Description and review of a recent British rock band Wishbone Ash concert at the B Street Theatre at the Sophia in Midtown Sacramento.
A friend and I recently attended a Wishbone Ash concert at the B Street Theatre at the Sophia.
Prior to heading over to the venue I had received an e-mail informing me that due to band travel issues the scheduled time for the performance had been moved back one-half hour – from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. That worked for us as my friend was running a bit late.
When the band took to the stage the lead singer, Andy Powell, made a few brief remarks – including that this performance was their last of this tour. They had played in Sacramento previously – but it sounded as if it may have been a while. Andy Powell is the only original member of the band.
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Neither of us were familiar with the band, but we thought that perhaps we would recognize one or more of the songs played – but that was not the case.
Wishbone Ash formed in 1969 and achieved success in the early and mid-1970’s. The band is noted for their extensive use of the harmony twin lead guitar format.
It was obvious that many in the audience were fans of Wishbone Ash. I noted a number of Wishbone Ash tee shirts and sweatshirts among the crowd. Additionally, many attendees clearly recognized the opening notes of favorite songs. Several Wishbone Ash albums met with great success in the 1970’s including Wishbone Ash (1970), Pilgrimage (1971), Argus (1972) There’s the Rub (1974) and New England (1976).
The four-member band consists of three guitarists (Andy Powell, Bob Skeat, Mark Abrahams) and a drummer (Joe Crabtree) – and they really know how to rock out. They had fans dancing in the aisles.
Two members of the band contributed vocals from time to time – but the band’s focus in on its instruments and music.
My friend commented, and I agreed, that the complexity of the songs played and the intricate guitar work were on a par with the mastery of the instrument shown at the recent classical guitar concert performed by Eleftheria Kotzia.
See related post: Eleftheria Kotzia – Classical Guitar Concert
At the conclusion of the concert (with an encore) the band was obviously appreciative of the warm welcome they had received. As for me, I will keep my eye out for when Wishbone Ash next returns to Sacramento.
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