Well, I don’t know how to play any instruments, I can’t sing, and other than my ability to whistle (it might get me in a band someday) I have no musical talent but my ears always know when they hear music they like. So, I spent part of my Labor Day weekend taking in the wonderful music of Adrien Reju and Pete Donnelly at the Tin Angel.
Pete Donnelly (with the help of Freddie Berman on drums and Adam Winokur on bass) played a great set and I loved what I heard. I’m not familiar with Donnelly’s music but I have been listening to some of his music on SoundCloud and it’s good. Donnelly was joined by Bandi Barksdale on vocals for a couple songs and that was a nice addition to the sound. Yes, I’ll be keeping an ear out for any future shows from Pete Donnelly because I think I just discovered a new favorite artist. YES!
Then Adrien Reju (and band – sorry the only person I recognized was Jaron Olevsky on keys) played an incredible set. Adrien Reju is a very gifted songwriter and she can really sing. I LOVE HER VOICE! Please pardon the outburst but I can act like a real crazed music fan in type (but never in person) because I really am that much of a fan. Anyway, Reju played a set of new material with an encore of crowd favorites – “Heartless” and “A Million Hearts”. Oh yeah, Olevsky added hauntingly beautiful keys on Reju’s cover of The Korgis “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime”. It was a live moment that I won’t soon forget.
Music, too much is not enough.