JP Sketchy Behavior: The JC3 1/30/21

The latest from the “Sketchy Behavior” department…The ballpoints got another workout, capturing The JC3 as they brought their good-time performance to McGarvey’s on Saturday night (Jan. 30), capping a live band double-bill. “Homegrown Rocker” assembly duties at the radio station kept me from arriving until late during openers Van Waylon’s set, but what I heard sounded great, especially their powerful spin on “With a Little Help From My Friends!” The nice-sized audience was clearly enjoying it and cheering their approval! The JC3 – guitarist and singer “JC” John Charney, Mike Davis on drums and vocals, and Redawg Solinski on bass and vocals – soon picked up the ball and ran with it. John led off by playing a verse of Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” on guitar, before the full band fired into the song. From there, The JC3 played a wide mixture of sounds and made them all sound good. Bob Marley’s “Get Up Stand Up,” Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush,” Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home,” Dire Straits’ “Sultans of Swing,” Van Halen’s “Dance the Night Away” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” were among the songs the group brought to life this night. Highlights were frequent, from the extended jam excursion on Steve Miller Band’s “Fly Like an Eagle” to a punchy read of “Got My Mojo Workin'” to the Mike-sung edition of Kiss’ “Strutter” to the “encore” finale, as the group finished the night with Prince’s “Purple Rain.” It’s always a pleasure to witness Mr. Charney work his guitar strings, blending technique, soul and emotion to make his instrument sing gloriously through the entire two sets. Breaking out the drum kit from his Hi-Tyde days, Mike’s drum work was steady and powerful, and Red provided busy work on the bass strings to keep everything sounding full and action-packed. The audience enjoyed it, and it was good seeing live music being supported this night!

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