Floyd Moore Memorial
Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Fri., Feb. 22, 2008
Floyd Moore MemorialAntone's, Feb. 17
With his white Stratocaster sitting unmanned at the front of the stage, Floyd Moore was given a 3½-hour all-star tribute Sunday at Antone's. The Port Arthur native, who passed away last month, was a fixture of Austin's blues scene in the 1970s, and on Sunday, a handful of local acts paid homage to his legacy. Erin Jaimes unloaded first with a Joplin-esque wail matched by "Banzai" La Rocca's harp on "I Love You Baby" and the all-out jam of Larry Davis' "Funny Stuff." Eve Monsees joined to harmonize on the rolling rhythm of "Find My Love" before Jaimes bowed out with the soulful "A Woman Will Do Wrong." Monsees returned with her band, the Exiles, to lay down a set of thumpin' rockabilly blues on "Deed and Deed I Do" and the Homer Henderson-led "She's My Morning Cup of Coffee." Alan Haynes opened with an elegiac tone while ripping some of the night's best licks, no small feat given the next set's guitar assault with Gary Clark Jr. joining Jimmie Vaughan and Omar Kent Dykes. Vaughan offered up "Kinky Women" and the Fabulous Thunderbirds' "Roll, Roll, Roll" before Dykes brought his doghouse growl to Howlin' Wolf's "How Many More Years" and Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster." Lou Ann Barton emerged rather bleary and aimless, it being her birthday, but her rafter-rattling vocals awed undiminished on ZZ Top's "Thunderbird." The night's lasting image, though, belonged to Moore: A short documentary excerpt showed the bluesman laughing, "I'll never grow old," as he waded into the ocean – fishing – against the rolling waves.