto a table while playing the saxophone was also a highlight. As usual, James casually plays the keys of his keyboard and always conjures up the matching sound from piano to Hammond B3. And Ron, as always, is in his element on the guitar, while Rodney lays the solid foundation together with Christoph, so that the groove doesn’t get out of time. A small selection of pictures from the evening is now available here.