Idle Hands Band is always a pleasant surprise! These folks are all-pro and user-friendly. Their tune list caters to dancers, so there's always a good groove going.
To quote Father Guido Sarducci, “How come these guys are so good?” One tune featured is an R&B arrangement of The Thrill Is Gone. A dedication tune performed is the surf-style instrumental Pipeline.
First guitarist is also lead vocalist Bobby Louthan, dubbed “an encyclopedia on guitar” by bandmates. He plays the tunes right, although he also performs more complicated material in other circumstances.
Next guitar and vocalist is Darrell Adelhart, “Mr. D.” It's hard to denote “first” or “backup” between these two, because they stand equally competent and they switch off, presenting various tunes during the evening.
Bass player is Dave Weburg. He's a man of few words but he doesn't need to talk much. He just lays it down like people need to hear.
On drumset is JR Elliott, a personable and well-experienced percussionist. His son, Rob Elliott, is also a drummer, who occasionally sits in with Idle Hands on guitar and voice. He is the lead guitar player with Lady Kat; she recently auditioned for The Voice TV show. We hope to hear more about that in the future.
In the meantime, Rob Elliott welcomes all to the Grape Vine for a jam all Wednesdays with Lady Kat and Brother Blues (band), 8 p.m. - midnight.
Keyboardist Greg Kaizer had not yet arrived but was expected soon.
Idle Hands notes that most of the people in attendance at Montavilla Station this night are their followers. It is no surprise that they have a solid following, but people who aren't regular fans may become so after one experience. This band has recently performed at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, “lots of bike parties,” and many outdoor events in the Springdale area, all private events of course. They anticipate even more such dates this year.
Montavilla Station is one of the best live music and video games places. It's more like a pub than the full-service bar that it is. Some interesting food items are on the menu. No matter how long the intervals are between visits for this writer, the people there always smile and nod as if they recognize you like a regular. Check out the schedule for live music, one Karaoke night, plus food and drink specials.
The band name Idle Hands is a bit misleading because they certainly are not idle! All are great players and know exactly what to play and how to play it for dancers and listeners alike. They always sound good from anywhere in the place and it is easy to come for a quick refreshment and to end up staying the whole night. Check them out and drop in to the Montavilla Station soon. (See ad this issue for schedule.)