So here I am at one of my fave local clubs, Justa Bar in the “WoodHood” covering a cover band … boy do I feel “Almost Famous” tonight. Well at least its Kill the Keg night with 50¢ beers.

Promptly at 8, The Dean Balkwill Band exploded on the stage with a punky version of “What You Won’t Do” followed by an incendiary version of “Brown Sugar” … and we never looked back all the way to the show closer cover of the Eminem monster hit “Lose Yourself”.

Formerly seen on Broadway in productions like Rent and the Lion King, Dean Balkwill is a showman extraordinaire. Calling their show high energy is an understatement. Dean exhibits the showmanship and energy of the Broadway star of his past.

The Dean Balkwill Band is rounded out by a group of equally talented musicians including Steve Cunnigham on guitar and pedal steel, Mike Haid on drums and vocals and Sean McIntyre on bass and vocals. But its Dean who makes the show with all of his top notch dance moves. The only drawback was their normal set was shortened with the show ending at 11. These guys are a high-energy, variety dance band, featuring modern rock, classic rock and dance party music, that is not to be missed at a club near you.

What You Want Do (Bobby Caldwell)
Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
Sweet Home Chicago (Blues Brothers & others)
I Wish (Stevie Wonder)
Jump Jive and Wail (Stray Cats)
T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Elvis and others)
Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles)
Bust A Move (Young MC) – Stayin Alive (Bee Gees) Mix
Keep Your Hands To Yourself (Georgia Satellites)


Streets With No Name (U2)
Anyway You Want It (Journey)
Sweet Home Alabama (do I have to write the name of the band here)
What I Got (Subllime)
Pride and Joy (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Friends In Low Places (Garth Brooks)
I Will Survive ()
Hard To Handle ()Kiss (Prince)
Lose Yourself (Eminem)