Saturday, June 3, 2017

Night Out with Music

Feeling a bit restless last night, I wasn't sorry when Mike called around 6:00 PM and suggested we go and get some coal fired pizza at Natalie's, then maybe stay for the music and maybe not.  I was up for that, and in short order had donned a clean shirt and put my car under me.

Natalie's
Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music
5601 N High St, Worthington, OH 43085
NataliesCoalfiredPizza.com
(614) 436-2625

I've been to Natalie's before to see the California Guitar Treo.  The bar provides an excellent music venue.  Mike and I sat at the bar, decided that we'd have a drink, a pizza, and maybe an appetizer later on.  The music was a maybe, maybe not.  Mike had no trouble with an early evening, but having driven out to Natalie's I was inclined to stay and hear the band - the Whirlybirds.

We're sitting at the bar, and the very first problem we have is service.  There are two bartenders.  One looks like he's under the influence of some weird new anti-psychotic drug, and the other is flat out ignoring us.  By holding an empty glass up for about five minutes I manage to get one bartender's attention, and we get our first round.  So far, so good.  The trouble was that the quality of the service never picked up, and we had to yell for everything - including a cheese plate that we ordered, and that the bartenders were literally looking everywhere except at our waving hands.  We both yelled and made ourselves heard over the band and got the plate, but it was a struggle.

So last night's service gets one start out of five.

The food, by the way, is excellent.  Now if the manager could just come up with a way to deliver the food to the hungry customer, they might really have something.

We decided to stay for the band.  Actually, I wanted to stay.  Whirlybirds bills itself as a swing band, and I like swing music.  Here's a link to their site: Whirlybirds on Facebook
Whirlybirds, featuring Joe Gilliland (vocals/guitar), Brenny Brenneman (clarinet/saxes/vocals), Trent Sampson (double bass/vocals), Nick Simko (trumpet), Jacob Campbell (keys), and Max Marsillo (drums).
The music selection was a little odd, but that's okay.  They played their own arrangements of swing songs, most of which I know, but few of which I recognized.  The high point of the show was Just a Gigalo / I Ain't Got Nobody, which has been recorded by just about everybody.  Whirlybirds did a good job with this one, but the other songs - not so much.

Whirlybirds on Stage

Swing!

Drummer and Keyboard

Band Leader and Guitar

The Doghouse
I'll give the Whirlybirds two and a half stars out of five, with the promise of watching them again.  I think what they really need is time.  Practice time.  Also it wouldn't hurt the keyboard player to trade the keyboard for an actual piano.

Taken individually, all these men are good musicians.  Taken as a whole, they're disjointed, and they don't have to be.  That's my own opinion, and like everything else, your mileage may vary and the sleeves will ride up with wear.




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