From the beginning of human existence, people got together to play music; In the 18th century, it was common for small groups of people to get together and play chamber music. English composer, Richard Walthew defined chamber music as “music of friends” and that is exactly went down at this year’s Cover Band show at Sluggo’s in Pensacola, Florida.

Organized by Crystal Tremer and Aaron Finlay, the atmosphere for the show was intimate and very friendly.  A wide range of artists and bands were covered from Madonna, Mob and Queen. The biggest buzz of the night had to be generated by three performances in particular….Etta James and Band, Dinosaur, Jr. and Iggy & The Stooges.

With a full band including drums, keyboard, guitarist, bassist, back up singers, and a violinist, The Etta James set was a scorcher that had the audience dancing and sweating. Basically, if you didn’t move during those three songs, you would have been declared dead.

The Dinosaur, Jr. came to a crazy finale’ when the band played their third song and was preparing to get off stage. The audience demanded that they play one more song and with permission granted, they launched into Dinosaur, Jr.’s cover of  The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.”

By this time, the full night of music had pushed the clock to well past 2am and there was only one band left….Iggy & The Stooges. Complete with wig, guitarist and xylophone player, the Iggy and the Stooges set took an already explosive crowd and threw more gasoline on the night. Closing out with “I wanna Be Your Dog” the night came to a fun and rowdy conclusion. I cannot wait to see the next cover band show!

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