Sunday afternoon’s at Earl’s Hideaway in Sebastian Inlet Florida is a favorite destination for Blues lovers, as Earl’s books national blues touring acts every week. Halloween was no different as Mr. Sipp graced the outside stage along the Indian River. Such a great setting to see great entertainment in a relaxing beach atmosphere. Opening for Mr. Sipp on this sunny afternoon was the high energy band of Memphis Lightning. If you have been following All Music Magazine over the past year, we have covered Earl’s Hideway’s Sunday Afternoon blues shows regularly. The venue has a great vibe and makes every Sunday, Funday! The entertainment starts at 2:00pm, but get there early as seating fills up quickly. Cold drinks and prompt service at the tiki bar, and a concession stand that search great food makes us come back time and time again.
Memphis Lightning hit the stage at 2:00pm like a whirlwind on steroids. Lightnin, or Darren Thiboutot Jr., leaped and whirled his entire show. The guitarist/entertainer from Maine and has played with the late Great Blues Legend Eddie Kirkland, Buddy Guy, Tab Benoit, Big Sandy, Bloodshot Bill, Sean Mencher (High Noon, Ronnie Dawson), Jimmie Vaughan, Bill Kirchen (Commander Cody) and Marty Sammon to name a few, all before the age of 21. Lightnin started his band at age 12 with his father, Big Red, the bands bass player. Lightnin has an infectious smile and it instantly transfers to everyone in attendance. His set was about an hour long, but seemed to short as the crowd gave him a loud ovation on his completion of his set. Get out and support this young man, he is an entertainer and he can sure play guitar!
Mr. Sipp, ‘the Mississippi Blues Child’ was next up on the thatched stage. The crowd was warmed up and Mr. Sipp and his band were ready to go dressed in Superman Shirts for Halloween. They rocked the afternoon away with blues and traditional rock tunes. At one point Mr. Sipp ventured into the audience and found an empty chair at a table. He climbed up and just got down with the fans surrounding him on all sides. The crowd immediately welcomed Mr. Sipp to the Hideaway almost as if they were inviting him into their homes, that’s how warm the acceptance felt as many of the fans in attendance are Sunday afternoon regulars.
I first saw Mr. Sipp at The Tampa Bay Blues Festival in 2019. He made an impression on me as being a first class entertainer that I should see again anytime I had the chance. I still feel that way after my second show. Get out and see Mr. Sipp if he comes around. Who knows, you might just invite him over for dinner!
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