I wasn’t living in Long Beach when Melissa Etheridge made her breakthrough playing locally at a club called Que Sera on 7th Street (funny that her wikipedia article doesn’t mention Que Sera), but every time I come out and watch Neva I think I’m seeing the beginning of the same thing. I’ve been posting pictures from previous Neva shows for some time, but obviously that doesn’t begin to share the experience. So when she came to Taco Beach this past Friday I decided to shoot more video than stills. Now this is obviously not studio quality video and the audio is pretty damn funny with all of the noisy Taco Beach revelers shouting and singing and playing along on silly plastic maracas provided by Dos Equis thanks Dos Equis). Some might think that the audience is being rude. I’ve seen audiences in the OC sit on their hands like a bunch of dead mannequins during a Fabulous Thunderbirds show. Obviously folks at Taco Beach are all about the participation. The thing that kills me is that neva doesn’t resort to tricks, just an acoustic guitar and tremendous voice. This girl can rock! Go to her website. She should have a CD out soon. ‘love the girl. jbb
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