REVIEW: Dallas David Ochoa at The White Eagle (2/18/18) - by DJ Devon (90.3 FM - Freeform Portland)

     Light snow is falling outside and I am at the White Eagle for the CD release show of Dallas David Ochoa's new release In Tatters.  Dallas begins his set off on solo acoustic guitar.  His songs and playing are infectiously rhythmic with many staccato accents and back beats.  He is extremely adept at playing complex progressions and patterns while singing effortlessly to his own accompaniment.   The songs and subjects reflect personal experiences often with stream of consciousness lyrics.  On occasion vocal effects are mixed in to lead the listener into heady places.  The audience is definitely engaged and I see many heads bobbing and feet tapping.

     After Dallas' opening performance he is joined by Jeff Bissett on drums and Brian Mejia on bass.  The music takes on new dimensions with the trio.  Songs vary in range with elements of funk to Americana to the avante-garde.  The band is tight and polished and play the In Tatters release in its entirety.  After the full band performance, guitarist CJ Hawley joins Dallas on stage and the duo perform songs they have co-arranged.  The music becomes intimate and introspective to close the evening. 

     Dallas David Ochoa will be performing next at "Fools Fest" in Stevenson WA at Walking Man Brewing Apr 7th.  I highly recommend checking him out! More information can be found at www.dallasdavidochoa.com

- DJ Devon
  90.3 FM - Freeform Portland

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