Friday, July 27, 2012
Photos and review: Little Feat rocked the funk at Granada Theater (July 26)
They played fight songs for every 9-to-5er.
DALLAS We'll call it the best party in Dallas on Thursday night: The sold-out Little Feat concert at Granada Theater had a noticeably diverse crowd that spanned many generations, perhaps reflecting the diversity of the band itself.
Little Feat is known for its smooth, acoustic rifts in the gently swaying song "Willin." When the piano pounded, the intermittent folk chords -- perfect for a Texas dance hall -- incited cheers among the folk and country fans at Granada. The lyrics "from Tucson to Tucumcari" are like an American music anthem sung by fans while driving dusty roads or sitting around campfires. The crowd of course chimed in, as many knew every word by heart.
Rocket in my Pocket
Just a Fever
Mellow Down Easy
Way Down Under
Church Falling Down
The Caribbean beat infused into the music made it impossible to keep our feet still. From the opening song "Rocket in my Pocket," there was no doubt the heavy wailing blues licks were going to make a presence. Then right into the second song "Honest Man" -- a fight song for every 9-to-5er -- the music had a stompin, jazzy groove.
"Just a Fever" brought in Deep South vintage blues chords -- swampland roots blues chords that take us to Little Feat's funk base. Of course, they also visited tunes from their newest release with "Rooster Rag," "Church Falling Down," "Mellow Down Easy," and "Way Down Under."
The crowd expressed great exuberance for a great band at a great venue. The society of music is a strong community.
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