The laid-back approach has served this band well. No need for flash or frills, just outstanding musician - and companionship. It works.
As I stood among the fans, I marveled at how much fun everyone seemed to be having. Two gentlemen, I'll call them George Fauxpez and Eric Fauxlson (seriously, they looked like George Lopez and my esteemed publisher/boss, Eric Olsen), told me they'd seen Taj many times before; they've never missed a chance to see him perform. "Every show is better than the last!"
Why I've never been to a Taj Mahal show before, I don't know. I've had opportunities, but was foolish enough to let them pass. I know I won't let it happen again. I've seen the light.
Not only did I end up standing for most of the show (with my bad back, this was a challenge), I think I may have attempted to dance. Oh sure, I paid the price the next day, but it was worth it. And don't laugh at me for the dancing thing. I was spellbound. Taj Mahal has some serious mojo and he cast his spell on me. There's simply no other explanation for my behavior.
The House of Blues in San Diego is located at 1055 5th Avenue, San Diego, California, 92101. The box office phone number is 619.299.BLUE (2583). Unless otherwise specified (or special arrangements are made for the disabled), all shows are standing room only. The biggest complaint I have about this venue is ticket pricing. Prices vary, and are often more than I care to shell out for my entertainment.
My other complaint is their policy on photography. Absolutely no cameras are allowed (of course, cell phones with cameras are overlooked) except during private events. With the incredible lighting and great bands, I hate not being able to photograph performances as I normally would. But, that’s part of the price you pay when attending a HOB show.