The Markey Blue Ric Latina Project was at Darwin’s Saturday night and thrilled old fans and new with their usual powerful, energetic show. they professed to be exhausted, having left Florida and headed for Atlanta in the cold rain for what turned out to be an 8 hour trip due to traffic. They got in just in time to eat and set up. But you would not have suspected it from the way Markey danced around the stage in her usual perpetual motion. Ric poured all his passion into his guitar, this time his new Signature Tobacco Burst from Delaney Guitars! That thing looked beautiful and Ric made some incredible music with it. With their fantastic band, Markey and Ric had the whole place hooting and hollering from the start!
It was great to hear a lot of the outstanding new music from their new album on EllerSoul Records, Raised in Muddy Water. They played the title song, the beautiful tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., ‘Tears All Over The World,” and several other new songs. There were copies for sale before the official release on April 20, and hopefully, many people got copies because that album is fantastic! (Review coming soon.)
Before the break, Markey invited the popular teenage Atlanta blues group No Solution to join them onstage. First, they invited guitarist Max Bittner up to prove his skill with Ric and then Chris Robinson took over on drums. Devon Gates came up to play Dave Abdos” bass, which was nearly as big as she was, and sing. They brought such joy to the stage! Finally, Micah Malone took over the keys and No Solution took over the stage to do a couple of their most crowd-pleasing songs, which included their show-stopping version of “It’s A Man’s World” with Chris and Devon sharing vocals. The crowd loved it all! Then Markey, Ric, and the band came back to take us to the break. As usual, I was exhausted and exhilarated.
After I got my hug from Markey on break, I talked to Devon a little. That was one happy girl! They are so talented and it was so generous of Markey and Ric and the band to share the show with them, and a double treat for the audience.
After the break, the band had some fun with covers, including “Play That Funky Music, White Boy,” to the delight of long-time fans, and then we had to leave but while we were leaving we could hear Markey weaving a magic spell with their haunting new song, “The Red Room.”
What a concert! What a band! They proved once again why they are one of my don’t-miss groups. Kudos to Darwin’s and The Markey Blue Ric Latina Project for another fantastic night!
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