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Ray Mason (with Rikki Bates & Fred Boak) ~ 2013 October 3 ~ Guapo's Tortilla Shack ~ Orleans, MA

... by Joanne Corsano ...

Ray Mason and Rikki Bates
Ray Mason and Rikki Bates
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Ray Mason on Silvertone electric guitar and lead vocals; Rikki Bates on drums (second set); Fred Boak on backing vocals (two songs)

Set List

I'm Not That Kind of Guy - Summer Kind of Thing - Up But So Loose - Didn't Want To Have To Do It {Lovin' Spoonful} - Reverb & a Zip Code - Baby Macaroni - Twice & Out - Are You Ready? {Barbara Mason} - I've Got a Good Dentist - English Leather - Liner Notes - I'm Only Human {with Fred Boak on vocals} - Please Translate ... intermission ... {Second set with Rikki Bates on drums} Since Him - Castanets - Water Off Of a Duck - Never Run Out - Big Hug - Hopeful Rain - Monkey in a Convent - I Go To Pieces {Del Shannon} - When She Walks By - I Must Be In Trouble - Karen Has Her Mix Tape On ... encore ... I Saw the Light {Todd Rundgren} {with Fred Boak on vocals}

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"Never Run Out":


Guapo's is a recently opened restaurant/bar/music venue on Rte. 6A in Orleans, serving a variety of yummy and reasonably priced Mexican dishes. Concert Going Partner and I weren't going to miss seeing Ray Mason on our "home turf," and we got a special treat -- drummer Rikki Bates sat in for the second set of Ray's show. Rikki plays with local Cape Cod bands the Chandler Travis Philharmonic and the Catbirds. The underpinning from her drumming filled out the trebly sound of Ray's vintage 1965 Silvertone very nicely. Also performing on three songs was the Chandler Travis Philharmonic's singing valet, Fred Boak. The show was well attended by luminaries on the local music scene, including Chandler Travis and Johnny Spampinato (whom Ray thanked for getting him the booking at this new venue).

Ray played a generous 25 songs, mainly of selections from his 11 albums, but also included the humorous and mysterious "I Must Be In Trouble," a track from the recent album by the Lonesome Brothers, Ray's other band. He also threw in a handful of covers from the deep well of rock 'n' roll. It was an enjoyable show played for a friendly crowd and featuring the extra musical treat of Rikki Bates' drumming.

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