Andy Frasco and The UN and The Kyle Gass Band Play a High Energy Concert at Soho Santa Barbara

Article Contributed by L. Paul Mann | Published on Friday, April 12, 2024

On a sleepy Santa Barbara night Wednesday, April 3rd, two of the most animated American jam band performers, Kyle Gass and Andy Frasco, brought their respective rambunctious rock ensembles for a vigorous night of frolicking fun. The Soho restaurant and music club is a small downtown venue offering live music from local performers to some legendary names in pop music for decades.
Santa Barbara's Soho nightclub pulsed with the infectious energy of the Kyle Gass Band, who opened the show just after 8 pm. The legendary guitarist, known for his comedic partnership in Tenacious D, shed his Jack Black persona for a night of pure, unadulterated rock and roll revelry.

Kyle Gass' ripping recorder solo

From the opening chords, the audience was captivated by Gass's undeniable stage presence. Tall and charismatic, he commanded the stage with a playful swagger. His virtuosic guitar skills were on full display, weaving intricate solos and driving rhythms that sent shivers down the spines of guitar enthusiasts. He also wowed the crowd with his wind instrument skills, playing a tiny plastic flute.
The band, a tight-knit group of seasoned musicians, provided a solid foundation for Gass's musical explorations. The bass thumped with a steady pulse, the drums pounded infectious grooves, and the keyboards added shimmering textures filling the sonic canvas. Together, they created a sound that blended classic rock influences with a touch of modern swagger, perfect for the Soho's intimate setting.

The setlist was a delightful mix of originals and unexpected covers. The band ripped through their own tracks like "Manchild" and "The Burden," showcasing Gass's knack for crafting catchy melodies and witty lyrics. They surprised the audience with a scorching rendition of "Jailbreak" by Thin Lizzy, complete with a tongue-in-cheek vocal impersonation of Phil Lynott by Gass.

However, the true highlight of the performance came when Andy Frasco joined the party, adding backing vocals and frivolity to the band. The Kyle Gass Band's performance wasn't just about technical prowess; it was a celebration of the pure joy of music. Gass's infectious enthusiasm and genuine love for performing were contagious, radiating throughout the venue. By the end of the sett, the crowd was a sweaty, smiling mass, united by their love of good music and a healthy dose of silliness.

Ernie Chang of Andy Frasco & the UN

In the intimate and buzzing atmosphere of Soho Nightclub, Santa Barbara, Andy Frasco and the UN delivered a performance that was nothing short of electrifying and hit the stage just before 10 pm. From the moment they stepped on stage, it was evident that this wasn't just another concert; it was going to be an experience.
With his trademark energy and charm, Andy Frasco immediately connected with the audience, turning the venue into a pulsating hub of excitement. As the band launched into their set, it was impossible not to be swept away by their infectious blend of rock, funk, and soul.

Andy Frasco | SoHo | 4/3/24

Frasco's dynamic stage presence was matched by the incredible talent of his band, The UN. From the soulful melodies of the keyboard to the blistering guitar solos, each member brought their A-game, creating a vibrant sonic landscape.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the performance was the interaction between the band and the audience. Frasco has a knack for making everyone feel like they're part of the show, whether encouraging sing-alongs, inviting fans on stage, or simply sharing anecdotes between songs. This sense of camaraderie elevated the concert from a mere performance to a communal celebration of music and life. At one point, he jumped into the crowd and led them in a giant whirling Hora-like dance.

Andy Frasco in the crowd leading the Dance

Highlights of the night included energetic renditions of fan favorites like "Get Down Moses" and "Keep On Keepin' On," as well as a few surprise covers, including a Led Zeppelin classic with the crowd singing and dancing along.

The most memorable moment came towards the end of the set when Kyle Gass joined the group, playing his little flute. Frasco and the band, including Gas, launched into an extended jam session that seemed to transcend time and space. As they fed off each other's energy, the music reached new heights of intensity, engulfing the audience in a euphoric frenzy.

As the final notes faded away and the crowd erupted into cheers and applause, it was clear that Andy Frasco and the UN had delivered a performance that would be remembered long after the lights dimmed at the Soho in Santa Barbara.

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