Progressive candidate + hometown music = See you there!
Somehow I had never been to the VAC; I guess it took Built to Spill to get me there.
Local folky/Americana singer and songwriter who I have apparently underappreciated. I know that I have passed up multiple opportunities to see him, and after this performance I can say that his shows are now going to be on my radar. This set was just Nick on guitar and a kickdrum, and a bass player. His vocal style was interesting, and I enjoyed his noises that he made in addition to his singing.
Best known as the former second guitar player for Built to Spill, Brett has made a name for himself as a solo artist. This was a very subdued acoustic set that was enjoyable, but a friend of mine made a keen observation: This was not music to get fired up and excited about a politician for.
Another local talent that I had never seen before, she was fun to listen to. And her guitar player stole the show – at least for me – with his long hair, hat, and sunglasses. Stud!
Built To Spill
The reason that I was there, no doubt. After Paulette made a brief (and slightly disappointing) speech, they were introduced a raucous cheers. I expected about 30-40 minutes, but we were treated to well over an hour of a wide-ranging group of songs, including an extended jam version of personal favorite “Strange”. Doug’s obsession with his pedal box continues, and also continues to entertain me.
Needless to say, I was right up front (as the picture can attest). Doug has not filed a restraining order yet, so that is good. I really am on my best behavior and always treat him with respect, guys, so cut me some slack.
When one of the greatest musicians of your generation is playing 3 feet from you, its a good night…
Goin’ Against Your Mind
Horizon To Cliff
Distopian Dream Girl
Kicked it in the Sun
I Would Hurt A Fly
Strange (extended version)
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