Rock & Roll Hall of HOF Dave Mason played the Old National Center to a light but exuberant crowd this past week. Having make his name and fame with the band Traffic, Mason's guitar magic is still there as he and the band played and sang their way through well-known-to-the-crowd favorites, including "Rock and Roll Stew" and "Mr. Fantasy" before saying he would show his sensitive side with a nice rendition of "We Just Disagree". He also treated the crowd to "Low Spark of High Heeled Boys", a Traffic tune he did not originally play on, and "Feelin' Alright", a tune he wrote that was made famous by Joe Cocker. Before the night was over, Mason did a great version of bluesman Elmore James' 1960 tune, "Done Somebody Wrong". He finished the night with the Bob Dylan classic "All Along the Watchtower", a tune made famous by Jimi Hendrix on his "Electric Ladyland" album and a tune that Mason actually did play on. Joining Mason on stage was Tony Patler on keyboards and vocals, Johnne Sambataro on guitar and vocals as well as drummer Alvino Bennett.
Opening the show was Kelley Isenhower, an Indianapolis based guitarist, singer and songwriter. While playing a solo set, he used looper pedals to create a bass line, and additional vocals to give his music a nice, more full effect. While primarily playing well-known tunes such as Clapton's "Lay Down Sally", 3 Dog Night's "Never Been to Spain" and the Beatles "Come Together", he also played a nice original instrumental "Floyd's Hand Dance".