We have a name to place with the face! The “new guy” last week who blew the place away with his drumming and conga playing was Jonathan Merla.
Jonathan is probably best known for his work with multiple Grammy-winner Erykah Badu, but he’s also played with The Peoples Republic and Paris Nicole Strother & Gentlemen, as well as many other musicians and writers. Jonathan is from Dallas, TX but lately has been living in Boston, MA attending the Berklee College of Music.
I believe it was during either The Letter (give me a ticket for an aeroplane) or Black Magic Woman when Stan told the band to “bring it down, I wanna hear this guy!”. After that solo, everyone knew this young man was bringing some serious heat, especially on the congas!
We really enjoyed Jonathan’s playing and look forward to his visiting us again in the future!