The Hot Spot: Big Daddy D & The Dynamites
Saturday night was kinda slow in Prescott. I guess everybody was getting ready with hiding the Easter eggs and such. The busiest places were without a doubt Coyote Joe's, where The CheekTones were entertaining the masses, and Annie's Attic, where I spent some time dancing to the tunes of FilaBusta. Two of my favorite bands under one roof (so to speak) meant plenty of dance time for me!
But the distinction of being The Hot Spot on Saturday goes to The Bird Cage. I saw 2007 Blues Showdown winners Big Daddy D and The Dynamites for the first time a week ago at the FUNraiser for Silver Wolfe at The Raven Café. And I really, really liked them. Lucky for me, they were the band to see at The Bird Cage on Saturday.
Big Daddy D and The Dynamites have been entertaining the good people of Prescott (and everywhere else in AZ) for quite some time now, though not always with the same lineup.
Front man Darryl 'Big Daddy D' Porras (vocals/lead guitar) actually came to playing music as somewhat of a late bloomer. At age 17 he picked up his first guitar and started jamming with some friends who played the blues. In 1998 he started Big Daddy D and The Dynamites.
Carlos B. Jones (drums) originally hails from L.A. After moving to Prescott, he played in several different bands and finally ended up sitting in with Big Daddy D and The Dynamites and, as the saying goes, the rest was history. Carlos is a high-energy drummer, and it comes as no surprise that the picture on his bio depicts 'Animal', the Muppets drummer! It's so appropriate.
Gary Regina (sax) is a New Yorker who moved to California in 1982 and from there to Arizona in 2009. Seeing him simultaneously play two saxophones certainly lends credence to his claims of being bi-saxual. It's absolutely astonishing, and I am glad that he made Prescott his home.
Drew Hall (guitar, vocals), another native New Yorker, moved to Arizona at the tender age of 16. By then he already had a few years on the guitar under his belt. He is one of the co-founders of Big Daddy D and The Dynamites.
Steven Ayres (vocals/bass) actually started out as a guitarist but found his true calling when he picked up a bass. Different bands, different genres, his first and true love was always the blues. He started subbing for Big Daddy D and The Dynamites, and after about five years he became a permanent member in 2007.
These five guys have found their groove and I love watching them perform. They're fun and their energy totally spills over into the audience. People are dancing, singing, and having a great time. Big Daddy D and The Dynamites have managed to build a solid fan-base and deservedly so. With the current lineup they have released a CD titled 'Down, Boy!'. You can find more info as well as gig dates at www.Bigdaddydblues.com. So check them out!
Don't forget the A.C.E.S. for Kids event at Coyote Joe's on Sunday, May 1st from noon till 6 p.m. See you all there! Rock on!