Thursday, June 23, 2016

People's Blues of Richmond at the Bowery Electric

Tim Beavers II
Two life-long friends, guitarist Tim Beavers II and bassist Matthew Volkes, started People's Blues of Richmond in 2009 in Richmond, Virginia. While attending college, they began playing music together as a way to grieve the loss of a mutual friend. The blues rock trio presently includes drummer Neko Williams, son of Drummie Zeb of the Wailers. People's Blues of Richmond released its third album, Quit or Die, on June 10, 2016.

Headlining at the Bowery Electric tonight, People's Blues of Richmond played mature blues and grungy garage rock. Rare for a trio of twenty-somethings, the thundering music traced back to the very earliest days of classic rock, long before commercialism infected the breed -- Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, Blue Cheer, etc. The vocals were dark, gritty and passionate, and the guitar jams were mean and dirty. Adding to the psychedelic motif, Dustin Klein of Videometry (who also lives with the band members in Richmond) projected colorful swirls, spinning geometric images and occasional shout-out chorus lines onto a screen behind the band. This was muscular rock, echoing the freedom that hard rock musicians pioneered some 50 years ago.