Show Review

Tom Evanchuck "Live at Merry Arts Pub & Grille"

Josh Burton
Tom Evanchuck headlined a night of four different acts at the Merry Arts Pub & Grille in friendly Lakewood, Ohio. Put together by one of the performers and Amherst native, Pat Malloy, the eve of Christmas Eve celebration lived up to the hype. The friendly and at some times raucous crowd enjoyed sets by both Malloy and Jay Martynowski but when Tom Evanchuck took to the stage the atmosphere changed and the attention went to him when his guitar began to speak.

With his cousin Anthony Evanchuck on percussion the duo played a vintage set that would have made Lightning Hopkins proud. The 21 year old has the face of a 15 year old but his blues/soul sound is that of a 30 year Memphis veteran. Song after song could have been a showstopper but with a rare showmanship seen at this level he used each one to fuel a masterful fire of a set. The Chardon native was channeling spirits from an age of music almost forgotten. With his original tracks highlighted by “Take me Back”, northeast Ohio has a new son of soul and his name is Tom Evanchuck.