Between bistro and bayou
Norton Buffalo Sierra Nevada Big Room Sunday, Nov. 23
For me the peak of the acoustic set was reached during the Buffalo original, “One Room Church,” when he sang while doing a vocal impression of Walter Brennan during his The Real McCoys period. Having an artist openly celebrate the corniness factor of his performance is always fun.
The reggae-based antiwar song “One Small World” started to liven up the crowd, which didn’t really get excited until Buffalo’s full electric band The Knockouts took the stage and pumped things up to the point where the dance floor started getting some use.
And when Big Room manager Bob Littell was invited onstage to blow some harp with his hero, things actually got pretty swampy and interesting for a while.
But by 10:30 the crowd was beginning to wilt and filter out, and by the finale of "Can’t Judge a Book (By Looking at the Cover)" got around to quoting Hendrix’s "Third Stone from the Sun," only about half the house was left to appreciate it.