Wow! There is something deeply refreshing and unreal about attending a show in a venue that is a serious listening room which fosters respect for the performing artists as well as its patrons and produces a pin-drop silent environment. So, there was no risk of distraction and the artists had my undivided attention. Sorry for the lack of social media live coverage but I was too in-the-moment to pull myself away from this perfect listening room that was Burlap and Bean.
The show started around 8:15 with a set of music from Psalmships. It began as a solo set—just Joshua Britton, a guitar, incredible songwriting, and a voice so powerful (in timbre and grace) that it mesmerizingly commands your attention. Then Britton was joined by some friends and it became the Psalmships trio with Brad Hinton (on lap steel and guitar) and Chelsea Sue Allen (on keys). I didn’t recognize a bunch of the songs because they’re from the upcoming album ‘I Sleep Alone’ but they definitely have that Psalmships signature essence and musical perspective written all over them. The set ended with Britton solo performing “Gospels” a song that haunts my ears and I absolutely love to hear. The only word that comes close to summing up the Psalmships live experience and music is—AMAZING.
The next set was reserved for Hezekiah Jones. Saturday night’s performance included the Jones sextet of Hezekiah Jones, Schuylkill Jones, Kiwi Jones, Poconos Jones, Pepe Jones, and Psycho Jones. There was some new material then a time when it was only Hezekiah Jones and Kiwi playing “Lift the Shadow From This Heart” before the rest of the band slowly returned for the rest of the set. The set ended then the audience demanded an encore. Hezekiah Jones is a superb singer-songwriter, with a very talented group of musical friends, and music that ranges from toe-tapping fun to glued-to-your-seat awe-inspiring moments.
Oh my, seeing two of my favorite artists in this lovely listening room was almost too much for my music lovin’ heart to bear. If you were unable to attended Saturday’s show at Burlap and Bean I fear you missed something truly special. A moment that could not be duplicated even if it was recorded live. You had to be there.
Apologizes, I’m such a music enthusiast that sometimes I forget to recognize other great art. Nina Schmidt an artist from Wisconsin has an exhibit on display at Burlap and Bean and the pieces were marvelous. As I was listening to Psalmships and Hezekiah Jones music on Saturday night I looked around the room at the paintings and my eyes became transfixed on a few paintings—they just spoke to me. That is something that I love about all great art of all forms in general is that often inexpressible connection that we feel and it draws us to it.
June 18, 2014 – Pastorius Park (Philadelphia, PA)
June 26, 2014 – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA)
June 06, 2014 – Ortlieb’s (Philadelphia, PA)
July 11, 2014 – Bourbon and Branch (Philadelphia, PA)
Check out One Fan’s Instagram for a few photos!