Chris Loomis

The Music of Cream @ The Coach House – 03/11/2020

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Rock n Roll groups don’t last forever but their music does . . . to celebrate over 50 years of Cream, the late Ginger Baker’s son Kofi Baker on drums/vocals along with Will Johns (nephew of Eric Clapton) on guitar/vocals have teamed up with guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Shutters and the extremely talented Sean McNabb on bass to bring the music of Cream back to the masses in its truest form. Playing two sets that include 1967’s Disraeli Gears then a set of Clapton hits and rarities, this project maintains the spirit of Cream played by family members that maintains the intricacies of the music while adding a bit of their own flair.

Kicking off with “Strange Bew” then “Sunshine of Your Love” it was immediately clear to the capacity crowd at The Coach House this was going to be a special night. Mostly an older crowd, all were fully captivated by the talents onstage re-creating for many part of the soundtrack to their youth.

Will Johns who is the son of record producer Andy Johns as well as Eric Clapton’s nephew through marriage, is a fantastically talented guitar player and vocalist who handled most of the singing on this night as he fronted the band center stage. There was no mistaking who was on drums as one kick drum displayed KOFI while the other BAKER in large letters . . . the son of Ginger (who he resembles quite a bit) was flawless in his drumming technique honoring his father. Kofi even took on vocal duty for “Blue Condition”. Both Baker and Johns shared family stories regarding both the late Baker and Clapton which drew laughter and applause from the crowd.

Chris Shutters showcased his talents vocally and on guitar and keyboards while Sean McNabb nailed the low end on bass constantly flashing his infectious smile. One thing was clear  – that the band members themselves were having a blast – lots of smiles and interaction with each other. It’s always a pleasure to see the band having fun as it adds to the enjoyment of the show.

In true Cream fashion there seemed to be some extended jamming during some of the songs and Kofi Baker took the spotlight with a bit of a drum solo. San Juan Capistrano was lucky to have been able to get this show in right before all shows were cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The Music of Cream is a must see for any Cream fan or for any fan of Rock n Roll. Hopefully this tour can resume once the state of the world recovers from COVID-

Set List:

Strange Brew | Sunshine of Your Love | World of Pain | Dance the Night Away | Blue Condition | Tales of Brave Ulysses | SWLABR | We’re Going Wrong | Outside Woman Blues | Take it Back | Mother’s Lament | Pressed Rat and Wart Hog | White Room

I Shot the Sheriff | Pretending | Crossroads | Presence of the Lord | Badge | Can’t Find My Way Home | Do What You Like | Toad | Wonderful Tonight | Layla | Cocaine

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