Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band
California Center for the Performing Arts – Escondido, CA
For the second year in a row we hit up the local arts center in Escondido, California. It’s part of First Night Escondido, which is intended to be a dry (liquor-free) family event. We arrived just in time for the 9:00pm fireworks and to catch the second half of Billy Watson’s performance. This would also be the second time we’ve seen him perform. Last year he was amazing and the most entertaining performer of the night. He and the band showed off their talents again this year.
Billy Watson and His International Silver String Submarine Band are from Oceanside, CA. These guys hit up the local Southern Cali scene quite a bit. Billy jokes onstage most of the time they are shoved in the corner of a packed restaurant and they have to use his wittiness and humor to get people to turn their heads and notice there is a five piece band playing. They are usually competing against the huge tvs in the restaurants. He might not be able to joke about that for long. It appears that their following has grown because this year like it was last year ended up being standing room only. They are set to play the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach and it’s looking like they are finally getting out of their corner and taking center stage.
Billy and the band are incredibly entertaining. Think Brian Setzer for the blues! Billy uses humor in the show and he also uses props such as masks and he brings is own old time mic. Billy is amazing because he is all over the stage in his mobster-like suite and the rest of the guys just laugh at him sometime for the things he does. The chemistry in the band is genuine.
Billy also plays the harmonic and rocks out with the best of them. When I walked around after Billy’s set I was telling people that we saw Billy Watson. Their first reaction was, “The guy that plays the harmonica, right?” With all his stage antics he’s best known for his harmonica abilities. All I can say is if you are in the Southern California region a must is checking out these fabulous blues players.
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