12/15/11…Ian McLagan & The Bump Band @ Lucky Lounge

Lucky Lounge

Lucky Lounge

The first time I saw Ian “Mac” McLagan perform was at a show he did for ACC students at the Northridge campus.  Since I’m a student there, I got a direct invitation from my department (Commercial Music Management).  I wasn’t really familiar with the Small Faces, but I thought it would be a cool experience.  And I was right.  It was just Mac and a piano and he definitely put on a show.  He’s pretty entertaining and has a great sense of humor.  So I was really excited to see him with his full band.  The one thing I have to say is that unless you are already downtown, you may want to shoot for the second half of his set.  He plays from 6-8pm and I made the mistake of jumping into traffic during rush hour.  BOO!!  It took me an hour to get downtown, but I did make it for the tail end of the first half.  From the minute I walked in, I really dug Lucky Lounge.  It’s totally an old school looking AND feeling bar.  It’s a pretty narrow space with the large bar right in the middle.  The lighting is so cool in this place…truly a lounge.  As you walk forward through the bar, it gets even narrower.  The stage is all the way at the back.  There are couches and chairs closer to the stage, which is great.  To the right of the stage is an open space and another small table.  People were definitely getting down to the music here.  There was quite a bit of dancing going on.  There is a raised level above the right side of the bar, which is kinda cool.  It’s a very narrow passage through to the front of the lounge, but there were definitely people planted up there, watching the show and drinking.  This is a more mature crowd and they were definitely here for Mac and his band.   He and his band have been playing Thursdays here for a long time.  And now that he has the honor of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Small Faces and the Faces, I’m sure more people will be out to see him.  I even had the opportunity in between sets to congratulate Mac on the induction.  He said “Thanks, Lovely.”  I have to say that it was great fun checking out the band.  They are all such fantastic musicians.  They just JAMMED!!   The one thing I found to be interesting is that while Mac is at the keys on his feet all night, both the bassist and guitarist play the show sitting down.  Strange contrast, but maybe it’s set up that way.  There is a second floor here, but it’s more of a VIP area.  It was open tonight so I got to have a peek.  Overall, Lucky Lounge really impressed me with its vibe, its energy and, of course, its great musical offerings.  Get there!

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