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Video: Hamilton Loomis at Sunday Blues

The Boise Blues Society's run of exceptional events in 2014 continued this weekend with Sunday Blues in Julia Davis Park.

This year's festival drew a much larger crowd than in recent years; I'd estimate about 1,000 people materialized to see acts ranging from local teenage singer-guitarist Zack Quintana to headliner Hamilton Loomis. Boise Blues Society president Ken Harris called it "maybe our best-attended ever."

Loomis, a Texas vocalist and guitar player, is a consummate showman and crowd pleaser. He even let Quintana hop on stage for a guest guitar solo. Loomis and his crack band also worked cover-song teases such as Bob Marley's "Jammin' " into his own tunes. (I caught that on video; see below.)

The one that made my jaw hit the ground came during the final song of the night. Loomis and his "blues" band nuked the entire park by unleashing a whiplash section of Extreme's prog-funk ripper "Cupid's Dead." The drummer flat-out killed it. Nasty-good stuff.