Phyllis … finally

Finally caught the Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio Wednesday night and now I know what I’ve been missing. She’s awesome.
The scene was World of Brew on Laurel Street and part of the attraction was Gene Philbin’s “Peculiar Culinary” food truck parked outside. Sweet way to spend a summer evening.
Shame on me for not becoming familiar with Phyllis Hopkins long ago. I kept hearing about her but just never had an opportunity to discover what the big fuss was all about. Now I know.
I found out her dad is John Hopkins, legendary local high school basketball coach. Although I know him a long time, I didn’t know John Hopkins can sing. He “hopped” up on the stage and did a couple of Johnny Cash numbers.
The night was nothing but light-hearted fun especially when Phyllis finished an interesting arrangement of the U-2 song “Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
A couple right in front said, “That was our wedding song.”
“You’re kidding, right?” Phyllis asked.
They weren’t.
I’m still puzzled over that one.
My only regret the following day was that I didn’t have the guts to try Gene Philbin’s barbecue smoked octopus taco. Maybe next time.
By the way, Phyllis and the boys are playing Saturday, Aug. 5, at Plains Pub, starting at 8 p.m. And at the Pittston Tomato Festival, Friday, Aug. 18, 5:30 to 6:30. Do yourself a favor.
The “boys” are bassist Nolan Ayres, whom I don’t know, and drummer Julio Caprari, whom I know but who keeps surprising me. On the band’s website I learned the two of them have my old buddy Ray “Stingray” DelPriore in common. It sure shows when the trio plays the blues.

Ed Ackerman