Monday, December 15, 2014

Recording: The Siilk Group

Artist: The Siilk Group

Song: Break On Through (To the Other Side) [The Doors cover]

Recorded at The Silver Dollar Room ("DEATH TO T.O. IV: A Halloween Covers Show"), October 30, 2014.

The Siilk Group - Break On Through (To the Other Side)

Once again Dan Burke and Elliott Jones celebrated Hallowe'en by turning the Silver Dollar and Comfort Zone into a giant, non-stop musical frenzy, with nearly twenty bands doing mini cover sets. The bands — several of which were constructed just for the occasion — all took the task seriously, putting a lot of work not only into the music but also costumes and all the little things to enhance their tributes. The only downside of the night was that with so many bands on the bill, it was impossible to stage-manage a consistently efficient staggering between the stages, so that it didn't take long for bands upstairs and downstairs to be playing simultaneously, forcing the crowd to make hard decisions on who to see and who to miss. Otherwise, it was a fabulously fun rock'n'roll marathon of a night.

Elliott Jones (of the now-defunct Ell V Gore) has an ominous croon that makes him a natural to tackle Jim Morrison, but the real secret weapon here is Robin Hatch as the critical Ray Manzarek foil. The set could have ended in disaster when the PA and stage lights blew out, but instead Jones seized the moment to start pulling members of the crowd up on stage to dance as the band grooved behind him.

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