OK, first of all , I have to apologize for the crappy photos. Let's just say a camera phone works in certain situations and not in others.
That said, the California Guitar Trio
at the Cooperage was a great show. By the time I got off of work, picked up the GF and headed to the Cooperage, I was running a bit late. Needless to say, Neil Copperman of AMP always
starts on time, so by the time I got there the place was freakin' packed to the gills.
The music ran the gamut of Spaghetti Western
theme songs to classical compositions to original scores. Add to that some interesting renditions of a couple of classic rock favorites and the show was fully rounded. I especially liked the CGT version of the theme to "the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
," easily both one of my all-time favorite movies and all-time favorite tunes. Their version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody
" rocked the house, literally - I've never seen so many otherwise respectable-looking audiophiles head-banging
in my life. Their version of "Moonlight Sonata
" was both beautiful and haunting, and their original song, "Andromeda
," held the house to a hush. All in all, CGT was a great exposition of musical talent, tasteful rendition, and - dare I say it - soulful execution.
I took the opportunity to talk to Neil while I was at the show. I can honestly say that Neil's not only got great taste in music - I saw the AMP production of the Band of Heathens
a short while ago at the very same venue - he's honestly really into what he does. He told me that, while he misses the ambience of the now-defunct Golden West Theater
, the Cooperage provides a great venue replete with great sound, an acoustically-sound room, and even a great menu to boot. All I can say is I truly appreciate the great talent Neil brings to El Burque
with every show, and hope he can keep it up. Keep in mind, o music-loving listener, that AMP has been a non-profit for a couple of years now, so don't be shy if you feel the need to support your local music production company
with your time and money.