by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
Eric Sardinas brought his red hot slide playing to Las Vegas in the Railhead for the second time this year. The band is still touring in support of their sophomore release, DEVIL'S TRAIN. Opening with an instrumental, Eric's fingers were flying over the fretboard as his rhythm section laid down a pulsating beat.
Eric is supported by a strong rhythm section consisting of bassist Paul Loranger and drummer Mike Dupke. These men, good musicians in their own right, give Sardinas all the room he needs to shine. Loranger added a good bass run to "CAN'T BE SATISFIED" during the first set. "GET ALONG RIDER" set the tone for the last song of the first half, "MURDERING BLUES", which left the crowd waiting for more.
The band started the second set with another ear-opening instrumental. The numbers "ROLLIN' AND TUMBLIN'" and "COUNTRYCIDE" captivated the audience. Eric's take on Robert Johnson's "COME ON IN MY KITCHEN" hits like a slegdehammer.
Mike provided a drum solo while Sardinas left the stage. Eric came back shirtless so he could do his Budweiser bottle slide trick to end the set. The eruption of the crowd brought the band back for an encore of "TREAT ME RIGHT" to end another high powered concert from this great band.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2002 Moondog Productions
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