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The Tin Angel is a great listening room–usually. As the time passed and the show progressed the room filled with more and more chatter. It makes it real hard to concentrate on a performance when there is a lot of chatter distorting the sound. In these cases I feel so sorry for the artists and that’s when the inner outspoken me wants to get up and shush the entire audience. Actually, I just wish that others had more respect for the performers and would know that most people are there to hear the artists’ music and not their conversation. Sorry, but as a music enthusiast and live music aficionado the issue of room chatter bothers me.
Seeing Shannon Pelcher & The Iron Threads again was the reason why I decided to go to Friday night’s show. At this point I’ve only had the pleasure of seeing Shannon Pelcher perform live a very few times but one thing is always the same–Pelcher’s voice stands out like one of those classic powerhouse voices but it’s not overbearing and has great control. A great voice is a great voice and your ears know it. So, for this performance, it was Shannon Pelcher (vocals, guitar), David Streim (accordion), and Rob Shaffer (bass). As the headliner, Shannon Pelcher & The Iron Threads played the closing and it was definitely a nice way to end the show.
Earlier in the evening was a performance by Hannah Zaic. Zaic (vocals) opened the show with a set accompanied by Ross Bellenoit (guitar). I enjoyed Zaic’s music and like how she incorporated the sometimes humorous stage banter. This night celebrated the release of Daniel Scholl’s new album, Simplicity, which features Hannah Zaic and many others.
If you want to be entertained on a Tuesday night and you’re open to being an audience member for a talk show then The Tuesday Show with Jonas Oesterle at The Fire is the place to be. This past Tuesday was my first The Tuesday Show and I had so much fun. I’m definitely going to remind myself to attend more The Tuesday Show events.
Matt Helm (guest co-host and singer-songwriter for The Matt Helm Scream) treated the audience to a nice pre-show concert. Then the show began with a humorous monolog by Jonas Oesterle (host). Then there was a short Q&A segment between Oesterle and Helm called the Quick Minute. The guests came out and did a mini performance before they too were subjected to the Quick Minute. The first guest was Mike “FonzaRelli” Roberts who displayed his musical talent in an original rap titled “Singles’ Rage”. Chris Kasper, the next guest, performed one beautiful song acoustically. It was hard for the music enthusiast in me to deal with only hearing one song by my favorite singer-songwriter, Chris Kasper. The final guest was Joe Dougherty, a comedian that is actually funny.
All in all, The Tuesday Show is great and has all the important necessities of a successful late night talk show: a great host (Jonas Oesterle), a witty co-host (Matt Helm this week’s guest co-host), interesting guest, a cityscape backdrop, and goldfish in a bowl set on the host’s desk.
This past Friday night was the album release show for Black Horse Motel at Kung Fu Necktie. Black Horse Motel was celebrating the release of their debut album, Red Summer Spirit (available now on Bandcamp and other online stores). Also on the bill Friday night at Kung Fu Necktie was Hezekiah Jones and The Bailey Hounds.
As often is the case, due to city parking I arrived at the show a little late and The Bailey Hounds had already began their set. Oh well, I was still able to enjoy a good portion of The Bailey Hounds’ set and I liked what I heard. The Bailey Hounds are a good band and I liked their folk rock sound and they made a good first impression on my ears.
Hezekiah Jones took to the stage next–that’s one of my favorite artists. If you ever see me in the crowd with my eyes glued to the stage and my mouth lip synching along then you know I’m having a great time. So, thanks to Hezekiah Jones for the wonderful set and a great time. This performance was the Jones 6: Hezekiah Jones (vocals, piano–YES!), Schuylkill Jones (guitar), Psycho Jones (drums), Pocono Jones (guitar), Pepe Jones (bass), and Kiwi Jones (fiddle).
I was actually considering going home after Hezekiah Jones’ set but the room was so packed and I was too lazy to move at the moment so I stayed. Oh my, this one time being lazy actually paid off because Black Horse Motel was incredible. A folk rock, Americana band with guitar, banjo, mandolin, viola, cello, and drums–WHAT!?! Yes, Black Horse Motel is clearly one of my new favorite bands and I’ll probably be writing about them a lot more. I can’t wait to see another Black Horse Motel show because not only does the band have an excellent sound but they also have an intensely engaging live energy.
Yes, the live music world often spoils me with all these great shows that I get to attend.
Live Review: Foxhound performs Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’, American Hangups, Jeremy Quentin at The Fire (2/5)
About five months ago while on a roadtrip and listening to Nebraska Foxhound (Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan) agreed that someday they would like to perform that entire album live. That day came this past Tuesday at The Fire when Foxhound played Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska in its entirety. As much as I wanted to hear a set of Foxhound originals I was glad that I witnessed this special performance by Foxhound. As Kasper explained, Nebraska is the only Springsteen album without the E-Street Band and doesn’t feature the rock saxophone. When I listened to Nebraska (for the first time ever) on Spotify before the show I thought it sounded so different than the Springsteen radio hits that I’ve heard – and the missing E-Street Band and no rock saxophone must be the difference. All in all, Foxhound took great respect of Springsteen’s music and delivered an excellent performance. The incredible talent of Chris Kasper and Kiley Ryan as the musical duo Foxhound is amazing.
Earlier in the night Jeremy Quentin opened the show with a solo set. I think a nice solo, acoustic set by a good singer-songwriter is always a treat. Plus, it’s been a while since I last saw a Jeremy Quentin (Small Houses) set so it was nice to hear Quentin again.
American Hangups is the musical duo of Todd Henkin (The Great Unknown) and Kristen Sylvester (Spirit and Dust). This was the second show ever for American Hangups and they had a fine performance. I liked the folk, singer-songwriter, almost minimalist style in which they performed. I’m not sure if the looseness of the set was intended but it did make things entertaining at times. I definitely would like to see American Hangups again.