I was a self-appointed Music Critic at a concert.
A week ago on Saturday, I went to a concert. Now I didn't set out to Tar & Feather and Rake anyone Over the Coals. Quite the contrary, for about a month, I was sooo looking forward to that concert. I hadn't been to any type of concert in ages, much less a Tejano music concert, which is my favorite type of music. However, as y'all can see by my Post's title, Nnnnggg, obviously NOT everything went ideally at the concert.
Courtesy of my older brother … he, my sister-in-law, my niece, her husband and I were treated to 2nd row seats at this concert at a very nice, very fancy Theater. I had never been there before. I believe it is the nicest, fanciest venue at which I've ever attended a concert. As soon as I entered the place, it had a great atmosphere, especially when I saw the stage setup from a distance. It had this magical purple glow to it. I got this vibe of, "Ohhh Yeahhh! We're in for an awesome evening of In Yer Face KickAss Tejano music."
The concert was supposed to start at 7:30PM. Shortly before that, the Promoter came up and informed us that the local Band that was supposed to start the Show, would NOT be playing because their Singer had fallen victim to the seeming epidemic of Allergies that exists here. Okay, so that wasn't a disappointment for us because we really didn't care to listen to any local Band. We were thrilled that the concert would instead get to the nitty gritty and start off with one of the two out of town, Big Name Tejano Bands.
The Show would now start at 8:00PM with one of the absolute Super Legends in Tejano music whom I shall refer to simply by his first name - Sunny. You'll see why later. Okay, I have to admit that way back in the 70s and early 80s, that would have REALLY meant something. Back then one would practically get chills of excitement for about a friggin' month as the anticipation of a concert built up. Sunny and his Band were in their heyday back then. They were the epitome of awesomeness, precision, power, showmanship, KickAss musical entertainment and take no prisoners professionalism. But, that was then. The reality now was that it was no secret that the first act of this concert would be a case of a Musical Artist who is definitely no longer in his prime. And we knew that. All we asked is that he put on some semblance of a good Show, something better than the typical local Band.
I for one was drooling at seeing that the Band had a 5-piece Horn Section just like the old school days of yesteryear. Tejano Bands don't normally carry 5-piece Horn Sections anymore. So I was thinking, "THIS is gonna be GOOD!" It was finally Showtime. The Promoter came out and introduced Sunny. The Band started off with a Jazzy Intro song. However, from the get go, from the first several notes, my immediate thought was, "This is NOT good. This Horn Section is NOT tight. This Horn Section is NOT professional. This Horn Section Sucks!" The Rhythm Section was good, but it was immediately evident that the Horn Section left a lot to be desired. Not impressive at all. Fugg!
At that point, I guess you could say that that was the "Bad" part referred to in my Post's title. Unfortunately, that was only the beginning. Yes, it WOULD get worse, much worse! Be afraid. Be very afraid! The Horn Section never got any better as their set went on. What made matters worse is that the legend Sunny is now so old that obviously he was forgetting lyrics and quite possibly losing his mind or something. In a very amateurish, half-baked manner, he kept cutting songs very short, sometimes after 1 verse. While the song beat was still going on, he'd turn back to some of the musicians to tell them which song he wanted to switch to. The trouble was, not all of the musicians would get the word of the song change … like usually the entire Horn Section wouldn't know of the change. So, can y'all imagine what an amateurish mangled MESS would ensue when the Rhythm Section would go into another song … and the Horn Section hadn't switched their Sheet Music yet? OMG! Talk about industrial-sized Fugg Ups! Yes, that's plural as in it didn't happen only once. It happened time and again. They were seriously Redlining the BS Meter.
I mean, as a Musician myself, I'm not going to sit here and lie and claim that I never made mistakes / hit wrong notes in performances. Those will happen in LIVE performances. But, rehearsals before performances are supposed to keep those mistakes to an absolute minimum. You don't want to make fools out of yourselves. And I certainly never made a fool out of myself. By the same token, I HAVE seen Bands put on solid performances that were as far as I could tell, mistake free.
Anyway, my point is that NEVER in my history of having played with various Bands and having attended countless musical performances by many Bands and Musical Artists in different music genres throughout all my years had I EVER seen and heard such a sad, pathetic, amateurish, horrible, horrendous, Fugg Up-riddled excuse for a musical performance. And I'm talking at ANY level, all the way from rinky dink local startup Bands and on up to any big name Music Stars. I had never witnessed such a musical performance disaster. And it wasn't just my opinion. Everyone in our group was in agreement. It was sad to see such a legend, one of the 2 absolute Super Legends in Tejano Music history, my former idol, royally Fugg Up like that and achieve such a low. So yeah, THAT was the "Ugly" in my Post's title. Now you can see why I kept reference to him by only his first name. Since he was my idol back in his heyday, I wanted to at least exercise a little bit of restraint with my mudslinging. Okay, so I actually obviously unleashed the mudslinging full blast. But, Hey! I did camouflage his name a bit to protect the at one time innocent.
During the intermission before the main attraction, we consoled ourselves with that well … Mathematically, the odds were that there was no way that the main attraction coming up next --- Ruben Ramos & the Mexican Revolution could possibly screw up like that.
Cuz The Gorillas, as their Guitar / Keyboard Player self-razzingly refers to themselves in his Blog … ARE in their prime. Once The Gorillas started their set, the difference in performance was like night & day. They only have a 3-piece Horn Section, but played with undeniably more power and precision than the other Band's 5-piece Horn Section and blew them away. The Gorillas WERE super tight, precise and professional.
None of that Junior High Band Screwup City BS from Sunny and his Band. The Gorillas delivered an awesome, enjoyable performance and salvaged our evening. This was the "Good" in my Post's title. The Gorillas were actually Great, but for the sake of my Post's title, I decided to stick to the "Good" reference as per the original title of that old movie --- The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.