Bottle of Blue
Ronnie V. & The Family Band
December 31, 2017
It’d be hard to find a better way to celebrate the arrival of 2018 than the rocking good time had by all at the Aloha Theatre last Sunday.
Opening up the night of festivities was Kona’s Ronnie V. & The Family Band. The five-man band’s acoustic set reached deep into the Jam Band bag of tunes, and pulled out the crowd pleaser “Stealin’,” a tune first recorded by The Memphis Jug Band in the 1930’s. They classify their sound as an infusion of Blues, Gospel, Soul, and Bluegrass. Additionally, I hear shades of The Dead and Hot Tuna coming through as well.
Frontman Ronnie V,, who has a deep bassy voice like someone melted a chocolate bar in your ear, paid tribute to recently departed musicians Greg Allman and Col. Bruce Hampton with smokin’ covers of “Whippin’ Post,” and “Turn on Your Love Light,” respectively.
Who couldn’t help notice the fancy fret work by the “Always Rippin’” David Lawrence. I’ve heard him on Kona’s classic rock station Lava 105 (KBGX-FM) as the afternoon drive-time jock picked up by the station in 2014. The nickname “Always Rippin’” fits him perfectly as the slick guitar player he is.
Toward the end of their set, V invited the crowd up to the stage and handed out copies of their new CD. Housed in a plain cardboard envelope, with the words “Bootleg Live” written with a sharpie on the cover, the 12-track album appears to be a collection of live tracks from a recent show. It also came with a bonus sticker.
There was plenty to do during the brief intermission. Maybe you were one of those mesmerized by the bubble fogger machine. Folks couldn’t help take selfies as they were bombarded by exploding tiny bubbles filled with vapor. Others hit the snack bar or took selfies with provided costumes.
Scott Reagan’s tight-knit band Bottle of Blue hit the stage for a 90-minute set that quickly got the crowd dancing in the aisles. Dave Ojeda’s steady locomotive drumming and lead guitarist Dan Corippo’s solos, padded with the perfect amount of decibels and distortion, were the right combo on songs like “Gimme Shelter” and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Couldn’t Stand The Weather.”
(Above: Bottle of Blue)
The band also performed some great originals like “I Wanna Feel It,” “Speak To Me,” and “Rock My Blues Away.”
As it neared midnight, Reagan got the audience ready for the official countdown… 4-3-2-1, “Happy New Year!” Bottle of Blue then broke into Billy Preston’s “Will It Go Round in Circles.” Giant beach balls were tossed around the room, balloons fell from the ceiling, and Ronnie V & band joined the group as the crowd sang in the New Year.
Robbie V & The Family Band
Ronnie Velveta (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar),Jason Fischer (Lead Harmonica, Backing Vocals), David Lawrence (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals), Kevin Snow (Mandolin), Jerry Adams( Percussion),Jeffrey Barbas.
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Set List: Medley: For What It’s Worth/Easy Wind | Fingers To The Bone | Steelin’ | Whipping Post | Dig My Hole | Soulshine | Workin’ Man | Jambalaya | Big House Blues | Black Train | Turn on Your Love Light.
Bottle of Blue
Scott Reagan (Lead Vocals), Marion Geruschat (Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard, and Vocals), Dan Corippo (Electric Guitar and Backing Vocals), Dave Ojeda (Bass), Jeff Borree (Drums).
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Set One: Kahsmir | Long Train Running | Couldn’t Stand The Weather | Long Time Gone | Good Lovin’ | Won’t Back Down
Set Two: American Girl | Move It On Over | Lost and Found | Even It Up | Speak To Me | I’m Your Captain | Magic Carpet Ride | Pride and Joy | Fire On The Mountain | Gimme Shelter | Rock My Blues Away | Will It Go Round in Circles.
All photos by Steve Roby.