Pat Travers Band at the Tonic Lounge in Portland, Oregon on Friday May 2, 2014.
Friday, May 2nd the Pat Travers Band made their way to Portland, Oregon for a sold out show at the Tonic Lounge for the release of their brand new CD “CAN DO.” The show started at 9:30pm with an instrumental prog, three piece band of talented musicians from San Francisco called Points North. They got the already pumped crowd hot and ready for the Pat Travers band.
Pat Travers, Rodney O’Quinn, Kirk McKim, and Sandy Gennaro hit the stage and opened it up with PTB’s classic hit “Rock N Roll Susie” an earth shaking performance that got the crowd feelin’ right. Pat and Kirk McKim harmonized and dueled with their guitars, while Sandy Gennaro wailed on his kit.
Pat Travers commented, “When anyone asks me what type of music I play, I always say rock, I play rock music and now my music is referred to as classic rock.” Pat showed us just how he stood the test of time and played some of his classic favorites, “Crash and Burn,” which really features Pat’s voice and the unique sound of his guitar playing, “Stevie,” “Snortin’ Whiskey,” and the ever so fun, “Boom Boom (out go the lights).” This was especially fun with a sold out crowd. Everyone was right on cue, shouting, “OUT GO THE LIGHTS!” The lighting crew also took the cue and dimmed the lights each time.
There was a good mix of blues on the setlist and Pat Travers has an incredible talent of taking old blues songs and turning them into guitar driven hits as he did on his album ‘Blues On Fire’. The band played track one from this album, Blind Blake’s 1927 song, “Black Dog Blues,” which Rodney O’Quinn is the star, giving this song a heavy, thumping riff, laying a solid foundation for the other players.
Pat took us down the road of his incredible career with blues and classics, but I really enjoyed, also, the songs he chose to perform off of his new CD. Pat told us that his next song “Diamond Girl,” was his favorite off of ‘CAN DO’. This song has the same quality as “Stevie,” a melodic heartfelt song with a message, but more lift and a bit more funky. He also performed the title track, “Can Do,” a heavy song with that mean Pat Travers guitar work which goes back to his classic rock sound.
I’ve been a Pat Travers fan since 1988 and have seen several of his concerts with several different players and the current line up with Rodney, Kirk, and Sandy do not disappoint! Each player is an integral part of Pats sound whether it be his classic rock hits, the blues, or his latest music, the Pat Travers Band are still makin’ magic!
Tour Dates:Sun 05/18/14 Mount Dora, FL Elizabeth Evans Park
Wed 05/28/14 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Thu 05/29/14 Richmond, IN The Firehouse BBQ and Blues
Sat 05/31/14 Bowling Green, KY Spillway Bar and Grill
Sun 06/01/14 Memphis, TN Rockhouse Live
Thu 06/12/14 Sellersville, PA Sellersville Theater 1894
Appearing with Molly Hatchet
Fri 06/13/14 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Ctr.
Sat 06/14/14 West Springfield, VA Empire
Sat 06/28/14 Middletown, NY Brian's Backyard BBQ
Fri 07/18/14 White River Junction, VT Tupelo Music Hall
Sat 07/19/14 Londonderry, NH Tupelo Music Hall
Appearing at "East Providence Heritage Festival"
Sun 07/20/14 East Providence, RI Pierce Memorial Stadium
Fri 07/25/14 Corona, CA M15 Concert Bar & Grill
Sat 07/26/14 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Fri 08/08/14 Sequim, WA 7 Cedars Casino
Appearing at "Rock Legends Cruise"
Thu 02/19/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Liberty Of The Seas
Fri 02/20/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Liberty Of The Seas
Sat 02/21/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Liberty Of The Seas
Sun 02/22/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Liberty Of The Seas
Mon 02/23/15 Fort Lauderdale, FL Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Liberty Of The Seas
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Photos by Scott Banning