The Scottie Miller Band from the Twin Cities returned to the Pearson Lakes Art Center for another evening of blues last week.
The band has made several appearances in the Lauridsen Performing Arts Theatre at the art center in past years. Four very talented musicians graced the stage.
Miller played piano, organ and mandolin while singing a few well-known blues tunes. Joining him were Patrick Allen on guitar and vocals; Dik Shopteau on bass guitar and vocals; and Mark O’Day on drums. These guys play well together. They are not a tribute band, so we were treated to many original songs throughout the evening.
During the first half of the show, the instruments were so loud, we had trouble hearing the lyrics being sung to us. But after intermission the vocals were turned up, and it was much better.
I enjoyed the song “River of Tears” that Miller had written while playing in a Minneapolis bar. It had a funky, fun beat.
The lighting effects on the black backdrop of the stage were a pleasure to observe. Also kudos to the staff at the art center for installing the lighting along the aisles. Not only were the tiny lights pleasing to the eye, they provided additional safety while finding your seat after the lights were dimmed.
Shopteau played his bass with a nice flair. Drummer O’Day was very good, and his shenanigans were humorous.
I could listen to Allen play guitar all night. I really liked the number where Miller played the mandolin. That instrument had such a nice sound. His keyboard solo was cute too.
They sang about coping with COVID, days of reckoning and revolutions. They each played solo sections of a song about “Where You Been Hiding.” Each nailed his solo and that song was very special.
Next on the docket at PLAC will be the Classics IV and The Association along with Gary Puckett & the Union Gap on Wednesday, July 21. That show starts at 7 p.m. instead of 7:30 because it is a long show. It has been sold out for weeks.