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 Dave Constantino Band
-Club Infinity-
By Bob Silvestri

What a great way to kick off the Holiday season as a packed Club Infinity was treated to a fantastic show on December 23rd celebrating the release of  the new CD from The Dave Constantino Band. Joined by Ted and Tom Reinhardt, arguably the best rhythm section ever in Buffalo, the band ripped thru a set of cuts from the new release as well as some classic blues and rock numbers. Constantino’s lean yet muscular fret work shined on “Where You Hidin’”, “Pain In My Heart” and the title cut from the CD “Bump In The Road”. A cover of Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” also achieved high marks. Longtime musical collaborator Willie Haddath also made an appearance to add his signature slide guitar soundsto the evening. Special guest Billy Sheehan took over duties on the bass for the encores and took the night to an incredible conclusion. There is no other way to say it. The man is a monster on the bass. He is able to coax notes out of his instrument like no other man alive. Since their days in Talas they have always been the perfect musical foil to each other. While Sheehan now toils on the national stage he seamlessly meshes anytime he and Constantino play together. Watching their musical interplay, evident of their love of playing music together, was magical and is one of those moments only live music can bring you. Versions of “Sunshine Of Your Love”, “Helter Skelter” and “Goin’ Down” were jaw dropping amazing. It appeared the night was over but after some jovial coaxing from Sheehan they returned to play “Crossroads” and a blistering version of the Raven tune “Neighbor, Neighbor”. (Thanks Dave) Opening the show was Johnny Angel from the legendary band Rockcandy. Making his first Western New York appearance in fifteen years his acoustic set of songs about love, death, dreams and fears was warmly greeted. For more information check out www.daveconstantinoband.com

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