(Writers note: This is my inaugural article for the ventwing.com. Considering that, I would like to layout my mission statement for my readers / viewers. As you know if you’ve seen my work before, I love to shoot and share my photographs of national touring rock and roll and blues performers, and have been doing so for almost eight years. That, along with more complete reviews of the shows will continue to be my main thrust in reporting. In addition to that, I want to bring to your attention stories about local talent and local venues that offer live music in an effort to stimulate the local music scene.
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The Firkin and Fox Outdoor Concert Series featured local artists Baker Street Friday evening on the 3rd street stage. Baker Street played 2 tight sets of blues, rock and roll, and funk featuring selections from artists like Boz Scaggs, Bob Marley, James Brown, The Doobie Brothers, The Beatles, and many more.
The band consists of Ev Musselman on lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards, Russ Hohenberger on drums and vocals, Dave Swearingen on guitar and vocals, and Brian Lester on bass & vocals. Fun seemed to be the tone of the evening. Baker Street held nothing back in an effort to make sure everybody was having a good time. Between bass player Brian Lesters hip thrusts to the bass accents in Boz Scaggs Lowdown to all three guitarists posturing at the front of the stage in mock heavy metal poses with grimaced faces, you couldn’t help but enjoy the show. Lest we not overlook the most important aspect of the show: Their musicianship was tight and their harmonies were spot on. They drew a good crowd that quickly got into the spirit of the night, dancing and drinking, and having a good time. Performers at the 3rd street event typically take two or three breaks, whereas Baker Street took only one break all night. Their mantra is, “All the things that use to fix me. They don’t fix me like the groove.” (lyric by Tower of Power)
Ev and Russ started out playing together in local churches and have been in various bands together for over 15 years. When their previous country band, The Rustlers, dissolved about 4 years ago they got together with Brian and Dave and formed Baker Street, a name derived from Russ’s home on Baker Drive. They wisely made the decision to play great songs that aren’t being played by everybody else out there, and to focus on making it fun, which it was. I highly recommend checking out Baker Street next time the opportunity presents itself.
Information on them can be found on their website at: http://www.bakerstreetcc.com/
And the beat goes on…