Dela Sante / Blog

DC Rock Live

Dela Sante - The opening band has just started as I arrive upstairs. The room is packed so if I count correctly, I see six members featuring a couple of guitars, rhythm section and two keyboards electronic guys. One guy brings out a trumpet, trombone, and sax for different songs and there is only one microphone for stage patter. Their instrumental music is clearly progressive, but with a modern electronic touch. The brass is a great addition and adds a vibrancy to the songs. But the core four guys would be enjoyable enough on their own as the rhythm is solid and the guitars shift between power and interesting noodling with good skill and touch. I enjoy a good prog band and these guys fit the bill with a personal approach that succeeded nicely tonight. Being fully instrumental may be a challenge to their songwriting as they go forward, but they have plenty to offer now.