On this date at the Leo, we heard
- Jake Kolesar, one of the “new faces” in the local acoustic scene
- Jamon Zieler, one of the “old guard” guys in the local acoustic scene
- Ricky Nye, the boogie-woogie and blues piano guy in the local music scene
Jake’s a 16-year-old singer-songwriter. I remember he kind of knocked our socks off at an open mic a year or two ago, and it was good to see him in a full set. His set included several original songs, some of which you can hear on YouTube, and a nice, soulful cover of Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe,” which back in the ’60s was covered by The Turtles (among many others).
Thinking about Jamon, I remembered when he first came to the Leo sometime back in the 1990s, when the Leo was down at the University YMCA in Clifton. He was new in town, but somehow he found us and he’s been coming back ever since. In addition to being a fine player and singer, Jamon makes guitars. It’s hard to find videos with him playing and singing on the web but he has a couple of websites about his guitar making, here and here. Jamon’s set included:
- A song he wrote a couple of days before the performance
- A tribute to a songwriter friend of his, Mike, who passed on this year
- A duet, with Ricky Nye, of a version Statesboro Blues
During the break, Patti Walker made some homegrown hot peppers available.
After the break, Ricky wowed us and honored us with a “CD Release Party” of his most recent CD called the three Bs: Blues, Ballad, and Boogie-Woogie, The CD includes many, many traditional tunes. Additionally, fans of Nye, the piano blues, and boogie-woogie, will want to head to the 14th annual Blues and Boogie Piano Summit.
Emcee for the evening was Kabir Bakie; sound by Chuck Black; snacks by many people. Thank you all.