While lead singer Mike Scavone occasionally made light of the age of the band members, at the end of the evening the audience marveled at the energy of the Doughboys’ set and their mastery of the Sixties rock canon. From catchy originals like “Black Sheep” to pedal-to-the-floor renditions of “Paint It Black” and “Tuesday Afternoon” the band reminded the crowd what a glorious thing a true, all-out rock show is.
Making full use of the Opera House’s marvelous acoustics, they played full-throttle though with a volume restraint that made it possible to thoroughly enjoy their performance, and to be reminded what experience brings to a live stage show. The power of the Doughboys’ sound was a satisfying thing to hear, and happily missing was the out-of-control adrenaline that some bands feel at a venue where the audience is actually paying attention.
Earlier in the day, The Doughboys visited SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe for a CD signing. Patrons milled around happily and a nice, happening vibe permeated the store, which just opened in Jim Thorpe after over 30 years in Lehighton.
Store owner James “Trooper” Pompa was pleased with the turnout, noting that more people attended than for an event years ago that featured the supergroup Asia. “Scenes like this are exactly what I’m hoping for here,” Pompa said, adding, “I love it that the band paid attention even to a 13-year-old who came in with 20 bucks to spend – and he left happy.”
As did the audience that night at the Opera House.