Willis Earl Beal - Photo by Alexandra Bellink

Willis Earl Beal – Photo by Alexandra Bellink


It wasn’t until Willis Earl Beal came on stage in a black outfit and Zorro mask that the crowd managed to pull themselves away from the bar (even though opener Absolutely Free was one of the top performances of the night). Then the Merc really started to fill up. After Beal broke some hearts, Eagulls jumped into their hook-heavy shout ‘n stomp, and Yuck sounded tighter than ever, despite their recently modified lineup.
 
Photos by Alexandra Bellink and Robert Szypko.