It must have been a traveling musician’s nightmare. Little G Weevil had just started his set at Darwin’s Burgers and Blues with his band, drummer Daniel Harper, and bassist Omari Billings. In front of a full house, they had delivered a blistering instrumental that showcased Weevil’s ability as a guitarist. Then suddenly his amplifier just died.
Some performers might have been disgruntled at this point, but not his band. They figured out how to patch Weevil’s guitar through the club’s PA system and carried on. To the capacity crowd, many of whom were likely seeing the band for the first time, it all still sounded great, “You know, you just make it work,” Gee told me when he came to hug me at the d of the set. And that is exactly what he and the band did. They made it work.
Weevil played a variety of songs in the set, including new songs from his latest album, Something Poppin‘, and old favorites like “Apple Picker” and “Put A Dollar In My Hand.” He explained that he writes most of his songs from real life and that the touching “I Don’t Want to Feel the Rain” was about his experience leaving his homeland of Hungary to come to America. I thought it was especially poignant since he just got back from visiting Hungary as part of an Eastern European tour. Another highlight of the set was “You Can’t Nothin,” also off Something Poppin’. Harper and Billings were in top form and helped Gee deliver a full set with great style despite the technical difficulties.
As usual, we had to leave after the first set, but we were there long enough to see that The Cazanovas came to Weevil’s rescue, with Maurice Nazarro arriving with an amp for him to borrow for the rest of the show. It’s good to have such helpful friends, but I am glad we got to watch these blues veterans work their way around a problem and deliver quality entertainment. And did they keep their audience? The place was more crowded when we left that when we came, so yes, of course, they did. Everybody enjoys Little Gee Weevil, and everyone leaves feeling good.