Last Saturday was quite the night for local music. While John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light were celebrating their CD release and Swayback played the Hi-Dive with Houses, Rob Drabkin had a (birthday) party of his own. The Soiled Dove Underground was comfortably full when we arrived, just in time to hear Ryanhood.
Ryanhood was truly a delightful experience, especially for an opening act. The 2-man group combined melody and harmony with acoustic guitars and mandolin in a way that took full advantage of the venue’s excellent sound system. My only wish is to see these guys again some day with a full band. Levi Ware and his band also played a set that was good despite some technical difficulties.
The last person to play before Rob’s headlining set was a young girl from Nederland (whose name escapes me right now). She played with more skill than anyone of her age (or size) I have ever seen, and her original lyrics weren’t too shabby either. For her last song Rob Drabkin came out to play a duet, it was heartwarming, to say the least.
For the grand finale of the night Rob Drabkin and his band played a nearly 2-hour set consisting of most of Rob’s original music and a few covers (Paul Simon’s “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” was one of my favorites). Rob’s dad even made an appearance, adding saxophone solos and backup to complement the musicianship displayed by all of the players on stage. Everyone here at SLS would like to wish Rob a happy birthday.