Raleigh Music Review: Big Drink Music Co plays Emerald Isle
By: Sheryl Bryant
Big Drink Music Co. serves a long tall glass of musical variety to the folks at the shores of Emerald Isle, NC as a part of the summer concert series known as Emeraldfest.
Local band Big Drink Music Co. filled July’s final slot of the Emeraldfest Concert series at Emerald Isle on a recent Thursday evening. Big Drink is certainly big on variety. The band’s repertoire quenches the thirst of the classic rock lover, as well as those who are fans of the blues and pop.
Getting their gulp on at the shores of Emerald Isle’s Western Regional Beach Access was a large crowd of young and old. Babies and toddlers danced and frolicked alongside retirees and seniors and young couples. The crowd was larger than traditionally seen at past concerts in the Series.
Big Drink Music Co. is:
Will Baker on guitar and vocals
Davis Lott on lead guitar and vocals
Jon Wood on bass and vocals
Tony Johnston on drums
Big Drink Music Co. performed twenty songs from a variety of artists including The Rolling Stones, John Mellencamp, Santana , Allman Brothers, Guess Who, Doobie Brothers , The Clash and more. Davis Lott was absolutely primo on lead guitar and his vocals shone brightly. Jon Wood was powerful on bass, his vocals on several songs were very strong as well. Will Baker was very good on guitar and commanded a versatile vocal style. All four band members contributed solidly to vocals while aptly handling their individual instruments. Drummer Tony Johnston has an incredible sense of timing and rhythm because the band was in line and in step from song number one throughout the concert. I wish the volume had been up a little more on the percussion because I couldn’t hear it as well as I would have liked to.
The set of covers performed by Big Drink was well executed and the audience thoroughly enjoyed the band’s set. This is an excellent band to have play when the crowd is diverse. Big Drink Music Co. provides music for all ages and taste preferences. Lucky enough for many in the crowd, myself included, they draw heavily from classic rock and bluesy tunes. The following numbers are among those played during Big Drink’s Thursday evening set
Steal My Kisses
Jumping Jack Flash
Black Magic Woman
Flip, Flop & Fly
Honky Tonk Women
Funk # 49
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
Sweet Home Chicago
Get Down Tonight
Long Train Runnin’
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Highlights of the night included Big Drink’s version of the James Gang’s “Funk 49”, the Guess Who’s “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature” and their adaptation of K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s “Get Down Tonight.” The latter song was better listening than the original because of the band’s edgier, almost psychedelic rock twist (less the disco boogie.) John (Cougar) Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses” proved to be a special cover, as did “Evil Ways” by Santana. Talented guitar playing and an even exchange of voice duties among the band members has a positive impact on this band’s success.
Thanks to the Town of Emerald Isle for continuing this ten year tradition of the Emeraldfest Summer Concert Series and thanks to Big Drink Music Co. for lifting our spirits with a full glass of select blends of music.