The Scottie Miller Band has played at the Pearson Lakes Art Center several times. But Tuesday night's show was the first they had played here on an outdoor stage. The tall trees near the gazebo provided shade for the band and its audience of fans.
Scottie Miller is an accomplished singer, musician and songwriter from the Twin Cities area. He plays keyboards well and sings with a mellow, soothing voice.
Miller brought along a band of great blues musicians. Patrick Allen played lead guitar and added harmonious vocals to the show. Dick Shopteau was the bass guitarist and also provided backup vocals.
The drummer, Mark O'Day was outstanding! A first rate musician, he received cheers, hoots of joy and loud applause for his performance, especially for "Reciprocation."
The band played Miller original compositions the entire evening with the exception of "Feels Like Rain" by John Hyatt. They performed a moody rendition that gave Miller an opportunity to showcase his skills on the keyboards.
I enjoyed the trio of vocalists on "Circles" and they created a really nice ending for that number.
Miller told the audience it was the band's second live performance in five months due to the COVID pandemic and expressed how glad they were to be able to play together again. His story brought home to the audience just how hard musicians have been hit by the shutdown. Many of them have lost 90 percent or more of their livelihood.
Scottie's band concluded the evening of comforting blues music with "Too Far Gone." The audience was very appreciative of their talent and efforts.