I arrived at the Turf Club about 30 minutes before the show started Thursday night and was surprised to see a packed house with people lining the stage. I thought maybe Clownvis was the big draw, but there were a lot of fans wearing Blasters shirts.
Clownvis took the stage at 8:30 and was an instant hit. His blend of comedy, magic and music went over big. His constant banter with the audience kept them engaged. I was standing less than 5 feet away and can’t figure out how he did the disappearing banana trick. His music covered originals, TV theme songs and a few Elvis covers. He also discussed the landing of the pilgrims 5,000 years ago and how in awe they were of the Statue of Liberty, the birth of Christ, around the same time (5,000 years ago) and a salute to Libraries. His set seemed to go fast and the crowd was sad when he said he had to leave.
After a 15-minute intermission, the Blasters took the stage. More people started standing and getting closer to the stage. The Blasters are a straight ahead, no-nonsense band. The style is Rock’n Roll that is classic but remains timeless. One song after another with no breaks, except when a bass guitar string breaks and it occurred three times at the beginning of their set. Once the bass guitar issue was settled, it was full speed ahead Blasters. There may be a bit more grey in their hair (and the audiences), but the music was tight, great, full of energy and non-stop. Even more people filed in after the Blasters started, indicating they still have a strong following. The crowd danced and cheered throughout their set, proving once again, you’re never too old to rock and roll. I was very glad I was able to see them live and it’s something every fan of rock and roll should experience.