Little G Weevil put on possibly the best show I’ve ever seen him perform Friday night at Darwin’s before a packed audience, and I’ve seen him perform a lot of times now. He seemed energized, happy to be back in the states after spending much of the year touring in Europe and his native Budapest. He had a great band backing him up, with Lex Luther on bass, Daniel Harper on drums, and Neal Wauchope on keyboards. It was clear from the start that they were there to have fun and make great music, and so they did! And all of the listeners were simply swept up in the experience in the best possible way. It was one of those nights when you realize you are just sitting there with this huge grin on your face and no thought for what came before or may come after, just the moment and the music.
Weevil started things off with a fan favorite, “Apple Picker, which was on his 2012 album The Teaser and is also on his new acoustic album, Three Chords Too Many. It’s a great song, full of humor and innuendo, and really gets a crowd in a happy mood. Of course, this crowd was in a happy mood to begin with, many of us being long-time friends and fans who just could not wait to see Little G again. He did mostly original numbers and a few covers. The new material from the new album sounded awesome, as did the more familiar material. There was a lot of joy on the stage and inthe room at large, I’m going to level with you here. .I am having trouble remembering exactly what songs were played because it was all just one amazing blur! But Weevil was on fire, dancing through the crowd with his guitar,, climbing on tables, and generally putting on one heck of a show for us all, while Wauchope, Luther, and Harper kept it all anchored with tremendous skill.
Welcome home, Little G Weevil! Go to see him if you get a chance. You may not think a man who grew up in Hungary can not only masterfully play but whole-heartedly feel and project the blues, but Weevil is one of a number of great artists who prove that the blues is a universal art.