While at Mike’s Blues Collar Bar last week, I met and had a chance to talk with Mitch Leighton. He is the leader of the Front Row Band. When I found out that they were playing at the Cypress Resturant, it seemed like a good way to spend a Saturday.
The Cypress is a friendly, family run place that has a feel for bringing in blues. The food is also worth a mention.
The front Row Band consists of Mitch on guitar, Mike on drums, and John on bass. All three did lead vocals and back-ups. Joining them was Ed on sax.
They played some blues and some classics that brought people to the dance floor.
Now I have been experimenting with going no-flash. Many of the bigger venues have that as a policy, so I practice when I can. That means some of the pictures could have a tint to them.
Mitch being blue, then going green for the environment.
Here is a blue one of Mike. He looks stern behind the drums but in conversation he is pretty easy going.
A couple of guests in the audience gave Mitch and John a breather. Dick took on the bass and Edwin from Montana handled guitar and vocals.
This also gave John some time to be a little more animated.
Now Ed took a serious moment.
Now Mitch was in good voice and why not the sound was handled by his son Jason. Mitch has a distinctive guitar style and sound.
The crowd enjoyed themselves.
The other news was that Mitch will be runnung a Wednesday jam at the newly renovated Blue Plate in Plainville.