The Shelters blew out ear drums at the Casbah.

This Shelters‘ show at the Casbah was our 2nd annual show. We loved them at the Casbah last December too. Though fan Richard had us beat! For Richard who was standing next to us, this was already his fifth Shelters show!

The band’s enveloping rock sound and danceability handily appeals to a wide range of tastes. The Shelters indulged us with a 17 song set, including So Get Out ,which Frontman Josh Jove told the audience they’d “just put out the song today, on the Web.” He referred to it as, “kind of a cover of ourselves.”

Guitarist Chase Simpson asked early on in the show, “do you guys like getting wild?” and followed a few breaths later by saying, “Jacob [Pillot, bassist] might take his pants off!” Rounding out the Band, is their drummer Sebastian Harris. His rock hard beats firmly anchored the band’s presence.

The Shelters self-titled album was co-produced by the late Tom Petty. From that album, we were treated to a set which included Rebel Heart, Liar, and The Ghost is Gone. Songs performed were as long as 7 plus minutes. It was like being let in on the most amazing of private jam sessions. With 3 of the 4 members on vocals, their voices were a notable standout too.

We were fortunate to be up very close in the intimate 200+ capacity Casbah. Close enough to spot matching Rebel Heart tattoos on both Pillot’s and Jove’s arms.

The night’s opener was The Tracks, from Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, together for 10 years, and friends since high school. The Tracks instantly captivated the crowd, and left us ready for their return to San Diego.

After the show, The Shelters were as nice and approachable as could be. Nary a diva in the bunch.

To The Shelters we say, “same time next year” for a 3rd Annual Show. Hopefully we woo them back to San Diego much sooner than that!

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Photos By: Sylvia Borgo
Review By: Jackie Ferguson