Eric McFadden and friends fill 7800 with funk, punk

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Eric McFadden let his dreads fly on a fiery night in Kirkwood.
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The Jimi Hendrix-Eric McFadden comparisons aren’t fair. McFadden is the better singer.

McFadden, Queen delphine, members of the Sacramento band Ideateam and several talented guests served an unprecedented feast of delicious music on Saturday in the 7800 Bar & Grill at Kirkwood Mountain Resort.

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Rocking 7800 are Queen delphine and Eric McFadden.

Guitarist McFadden treated a small crowd to an acoustic flamenco set earlier in the evening. At 7800, he displayed remarkable versatility, playing funk, punk and amplified blues for a packed restaurant next to ski slopes. Near the close of the show, the musicians even played a gospel tune. God knows this was a great night.

“The Jesus Gonna See You Naked” is a song McFadden and his on- and offstage partner Queen delphine play with their band Tasty Face, which includes Fishbone frontman Angelo Moore. That band plans to release an album in the spring. But first, McFadden’s T.E.N., which includes drummer Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies) and Fishbone’s bassist Norwood Fisher, wants to put out a record. McFadden also often teams up with Roosevelt Collier’s California Get Down and he plays mandolin with New Orleans’ friend Anders Osborne.

McFadden has coals in a lot of fires and 7800 burned red hot. Queen delphine is a fiery performer with a punk rock delivery. The guys from Ideateam – trumpeter Aaron Smith, bassist Roibeard Kyle Pulskamp and Joe Carusi — are clearly from the Godfather of Soul’s school of music. Smith’s solos were such a tasty accoutrement that Queen kept calling him back to the stage for more.

Kirkwood has a special connection to high-profile artists such as McFadden. Two more will be appearing around Christmastime. Check in with Tahoe Onstage for an upcoming announcement.

Davis Thom, the 7800 Bar & Grill owner, was happy with the turnout and he said he wants to provide free live music every other Saturday night through the season.

Related story: Eric McFadden, hired gun. LINK

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If felt like a house party, and the house was rocking.
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Ideateam trumpeter Aaron Smith.
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McFadden and queen Delphine wrote their set list on a receipt.
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