Ultimate Jam Night is back, bigger and better than ever, with a move to the world famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.
Jam Night debuted their new Tuesday night residency at the Whisky a Go Go with a capacity show that brought it to a whole new level.
One of the highlights of the week leading up to an Ultimate Jam Night is waiting for the performers in the lineup to be announced on social media, each one more exciting than the last. This week’s show, week #56 for those keeping count, featured the return of several big names, and all of the performers brought their A-game.
The show started off with the addition of Alex Kane to the house band, which consists of Chuck Wright, Matt Starr and Mitch Perry. Maureen Davis then made her Ultimate Jam Night debut with a fabulous performance that melted hearts and won her many new fans. August Zadra brought a killer performance that was off the chain, and then Leif Garrett once again joined the in the action. Survivor’s Walter Ino joined Sean McNabb to back Layla Brooklyn Allman, and then Sean was joined on stage by Oni Logan for “Snortin’ Whisky & Drinkin’ Cocaine.” Dilana from Rock Star Supernova finished up the first act with a three song set of frenetic energy and powerful vocals.
The second act started around 11:15 pm with the magical burlesque stylings of Susie Malone. Billy Sheehan and Greg Bissonette, part of the original Eat ‘Em and Smile team, were joined onstage by up and coming guitar god, Stephen Chesney, and the incomparable, Eric Dover, for an over-the-top three-song set consisting of “Light Up the Sky,” “Dance the Night Away,” and “Shyboy.”
Next, the always amazing Debby Holiday treated the audience to her take on Tommy’s “Acid Queen,” in what may just have been her most powerful performance yet.
Then Ira Black, Monte Pittman, Tommy Vext, Dio Britto and Jerry Montano brought the metal with “Master of Puppets,” which was followed by Butcher Babies own Heidi Shepherd joining the band for some of the craziest hair whipping action ever. And then it was time for some power pop, with Matt Starr fronting a kick-ass version of “Dream Police.”
The evening opened with an acoustic performance by Bash!, a punk trio with some great song and amazing stand-up bass theatrics.
In summary, the move to the Whisky is a huge success. The site lines are much better at the historic venue, allowing more people to see the action on stage, and the lighting is fantastic. Ultimate Jam Night has no place to go but up.