CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS



Musicians that redefine an art form are very hard to find these days. In a very short time, artist Joe Bonamassa has transformed the blues and the guitar itself, into his own unique blend of both old and new ideas. His approach of the blues, along with his amazing guitar playing ability, have earned him a solid foundation within the blues community.


Last night, Fort Lauderdale welcomed Joe Bonamassa to the Broward Center for the Perfroming Arts. Before a sold-out crowd, Bonamassa took his place stage right and waited for the cued entrance music to conclude before taking the stage.


Bonamassa kicked off this night with the electric-filled "This Train". Playing a very road-worn, tobacco sunburst Fender guitar, Joe exploded with a blues-filled energy that radiated throughout the venue and into the souls of the audience. Wielding his electric axe, Joe plays with a haunting passion that calls out to the spirits of blues legends long gone.


Switching his guitar to a pale blue Fender Jaguar guitar, he begins to play "Mountain Climbing" to the delight of the crowd. The guitar solo is played with a calm intensity that featured some sick string bends and licks that rose the hairs on my skin. The wah wah pedal played through the Jaguar was a great addition that added depth and excitement.


After playing five more songs - "No Good Place For The Lonely", How Deep This River Runs", "Hidden Charms", "Never Make Your Move Too Soon", and "Angel of Mercy - Joe introduced the band before moving on with the show. On keyboards is Reese Wynans, drums featuring Anton Fig, Michael Rhodes on bass guitar, trumpeter Lee Thornburg, and last but not least, Paulie Cerra on saxaphone.


Bonamassa continued with "Love ain't a Love Song" and played five more selections beore ending his performance with "Hummingbird".


For my first time seeing Joe Bonamassa in concert, I come away from this show with a very high respect for his talent and guitar playing abilities. You can rest assured that I will be there front row and center. And so should you.