Lady Gaga Sings The Big Easy Blues
The reason Rocks Off woke up to Lady Gaga on Good Morning America this morning, instead of Channel 13's Eyewitness News like we normally do, is that last night we may have been out a little later than we should have been. We're not not saying we were, we're not saying we weren't. We're just saying we didn't plan on it, but shit happens. We were born this way.
The reason Rocks Off may or may not have been out (long) past our bedtime is because we went to the Houston Blues Society's monthly open jam at The Big Easy on Kirby. If you're wondering why you didn't see that particular Facebook invitation, it's probably because - as far as we know - there wasn't one.
The Blues Society does have a Facebook group page, but the jam gets by on word of mouth, flyers, promotion on KPFT's various blues shows, the occasional print-media article (gasp!) and the ancient form of communication known as email blasts. And it gets by pretty well.
The Big Easy wasn't quite full when Rocks Off and our buddy Lonesome Onry and Mean showed up shortly after 9 p.m., but the dance floor was getting that way, and seating was already at a premium. The crowd was heavy on snowy hair, beards and Houston Blues Society T-shirts, but we saw a few young Japanese folks and a couple of kids who couldn't have even taken their driving tests yet mixed in too.
There was very little texting or talking. The star of the evening was Eugene Moody, who was well in progress when we got there. The singer/guitarist and his band were slow-roasting a set of Southern R&B like a rotisserie chicken at a Memorial Day barbecue. Overall it smacked strongly of Al Green and Otis Redding, and time didn't quite stand still when they hit Lowell Fulsom's "Things That I Used To Do" and Sly & the Family Stone's "If You Want Me To Stay," but it came pretty close.
Little Joe Washington showed up, but didn't play. We thought he might for a minute - despite not having a guitar, which has never stopped him before - but he mostly just talked to Blues Society president Boyd Bluestein. Washington looked healthy and in good spirits, and even gave Rocks Off his bourbon and Coke.
We drank it.