The house was filled with enthusiastic and knowledgeable fans on May 13 when Robben Ford brought his music, band, and a special guest to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino to Niagara Falls. The Grammy nominated artist brought his own unique style of Jazz, Rock, and Blues to the hour and a half show.
A small technical issus – a dead battery – brought a short delay right after the show began but a call from the audience asking what Robben was playing brought an answer to the question – a recently acquired 1953 Less Paul making its tour debut – and a few stories and laughter to fill the time. And in some ways it also set the tone for the rest of the show – hard rocking but filled with light hearted fun and plenty of great music that kept fans interested and filled with joyous appreciation. It was the final show of a short tour but there was no sign of a let down or the “I can’t wait for this to be over” blues that is sometimes found at the end of a tour.
Once the battery was replaced, Robben continued with “Midnight Comes too Soon”, “Rainbow Cover”, “Rose of Sharon”, “Cannonball Shuffle” – a tribute to Freddie King, and “Hig Heels and Throwing Things” – a piece that included extended solos from band members bass man Brian Allen and drummer Les Little – before bringing out his special guest.
After meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland the duo have collaborated in the studio and on stage. Robben and guest guitarist Bjorn Thoroddsen played a couple of numbers and house the house down.
Robben continued the show with “On that Morning”, “Baby Please Set a Date”, “Fool’s Paradise”, and “Lovin’ Cup”.
After some rousing applause and cheers from the crowd, Robben and his band returned to the stage with Bjorn for an encore performance.
There is an epression of leave them wanting more and Robben Ford and his band did just that; the crowd would have easily and gladly stayed a while longer to hear some more great music.
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