Friday, February 27
Blues music in Madison only seems to rear its head very seldom at most and is relegated to our Behind the Beat Series at Memorial Union and the Brink Lounge on West Washington. With that, it is very rare to see a Blues artist headlining our Weekend Music series, but Bobby Bryan and his band The Uptown Allstars are good. I mean, really good. The guy can play and he has that deep, wounded soul required of any good Blues musician. Just look at the song titles: “You Treat Me Like A Wife” and “Can’t Find Love in This City.” It’s domesticated blues, tamed for the 21st century, but still very pertinent and hitting close to home. Mr. Bryan is smooth and if I were a woman I would fear walking into Der Rathskeller on Friday night for Mr. Bryan is sure to take a woman or two home with him when it is all said and done. If that is not enough to convince you consider this: “I know how to wash my clothes / I can sew a button on my shirt.” Expect Bobby and his band to shift deftly from hard ripping blues to slow burners. Get on up!