Hermosa Beach Live Music Venue Features The Stone, Beatles & Elvis In One Night
By Kevin Wilkerson, PubClub.com Blogger
The song is correct. You may not always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you can get what you need.
And what I wanted was to see the Rolling Stones in Cuba. But what I got was a Rolling Stones cover band at Hermosa Beach’s great live music venue, Saint Rocke.
While being at that epic show in Havana with about 100,000 other people would have been a true lifetime experience, I did get quite a bit of “Satisfaction” from the Saint Rocke experience.
In fact, I got even more, for the bar also had a Beatles cover band in a kind of Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame “grand band shootout.” And not only that, just before this British invasion of a California beach town, Elvis was in the building.
Graceband, which puts a dozen people on stage complete with horns and backup singers, opened the evening. Any of the three would be a worthy night of entertainment but having this triple dose of awesome music was about all one could absorb in one evening.
The “Stones” lead singer looked quite a bit like Mick Jagger and displayed a lot of the real singer’s mannerisms. It helped that he sounded a lot like him, too. I was right by the stage and playing guitar in front of me was a pretty good Ron Wood look-alike, too.
The band would play four to five songs, then give way to the “Beatles,” which played four to five songs, then gave it up again for the Stones. This happened three or four times and the night ended with both bands playing together on stage.
By the time this even happened, I was already pumped up from the high-energy show from Graceband. This high-energy band does a great job of recreating the Elvis concert show experience (well, from what I’ve see of those Elvis concerts on YouTube).
Graceband put a huge smile on my face that I could’t wipe off until well after the “Stones” and “Beatles” had left the stage.
I see that Super Diamond – a wildly popular Neil Diamond cover singer – is playing the following Saturday, April 2. That will keep things rocking at Saint Rocke.