"Somewhere between Dave Matthews and matchbox twenty" is how Big Sky saxophonist Dave Kurzman once described his band. Like those bands, these Gainesville college rockers have been carving out a positive reputation for themselves by playing more than 200 live shows a year and selling a ton of records (their first three studio albums sold more than 20,000 copies) by word of mouth alone.
The reason for Big Sky's success is apparent on "Live at the Sapphire: Under the Megawatt Moon," as the band delivers 14 high-energy tunes of sincere pop-rock recorded live at the downtown Orlando club last June. The CD teems with a good-time vibe, with most tunes punctuated by Dave Moore's organ and Kurzman's tasty sax riffs. Highlights include the funky "Louisiana Man," "El Nino" and radio-ready tunes like "All Good Things." Although there's one too many "somebody scream"-type exhortations, it's clear that the raucous Sapphire crowd is more than happy to cooperate.