Thursday, March 10, 2011

Joshua Radin: In the Venue

Cary Brothers
Joshua Radin
Going into this concert I was hoping Joshua was exactly what I thought he'd be.  Joshua was touring with Laura Jansen, and Cary Brothers who I just discovered.  I was excited, I knew the Venue couldn't be very big so I knew we would stand pretty close to him.  Laura opened the concert and played some of the songs from her new album (which comes out on March 15th).  She was great, she played the keyboard and sang.  Cary Brothers then did his set.  I love when artists tell the story about how a song came to be.  Cary performed songs from his new album Under Control he was very talented and I had been listening to this album over and over in the weeks previous to this concert.  He is an incredible musician and I'm so glad he came on tour with Joshua.  Joshua was next up.  I don't think I've ever seen a more humble performer.  He too told us lots of stories about how his songs came to be and it just gave them new meaning.  His personality was so warm and endearing. He played songs from his new album The Rock and the Tide and some of his older ones. We had a great time singing along to all of the songs.  I'm happy I was able to attend this show and I hope Joshua comes back to Salt Lake soon.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Eric Clapton

Well I'm back to tell all about my Eric Clapton experiences.  Let me just start by saying that this man exceeded any expectation that I had, and then multiplied it by infinity.  Los Lobos opened for him.  I'd never heard a single song of theirs and my sister leaned over to me and said, "the only song I know is How Far Is Heaven.  ha ha.  Los Lobos, not to be confused with Los Lonely Boys.  Anyway they were decent but the sound mix left a lot to be desired.  I liked some of the songs they performed and they did a few crowd favorite covers. Then it was Eric's turn. He came out and said "Good Evening",   It's like the sound technician flipped a switch.  The sound that Eric and his band produced was out of this world amazing. Eric's band was made up of a rock organist, a keyboardist, a bass player, a drummer, and Eric on electric guitar, that was it.  The stage set up was awesome so it was visually stimulating as well.  I can't put into words how amazing this experience was.  All I can say is from the second he came out on stage you couldn't wipe the grin off my face. Eric's personality was exactly what I thought it would be.  He seems like a quieter guy, he didn't say anything other than "thank you" after his songs, and then he was on to the next.  He wasn't there to tell stories, he was there to play, and play he did.  The talent of Eric as well as the rest of the band was phenomenal.  The rock organist reminded me of Steve Urkel from Family Matters.  It seemed like he'd spent his life locked in a room practicing, and now he'd made it on tour with Eric.  He looked like he was having the time of his life. One of my favorite songs Eric performed was Old Love.  I've loved this song for a long time, but hearing it live from Eric was unbelievable.  I could feel the utter heart and soul put into every note. It seemed to me that everyone in the audience was feeling the same way I was.  We were all in complete awe of this man, and I couldn't believe my good fortune. Halfway through the performance he sat down and did some acoustic stuff (he is almost 70).  I didn't know an acoustic guitar could sound like that. He's nicknamed Slowhand for a reason. I didn't want the night to end. Luckily I went to see him again in Las Vegas the week following. Some think I'm crazy for going twice, but after seeing him the first time I couldn't get enough.  Eric Clapton is the only person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three different times. All of the concerts I've attended have been great, I've yet to be disappointed (knock on wood), Eric was no different.  I wouldn't do the other people I've seen the discredit to say that Eric was the best concert I've ever attended, I can't say it was the best because it was different from all the others.  This is a man that I've built up in my mind for a long time. To finally see him live was a dream come true and one of the best things I have ever experienced. There is just something about seeing someone perform a live concert that just makes time stop and the memory to last forever.