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4/24/13…Band Of Horses with Roadkill Ghost Choir @ Stubb’s

Band Of Horses

The time had finally come for me to see Band of Horses.  I had been a fan for several years and had a couple of (missed) opportunities to see them.  But I was NOT going to miss them this time, so help me!!  I was so excited for this show and was initially disappointed to find out that it was supposed to be a really cold night.  The concert was outside!!  But everything turned out perfectly:  the weather, my arrival time, and my location.

My view of the stage upon arrival. 4/24/13

My view of the stage upon arrival. 4/24/13

I got to Stubb’s and took my place close to the stage about 5 minutes before the opening band, Roadkill Ghost Choir, started playing.  I had no idea who this band was.  In fact, I ended up asking two guys nearby who seemed to be fans.  They had to repeat the name about 3 times before I got it, given it is quite an unusual name.  But what they lacked in name choice, they more than made up for in musicality.  They’re quiet, and hard, and lovely all at the same time.  It’s very difficult, in my opinion, to capture these three elements in a manner that makes sense, but they did it very well.  They were, in fact, a perfect lead-in to Band Of Horses, who attain this same wonderful combination of sounds on an even greater scale.  But I’ll get to that.  I liked Roadkill Ghost Choir so much that I’m definitely planning on acquiring some of their available music.  This is one of the songs that stood out to me:

They played about a 30 minute set, maybe less, and warmed up the crowd beautifully for Band of Horses.  I was now READY for them.  Thankfully they did not make us wait very long between sets.  They came on at around 8:30 or so, maybe even earlier and started us off with (how fitting) “The First Song”.  For me, not only was it a pleasure to get to know the band as they played live, but it was great to watch everyone in the audience just light up to their music.  As much as I love this band’s songs, I really didn’t know much about the band members.  Ben Bridwell, the lead singer, was so open to the audience.  I think one of my favorite parts about his stage presence was how he causally hung his arm onto the mic stand, leaning in the direction of the audience.  He just seemed very relaxed and inviting.  You don’t expect this amazing voice to come out of this skinny, tatted up, redneck-looking dude.  He’s GREAT!  All the band members were great.  And for such lovely songs, they really can ROCK.  At some points they had three guitars going at once and it sounded RAD!!!  They jammed.

Toward the beginning of the set Ben mentioned that it was one of their good buddy’s 80th birthdays and they were gonna film us singing happy birthday to him.  Well, the buddy turned out to be Willie Nelson!!  And some guy was on stage filming the audience as we sang “Happy Birthday” to Willie!  I’m pretty sure I was captured on film.  It was so fun!  One very cool thing about Band Of Horses’ shows is that they change up their set list every night.  I was hoping to hear two of my favorite songs and luckily toward the end of their set, one of them “No One’s Gonna Love You” came on.  I had to capture a bit of it.  And here it is, sounding as lovely as ever…

The band really managed to make each song sound even better live.  They’re a five piece band and each guy is multi-talented, playing more than one instrument and singing.  I was so impressed.  And when they hit “The Funeral”, I had to pull out my phone again to record it.  This is another FANTASTIC song:

I was even closer to the stage during this part of the show because of a last-minute surge in the audience.  I didn’t mind. 😉

There was only one minor incident during the show with some stupid guy.  Closer to the middle of the set, this guy had shoved his way past me to get closer to the stage.  He was either really drunk, a really big fan, or both.  I didn’t care at this point because he moved to the side of me, not blocking my view.  But he left from his spot a little while later.  Little did I know that he would be coming back.  He slid up next to me and asked if he could get back to his spot.  I kind of nodded and let him in front of me, thinking he would keep moving over.  But no, he decided to stand right in front of me.  And I’m only 5′ 2 1/2″!  HI!  I’m short.  So I got PISSED!!  After about 30 seconds I tapped him on the shoulder and said, “DUDE, you do realize you’re taller than me, right???!!!”  He was a little shocked and said, “Oh, I’m sorry.  I’m gonna move right now!”  And he did.”  So then I was happy again.  I may be short, but I don’t let people walk all over me.  “The Funeral” was actually the last song in the set, but of course they came back out for an encore.  I was so amused to hear the couple next to me chatting about the encore.  The boyfriend was explaining to his girlfriend what an encore was.  WOW!!  This must’ve been her first show ever.  What a GREAT first show!!  And here is that set list:

I love the cover they ended with.  It showed the band’s versatility both musically and vocally.  Ben sang the SHIT out of it, for sure!!  I’m happy that I finally saw this band perform live.  And I know without a doubt, it will NOT be my last time!!



1/10/13…Borrisokane @ Hotel Vegas

Hotel Vegas

Hotel Vegas

I have literally been in hibernation for months.  I finally started to shake off my aversion for going out and pushed myself out the door to see my friends in Borrisokane.  It really felt good to get out of my house.  I got to their show a little late and unfortunately only saw part of their set.  These guys are such troopers.  Almost all of them were sick with the flu, yet there they were plugging away.  I could tell they didn’t have 100% of their energy, but considering the circumstances, they still put on a great show.  They have added another member to the band, a violinist/trumpeter, which was a nice surprise.  He really added another dimension to their music.  I kinda loved it; especially the horn playing on their Wings cover.  I was incredibly pleased to see such a nice crowd there while they were playing.  There were friendly faces and new faces, which is what I really love to see.  The more this band gets out there to play, the more fans they will convert.  I’ve always been very certain of this and I still am.  Can’t wait to see what else they have up their sleeves.  I definitely will continue supporting them wholeheartedly!!!  Bring on Borrisokane!!

10/7/12…World Famous Feem & Miss Zamora @ Red Eyed Fly

Red Eyed Fly

Red Eyed Fly

The first time I was supposed to see this hip-hop duo, they were more of a hip-hop crew.  Since that show, things had fallen apart amongst the crew members and they were down to World & Miss Zamora.  Miss Zamora, or Sarah as I know her, is a co-worker of mine.  She had invited me to the previous show, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it, so I HAD to go see her this time.  I was looking forward to hearing her & her partner on the mic throw down.  This show was scheduled to be on the outside stage, which would have been great if the weather had cooperated, but it was freakin’ COLD out on this night.  I have no idea why Red Eyed Fly didn’t bring the entire show inside.  It would have made more sense for the amount of people who showed up and for the weather conditions.  No matter, we all enjoyed ourselves despite the cold.  The show opened up with the beats banging hard for their first song.  First up…World.  I was kinda surprised to hear the vocal track playing behind his rap.  For a quick second, it made me wonder if this was an original song.  I know they do their own stuff, so hearing the vocal track was very misleading.  In fact, my friend looked at me wondering if he was lip-synching.  Wow…not good.  My friend had never heard their music before so he didn’t know it was all original.  I can understand wanting to have a layered sound, but they should really lose the vocal track and let the audience hear them loud & LIVE, only keeping in the ad libs.  Maybe if they had a mixer to take care of all the tracking of the music, that  could help their stage show as well.  What’s obvious is that World can rap his ass off and Miss Zamora can most definitely sing the crap out of a song, no backing track necessary.  I liked the flow of the set list.  First we got to hear World on his own, then we got to hear World & Miss Zamora, then just Miss Zamora.  It was a nice mix of songs & leads.  The audience was definitely enjoying themselves.  But what happened during the second to last song is the kiss of death for any live act.  They abandoned their audience.  During “Get Away” the two of them faced each other, NEVER looking at the audience, and sang to each other as if none of us were there.  They might as well have been at home in their living room singing to each other, because as far as the audience was concerned, we did not exist in that moment.  I actually started to feel uncomfortable, like I was interrupting them.  I looked around and could see that everyone else probably felt the same way.  I watched about five people walk inside during this song and the remaining audience members were talking to each other and no longer focused on the stage.  In that moment, the show should have ended.  Because, while they did one more song, the audience had been dismissed and we were done.  We were literally left out in the cold.  These two have obvious chemistry but they always need to keep the audience at the forefront.  We are why they are up on that stage.  Despite all the critiquing, I really did enjoy this show.  I like their music and I believe that they have so much potential to be great on stage.  World has a ton of confidence up there & Miss Zamora proved that she can turn up the power in her vocals.  I can’t wait to see what they do at the next one.