Tameca Jones at Continental Club Gallery
Get your hips moving on SoCo every Thursday
By Cara Tillman, 11:50AM, Tue. Jun. 5, 2012
Tameca Jones, an Austin native, is making a name for herself as a singer at a time of popular revival for soul and R&B artists in the US and the UK, but her own sound embraces a wide range of genres, including sixties and seventies rock and roll, grunge, pop, and funk.
Ms. Jones lights up the Continental Club Gallery every Thursday night with infectious and grooveable covers ranging from Rubber Soul era Beatles to Led Zeppelin to Chaka Khan, all with a jazz-inspired vocal performance that drips with expression and showcases a fantastic set of pipes.
What the Continental Gallery consistently offers is an intimate space in which artists are free to explore the intricacies of their instruments without restraint, and Tameca's rotating quartet of gentleman players is no exception to that rule. Her lineup of enthusiastic and accomplished musicians made me feel as if I were privy to a fantastic living room jam session; they are well-seasoned players in what must be the most relaxed club environment in town. Last Thursday, Dane Farnsworth made compelling use of the old Hammond organ that resides within the Continental Club Gallery, channeling Booker T and the M.G.'s. Each musician was given ample time to follow inspired movements of instrumentation, including delightfully indulgent, throw-back tones from Chris McQueen on his Gibson hollow body guitar and delicious, popping bass licks from Nick Clark. Most importantly, the audience filling the small gallery space never seemed to mind the players' solo indulgences, as the area closest to the stage quickly became a dance floor packed with swaying enthusiasts eating out of Ms. Jones' hands. Always gracious, inviting, and accessible, she engaged in friendly banter with her players and fans, having as much genuine fun as anybody in the room.
Details: the show begins at 10:30 pm every Thursday and often runs past 1:30 am, making it a perfect late night stop. And aside from Tameca's deserving tip jar, it's totally free.