The Dons at The Next Page in Weymouth

June 25, 2012

Music & Entertainment

This past Saturday night I decided to check out a band that I had never seen before, but that has been on the scene for a while; The Dons. They originally were formed in 1997 and reformed with the current members in 2010. Their first gig with the current members had them opening for The Dropkick Murphys so you know to be able to get that crowd going, a band needs to be able to bring it.  They have as diverse a set list as I’ve seen from any band. Instead of bringing a set list to play, they gauge what they have for a crowd and base what they are going to play from that. They are very adept with their list and can change gears at the drop of a hat. Early on, they played a nice soulful version of the Temptations “My Girl” and followed that up with a foot-stomping rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.

Lead singer Jimmy Richard has a very strong voice with a wide range which enables him to be able to pull off many different kinds of songs. The band is rounded out by music veterans Matt Romano on drums, Joe Massei on lead guitar and original member Matt Macchi on bass. They pride themselves on faithfully reproducing the songs they play and after seeing them this first time, it’s clear that they do just that. Another mark of a great band is the ability to be able to do requests on the spot, as they did with “Laid” by James. Near the end of the night they put together a medley of songs that included “What I Got” by Sublime, “Feel Like Making Love” by Bad Company, “Busta Move” by Young MC and “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People. In a nutshell, The Dons are a great party band and as technically sound a band as you’ll find in the area. They are perfect fit for any nightclub and for weddings and other private functions which they do quite often. They play out a lot, so check them out here on their website to learn more about the band and see their schedule. The Dons are playing next on Saturday, June 30 at Costello’s Tavern, 723 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain.