The second stop for Bob Log III’s Taiwan Tour 2013 took place in Kaohsiung on May 9th at the Mercury Bar. The line-up consisted of two one-man-bands. Jack Conqueroo was in charge of opening the show, and the mysterious man of the motorcycle helmet - Bob Log lll - was the headliner. A date full of Blues and musical goodness. Definitely.
Bob Log III comes from Tucson, Arizona. This band consists of: A person in a cannonball suit, a telephone receiver attached to a motorcycle helmet, a Silvertone Archtop guitar, a bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, pedals, wires, and a super dose of Delta Blues mixed with Rock, Punk, and whatever comes to mind. Bob Log III is a style by itself.
The persona of Jack Conqueroo is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana. This band is formed by: Quite epic side-burns, a suit full of class, a Washburn guitar, a harmonica, a vintage microphone, a guitar case in the shape of bass drum, tambourine, and a very defined Low Down Dirty Delta Blues.
The Mercury Bar is a well-known venue for indie music gigs in Kaohsiung. It has two levels, each dedicated to an ambience. The ground floor is a bistro-bar. On entering the place, one can certainly appreciate the good poster selection that decorates the walls and that one song you like so much playing in the background. With a closer look, you will notice stairs at the back. These lead to a gig room on the top floor. It is fully equipped and of a good size for the public to get comfortable during shows. It is here where the magic takes place.
Jack Conqueroo’s opening provided the public with a good warm up. This one-man-band really does honor the term. Defined Blues tunes, lyrics with a touch of sensuality and decadence. A bass drum that marks the rhythm, and a good amount of harmonica accompaniment defines this artist’s work. As a result, we have an enveloping sound in which it is easy to lose oneself while moving and doing slow head banging on the rhythm of his Low Down Dirty Delta Blues. During his act, the room started to slowly fill up, volume and expectations rising. After that, all that there was left was to see what surprises the next performance will bring us. It didn’t disappoint, at all.
On Bob Log III’s turn, the environment changed. He appeared, at the back of the room, displaying his mythic costume and making his way through the crowd towards the stage. Saying that his performance was brilliant will fall short of what happened during the show. Bob Log III is a genius. He knows how to manage his public. He joked around, interacted with his audience, and played with two beautiful girls siting on his knees without missing a beat. The public danced non-stop, there was moshing, and even a few ones wearing helmets and moving along with the music. Bob Log III definitely put on a unique and memorable show. I concur with his tour’s name. "His sh*t is (still) perfect."
Finally, I need to emphasize on the fact that the line-up for Bob Log III’s Kaohsiung stop was perfect. One-man-band + one-man-band. Two artist’s with similar musical origins but with quite opposite styles. Loved the contrast. Kaohsiung’s date really did feature a good show, good music, and excellent performers.
Special thanks to Dave Frazier from Urban Nomad for giving us access to the show, Don Quan from The Mercury Bar, Wodstoc Hsieh for the pictures and Thomas Konig for the video.