The Fonda Theatre | Los Angeles, CA | June 17, 2016 | Photos: ZB Images
Hail, hail because the boys were back in town. In their adopted hometown, on home turf and closing out their Spring tour on the stage of one of that adopted hometown’s most prestigious venues: Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre. That’s how The Record Company roll.
And in a room full of friends, fans and familiars, roll they did: along with rock, sweat, jump, thrash and exalt in the rich and earthy nature of the blues rock that they have excelled in: excelled to the point of a Best Contemporary Blues album Grammy nomination. As fine and formidable a live outfit as they have been since their “baby band” days of 2011, Chris Vos, Alex Stiff and Marc Cazorla have managed to step up their performance game with righteous covers like Beastie Boys’ “So What Cha Want,” Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and by fleshing out their own songs like “Baby I’m Broken” and “Off The Ground” with full-bodied jams that get the blood pumping even harder than it already does during a TRC show. Plus, a larger stage with more square footage to prowl is never a bad thing.
The evening’s opening support came from the stellar San Francisco bluegrass quintet, The Brothers Comatose.