by Jeff Niesel
The subject of a forthcoming documentary film, Maurice Reedus, the local musician who goes by the name “The Sax Man” played a special concert on Thursday night at House of Blues that reunited him with his former band, Sly, Slick & Wicked. The filmmakers behind the documentary introduced Reedus and band and explained that the concert would be filmed. The resulting footage would appear in the movie. The amount of camera equipment at the club suggested the filmmakers weren’t just messing around, either. A giant boom swept over the crowd taking close-ups of the guys as they played and panned to shoot crowd shots as well (let’s hope they captured former Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO as he was dancing the night away in the balcony).
Mid-show, Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman came on stage to present Reedus with two proclamations in Reedus’ honor. One of them was a decree from Mayor Jackson that proclaimed a “Sax Man Day.” During the two-hour performance, Reedus and co. played a terrific mix of originals and covers, and Reedus even capably took lead vocals on a rendition of the Nat King Cole classic “Route 66,” which he dedicated to his father. Reedus, who can often by spotted playing downtown street corners after sporting events, even played “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and had the capacity crowd singing in unison. All in all, the night provided a fitting tribute to a guy who’s a Cleveland classic.