Notes from the Wreckhouse Day 4

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The Rowdy Blues ( kicked things off at the Majestic Theatre at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.
The night's music, including a festival headliner, Matt Anderson, was sponsored by The Telegram and reporter Steve Bartlett hosted, introducing the Rowdy Blues - John Clarke, Denis Parker, Peter Narvaez and Scott Goudie.
The band opened with "HooDoo Doctor," moving into some jug band tunes from Memphis. Then came a cover of Robert Johnson's "32-20 Blues."
"If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come./ If I send for my baby, man, and she don't come./ All the doctors in Hot Springs sure can't help her none."
At the Masonic Temple, Jeanne Rochette took the stage with feature guest Francois Bourassa at 8:45 p.m., displaying some masterful female jazz vocals.
"Who speaks French here? Who understands French?" Rochette was asking for hands raised, but few were responding. So she added: "Who speaks... English?"
There was a laugh in response. The room relaxed.
Following the next number, Rochette stepped off the stage and began to draw a few of the 30 or so scattered people in the room to the closest chairs.
"I want you closer, closer," she said with a smile.
2010 Juno Award winner Dominic Mancuso was at Dusk Ultralounge at 9:30 p.m.
A Wreckhouse volunteer introduced Mancuso and, sitting in, sidemen John Johnson, Tony Zorzi, Rich Brown and Larnell Lewis. The description of Mancuso ran several minutes, with one complementary adjective after another.
"I don't know who he was describing, but that sounds like a hard act to follow," Mancuso said with a smile, stepping to the microphone. "Hopefully I can fill his shoes."
The Majestic Theatre filled to capacity over the course of the set by the Rowdy Blues.
By Matt Anderson's start at 10 p.m., people were squeezing through masses to get to a bar, washroom or seat.
Anderson ripped the guitar and kicked in strong vocals with heavy blues numbers. His shoulder-length hair swung around as his head rolled forward and back, a player into his tunes.
During one solo run, Anderson threw in a quick run of the Pink Panther theme (Doo doo, da doo...).
"It took me a surprisingly long time to figure that one out," he said, responding to audience applause.

Organizations: Majestic Theatre, The Telegram

Geographic location: Memphis, Hot Springs

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