Happy holidays, everyone!! Kenny Loggins' Celebrate Me Home, performed by The A Team at The Savannah Center, The Villages, FL on Nov. 17, 2022. Personnel: Bob Wilson, keyboards & vocals; Mike Bruno, drums and vocals; John Huber, basses; Mike Abbott, vocals, saxes, flute & wind synthesizers.
Danny O'Keefe's Good Time Charlie's Got The Blues, performed by Mike Abbott at The Royal Anchor, Old Orchard Beach, ME on July 17, 2022. Mike's using a Yamaha WX-5 wind synth controller, with a CME WidiMaster BT transmitter, wirelessly engaged to a Yamaha Motif Rack synthesizer, playing Patchman Music's Blues Harmonica program. A wonderfully responsive instrument to play.
The A Team performs Billy's Joel's Rosalinda's Eyes at their inaugural concert April 29, 2022 at the Savannah Center, The Villages, FL. Personnel: Mike Abbott (vocals, saxes, flute, wind synthesizers); Bob Wilson (keyboards & vocals); John Huber (basses and whistles); Mike Bruno (drums, percussion & vocals).
Mike Abbott performs solo at the Square in Ocala, FL on Oct 2, 2021. Songs include: Runnin' on Empty (Jackson Browne); Maneater (Hall & Oates); What Would You Say (Dave Matthews Band); Message in a Bottle (Police); Sledgehammer (Peter Gabriel); Tell It Like It Is (Aaron Neville); JoJo (Boz Scaggs); Steal Away (Robbie Dupree).
Mike Abbott solo at Edna’s on the Green, The Villages, FL on 1/15/22. Songs include: Two Tickets to Paradise (Eddie Money); You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon); Peg (Steely Dan); Norwegian Wood (Beatles); Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull); Taxman (Beatles); Harvest Moon (Neil Young); Knock on Wood (Eddie Floyd); Long Train Runnin’ (Doobie Brothers); Steamroller Blues (James Taylor); Desperado (Eagles); Black Magic Woman (Santana); Authority Song (John Mellencamp); Get Ready (Temptations/Rare Earth).
Fiyo on the Bayou, featuring Cyril Neville and the Outerspace Band. Eliot Osborn, keyboards; Compton Maddux, guitar; Michael Wiskey, drums; George Potts, bass; John Moses, guitar; Mike Abbott, saxes.
Mike rocks the beach at the Royal Anchor Resort in Old Orchard Beach, ME, Sept 2021. Selections include: Lowdown (Boz Scaggs); Baker St. (Gerry Rafferty); NY State of Mind (Billy Joel); One Way Out (Allman Bros.).
Selections from a Dec 2020 performance at Belle Glade Country Club in The Villages, FL, for the Pine Hills Social. Clips include: Stuck In The Middle With You (Stealer's Wheel); Have I Told You Lately (Van Morrison, Rod Stewart); Can't Find My Way Home (Blind Faith); Turn the Page (Bob Seger); Woodstock (Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills & Nash); NY State of Mind (Billy Joel); Feelin' Alright (Traffic, Joe Cocker); Into the Mystic (Van Morrison); Get Together (Youngbloods).
Ocala's favorites Glass Onion perform a live broadcast from the stage of the Reilly Arts Center in 2020. At the height of the COVID shutdown, the band played to an empty theater, but the webcast was viewed by many! Due to popular demand, this is the entire performance.
A compilation from 1 set during a 2019 performance. Songs: Let's Dance (David Bowie); Lowdown (Boz Scaggs); For What It's Worth (Buffalo Springfield); Baker St. (Gerry Rafferty); You Got Lucky (Tom Petty); Stir It Up (Bob Marley); Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Queen); Ants Marching (Dave Matthews Band); Can't You See (Marshall Tucker Band); Love The One You're With (Steven Stills); Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder).
David Bowie's Changes performed by the Voltron Collective and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra at the Reilly Center, March, 2019. Mike Abbott, sax and vocals.
What's Goin' On, performed by "Out of LA" at the Savannah Center, The Villages, FL Inaugural JazzFest, March 2018. Personnel: Mike Abbott, saxes and vocals; Jerry Bruno, drums; John Huber, bass; Bill Neale, guitar; Kevin O'Connell, keyboards; and Janelle Sadler, special guest vocalist.
You Can't Do That! The world famous Blues Beatles from Brazil are joined by guest sax player Mike Abbott during their 2019 tour. Marcos, vocals; Flavio, keyboards; Bruno, bass; Fred, drums; and Artur, guitar.
Glass Onion performing at Pi on Broadway in Ocala.
George Harrison's Taxman performed by Mike Abbott & C.O.S.T.EL.L.O.
Artur and I first played together with the Blues Beatles last spring. At the time, he had just won the Albert Collins Award from the Blues Foundation. Recently, his band played Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival. He's a smokin' young player. When his band played The Villages recently, he asked me to join them. Here's one of the tunes!
T Bone Walker's Cold, Cold Feeling is performed by YouTube sensation the Blues Beatles and guest sax player Mike Abbott. Hosted by The Villages Blues Society, May 2019.
David Bowie's Under Pressure performed by the Voltron Collective and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra at the Reilly Center, March 2019. Mike Abbott, vocals.
B,S&T's You've Made Me So Happy, performed by Out of LA at a concert in The Villages, FL, March, 2019.
I've had several requests if folks could view the now-legendary Blues Beatles show from May 15, 2019, so here's a link. This was a sold-out Villages Blues Society performance of almost 2 hours. I was asked to join the band for this show, and I had a blast!! I had previously posted some song-length videos that I shot with a side-mounted camera, but this full concert was shot by Hugh Malloch, who does an amazing job traveling around FL and documenting concerts. I join the band at 34:45.