The Fairfield Theatre organization continues to book major acts into the Fairfield-Bridgeport market. Taj Mahal and Los Lobos at The Klein in Bridgeport, CT, on Saturday February 19, 2011. This is a strong double bill of artists who each have decades of musical credentials and dedicated followings. I like the pairing and co-operation energy of these two collective genres, country blues and calypso from Taj Mahal and the ever eclectic, improvisational sounds of the band known as Los Lobos.
Its been a good 32 years since I last saw Taj Mahal at the Westport Country Playhouse with Jimmy Cotton. Taj is an itinerant musician who has a classic sound that is varied by lots of world music influences. I did a term paper about him when I was in college and met him backstage in Westport in 1978. He played a National Steel Pedal Guitar as an instrumental underneath the tape recorded interview I did with him for The Fairfield County Entertainer Magazine.
Los Lobos is a personal favorite band of mine. I see them every possible chance I get. I have seen them perform eight times from 1986 until now. The first time I caught them in New Haven was at Toads Place in 1986 when they were performing By The Light of the Moon.
I have seen them three times in New Haven (1986, 2008, and 2010). They are always very cordial, willing to sign merchandise and say hello to the fans after the show. I find them to be very down to earth and friendly people. I love their synergy and where they journey with their music. I a liken them as a Chicano Grateful Dead in a loving way as they try lots of different sounds and expressions with their music, jamming, mixing things up well each time they play live.