Joe Robinson with Bernard Harris & Marcus Hill
DATE: Thurs 20 January 2011
Lizottes, Pittwater Rd, Dee Why, NSW
Joe’s Website: http://joerobinson.com/
Lizotte’s Website: http://www.sydney.lizottes.com.au/live/index.asp
On a warm summer’s night, the cool air of Lizottes was refreshing as our table for 6 enjoyed the outstanding cuisine which we’ve come to expect from Lizottes restaurants.
As we savored the last morsels of our main courses, we all agreed that the food was so delicious we had to try the desert. We were not disappointed! Table service was friendly, attentive and courteous without being pushy.
When Australian guitarist Joe Robinson along with his Nashville rhythm section Bernard Harris (bass) and Marcus Hill (drums) took to the stage we anticipated a good show but we weren’t prepared for such a marvelous display of musicality, craftsmanship and sheer talent from the 3 young musicians.
We were also looking forward hearing Joe sing for the first time and to our delight his gentle yet strong voice did not disappoint. The band members entertained us with different styles of groove and blues infused songs, written mainly by Joe, who also performed a number of solo pieces. Throughout the show many favourable comments were overheard from nearby tables.
Joe allowed both Bernard & Marcus to shine during their respective solos, and we were astounded by Bernard’s incredible bass playing (including Piccolo bass), at times causing his instrument to sound like an organ. Not only was he an exceptional player, but his soulful, baritone voice was a knockout!
Bernard Harris’ playing was a great match for Robinson’s mind-blowing guitar-work and their impressive call and response challenges wowed us all, causing many outbursts of applause. All the while Marcus, whose gaze barely strayed from Joe, kept the trio glued together with his deft yet subtle drumming, occasionally leaving the kit to perform interesting percussion pieces on a Cajon box drum.
The enthralled audience loved every moment, and continued applauding and whistling long after the 2nd set had ended, until the boys returned to perform an amazing FIVE song encore! What an absolute treat!
After a standing ovation at the end of the encore, it was obvious that the satisfied audience left with full appreciation of the night’s outstanding entertainment.
I definitely won’t miss the chance to see the exceptionally talented Joe Robinson again.