Edgar Winter Band
Seneca Allegany Events Center
Saturday December 5, 2015
Review/Photos: Joseph Suto
The Seneca Allegany Casino played host to the Edgar Winter Band Saturday evening. Originally Eric Burdon was also scheduled on the bill but had to bow out due to an unspecified illness.
Joining Winter were guitarist Doug Rappoport, drummer Jason Carpenter and bassist Koko Powell. All of the musicians had a chance to be in the spotlight during the ninety minute set.
The set started off appropriately with “Keep Playin’ That Rock ‘n’ Roll”. “Free Ride quickly followed which seemed to make the show lose a little steam. Winter dedicated “Tobacco Road” to his late brother Johnny Winter.
The show mixed in some boogie followed by some blues. At one point Winter mimicked a guitar with his voice. He and Rappoport (on guitar) went back and forth for quite some time before Winter did the same with drummer Carpenter. This was one portion of the show that caused a few patrons to head off the casino a little early.
Faith was restored when Winter broke out his instrumental, the illustrious “Frankenstein.” He closed the show with a cover of Rick Derringer’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Koo” before calling it a night. Derringer of course played on many of Winter’s early albums and they remain good friends.
The show seemed to satisfy the longtime Winter fans and also gave a chance to some who may have never seen the band perform before. Those who didn’t learn of Burdon’s absence until just before show were offered a refund or they could attend show. Winter did his best to ensure the show still went on. Under these circumstances that is all anyone could ask for.
Keep Playin’ That Rock ‘n’ Roll
Eye On You
We All Had A Real Good Time
The Power of Positive Drinkin’
Rock And Roll Hoochie Koo
Special thanks to Phil Pantano from Pantano and Associates