Friday, Nov. 12, 9:30 p.m.; Puccini's Golden West Saloon (21-and-over): I imagine that if The Samples had been around in the '60s, they'd either have made it big or just gotten lost in the love. Not that they really fit into that category, or any real category, for that matter. They've described themselves as "world-beat pop rock." I think they're more happy, trans-reality, melodic soft rock (and would go great with a light, fruity drink).
Their latest album, Black and White, is the 17th release for the well-seasoned group. With fear of overusing the term, The Samples are really best described as eclectic. Sure, they sound as if they would have been at home four decades back, but elements of violin, harp, disco-funk rhythm, reggae beats and the vocal talent of Sean Kelly keep rock fans in the new millennium paying close attention. It's good-mood music for the media-savvy masses.
They'll be at Puccini's Golden West Saloon at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday as part of the "Revolution is NOW!" tour. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and can be purchased at Bookworks or Encore Music.