Cool and Phat Concert on April 9th 1999
The night began with Dutch Uncle, a wondrous local band playing for an hour and a half, followed by a band from Kentucky, Chiaroscuro.
Dutch Uncle. – To my count, they played 15 songs and they were on for 100 minutes. Their drummer was in Florida for spring break, and Jesse jumped in on the last few songs to play drums for them. Their tracklist was pretty much the same as the last cool and phat show, but to stretch out time until Chiaroscuro came, bombed on a few improv songs. Quite a few of the songs were acoustic versions, which still had the energy of Dutch Uncle. I really dont have much to say about these guys again. Their cover of “Comfortably Numb” really was a scorcher, with Michael playing part of one of the many solos behind his back. The one noteworthy song of the night that was added to the songlist to expand time was their cover of Guns N Roses`es classic from 1987, “Paradise City”, which was still amusing since they only knew the chorus to the songs. The last 5 songs Jesse, the runner of Monster in a Box records, drummed on. And boy can he drum, with all of the rhythm coming in right.Dutch Uncle was still amazing, even with out their drummer.
Rating 8.5/10Chiroscuro. – This was the second band that came. They were originally supposed to play earlier in the night, but they were lost in a detour following the tornado that ravaged Cincinnati (They came up from Kentucky and came from Wilmington, a town near Cincinnati).The band has two distinct styles: Pseudo Metal, and a ethereal rock band. They played two days at Cool and Phat, and I seen them on their first night, which was Friday. They can mostly be compared to the Trans-Siberian orchestra, and partly to the new Sepultura. They were really well rehearsed, and sounded great except for some squealing from the band. This was a five piece band, including a Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Congo Drums/Chimes. This band could easily make it to a big label.