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Michael Vincent Liuzza *****

Michael Vincent Liuzza at Rockwell Music Hall

By Paulanne Simmons

 New Orleans came to New York City on Nov. 6 just in time to help us  shake off the election blues. That was when Michael Vincent Liuzza and his band (Patrick
Pearson on Bass, C. J. Smith V on guitar, Andrew Davis on percussion) came to
Rockwell Music Hall with his brand of new and traditional blues.

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Michael Vincent Liuzza at Rockwell Music Hall

By Paulanne Simmons

 New Orleans came to New York City on Nov. 6 just in time to help us  shake off the election blues. That was when Michael Vincent Liuzza and his band (Patrick
Pearson on Bass, C. J. Smith V on guitar, Andrew Davis on percussion) came to
Rockwell Music Hall with his brand of new and traditional blues.

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A few of Liuzza’s songs were quite personal. “Justice 4 Joe” was written by his
father, Michael Vincent Sr., who was born and raised on Bourbon St. A
self-proclaimed “eighties baby,” Liuzza sang the English band Tears for Fears’
1985 hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”

Liuzza/s voice, raspy or soft as silk, is perfect for traditional blues like “St. James
Infirmary,” and the Louis Armstrong hit, “What a Wonderful World.” At one point
he sang with great feeling a song his grandmother taught him and dedicated it
to Louis Armstrong: “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?” But his
voice is also wonderful for modern blues, like his own “Political Persuasion.”

Listening to Liuzza and his band is a little like being at a really cool jam session in
your best friend’s basement. It’s all warm and fuzzy, but it’s also really
cool. 

Throughout the show Liuzza expressed his gratitude to the very enthusiastic audience. He said he’d last been to Rockwell in 2011 and this was his final stop on tour before boarding a plane at JFK airport. Let’s hope he comes back soon.

 Rockwell Music Hall is located at 196 Allen Street, Brooklyn, NY 10002
212 477-4155 

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