Week 27â€™s highlights included Tina Guoâ€™s astounding metal cello, dUg Pinnickâ€™s â€œAinâ€™t No Sunshine,â€ and Charles Jones stunning us all with his vocal chops.
Week 27 featured many musical highlights it was hard to pick a favorite. Was it Tina Guo‘s astonishing cello performance? dUg Pinnick‘s “Ain’t No Sunshine”? Ralph Saenz‘s spot-on “Panama”? Or Ultimate Jam Night newcomer Charles Jones, who blew everyone away with his soulful pipes?
The first set started off with the house band (Chuck Wright, Mitch Perry, and Matt Starr) joined by August Zadra and Steve Ferlazzo for “Hocus Pocus.” Then it was the return of Paulie Z., back after the world’s longest honeymoon, for a little “Daddy Brother.” August jumped on vocals for “Long Way from Home,” and then Howie Simon returned to the Jam Night stage for “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me.”
Next up was Yogi Lonich from the Wallflowers and Buckcherry, with his new band Running Through the Desert. This was followed by Carl Restivo, who was joined by Ace Von Johnson, Barry Pointer, Johnny Martin and Matt Starr to “Shout at the Devil.” Then Debby Holiday graced the stage once again with “I’m Losing You,” and “Levee Breaks.” Kenny Kanowski was up next with a little “Baba O’Reilly,” and then Tina Guo knocked it out of the park with the stunning “Queen Bee” that morphed into an absolutely breathtaking performance of “Kashmir.” with Kenny back on vocals.
The second set started off with Hells Belles Burlesque and then the house band returned to the stage with “Frankenstein.” Then Ralph Saenz, aka Steel Panther’s Michael Starr, pulled of a spot-on performance of “Panama,” that was followed withÂ “Live Wire.”
Next, Kings X’s dUg Pinnick returned with 19 year old guitar virtuoso Tommy Baldwin for a soulful and masterful version of “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which was followed by “Manic Depression.” Chris Wyse brought out an electric stand-up bass for an incredible performance of “Rock This Town,” and then Cherokee Fortune joined him for “Whole Lotta Love.”
Paulie Z. returned to the stage for “You Shook Me All Night Long,” alongside Faster Pussycat’s Eric Stacy and Sick Puppies’ Mark Goodwin, and then Matt Starr dropped some vox on the completely unexpected but extremely awesome version of Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love.”
Cherokee returned for some “Mississippi Queen,” alongside the Okai sisters, and then Ultimate Jam Night newcomer Charles Jones took to the stage and blew EVERYONE’s mind with his amazing vocals on “Hold the Line,” and the evening’s finale, “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”