the years we have had the pleasure of opening up for a lot of great bands.
We've also been able to share the stage with. and meet, a lot of our favorite
musicians, some being our biggest influences. These are many of the
cool shows that we've been fortunate to have been a part of...
- Bill Capuano
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June 9, 1990
- SPIRIT & STEPPENWOLF IN INDIANAPOLIS
SCENE MAGAZINE - July 5-11,
Blue Taxi has been doing some out
of state gigs backing up Sonny Geraci formerly of the Outsiders ("Time
Won't Let Me") and Climax ("Precious and Few"). On June 9, when they
played an outdoor festival in Indiana with Spirit and Steppenwolf, they
were informed that Spirit guitarist Randy California had missed his
flight. Billy Capuano (lead guitarist for Blue Taxi) gladly accepted
the challenge and sat in on an hour long set which included "I Got
A Line On You", "Nature's Way" and "Wild Thing".
gig was definitely one of the highlights of my life. I'll never forget
arriving at the gig & the promoter walking up to the van saying Randy
had missed his flight. My brother Bob instantly said 'My brother
can fill in, he knows all their songs!' So, Thanks to Bob, I got to do
it. They were really cool & we got to hang out with them the entire
day. Spirit was always one of my favorite bands & Randy was one of
my all time favorite guitarists - still is. In 2002 Spirit's drummer Ed
Cassidy found me via the internet & sent me an e-mail. He is still
playing drums every day at 81 years young!!
1992 - SHOOTER'S ON THE RIVER - HUMBLE PIE
1992 - SHOOTER'S ON THE RIVER - BACHMAN TURNER OVERDIVE
19, 1992 - NAUTICA STAGE- 1964 - BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND
was a Great Party celebrating WNCX 98.5 FM's Anniversary!!
14, 1992 - THE AGORA THEATRE - POCO
Review: SCENE MAGAZINE - November
Opening honors for the night were
handled admirably by the blues-rock band Blue Taxi. Prior to their
taking the stage, the chatter running all through the crowd was that Blue
Taxi have a guitarist that is supposedly the second coming of Stevie Ray
Vaughn. When they did hit the stage, I didn't hear anything that
sounded like him. However, over the course of their seven song set
it became obvious that this well touted guitarist is good - real
good. Full of flash, speed and skill, this guy is good enough on his own
merit without all the comparisons. - LEE BARRISH
1993 - THE AGORA BALLROOM - LONNIE BROOKS
1993 - THE AGORA BALLROOM - WARREN HAYNES
1993 - SHOOTER'S ON THE RIVER - HUMBLE PIE
11, 1993 - NAUTICA STAGE - 1964 - BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND
another Great Party celebrating WNCX 98.5 FM's Anniversary!!
1993 - THE AGORA BALLROOM - ERIC BURDON & BRIAN AUGER
Review: SCENE MAGAZINE - October
28-November 3, 1993
Opening the show was Blue Taxi, who
performed a five-song set of original & cover material which
featured the fabulous guitar work of Bill "Cap" Capuano. The guitarist
displayed a unique style and overt command of his instrument, playing both
blues and jazz, simultaneously. Accompanying were vocalist/keyboardist
Theresa Capuano (Bob's wife) and drummer Bob Capuano (Cap's brother).
Together, they provided an exciting opening act for the Burdon/Auger
show. - ALAN SIMON
1994 - THE AGORA THEATRE - THE GUESS WHO
1994 - SHOOTER'S ON THE RIVER - STEPPENWOLF
1995 - BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER- STEVE MILLER & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
Review: SCENE MAGAZINE - July
27 - August 2, 1995
Warming things up on the SCENE Rock-N-Play
Lane were the stimulating local band Blue Taxi. Playing selections
from their release, CAB FARE FOR THE COMMON MAN and the forthcoming
THE METER'S RUNNING, the band's energized, electrified blues helped melt
away the rain and set the tone for the evening as another quality act.
The band's remake of the old Flamin' Groovies tune "Shake Some Action"
was particularly enjoyable. - JIM ROTHGERY
1996 - BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER - STEVE MILLER & PAT BENATAR
Review: SCENE MAGAZINE - July
Also sounding damn good were Cleveland's
own Blue Taxi, who turned in yet another great set up at Rock-N-Play
Stage. WHY AREN'T THESE GUYS SIGNED TO A NICE BIG LABEL? The band
stuck mainly to stuff from it's current release, THE METER'S RUNNING.
The best of the show was "The Axe Is Gonna Fall," but a brilliant cover
of the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" ran a very close second.
- LEE BARRISH
Miller's keyboard player Joseph Wooten caught our set & invited us
backstage after their show, which was really cool of him!! Backstage, Joseph
introduced us to Steve Miller who, besides being a great musician, was
really cool to talk to.
July 1, 1997
- BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER - Z.Z. TOPP & LOVERBOY
Review: SCENE MAGAZINE - July
Blue Taxi turned in another great
performance on the SCENE stage. They were a far better pairing for
Z.Z. Topp than Loverboy could ever be. The quartet are easily on top in
the blues rock genre in Cleveland. They offered 13 items and shined brightest
on "The Axe Is Gonna Fall" and "Blues Avenue." Once again guitarist
Bill "Cap" Capuano did a brilliant job. He can shred. He can play
with finesse. He can play like Hendrix or Vaughn or like nobody else
you've ever heard before. He is a guitar legend waiting to be introduced
to the rest of the world. - LEE BARRISH
July 2, 1997
- WILBERT'S - JOHN MAYALL
was a GREAT GIG for us!! Sharing the stage with one of our all time favorites
and a huge influence on us. John and the rest of the band said they
enjoyed our set. Blue Taxi drummer Bob Capuano became good friends with
Bluesbreaker drummer Joe Yuele after this gig.
June 9, 1998
- BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER- LYNYRD SKYNYRD & PETER FRAMPTON
Review: SCENE MAGAZINE - June
Blue Taxi - vocalist/guitarist Bill
"Cap" Capuano, vocalist/keyboardist Theresa Capuano, bass guitarist
Kurt England and drummer Bob Capuano - actually started the long night
on the SCENE Stage with a pleasant set of blues-based rock loaded with
originals from their upcoming album, RIDIN' SHOTGUN. "Blues Avenue,"
"Bait On A Hook," and the instrumental "Little Mariah" were the best originals,
and they also played respectful covers of Buddy Guy's "Leave My Girl
Alone, Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)" and Jeff Beck's
"Jeff's Boogie." - BRET ADAMS
1999 - THE ODEON - ERIC BURDON
1999- BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER - CHICAGO & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
2000 - SUMMER OHIO BLUES FEST - Nelson Ledges
2000 - THE REVOLUTION - SAVOY BROWN
2000 - CROOKED RIVER BLUES FEST
2000 - MOHICAN BLUES FEST
2001 - CROOKED RIVER BLUES FEST - MOUNTAIN
2002 - MOHICAN BLUES FEST
BLUESVIEWS - 2002 Vol. 2 Issue
Blue Taxi pumped out a high-energy
performance the highlight of which had to be their version of "While
My Guitar Gently Weeps." Bill Capuano took his wireless guitar into the
crowd and delivered an extended solo during which he not only made his
guitar gently weep, he made it burn and scream and set the crowd
on fire while he was at it. - FRED COFFIN
15, 2002 - THE BEACHLAND BALLROOM - COCO MONTOYA
2003 - THE CELLAR - THE YARDBIRDS
Great gig!!! The Yardbirds are one of our all time favorite bands.
We were able to hang out with them before and after the gig & it was
2003 - MOHICAN BLUES FEST - DUKE ROBILLARD - JOE BONAMASSO
18, 2003 - WILBERT'S - JOHN MAYALL
fun night for us at Wilbert's with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers!!
2004 - PEABODY'S - ROBERT LOCKWOOD JR
2004 - PEABODY'S - KIM WILSON
2004 - THE BEACHLAND BALLROOM - DUKE ROBILLARD
2004 - RED, WHITE & BLUES BANG - MICHAEL BURKS
2004 - THE WINCHESTER - WISHBONE ASH
This was a cool gig for us. It was
Great to be able to share the stage with Wishbone Ash. They were
another big influence on us and they were amazing on this hot July night!!
More to come…
by Mark Borchik - Gruppe
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