In Concert: The Kavanaghs begin tour in Cleveland

KavanaghsThe country of Argentina is home to The Kavanaghs, a rock band whose style was largely influenced by roots rock artists as well as 60s British Invasion bands like The Kinks and The Beatles. In fact, The Beatles have been one of the biggest influences on the band.
Of course, some of the bands that came after the British Invasion have also been big influences on the members of The Kavanaghs. One of the post-British Invasion bands that influenced The Kavanaghs was The Raspberries from Cleveland, Ohio.

The Kavanaghs took these influences they accumulated and put them together to create their style of rock music. That style of Rock And Roll was then recorded and put down onto the band’s 2009 self-titled CD.
As the band went along, their style started including other bands, as well. Bands like Badfinger and The Traveling Wilburys helped add influences that reshaped the band’s sound. The more updated sound of The Kavanaghs can be found on the band’s 2011 release entitled Love Conquers Pain.
Now with two releases to promote, The Kavanaghs have recently launched their 2012 U.S. tour. The quartet ended up in Cleveland to start the tour. It was on Sunday, September 23, 2012 that the band came through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Capital of the World. The first concert of the tour took place on the Tavern Stage at The Beachland Ballroom.
Frontman/singer/guitarist Tiago Galindez, singer/guitarist Alejandro Pin, guitarist Diego Vazquez and drummer/singer Sebastian Cairo were met at The Beachland by a crowd that was sadly small, though very attentive; what the crowd lacked in size it made up for in enthusiasm.
It was with the song “Wrong Side of the Way” that The Kavanaghs kicked off their concert. The song from the band’s self-titled release immediately resonated with the crowd as the members of that crowd gave a very strong response. From that point on, the band was playing to a group that seemed more like friends than strangers.
With three singers within the four musicians that make up the band, the singers seemed to change with the song. Drummer Seba Cairo even took a turn on vocals as the band played the song “Come On” from the new release of Love Conquers Pain.
Tiago Galindez did a wonderful job playing the role of frontman. While English is not the primary language of the band members, there was no breakdown in communication, as Galindez handled the language seemingly with little problems. Galindez took a few moments throughout the night to explain songs like “Friday on My Mind,” an original song as Galindez pointed out, that had nothing to do with the previous song with the same title by the band The Easybeats. This and other instances where Galindez spoke made the concert feel very intimate.
Along with the many songs from both releases that were played by the band, The Kavanaghs also mixed in some cover tunes from some of the band’s biggest influences; songs like “Handle Me with Care” by The Traveling Wilburys and “No Matter What” from Badfinger. As the band played these songs, it became more than apparent where they found their sound.
As The Kavanaghs were visiting the home of one of their biggest influences (The Raspberries), they had that band’s drummer, Jim Bonfanti, sit in on drums for part of the concert. The three-song set found the ensemble (with Bonfanti on drums and band drummer Seba Cairo playing acoustic guitar) covering The Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” and TWO Raspberries songs- “I Wanna Be With You” and “Go All the Way”. As Bonfanti has become somewhat a “local legend” here in Cleveland, the three-song set was one of the shining moments of the evening. Plus, the three-part harmony between Seba Cairo, Tiago Galindez and Alejandro Pin on those three songs proved that the members of The Kavanaghs weren’t just excellent musicians, they were also very good singer.
The 90-minute performance from The Kavanaghs featured an interesting mix of originals and covers. With every cover the band did while on stage, it was like they were written just for the band. Of the covers, the aforementioned “Handle Me with Care” from The Traveling Wilburys as well as “No Matter What” from Badfinger sounded as if the original bands were playing them, not a cover band. The covers and the band’s original material created a setlist that captured the audience and kept them hanging on from tune to tune to see where the music was going.
It was the opener for the night, Hear No Evil that brought the members of the audience out to the Beachland Ballroom for the Sunday Night concert. The five-piece cover band from Cleveland was a great match for The Kavanaghs. While Hear No Evil played only covers, and only one of the covers (“Twist and Shout” by The Isley Brothers/The Beatles) actually seemed to fit with the style of The Kavanaghs, the hour set from the band contained highly energetic music. “Hot Legs” from Rod Stewart, “Fly Away” from Lenny Kravitz and “Just What I Needed” from The Cars were just a few of the covers from Hear No Evil that helped get the audience in the mood for the music of The Kavanaghs.
Speaking of the headliner of the night, since The Kavanaghs had invited Jim Bonfanti of The Raspberries to be part of the evening’s festivities, Hear No Evil brought Bonfanti on stage first, as a preview of what would come later. With Bonfanti on the drum set, Hear No Evil performed a version of “Without Love, Where Would You be Now” by The Doobie Brothers.
The energy in the audience left behind after Hear No Evil finished their set lent itself to a great reaction to the music of The Kavanaghs when they took to the stage. It was the best thing that could have happened for a band from outside North America that people are just starting to hear about. The audience stuck around and enjoyed the whole evening of music. The audience loved The Kavanaghs. The Kavanaghs loved the audience. What more could you ask for?
The 2012 United States tour for The Kavanaghs is a short, month-long stopover in the U.S. In that month that the band is here, they will be playing seven more shows. From Cleveland, the band heads west to Iowa for shows on September 29th and 30th. The band then heads to California for four shows before heading back to Washington, D.C. for one final show before they leave.
The easiest way to see where The Kavanaghs are playing is to check out their website. If the show here in Cleveland was any indication, the remaining dates on the schedule in the U.S. will be worth the drive to check out this talented band from Argentina.
Click the link for a review on the self-titled album from The Kavanaghs. Click the link for the review for Love Conquers PainFor more information, check out the band’s label Dreamscape Records.
For shirts from the Kavanaghs U.S Tour, check out this site.