Monday, June 28, 2010
Concert Review - Crossroads Benefit 2010
In the all-afternoon run up of acts and artists to Eric's main performance, the set were typically 30 minutes, with 10 minuntes in between - so the flow and pacing was great. Bill Murray MC'ed again.
At 1 pm, first full set I saw was Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, and Hubert Sumlin (oxygen tube under his nose). They were great. Bert Jansch and Stefan Grossman next for an accoustic lull, giving the 10K on the soccer pitch a chance to sit down. They baked down there - it must have been 110 in the sun.
At 2:30 ZZ Topp did Jesus Just Left Chicago of course and LaGrange ("they got alot of nice girls there"). Doyle Bramhall, Austin's Gary Clark Jr. (check him out) & Sheryl Crow's following set was plagued by technical sound problems.
Subbing for the Allmas Bros. were Derek Trucks, wife Susan Tedeschi, joined by Warren Haynes, and Sheryl Crow. They did a killer version of Delaney, Bonnie & Friends - Comin' Home. David Hidalgo and Cesar Rojas (Los Lobos), et al. helped (literally) Johnny Winter tackle Red House. Eric's piano guy Chris Stainton joined for Joe Cocker song (off Mad Dogs and Englishmen) called Delta Lady.
Jeff Beck - OK, I get it - he's great, but he's not in my wheelhouse. His drummer was Narada Michael Walden. Long set-up break, then Clapton and band come out: Chris Stainton on piano, Steve Gadd on Drums (Aja), Nathan East on bass and ____? on organ. Long Reggae intro gave away I shot the Sheriff. He asked Citizen Cope out for an unmemorable song.
Then finally Steve Winwood. Starting with Buddy Holly's Well Alright (via Blind Faith), Glad, and Dear Mr. Fantasy. They might still be playing Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), doubltless the show's peak. I headed out to the choral/response of Cocaine and did not stay for BB King with Jimmy Vaughn and Robert Cray.
Posted by Curtis Linder at 12:16 PM
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