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Kino

Live at CalProg, Whittier, CA, 2006

Review by Lorraine Kay

CalProg 2006 was a full day of great prog-rock from across the country and the UK. Held in the Whittier Community Center, in Whittier, CA, a small community in Los Angeles County, there is always a family-friendly atmosphere in the 400 seat facility. But once the music started there was nothing small-town about it.
Following the dinner break, Kino took the stage. The band from the UK did not disappoint the crowd that had been waiting in anticipation all day. "Kino - the band I came to see!" said one fan.

Dale Kay
 
Dale Kay
   
With John Mitchell (also of Arena and The Urbane) out front on vocals and guitar, the audience was in for a lot of fun right from the start, bad jokes and all. John Beck, the most incredible keyboardist - (of the newly reunited It Bites) took the mic on "Swimming with Women" and harmonies throughout. Pete Trewavas (also a member of Marillion and Transatlantic) saw a solid showing on bass, but also took a side trip to acoustic guitar for one tune. Together with Bob Dalton (another member of It Bites) on drums, they made up one of the tightest rhythm sections of the evening.

Their set was entertaining and fun but also incredibly tight (once they got past some of the technical equipment hiccoughs). The band handled the technical melees like the pros they are and delivered a set that was fresh and full of energy - no signs of jetlag at all. For their cover in CalProg tradition they performed "Sugar Mice" by Marillion.


Dale Kay
 
Dale Kay
   
This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.
 
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