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Rob Lamonica and Johnny O play Mexico inspired blues

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The Slice had a whole lot of blues on Friday, Sept. 20 with  Colorado bluesman Johnny Ohnmacht plus phenomenal Mexican born keyboardist Rob Lamonica and lead guitarist Igancio Nacho Chavez.

Rob Lamonica playing the Slice, Soet. 20. he has two other shows this weekend. Photo By Richard Amery
 Lamonica has several other shows this weekend, at the Stoketown Cafe, Sept. 21 from 11:30-2:30 p.m. with host Keith Woodrow and a special Sunday night  show at Telegraph Taphouse, Sept. 22. The trio played an intimate evening for an enraptured audience of  approximately 50 people at the Slice.

 Ohnmacht held centre stage, holding down the rhythm, but stepped back to watch Lamonica’s fingers fly over the old 88s.
 I arrived at the end of their first set, but was glad I stayed for the second.

 They opened with an extended jam on blues classic “Stormy Monday blues,” on which each of the three soloed soulfully and drew applause for their prowess.

 Ohnmacht played a couple of his own including  “ If the Phone Doesn't”t Ring, It’s Probably Me,” which drew grins, a  couple of dancers and more solos.

Johnny O playing the Slice, Spet. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
He also played a laid back, exotic tinged  , more mellow song he noted he wrote while living in Mexico.

He sang another pretty original “ Whiskey Drinking Woman,”    which was beautiful. I had to look twice at a wah wah pedal solo, I thought was being played by Chavez, however Lamonica had hooked up a wah wah to his keyboard for a more rock and roll experience.

 The three were completely locked in with each other, respectfully stepping back to let the other solo.
 Lamonica was impressive, his fingers a blur as he tickled the ivories. They invited Keith Catfish Woodrow on stage to sing another blues classic with the band.
 Johnny O will be bringing his trio back to the Slice for another show, Oct. 19.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 September 2019 12:34 )  
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