Local Band The Blue Moonies’ Spirited Set at Gianni’s Spring Fling

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Friday night led me out onto the streets of Oceanside to support my friend, Glen, and his pizza joint, Gianni’s, for their first annual Spring Fling. And, while I was looking forward to a good time, I had no idea I was about to be blown away by an absolutely ripping set from the band The Blue Moonies.

Gianni’s is one of my favorite places to go for pizza, and if you’ve never been, you are missing out on not only a great slice, but the great vibe of Glen’s funky pizza parlor. The night was flowing along just fine–like I said, good people, beer, and pizza. But when The Blue Moonies plugged in, things really started jumping.

Beginning their set with a whirling get-down of R&B goodness, The Blue Moonies ripped into Stevie Wonder’s “Living For The City” liked they penned the classic. The four piece band (featuring Jody Bagley on keyboards/vocals, Tristan Faulk-Webster on drums/percussion, Jason Simmons on bass/vocals, and Thomas Mitchell on lead guitar/vocals) came together in tight formation, blasting Wonder’s “Superstition” as the follow up to the opening track.

From there it was off to the races as the foursome interjected a few pumped up originals alongside some Bill Withers, James Brown, Allman Brothers and Marvin Gaye tracks. The originals held their own, even up against a standout version of Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” which keyboard/vocalist and the soul back bone of the group Jody Bagley completely nailed. Bagley has a Belushi blues brother vibe to him that, when combined with his rich vocal and more than comparable keyboard styling, endeared him to the crowd. When a rousing cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post” wrapped up The Blue Moonies’ set, the crowd that had gathered for Gianni’s Spring Fling found themselves deep into a good time.

Glen has never had to twist my arm to come over and grab a slice and a beer at Gianni’s; the place is that good. But, if The Blue Moonies plan on showing up and laying it down like they did last Friday night, it’ll be next to impossible to keep me away.

4 Responses to Local Band The Blue Moonies’ Spirited Set at Gianni’s Spring Fling
  1. Rick
    May 20, 2011 | 11:21 pm

    Luv you Hay Hay!

  2. Hay Hay
    May 20, 2011 | 6:31 pm

    LUV Gianni’s. LUV the BLue Moonies. and LUV SDRockandRoll.com !!

  3. Rick
    May 18, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Glen (sorry about the two n thing)-
    Thanks for hosting the Fling- The Blue Moonies were impressive to say the least.
    Looking forward to the Summer Fling.

    Cheers to Gianni’s!

  4. glen
    May 18, 2011 | 2:50 am

    Rick!
    You reviewed the show perfectly! Our asses got FUNKIFIED!!! Much LOVE to all that attended! By the way, only one “n” in Glen.

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