Powder Blues #Ottawa
Seeing the Powder Blues on November 2nd was a blast from the past for me. I’ve been a fan of the Powder Blues Band since their first album, Uncut, was released in 1980, yet I have never seen them live. As soon as I heard that they were playing Centrepointe Theatre this year, it was obvious I was going to finally make up for this omission and see them live in concert – it only took me 34 years to get around to doing so. All I can say is that it was worth the extended wait! Tom Lavin may be 64 years old, but it certainly does not show when he’s playing the guitar. Add in an extremely talented keyboard player whose hands moved so fast they were a blur, great horns and a rock solid rhythm section and you have the ingredients for a great show from a great band with really good stage presence. I especially loved the stories that Tom told throughout the evening to lead into the songs – it’s an added depth to the music that I love. It was also great to see Tom and the band having so much fun on the stage. In his own words, he wasn’t there because he had to, he was there because he loves playing the blues. Alas, after an hour and three quarters, it was 11pm and time to reluctantly end the set with a single encore. A great show by a great band and one that I would love to see again.