The Brian Setzer Orchestra @ Grey Eagle – December 29th 2015

Brian Setzer @ Grey Eagle © J. Dirom

Decked out in red and green, the stage was festive. Caricatures of Brian Setzer wearing a Santa’s hat playing skull emblazoned Gretsch playing along with Rudolph on an upright bass, set the backdrop for the stage. A Christmas show like no other, in support of the band’s third Christmas album “Rockin’ Rudolph” which was released in October of this year.

Setzer took the front of the stage in his silver grey suit, skull motif shirt, and red Gretsch in hand. The Orchestra exploded into a high energy set that mixed the songs from the bands Christmas albums, as well as some classic rockabilly classics from Setzer’s band the Stray Cats. A full sound that energized the audience, who were out to enjoy the season, as large pockets of the crowd took to the aisles and danced along, many in full swing and rockabilly jive.

Setzer was mesmerizing on guitar, as he made complicated solo’s seem effortless, and was in full command of his Christmas colour Gretch guitar, which include a sparklescent sublime green guitar. At times throughout the would turn back to the band as the Orchestra, as the band unleashed saxophone, trombone, and trumpet solos. What can be said about the performance was without a doubt every musician and the two beautiful backing vocalists, were having the time of their life during the performance. You could feel it it the music, and their energy reverberated throughout the audience.

Setzer and his orchestra gave us a reminder that music is simply fun. Through the big band version of Stray Cat hits and some extremely fun Christmas songs, we were reminded of that. A fantastic musical gift for the holiday for all that were there.

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