Andy Irvine’s Thunder Dome

ANDY IRVINE AND 14 BASSISTS FROM THE Tampa Bay area brought the low-end rumble to Skipper’s Smokehouse for “Enter the Thunder Dome.”
By Philip Booth ,

Andy Irvine and 14 bassists from the Tampa Bay area brought the low-end rumble to Skipper’s Smokehouse for “Enter the Thunder Dome.” The Denver-based composer, producer, and clinician— who was back in his old Sunshine State stomping grounds for ten days of touring and Sam Ash clinics—led his hard-grooving fusion trio Beanstalk, and played host to guests variously wielding electric, fretless, and upright basses. Doug Cecil, who played a 7-string fretless on a version of James Brown’s “Doin’ It to Death,” won a slate grey Spector Legend 4 Custom in a random drawing sponsored by the manufacturer, a co-sponsor of the event along with SWR amps, EMG pickups, Black Diamond Strings, Stratage guitars, and Excetylene cables. Enthusiasm for the show was so high that plans are afoot for a two-day sequel event in 2011. Fever Pitch, the follow-up to Irvine’s 2009 debut, Soul Clap, is slated for release this summer.