David Brogan Group - Cafe Du Nord, San Francisco, CA (8/14/08)

ALO member David Brogan stepped out from behind his drum kit to front his own band on acoustic guitar. Is there something in that Seattle water? First Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters/Nirvana fame and now David Brogan. Brogan's band features Paul Hoaglin of The Mother Hips on bass, Tony Severner of Honeycut on drums, and Tim Young (Zony Mash/Jessie Baylin) on guitar. San Francisco Bay Area's Collin Hoops of Big Light and Kanvus is featured on keys.

First song Brogan did was a solo "Brother Be Strong” An ALO favorite of mine that he wrote. Then he invited Tim Young & Paul Hoaglin to join him for the next two songs which I didn't recognize. After that Tony & Colin joined the band for the rest of the show. Next they played a spirited version "Fly". It had been six months (Mystic Theater) since the last ALO show I’d seen so the Brogan ALO classic's made me smile from ear to ear.

I was sitting toward the back of dance floor chilling with a pint of Poppy Jasper when I notice this guy walk buy me and it was none other than Trevor Garrod from Tea Leaf Green. He sat down next me with a friend of his. A song or two later he went for a drink at the bar when I asked his friend is that Trevor from Tea Leaf Green to which they replied yes. I had to get that old stoner's verification since I had ripped it up before David's set. The band was now launching into there new material first up was "Broken Record". Then "Pemberton Steps" which in the middle of the band got locked in and played a very spirited jam. All five band members were leaning in toward the drummer Tony paying attention to each other. It was the defining moment of the night for me when all five members of the band were playing together as one like a locomotive barreling down the tracks. I wasn't the only one to notice this even Trevor shot up out of his obstructed view seat and climbed up on chair to see what he was hearing. Next up was the new song that I was waiting for all night "Stoney Fields" which they did not disappoint. Then they invited Lebo on stage for a run through "Wasting Time". Then they finished up with Cat Stevens "Wild World" & "Lady Loop".

This band did impress me and would definitely go see them again in a heartbeat. I was a little disappointed in the fan turnout. The band was deserving of a bigger audience.


Tue 9/2/2008 2:12 PM