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previous times that I have seen David, he was quite entertaining, but none have come close
to what I had the privilege of enjoying on Wednesday
Billy Jonas opened for
David.Billy is, in his own
right, an excellent performer who specializes in unusual instruments
and audience participation. He's very animated and entertaining...
as the saying goes in this area, "he's a
He is also obviously a friend of David Wilcox.
For the language experts on the list, I don't mean a
'friend,' as in "yeah, I performed with him once or
twice," but a FRIEND, as in someone who shares secrets, fun, and
Put him with David, and the two of them
just have a ball. They play off of each other so well. I hadn't
seen DW laugh and carry on so happily to date.It seemed to me that they weren't doing a
show; they were at home, doing what they love to
A side bar: Billy Jonas is one half of the former
duo, "The Billys."Bill Melanson was the other half. At
the end of the EAH CD...where that "special" track
lives.... that is Bill M. performing with
I said that Billy "opened," but that
is not entirely accurate... they blended their sets, performing
together on nearly half of the songs. The "standard"
thirty-minute intermission between artists was replaced by minor set
changes (about ten minutes), and a swap of lead singers. So, aside from
that little break, the entertainment was nonstop from 8:30 until
The show was quite
impromptu.Set list will be
submitted separately (it is not in front of me now), but below is the
David introduced Billy to the stage. Billy did
several numbers, with Dave on backing vocals (and sometimes on drums).
He (BJ) used a multitude of instruments, notably "recycled"
drums (made from various kinds of buckets and other containers) and
guitar. He was mostly funny, with a lot of depth thrown into the humor.
One of his songs had a very heart-wrenching part (death of a child),
with a wonderfully crafted, uplifting ending.
Both artists laughed and carried on during
the performance.Not in a
disruptive way, but in a way that made me feel I was simply another
guest in their huge living room.
Billy accepted the encore demand of the
audience, with David in tow. They performed one song for
Ordinarily, at this point, I am thinking,
"What can I say about Dave that hasn't been said?" This
time, the answer came without the question. From the beginning of
David's set, it was obvious that tradition would not dictate his
approach. He played a wonderful instrumental guitar piece for several
minutes before he broke into Spin. He sang an a-capella choir tune that
he had written new (funny) words for while he was in college. He and
Billy sang an impromptu song (something like "There Are No Records
Anymore")... where anyone from the audience would mention some
attribute about vinyl records ("a record experience"), and a
verse would be made up and sung about that, on the spot. Suggestions
were cracking/ hissing, warps, skeet shoot, and backward recording.
They pulled the song off without a hitch.
Someone had left Waffle House hats on the stage for them,
so they donned those while they performed that song. David looked
quizzically at his for a moment (for those who have no idea what one
looks like, it has a big WH emblem on it), turning it over and over.
Then he said, "I don't know whether to wear it as 'Waffle
House' or (holding up upside down) 'House of
As I implied, it was my favorite performance to
date. I can't wait to see what they will come up with tonight.
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