Last night, my wife and I made the trek 2 hours north to the tiny little town of Wapakoneta, Ohio to catch American Dog and Rhino Bucket live. Rhythm and Brews, the Club where the band played is an old World War II roadhouse that seats/stands less than 200 people. The club was easily at capacity last night, and the only way to see a show here is to arrive early to secure a seat. Surprisingly, this tiny club has hosted many national touring acts, and comedians over the years. It was pretty difficult to shoot pictures and take video in the club, without having a bobbing head, or a dancing girl in the way, but I managed to get a few.
American Dog took the stage around 9 P.M. This was my first experience seeing this band live. I have heard a few of American Dog’s tunes before, but I was not aware that American Dog was a three piece band. I was extremely impressed with how tight the band was, and AD guitarist Steve Theado was pretty amazing. This band plays great heavy party rock that is perfect for listening on a Saturday night, with your choice of cold beverage. I definitely would like to catch American Dog live again. Once was not enough for me.
Check out the video below!
Rhino Bucket hit the stage at about 11 P.M. or so. This was the first time for me to catch George Dolivo and company live. My only regret is not catching Rhino Bucket sooner. Rhino Bucket features George Dolivo on vocals and lead guitar, Brian Forsythe (Kix) on guitar, Reeve Downes on bass, and Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) on drums. I have always thought that Rhino Bucket was one of the better bands out there that had an AC/DC like sound. Saturday night, they proved me right. The band played plenty of their great cuts including, Beat To Death Like A Dog, One Night Stand, She Rides, Ride the Rhino, Ride With Yourself and I Was Told.
George Dolivo was in fine vocal form all night. It amazes me that after all these years, he is still able to scream out these vocals the way he does night after night. I have seen Brian Forsythe a few times in Kix. His guitar playing is an excellent addition to Rhino Bucket. George mentioned that Ronnie James Dio was gracious enough for Rhino Bucket to borrow Simon Wright to play drums. Simon was excellent on the skins last night, and I was glad to catch him with the band.
It was a great night of Rock and Roll in this small Ohio town. Rhino Bucket is on tour in the U.S. through early November. Don’t miss them if they come to your town! Enjoy the videos below!