Blues man Coco Montoya returned to the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on November 3 to play before a full house.
Attending a Coco Montoya show is always a surprise, even to Coco himself who never has a set list and doesn’t usually know what he is going to play until he starts playing. And he doesn’t know what he played after the show either. The one constant is that the left handed player will have his guitar turned to play with his left hand and that he will have a great band backing him up.
For this visit Nate was on bass, Rene was on the drums, and Jeff was on the keyboards.
Playing for nearly two hours, Coco gave a masterful performance of songs from throughout his career and music by mentors and band mates Albert Collins and John Mayall.
And once the show was over, fans formed a very long line to meet with Coco and pose for photos.
Playing for over 50 years, an eleven year old Coco began his musical journey on the drums. Two years later, thanks to a Beatles influence, Coco picked up the guitar. Although well versed in musical styles thanks to his parents record collection, a chance encounter with the Blues carved Coco’s musical path and led to a successful career that continues to thrive.
Coco played drums and guitar for Albert Collins and guitar for John Mayall before embarking on his solo career that shows no sign of slowing down.