Dauntless Dave Mason plays North Shore show Friday
Tahoe fans know Dave Mason puts on a good show regardless of whether he’s “Feelin’ Alright.”
On the way of to an early winter show at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Mason’s band had its equipment stolen. So the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member performed in the South Shore Room with a brand-new Telecaster.
Mason sliced open his thumb on the second song. He sweated out the performance without even mentioning his injury, even though he couldn’t get tape to stick to the damaged digit.
With a Telecaster that doubtless is broken in by now, Mason plays Friday, May 9, at the Crystal Bay Casino. Tickets are $30 general admission.
At age 18, the native of Worcester, England, teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form Traffic. At 19, Mason penned the song “Feelin’ Alright.” This song has since become a rock anthem, with more than 48 artists performing a version, the best-known being Joe Cocker.
Mason departed from the group after its second album. In 1969, he headed for the U.S. to pursue a solo career. He struck gold with the album “Alone Together,” then followed with five albums for CBS/Sony, including “Dave Mason” and “Mariposa De Oro.” Four of those five went gold. “Let It Flow,” which exceeded platinum standards, contained the classic “We Just Disagree.”
In addition to performing to sold-out audiences, Mason performed on the Rolling Stones’ “Beggar’s Banquet,” George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass,” Paul McCartney’s “Listen To What the Man Said” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Electric Ladyland.”
Tickets are also available by calling (775) 633-6333.