Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show made a return visit to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on October 10.
This time it was to a concert to pay tribute to the Native American Music Hall of Fame band Redbone. Thunderhand Joe and the Medicine Show is a fitting band to perform a proper tribute of the Native American rock band’s music. Band leader Thunderhand Joe spent 20 years as the drummer for Redbone and has intimate knowledge of the music.
For this tribute concert, Thunderhand Joe took a unique approach to laying out the songs – he hose to perform the songs according to the release dates of the albums, beginning with the band’s debut album – “Redbone”.
The band opened the show with “Nike Hokey” and payed “Tennessee Girl”, “Little Girl” – compete with a romantic dance – and “Crazy Cajun Cakewalk Band” before moving on to the next album.
Music from “Potlatch” included “Maggie”, “Who Can Say”, and “Judgement Day”.
Music from the album “Message from a Drum” featured the album’s title track, “The Witch Queen of New Orleans”, and “Fate”.
Moving on to the fourth album “Already Here”, the band performed “Power” and “Fais-Do”.
The fifth album “Wovoka” brought the band their biggest hit – a song that is still being played today. Along with the million selling hit “Come and Get Your Love”, the band played the title track “Wovoka” and “Clouds in My Sunshine”.
Due to time constraints, the band moved on to the seventh and final album “Cycles” for the final three songs including “Don’t Say No” and “Give Our Love Another Try”.
More than a tribute show, it was a night to walk through musical history of rock and roll during the late sixties and early seventies – a time when the lyrics were as important as the melodies.
Jamie, David, Dennis, and of course Thunderhand Joe holding it all down on the drums, rocked the stage and filled the room with some great tunes.