Mike Watt (of Minutemen and fIREHOSE renown) brought his brand of conceptual and visceral art-punk-funk-jazz to Sacramento’s Blue Lamp Saturday night. Touring as a 3-piece band with The Missingmen (Tom Watson on guitar and Raul Morales on drums), Watt gave his bass (AKA thud staff ) a thorough workout as he played the 30 songs on the "hyphenated-man" album straight through.
The crowd – heavily male-dominated – listened reverently, seemingly undistracted by the presence of one "yammerer" up front who disrupted the quieter instrumental and spoken word interludes.
Watt, at 53, shows no signs of slowing down. Sacramento was the last stop in the "hyphenated-man" tour in which the band played 51 times in 52 days. He returns to Sacramento as part of the In The Flow Festival at the Press Club on May 12.