Sunshine Blues Festival, 2013 - Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton - January 19

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The night was closed out by the massive roots band conglomerate that formed out of the marriage of slide guitar wunderkind Derek Trucks and blues-howling soulstress Susan Tedeschi. The rain had left us for good finally and the crowd had bloomed to enjoy the end of the show.

The band is compiled out of Tedeschi and Truck's former touring groups and included two drummers, an organist that doubled on jazz-flute, a full horn section, two back-up singers (with enough talent of their own to lead the band themselves), a bass player, and of course Derek and Susan out front.

To say the sound they made was immense would be a gross understatement. This is a band that puts most other live acts playing in 2013 to absolute shame. Despite the large number of people on stage, everything was done as a unit, every song was dynamic, and though every member of the band was given an opportunity to step-out and embellish a bit, things never escaped too far away from the song itself.

Highlights of the band's extended set included a cover of George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity" -- which proved an perfect platform for Truck's vocal sounding slide playing -- "Bound For Glory," an absolute romp through "Rollin' and Tumblin,'" and even a new track that the group was performing live for the first time.

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The most remarkable thing about the performance -- more than the unbelievably locked-in dual drum assault provided by J.J Johnson and Tyler Greenwell, or band's ability to function as one, or even the sheer virtuosic abilities of Trucks' guitar or Tedeschi's voice -- was seeing a couple that visibly feeds off of their love for one another perform. The set was more than just songs being run-down by a big band. It was a series of time-stopping moments strung together to make for a closer that was in a league of its own.

Though the duo certainly made great music separately, there was a tangible love displayed on Saturday night that the entire band fed off of, and though the blues the band bases their music on is a sad affair, the vibe on Saturday night was undeniably one of joy.

Critic's Notebook:

Personal Bias: Major fan of the slide guitar. Despise elevator blues.

Overheard: "Man, they were tighter than an ugly 3rd grader!"
- Audience member after Sonny Landreth's band exited the stage.

Random Detail: The organist in Walter Trout's band reminded us of a muppet.

Location Info


Mizner Park Amphitheater

590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, FL

Category: General

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Even with the rain for most of the day, I made it from 11 to 11 and saw every band there. All were excellent! It was the best $60 music fest I have seen in a long time.

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