by Don Brown Sr. & R.J. Bianchino
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
Thursday. It's Blues Nignt again at Boulder Station. This evening Coco Montoya put on a performance that was to be remembered. I've seen Coco before, but only as an opening act. So I knew what to expect. Nothing less than the best. Which was exactly what was delivered.Coco and his band, drummer Randy Hayes, bassest Steve Evans, and long time veteran keyboard player Benny Yee, kicked off the night with You Didn't Think About That and slid right into I Need Your Love In My Life.
A capacity crowd hung on every note. Later in the show when Coco reached for the Albert Collins' classic Get Your Business Straight you could hear a guitar pick drop. Albert, who Coco calls Pops, was a dear friend and father-like mentor to Montoya. He played drums five years for Pops, and it was Collins who taught Coco to play the guitar. So the first set ended appropriately with Nothing But Love, penned for, and dedicated to, Albert Collins. If one looked closely enough, they would see a tear form in Coco's eye as he stared to the side of the stage where Mrs. Collins was sitting.The second show immediately set an upbeat mood as Coco opened with Can't Get My Ass In Gear. Montoya also played the John Mayall song, Somebody's Acting Like A Child. Coco, who's not a stanger to stage presence, playfully acted out a hotel room fight between a man and a woman, with his guitar speaking both parts.
In the house was Garry Tallent, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's bass player since 1970. Garry, it seems, was so mesmerized - as was the audience - by Coco's show that he got up on stage and played two songs - Do What You Want To Do and Fool In Love.
And so we thought this would end a great concert. Not so. Coco Montoya concluded the night with a thirty minute jam version of Am I Losing You with Benny Yee and Steve Evans trading solos alongside him. I'm sure that everyone in the audience would agree, this was by far the best show of the year.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001-2003 Moondog Productions
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