Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 3: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

all photos by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

On Saturday afternoon, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio debuted three new songs to a capacity crowd at Little London Plane in Pioneer Square. Though the trio finished some of new tunes, including the ironically named “I Don’t Want to Play This,” as recently as Monday afternoon, there was no way that anyone could tell the difference. The band’s groove ran deep.

“Tacoma Black Party” drew a particularly large crowd, its irresistible groove encouraging kids to press their faces against the glass windows of Little London Plane, seeking a closer look at guitarist Jimmy James’ show-stopping antics. Overtop a Clyde Stubblefield-worthy pocket supplied by drummer David McGraw, James let it all hang loose. As the solo grew more bluesy and ferocious, his eyes closed, his mouth swung open, and his face turned to the grimace of a guitarist who can’t believe how hard he’s shredding. Channeling his inner Jimi, who grew up on the same street as Little London Plane, James lifted the guitar to his face and played with his teeth. Now it was the crowd who was in disbelief. When, with a nod, James handed the song back to the band, Lamarr played the joker, juxtaposing James’ epic solo with the cartoon couplet “Shave and a Haircut.” Jump back 60 years and relocate this session to Memphis, and it could have easily been a song recorded by Booker T. and the MG’s. Even if Seattle was full of Hammond Organ Trios — it’s not — the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio would still be the finest around for miles.



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3 Comments

  1. Delvon Lamarr
    Posted May 14, 2017 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    Yeah…..those guys are pretty good. That organ player looks kinda funny though…. LOL!!!!

  2. Jason Perry
    Posted May 14, 2017 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    DLO3 is legitimately the tastiest group I’ve heard all year. They epitomize the idea of sustained intensity with Delvon’s playful, light-hearted grooves, Jimmy’s piercing attack, and David’s deep pocket that simultaneously holds the jam together and propels it forward.

    Their music is immediately accessible with catchy melodies and joyous rhythms, yet rewards repeated listening with searing solos that remind us that to be a virtuoso, one must first be virtuous. These men create from a space of deep understanding of both music and life.

  3. Tom
    Posted May 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    These cats killed it! They only let like 30 people in the darn room, so I watched the whole thing from the door and had to fight for my spot!

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