Ann Arbor hometown blues legend, Laith Al-Saadi heated up the winter night at the Blind Pig with two sold-out shows on Friday, January 27.
Excitement filled the chilly January air in downtown Ann Arbor outside the historic Blind Pig as a long line of people wrapped around the block to see Laith Al-Saadi. Laith scheduled a 6:30 pm and 10 pm show, both of which is sold out. Many long-time fans in attendance have been following Laith since he played locally at Goodnite Gracie or Guy Holleran’s, well before he gained the well-deserved attention with his wonderful display of talent on < em>The Voice television show.
As Laith, along with bassist David Stearns and drummer Matt Damian make their way to the stage, the air is full of cheers. The entire band is all smiles as they dig in for a night of gritty rock and soulful blues. It is standing room only with every inch of floor space filled with admiring fans.
From the first few notes, it is evident that Laith is in his element in front of the packed house. His set includes a selection of his original tunes including “Complete Disgrace” and “What It Means” from ‘Real’. He also digs down deep into his catalog to play “Circle” off of his first album ‘Long Time Coming’.
While Laith’s deep and vibrant vocals gained him national attention, his guitars skills are equally amazing. He gives his gold Telecaster a through workout on “All Along The Watchtower” by Bob Dylan, “Runnin Down A Dream” by Tom Petty, “Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love” by Van Halen, and “With A Little Help from My Friends” by the Beatles. In tribute to the late Butch Trucks, the band plays a blazing version of “One Way Out” full of wailing guitar, earnest vocals, and rock solid rhythm.
During the set, Laith shares tales of his love for the Blind Pig and his hometown of Ann Arbor. He also reveals how he met David Stearns at Community High and told of jamming with Matt Damian at Goodnite Gracie before he moved to California. Their performance at the Blind Pig demonstrates how their shared history allows this band of outstanding musicians to play as one.
This magnificent set of music runs for two hours including a brief encore. Laith Al-Saadi’s performance reflects the clamorous deluge of admiration from the audience. The legendary Blind Pig in Ann Arbor is once again the scene of an exceptional celebration of music
Event Date: 27-Jan-2017