The Belleville Club had a flashback to the 1970’s on Monday and by all accounts, it was a welcome trip.
SIMO – a powerhouse trio from Nashville – ripped through a pair of hour-long sets that were equal parts jazz, blues and fusion mixed with all kinds of retro rock and roll.
The Belleville Club is a small room and every table was packed. Promoter Jason Meens of Southside Entertainment guessed that nearly half of his 100+ guests came from out of town to catch SIMO’s Canadian debut.
SIMO released Let Love Show the Way at the start of the New Year and have been out on the road throughout the U.S. promoting it ever since. They are headed back stateside for a few gigs this week before trekking off for a European tour later this month.
“We’ve been on the road pretty much non-stop since January,” said front man JD Simo, who started playing in clubs around his hometown of Chicago, IL when he was nine. Simo went on to become a sought-after session player in Nashville and is often mentioned in the same breaths as guitar stars Joe Bonamassa and Derek Trucks.
Simo was joined by the outstanding rhythm section of Elad Shapiro on bass and Adam Abrashoff on drums. Shapiro was in the pocket all night long with an incredible bass groove while Abrashoff knocked out an eight minute drum solo in the second set that brought the entire room to its feet.
We got a chance to sit down with Simo before the show…