Kelsey's school of rock 

Show Review

Michael Kelsey and Bonepony
Thursday, Aug. 19

Michael Kelsey, winner of the 2004 Guitarmageddon championship in Dallas, Texas, said he took cash instead of the ’04 Honda Element he won after wooing judges and the crowd at the event, “But a new Taylor guitar is on its way in the mail … which I’m looking forward to,” said Kelsey at his show Thursday night.

For now, he’s still thumping away on his timeworn Taylor 615.

His show was less severe than his typically detonating guitar exhibition, but Kelsey said he saves a lot of his flare for shows belonging only to him. His loyalists were all there, though, and his creative drive and alacrity left even the familiar jaws dropping. Guitar aficionados can now attempt mastering his tricks: He had, seated next to his stack of CDs, a brand new DVD for sale.

The Nashville, Tenn., trio Bonepony fused their battery of instruments together for a peace pipe-friendly dance around the Birdy’s campfire. Guitarist Nick Nguyen sat during the entire show while smiley lead singer, Scott Johnson, beat maracas against Djembe, stick against snare drum. Sadly, Tramp, who plays fiddle, mandolin and a cabasas (bell-like creature) duck-taped around his ankle, is leaving music for marriage in October.

Their songs often multiply just when you suspect they’ll divide, and they perfectly mesh styles of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and funk. They ended the song “Bleeker Street,” off of their 1995 release, Stomp Revival, with a rendition of “Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread.” Odd, but highly effective.

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