Pat Travers band played a small club last Friday. I've seen him before and I am classic guitar driven rock junkie. There were three regional bands before PT, two original music, one cover. All of them were top notch. But there was just something different when PT played. I can't figure out if it's something tangible which the other three bands could improve/add, or is this just the nature of some have it and some don't. A few observations from this night are: 1) Tightness, PT band was just tighter even though other bands were good. 2) EQ, warm up acts all had too much bass in guitar eq. PT and Kirk McKim have crunch which cuts through without the bottom end overlapping the bass guitar. And the bass guitar was tighter, not so booming. This may have contributed to the perceived tightness of playing. 3) PT band stage presence was confident, relaxed, like they'd been there before. This could seem obvious, except the other three bands have been around for years and played big & small stages. PT band had all the rock star moves, but they seemed to be having fun, not so serious. I wonder how many bands are just a few minor tweaks away from making a higher level and just can't figure it out.