Friday, February 09, 2007

Ollabelle is Coming to Arden

Manhattan hipsters meet old time Gospel band, Ollabelle is coming to Arden Saturday night. Named after Ola Belle Reed, who made her home in northeast Maryland, the band was last in Arden in July 2005. David Bromberg, who sat in with them on that night, will be joining them for their second set.
Theirs are not polite covers of old songs; they play with a tangible crunch. The drum heads are tuned low; the bass has the right rumble; the Hammond [actually it's a Wurlitzer] organ is fat and delicious; I can almost hear the 60-cycle hum even on their CDs. They sing like a Sunday morning blues choir that's been up all night.
The Arden Concert Gild puts on the hippest shows in Delaware. Check them out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't make the show, but thanks for turning me on to this band... FYI the correct spelling is "Ollabelle," they are named after "Ola Belle Reed" and the website is Youtube videos are available.

3:28 PM, February 10, 2007  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

I stand corrected; it is Ola Belle Reed. I saw her back in the day.

8:05 AM, February 12, 2007  

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