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Over 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, 1990
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".

  This 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!!            

June 12, 1992 - SHOOTER'S ON THE RIVER - HUMBLE PIE
August 26, 1992 - SHOOTER'S ON THE RIVER - BACHMAN TURNER OVERDIVE
September 19, 1992 - NAUTICA STAGE- 1964 - BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND
  This was a Great Party celebrating WNCX 98.5 FM's Anniversary!! 

November 14, 1992 - THE AGORA THEATRE - POCO
Review: SCENE MAGAZINE - November 19-24, 1992
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

January 22, 1993 - THE AGORA BALLROOM - LONNIE BROOKS
June 13, 1993 - THE AGORA BALLROOM - WARREN HAYNES 
July 16, 1993 - SHOOTER'S ON THE RIVER - HUMBLE PIE
September 11, 1993 - NAUTICA STAGE - 1964 - BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND
  Yet another Great Party celebrating WNCX 98.5 FM's Anniversary!! 

October 22, 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

April 8, 1994 - THE AGORA THEATRE - THE GUESS WHO
June 21, 1994 - SHOOTER'S ON THE RIVER - STEPPENWOLF

July 20, 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

July 17, 1996 - BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER - STEVE MILLER & PAT BENATAR
Review: SCENE MAGAZINE - July 25-31, 1996
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

  Steve 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 10-16, 1997
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
  This 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 18-24, 1998
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

January 21, 1999 - THE ODEON - ERIC BURDON
July 28, 1999- BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER - CHICAGO & THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
June 24, 2000 - SUMMER OHIO BLUES FEST - Nelson Ledges
July 13, 2000 - THE REVOLUTION - SAVOY BROWN
July 29, 2000 - CROOKED RIVER BLUES FEST
August 19, 2000 - MOHICAN BLUES FEST
July 7, 2001 - CROOKED RIVER BLUES FEST - MOUNTAIN

August 17, 2002 - MOHICAN BLUES FEST 
BLUESVIEWS - 2002 Vol. 2 Issue 4 
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

November 15, 2002 - THE BEACHLAND BALLROOM - COCO MONTOYA

June 14, 2003 - THE CELLAR - THE YARDBIRDS
  Another 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 a blast!!

August 16, 2003 - MOHICAN BLUES FEST - DUKE ROBILLARD - JOE BONAMASSO
October 18, 2003 - WILBERT'S - JOHN MAYALL
  Another fun night for us at Wilbert's with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers!!

March 19, 2004 - PEABODY'S - ROBERT LOCKWOOD JR
April 26, 2004 - PEABODY'S - KIM WILSON 
June 20, 2004 - THE BEACHLAND BALLROOM - DUKE ROBILLARD 
July 3, 2004 - RED, WHITE & BLUES BANG - MICHAEL BURKS 
July 19, 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…

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