Friday, July 31, 2015
Where: nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Most of this band has alter-egos as jazz musicians, but when they play as Gina Sobel and the Mighty Fine, they rock. Original tunes, burning solos, soaring vocals, great grooves. Gina leads the group on flute, sax and vocals, with Dave French lending his blues-soaked strat and raspy voice to the mix. Ryan Lee is Dave's foil, cutting through with cerebral tele solos that make you wait for it. The rhythm section might as well be one person - Simon Evans and Pat Hayes have been playing together since they were kids. Simon's bass playing is defined and acrobatic in turn, but always locked in. Pat is the most sensitive rock drummer you'll ever meet, clean response, subtle syncopation and funky funky grooves.