Jammin Java, Vienna, Virginia
Let’s get the easy stuff out the way: The support act, Get Right (I think), were perfectly…OK. bunch of gimmicks in search of a settled theme, but competent enough.
Then the main act. The Martin Barre band, featuring the lead singer who looks a bit like a younger anemic Art Malik, some guy on bass, another guy on drums. And Martin Barre. The good stuff: technically very very good. And the material was good as well; some Tull, some original Barre material, and some covers, all played with that distinctive Barre guitar. Fairly good interaction with the crowd.
The ‘room for improvement’ bit: the singer was a credible representation of Ian Anderson, and good in his own right. But the sound mixing (which is a euphemism for ‘make Martin’s guitar 2X louder than everything else combined) made it difficult to hear him clearly. If you know Tull material, you could follow on; if you didn’t, good luck. Mr Barre was also at great pains to explain two things to us: the first that he had been in a “little” band called Jethro Tull; the second that he loves – LOVES – the » Continue Reading.