Saturday, April 6, 2013

RON YOUNG with The Blue-Eyed Devils and Little Caesar

The Blue-Eyed Devils are an informal supergroup of top tier musicians associated with Unison Music Group (label and studio) which itself associates with Johnny Depp, Cher, Joe Perry, Adam Ant, Motorhead, L.A. Guns, the late Whitney Houston and tons more notables. They brought their mutual adoration of oldskool funk, soul, R&B and Motown with  unbelievably tight dexterity at same to The Joint last month with a fortified set of sterling covers (see below. Also see LINK.) First two photographs above, singer extraordinaire Ron Young gives his all, soul-wise, then everyone chimes in.  Hot stuff live!
Bruce Witkin grooves
The Joint

the funk



It takes a whole lotta beat to really power this genre's groove. Keyboard player Kevin Laurence alongside congas Devil Bruce Carver and the rest of the band joined drummer Rob Kloner for percussion in the set's crescendo of funk, R&B and soul. While band members remain bereft of cloven hooves, at some gigs there purportedly are horns for these Devils...

(Below left, 
obvious devilishness 
afoot with Rob Kloner)
The Blue-Eyed Devils' set list (best I reckon)Play That Funky Music-Wild Cherry / 25 Miles-Edwin Starr/ Who's Makin' Love-Johnny Taylor/ I'll Be Doggone- Marvin Gaye / Change What You Can-Marvin Gaye / Groove Me- King Floyd / It's Your Thing- Isley Brothers / Clean Up Woman- Betty Wright / Ain't No Woman Like The One I Got- The Four Tops/Yes We Can- The Staples Singers / Sing A Little Song- Sly and the Family Stone / Fire- The Ohio Players / Can't Get Next To You- The Temptations / Cloud Nine- The Temptations / Rocksteady- Aretha Franklin 
In the immortal words of Sly Stone, dance to the music! which The Joint certainly did.  Testify!

Above, Ron Young switching gears to Little Caesar with concomitant instant audience rapport at the Whisky A Gogo. Little Caesar powered through this high-octane warmup gig for its forthcoming summer tour of Europe which includes a prestigious Sunday gig lined up for the Donnington Download Festival 6.16.13.  England and the Continent definitely have embraced LC's robust hardest rock, raucous tattooed Americana the second time around.* Altogether great band every single gig.
Above, Ron outlines decline inside the "American Dream"

Below, Loren Molinare, before and after the storm hit. Like Ron, Loren also shares dual membership in another topflight band, in this case the legendary Detroit-L.A. punk pioneers THE DOGS (see LINK for 40-year history and LINK for info and current releases.)

Joey Brasler in action, with emotion

 Above, Tom Morris also in action launches drum attack in his original Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels t-shirt!
Below, blue collar cool with bassist

  Backstage camaraderie at both gigs--
top, Loren Molinare, Evita Corby and Ron Young at
The Blue-Eyed Devils gig 3.14.13, The Joint, Beverly Hills;  below--Jeff Justin, Julie Sher Molinare, Loren Molinare, Trace Paniagua and Renee Young congregate after Little Caesar gig at the Whisky 3.21.13.
 * For copious Little Caesar history click LINK, and their own website LINK for tour info and newest releases.

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