1.20 | Skipper's Smokehouse | Tampa, FL

A chill filled the usually warm Florida air at Skipper's Smokehouse on Saturday. Skipper's, known for the great blues acts they bring in on the weekends, is an outdoor venue. Surrounded by oak trees, the wooden decks, picnic tables, and thatched roof bars make this a unique music venue.

From the opening notes on Ron's organ, Skipper's was transformed into a swank red velvet Las Vegas lounge, where olives dance on the rim of martini glasses. Ron's sound blends jazz, blues, funk, and gospel to produce a groove that will make you want to get up and boogaloo. This Hamond B-3 funkmeister takes complete advantage of the stylistic sounds of his instrument. Known as the "ultimate blues keyboard player", Ron has backed and shared the stage with such greats as Albert King, B.B. King, Melvin Sparks, Karl Denson, John Lee Hooker, Bo Didley, and Big Mama Thorton. His band consist of Joe Goretti on drums, John Trama on guitar, and Ron Levy on organ. The sound this trio puts out is simply FUNKY. Funk bugaloo, gospel acid blues is the words I would use to describe the sound. John's guitar work is especially refreshing. His solos are bluesy sounding, but clean and smooth with a jazzy feel. From the mellow sounding Silver Cannon Ball to the up-beat sounds of Ain't It Funky and Funk Fiesta, the show was definitely a groove-a-thon. Up-beat and danceable, this is a great FUNK BOOGALOO group to see live.


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[Published on: 1/22/01]

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