This past Saturday night ended up being a much overdue date night with my fiance. He is an avid drum player and has been watching for some local bands so we could go out and see them. We chose to go see New Amsterdam, a Jake Kaligis band, which were playing at Mezza Luna Sports Bar & Grill. The drummer in this band, Scott Williams, is Michael's drum instructor so this was the perfect band to go see.
We started off having dinner in the restaurant section of Mezza Luna. The service was quick and the food was very good too. I had the fish and chips with a salad and Michael chose a chicken dish with a vodka sauce over penne pasta. Before we knew it, it was time for the band to start.
New Amsterdam played a variety of rock and roll classics from Led Zeppelin to U2 and Black Sabbath to The Talking Heads. This group is made up of several different bands combined, The Dynamic Duo, The Skulldiggers, The New Constitution and Jake Solo. Jake did a fantastic job on the vocals as did Michael Rauscher for a few songs. And, I can't leave out the keyboardist, Brenden Hackett. Brenden seemed to have some smooth fingers.
As for Michael's take on Scott's drumming ... a massive drumming vocabulary and sound! Absolutely phenomenal. He was totally blown away by the band's rendition of "Ramble On" by Led Zeppelin. Scott's ability to play so many styles of music such as Jazz, straight forward rock, samba-style and others made Michael really think about his own style.
The whole band seemed to have a great time on stage. And, what was really nice was the fact that in between sets all the band members ventured out into the crowd and chatted! I would definitely go see them again and I wouldn't mind seeing one of the other bands as well. Have you ever seen any of Jake's bands?