There was a lot of music -- and musicianship -- at the Country Club's Supper Club Saturday night. And a lot of fun. After dinner, a crowd of about 100 settled in for an evening with the Bueno Brothers. They're Dave Jenkins, who played Murieta last weekend, fronting Pablo Cruise; renowned steel guitarist Ken Emerson and guitarist/singer Lorin Rowan.
It was a great trip through a wide range of music, made wider still by musical side trips that require some imagination. Bob Marley's "Stir It Up" walked its reggae self through "It's Not Unusual" and "Imagine" before finding its way home. The Motown classic "The Way You Do the Things You Do" connected to "The Beat Goes On," "Ticket to Ride" and "That's All Right, Mama."
"We may get lost," Jenkins said after one number, "but we always come back."
The music had a worldly flavor, seasoned by Emerson's steel guitar, which he bent to the music -- sometimes reggae, sometimes Southwest, sometimes folk, sometimes Hawaiian. He and Jenkins swapped responsibilities on bass. All three took tasty turns at lead guitar.
In the crowd was Pablo Cruise drummer Steve Price, who got so into drumming on his table (and the portable percussion instruments on hand) that, from his seat in the audience, he took a couple of crowd-pleasing solos during the opening set. He joined the band in the front of the room for the second set, and his improvised drum kit -- mostly drumsticks on bongos and a cowbell (or maybe it was a water glass) -- drove the music hard.
It was all very casual and friendly, with some in the crowd up and dancing and others exchanging chatter with the band. Late in the evening, when a table of people got up to to leave, Jenkins pleaded, "Don't leave. We'll get better -- I promise."
It was that kind of night, like a party with a hundred of your friends, some of them excellent musicians. You should have been there.