Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Siegel-Schwall Band at the Triple Door - August 15, 2007

By Phil Chesnut

Another amazing blues performance was held last night at Seattle's premier music venue, the Triple Door. Featured at this Wednesday night, packed house was the legendary, Siegel-Schwall Blues Band, in their only West Coast performance. One of the forces behind the resurgence of the blues in the '60s and an integral part of Chicago's golden era of the blues. From their beginnings at Chicago's Peppers Lounge, hosting such greats as Muddy Waters, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf, to gaining equal fame at the Filmore West, Siegel-Schwall has long set their place in blues history.

With harp virtuoso, Corky Siegel and guitarist, Jim Schwall as the base, along with longtime bassist, Rollo Radford and everyone's legendary blues drummer, Sam Lay, the band put on a high energy show, for their multitude of Seattle blues fans. The evening's bonus was offered by special guest Artis the Spoonman and his highly energetic "flatwear percussion." This historic blues ensemble certainly made their appreciative crowd remember not only what was but embrace the blues that is still being created. Among the many festivals and performances experienced this summer, for me, this was one of the highlights.

Corky Siegel

Corky Siegel and Artis the Spoonman

Jim Schwall

Sam Lay

The Siegel-Schwall Band

Note: All photos in this article were created by Phil Chesnut.

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