March 12, 2011
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Terry Walsh
Photos by Michael Insuaste
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights - Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Taddy Porter, Happen-Ins
Without a doubt, it was an absolutely perfect day to have fun. An estimated 100,000 people attended the annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Bash in Dallas . While remnants of that crushing, well-oiled crowd was in full swing on the streets outside the Granada Theater, inside a packed house eagerly anticipated the start of their own revelry - Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights. After a well-received set by opening acts Happen Inn's and Taddy Porter, nearly 800 fans decked out in St. Patty's Day green welcomed their hometown heroes once they stepped on stage.
Opening with "Young & Free" from their major label debut Pardon Me, Tyler and his band worked their way through a near 90-minute set featuring numerous cuts from the album including "Bright Energy," "Young Love," "Hot Sake," "Gypsy Woman" and
an extended jam on "Devil's Basement." For good measure, the band even mixed things up by covering Led Zeppelin's "Bring It On Home" to really get the audience going. .
The Northern Lights - guitarist Brandon Pinckard, bassist Nick Jay, drummer Jordan Cain, vocalist Emotion "Mo" Brown - with Tyler alternating between guitar and harmonica, are a very tight band that swings easily between the varied styles of their music. Throughout the set, each band member took turns showing their individual skills. Pinckard cut loose on some cool riffs. Cain punctuating his drum solo by ditching the sticks to play with his hands. Mo Brown took center stage midway through the show to show her prowess on two songs including "I Got This Feelin.'" Through it all, Nick Jay held the rhythm track together with his solid bass lines.
The packed floor in front of the stage swayed with every song and the crowd seemed to grow both louder and more appreciative as the set progressed. And it wasn't the booze doing the talking either. To close things out, the band chose "Waiting In Vain" by Bob Marley and "Crosstown Traffic" by Jimi Hendrix. Taddy Porter drummer Doug Jones summed the evening up best stating simply.... "What a great night of music!"