ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT

Ultimate Jam Night at the Whisky A Go Go

Ultimate Jam Night “Metal Has No Color” #105 at the Whisky on April 18th was the place to be to see the who’s who of musicians that have played behind the biggest names in the industry and fronted or played in well-known bands themselves. With a positive message about unity and defying the Trump administration politics of hate and intolerance, this entertaining and dynamic three-plus show prided itself on diversity that has no racial or ethnic boundaries.

The entertaining show was marked often by solid performances and exemplary musicianship that was in a class of its own. Each set gave the individual artists a chance to showcase their instrumental prowess and chops. A virtual love fest of respect and admiration, it was enjoyable to watch musicians smile at each other and stand in awe of the collective talents onstage at any given point. All were moved emotionally by the music performed and taken with skill and dexterity displayed live.

Guitarist/activist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine and Prophets of Rage) who made an impassioned speech about metal pioneers Sound Barrier was the highlight of the night. Morello is currently working with the band to produce their first album of new material in 30 years.  Overall, there were two performances that stood out among the many bands and artists that performed. Guitarist/singer Rafael Moreira (Magnetico) dazzled the sold-out crowd with his creative and riveting fretwork on The Beatles’ “She’s So Heavy.” Vocal powerhouse Debby Holiday brought a charismatic presence to the Whisky stage with a fiery and compelling performance that convincingly showcased her broad range effortlessly going from metal to soul/R&B.

The Ultimate Jam Night “Metal No Color” #105 had a lot of strong points and good intentions keeping within the show’s theme of unity intact consistently throughout the night.  What didn’t work so well, or hindered the show, was the extremely long pacing and extended jams that didn’t service to lengthen the songs because the material wasn’t as interesting or memorable going way beyond original song time structure/signature. There seemed to be more padding out and filler stretching out the show, diluting which could have made a great impact by trimming the fat, so to speak. The music needed to be tighter arranged. The jams just became very drawn out and meandering. Another issue was the ongoing technical difficulties which often marred and buried the vocals of several of the performers. To every singer’s credit, though, they delivered performances in which they gave their all and the time in the spotlight was full of intensity and passion. The sold-out crowd was animated, engaged and cheered shouting their approval when they heard familiar songs that liked or loved.

 

RED DEVIL VORTEX

  • Pablo Kravicz
  • Gabriel Connor
  • Ingo Marcandes

HOUSE BAND – OVER MY HEAD

  • Vocals  – Paulie Z. (ZO2 and IFC series, Z Rock)
  • Drums – Matt Starr (Ace Frehley and Mr. Big)
  • Guitar – Mitch Perry (known  for playing six strings, from MSG and Edgar Winter)
  • Bass – Chuck Wright  (The Captain from Alice Cooper, Montrose, and Quiet Riot)
  • Keyboards – Walter Ino (Survivor)

 

BAD REPUTATION – Willie Basse

SHAPE OF THINGS (David Bowie)

  • Drums – Jeff Bowders  (the Stu Hamm band)
  • Bass – Bass – Chuck Wright
  • Keyboards – Walter Ino
  • Guitar –  Gregg Wright (Michael Jackson, and Mick Fleetwood)
  • Vocals –  Cherokee Fortune (Absinthe and Honor Among Thieves)

STILL OF THE NIGHT (Whitesnake)
RIDING ON THE WIND (Judas Priest)

  • The house band of Matt Starr, Chuck Wright, Mitch Perry, and Walter Ino
  • Guitar – Toshi Yanagi (The Jimmy Kimmel band)
  • Vocals –   Debby “The Star” Holiday  (Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh)
  •  Bass – Gabe Maska (Vonlust)

WIZARD/SHE’S SO HEAVY (The Beatles)
NO QUARTER (Led Zepplin)

  • Drums –  Joel Taylor  (Al Di Meola, and   Allan Holdsworth)
  • Bass –  Philip Bynoe (Tony MacAlpine, Slash, and Steve Vai)
  • Harmonica – David Rozier (has performed with Jimmy Earl)
  • Vocals – Rafael “Hafa” Moreira (Pink and Christina Aguilara,  TV’s The Voice, a member of Paul Stanley’s Soul Station, and  Magnetico)

CULT OF PERSONALITY (Living Color)

  • Drums –  Chris Moore (Death Riders and N-fidelikah)
  • Bass – Philip Bynoe
  • Guitar – Toshi Yanagi (the Jimmy Kimmel band)
  • Backing  vocals  – Dug Pinnick (King’s X and now KXM)
  • Lead vocals – Corey Glover (Jesus Christ Superstar, and Living Colour

THEM CHANGES (Buddy Miles)
DOGMAN (King’s X)

  • Drums – Mike Hansen  (Hurricane and Bouillet (Boo-Lay))
  • Guitar – Mitch Perry 
  • Sax – Katja Rieckermann (Rod Stewart)
  • Trombone –  Juliane Gralle  (she performed with Lady Gaga at the Grammy’s)   
  • Trumpet – Rashawn Ross (DJ Quick and the Dave Matthews Band)
  • Guitar –  Greg Wright 
  • Guitar – Stephen Chesney (Steel Panther)
  • Bass –  Dug Pinnick
  • Vocals – Corey Glover

 

SOUND BARRIER – Bernie Kimbell, Eric Valentine, Stanley E, Spacey T.
Introduced by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage, and as a solo act the Night Watchman.

ALL STAR JAM

  • Corey Glover (Living Colour)
  • Dug Pinnick (King’s X)
  • Doc Coyle (God Forbid)
  • Spacey T.  (Sound Barrier)

JUST ONE FIX (Ministry)

  • Drums – Matt Starr 
  • Bass –   Jason Christopher (Prong, Stone Sour, Sebastian Bach,  and currently Ministry)
  • Guitar  – Ira Black (Westfield Massacre and I Am Morbid)
  • Guitar  – Sin Quirin (Ministry)
  • Vocals Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies)

KILLIN IN THE NAME OF (Rage Against the Machine)

  • Drums – Matt Starr 
  • Bass – Divinity Roxx (Musical Director for Beyonce)
  • Guitar – Mitch Perry 
  • Keyboards – Walter Ino (Survivor)
  • Vocals Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies)
  • Vocals – Burton C. Bell  (Fear Factory)

COCHISE (Audioslave)

  • Drums – Oscar Seaton (Lionel Richie, and Ramsey Lewis)
  • Bass – Divinity Roxx (Musical Director for Beyonce)
  • Guitar – Mitch Perry 
  • Vocals – Kudisan Kai (Elton John, Fishbone, and Chaka Khan)

TERRITORY (Sepultura)

  • Drums – Dio Britto (Westfield Massacre)
  • Bass – Gabe Connor (Red Devil Vortex)
  • Guitar – Doc Coyle (God Forbid, Vegus Nerve, and now Bad Wolves)
  • Guitar –Jordan Sassone (Darksun)

SAD BUT TRUE (Metallica)

  • Drums – Dio Britto 
  • Bass – Gabe Connor
  • Bass – Jason Christopher (Ministry)
  • Guitar – Stephen Brewer (Westfield Massacre)

DENIAL (Sevendust)

  • Drums – Chase Brikenden (Butcher Babies)
  • Bass – Erik Tsisinger (OTEP)
  • Guitar – Stephen Brewer (Westfield Massacre)
  • Guitar – Ira Black (Westfield Massacre)

ROCKIN IN THE FREE WORLD (Neil Young)

  • Matt Starr
  • Mitch Perry
  • Walter Ino
  • Chuck Wright
  • Host, Paulie Z

END OF NIGHT

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