Dawn Weber and Friends Rock the Venice Cafe!
Fun venue and new music enhances Naked Rock Fight debut
Naked Rock Fight, a funky jazz ensemble fronted by Dawn Weber and comprised of former members of the Treble Clef Palette debuted the new line up at the Venice Cafe at 1903 Pestalozzi. Along with Dawn Weber, who I think is the hardest working lady in St. Louis entertainment, the “new” line-up includes former TCP members Donnie Inman on bass, Matt McKeever on sax, Charlie Brown on keys, Mark Youngbauer on guitar and a new drummer, Joe Pastor. Trombonist Brice Payton sat in a few songs and showed some incredible talent on the ‘sliding horn.
As usual, I drifted in late to enjoy the last two sets. Naked Rock Fight played a lot of the old songs I enjoyed when the band was referred to as “TCP” and the evening debuted a few new songs. In particular the last set featured three new originals of which one by Matt Mckeever is captured in video below. Sounds pretty good to me. The band had no idea I’d whip out a video camera though another gent was recording a bit earlier.
As usual, the Venice Cafe is an intimate venue that puts you up close with the band. Every stool is a good seat and Jeff’s crew is friendly from the front door to behind the bar. Another note about the Venice Cafe, there are strange goings on in the back patio again! It appears that there will soon be new surely interesting art to explore.
Naked Rock Fight at the Venice Cafe
I had told Dawn that I’d only be taking pictures, but…