The very first concert I have any recollection of attending was with my little sister, Mom, and Dad. It was, of all places, at the Cincinnati Zoo. A mere 15 minute car ride across the Ohio River and I was looking at lions, tigers, and monkeys (the bears were hibernating). Oh my, indeed! With the flow of animal spectators slowing and the sun disappearing, my sister and I were led to this grassy pavilion with a stage and large crowd. Tired from hiking around the zoo all day, we were content to sit down and eat our caramel apples. As soon as I took my last bite of the sugar coated apple, my first concert experience commenced.
People screamed; I covered my ears.
People applauded; I covered my ears.
He walked on stage; I covered my ears.
Moments after the first key on the piano was played, I was catapulted onto my Dad’s shoulders for prime viewing of Bruce Hornsby.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Bruce Hornsby?! Come on, I was expecting something nifty like Nirvana or Pearl Jam!” Unfortunately not, but people tend to underestimate Bruce, he has more musical talent in his pinky finger than most have in their entire body. Aside from my personal praise of Hornsby, I noticed something I would never forget; the (concert) look. In my Dad’s eyes was a look full of happiness, anticipation, and disbelief. That same look that every fan has in their eyes when the sound on a CD stands in front of them; sweating, jumping, singing, and cracking jokes with the crowd. There probably couldn’t have been a better concert to have my eyes and ears opened to at such a young age. Thank God it wasn’t Milli Vanilli.
Since then I’ve always had a soft spot for piano driven music, mainly due to my Dad’s playing since I was young, giving me me a certain predilection to acts like The Beatles, Billy Joel, and Elton John. Now, I can add The Gabe Dixon Band to that list.
Gabe Dixon, before focusing on his own band, kept busy spending time behind the keyboards for artists as varied as Paul McCartney, Alison Krauss, and Loggins & Messina; co-writing with Grammy Award nominee Dan Wilson (Semisonic) and working with other various musicians. With his own decorated resumé, Gabe Dixon pulled together a three piece band and started making some great music. His sound resembles that of Bruce Hornsby with a more piano-pop feeling. The blends of soul, jazz, rock, funk, and pop mesh so well that it’s almost sickening. Their live shows, which got them signed to Warner Brothers, are rumored to be spectacular and even spawned a 6-song EP Live at World Café. After touring with Sir Paul you can’t be that bad, eh? I wouldn’t think so either.
Too bad I can’t have a mentor like Paul McCartney. Snap! Hit their site up for some upcoming tour dates and new album info.