Show Review: Big Head Todd Rocked the Belly Up Tavern with Hazel Miller, JD Simo too

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Big Head Todd and the Monsters rocked the sold-out crowd at the legendary Solana Beach, California venue, the Belly Up Tavern. This was my first time attending a Big Head Todd show and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was blown away. This is a band you need to see live to truly appreciate.

Todd Park Mohr the lead singer and guitarist of the band is absolutely amazing. He plays guitar with so much emotion and showmanship. He is a joy to watch up on stage. His voice isn’t bad either.

The rest of the band is made up with some pretty low key members including keyboard and slide guitar player Jeremy Lawton, Rob Squires on bass and drummer Brian Nevin.

Big Head Todd is the unofficial band of Colorado and it was obvious just from the people sitting around us. The couple we went with flew in from Denver just to see the show. They were used to seeing the band perform sold out shows at the much larger Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. They thoroughly enjoyed seeing the band in the much smaller Belly Up Tavern.

Joining the band on stage to help sing several numbers was the incredible Hazel Miller. Her rendition of “It’s a Man’s World” blew the roof off the Belly Up.

Opening the show was Chicago native, now residing in Nashville, JD Simo. JD does it all from rock to jazz but it seemed to me that his first love is the blues. Simo’s band, is made up of himself on guitar and vocals, Andraleia Buch on bass and drummer Adam Abrashoff. JD has just released his first full length album, Off at 11.

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