Hands down one of the best all-around cover bands one can find, JJ and the Hooligans had the dance floor hopping at the packed lounge at Tiny’s Santa Fe Restaurant and Lounge on Friday night.
Playing a vast range of favorites through the decades, from oldies to the modern day, incorporating Classic Rock, Motown, Americana, Blues, and everything in between that qualifies as a hit or a popular dance song, JJ and the Hooligans provide a refreshing new twist and sass to their show that is sure to get one’s adrenaline pumping. JJ and the Hooligans consist of the lovely Jay Galvan Heneghan (vocals, tambourine), whose rich, alluring voice harmoniously compliments super talented band mates Pete White (vocals, guitar), John Perado (bass, vocals), Tom Rheam (keyboard, trumpet — at the same time!!), and Ben Baur (drums). The quintet began the evening with the provocative Bonnie Raitt song “Love Me Like A Man“.
Proceeding on, JJ and the Hooligans rattled off a solid series of popular hip-shaking tunes, including “Little Toy Gun” by Honeyhoney, the Eagles’ “Heartache Tonight“, “Roadhouse Blues” by the Doors, Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots are Made for Walking“, and the Rolling Stones “Honky Tonk Woman“. After the grooving number “Nothing But The Water (II)” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, which along with the subsequent Elle King song “Ex’s and Oh’s“, were two of the best songs of the night, JJ and the Hooligans then played the vintage Eric Clapton song “Lay Down Sally“. Rounding out a great first set, the group performed the popular Van Morrison number “Wild Nights” and the Ed Cobb/Gloria Jones (and redone by Soft Cell) tune “Tainted Love“.
Jump starting the second set with the sultry Imelda May song “Big Bad Handsome Man“, JJ and the Hooligans then played the ire-inspired Miranda Lambert tune “Mama’s Broken Heart“. Moving on, the band played the rocking songs “Rock Me Right” by Susan Tedeschi and the Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl“, followed by John Ellison’s classic song “Some Kind of Wonderful“. Not to be outdone, JJ and the Hooligans played the popular Amy Winehouse number “Rehab” and the hit Meghan Trainor song “All About the Bass“, again two of the best songs of the night. Continuing on with the Rolling Stones “Brown Sugar“, the group then played the soul swinging Stevie Wonder song “I Wish“.
Closing out the second set, JJ and the Hooligans played kick-ass renditions of the Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell” and ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man“, as well as the boot-tapping Ashley Monroe song “Weed Instead of Roses“, and, with special guest “Harmonica” Mike Handler, the lively Slim Harpo tune “Shake Your Hips“. Opening up the third set with the prominent Dusty Springfield tune “Son of a Preacher Man“, JJ and the Hooligans then ran-off the energetic songs “Tumbling Dice” by the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel’s famous “Mrs. Robinson“, and the Temptations jamming number “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg“. Finishing up a fantastic evening of music, the troupe performed the peppy Bob Seger number “Old Time Rock and Roll“, and wrapped things up with the saucy Paolo Nutini song “New Shoes“.
You can learn more about JJ and the Hooligans at their website, including a full list of upcoming shows. Santa Fe Music Reviews thanks JJ and the Hooligans for the outstanding music and hospitality, as well as Tiny’s Restaurant and Lounge in Santa Fe for the fantastic venue, dancing, service, food, and drink.
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