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Keb’ Mo’ at the State Theatre Review

Posted by Michael Giannelli on 12/02 at 06:42 PM

On November 9th, the audience at the State Theatre witnessed two hours of eclectic/blues bliss and when it was over they couldn’t help asking for mo’.  Keb’ Mo’ and his band played to a full house and from start to finish the crowd let their appreciation for his feel good music be heard.

The show opened with a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Family Affair” and from then on the musicians up front pulled the audience emotionally and physically into the show, not letting go until the final note had faded out and the standing ovation had ceased.
Keb’ and the band played mostly originals, some of which are included in the playlist (see below).  They also played a few slightly obscure covers, including “There’s a Hole in the Bucket” and “Government Cheese.”  Throughout the night, the rhythm section made it look too easy while the multi-instrumentalist band leader did just the opposite, flailing about as he blew his harmonica and banged on his keyboard.
With the spotlight shining down, Keb’ Mo’s most impressive guitar performance was the lightning blues romp “Am I Wrong.”  Energetic and raw, this number served as the biggest connection to his delta blues roots.  Some of the other highlights were Keb’ Mo’ strolling across the stage with his “Red Hammer” guitar, letting crisp solos howl to the crowd’s raucous approval.  Keb’ even showcased his dance skills at one point, beckoning the crowd to their feet and then moon-walking back to his microphone.
        For more, check out Keb’ Mo’s new live album “Live and Mo,’” which was released last month.

{name} Author: Michael Giannelli
Bio: Mike Giannelli is a senior at Penn State majoring in Telecommunications. Some of his hobbies include playing the guitar, playing and watching sports, reading on occasion, listening to music, and taking road trips. He listens to all types of music but mainly rock and roll, blues and rap. His favorite bands include The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The White Stripes and The Strokes just to name a few. In addition, Mike Giannelli wrote this biography referring to himself in the third person.


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