The Wife and I had been bitching for weeks about the dearth of decent music coming to the Burgh this summer — and while we were busy griping, the schedule for the next couple of months suddenly became exceptionally busy.
I already talked about the Panic show at the Stan n’ Guy Theater (Where Everyone Loves The Show) on the 10th. What I didn’t mention — because I was too busy prepping for the vacation and writing about fun stuff at work — was that I also saw Keller Williams at Mr. Small’s a week later. I don’t have a setlist — and the tapers I talked to haven’t come through with an etree or archive posting yet — but among the highlights were a two-song Talking Heads suite — instrumental “Burning Down the House” into “Once in a Lifetime” — Help/Slip/Franklin’s, Springsteen’s “Born to Run” and the most awesomest version of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” of all time.
That was followed last night by Over the Rhine at Jesus University (actually Geneva College) in Beaver Falls. I own one OTR CD, and have always been aware of their Cowboy Junkies connection, but that was my first show, and I was blown away. It was held in what had to have been Geneva’s original gym, a tiny thing barely big enough for a full-size basketball court. Seated maybe 300 people. Acoustics were surprisingly good and the band was amazing. Karin Bergquist also had a little fun with the kids who attended, who, while enthusiastic, were simply not dancing, no matter what happened. She said at one point:
Did they say you couldn’t dance? (audience laughter) You know, neck dancing (demonstrates a head-bopping motion) is still OK, right? I mean, they’re only concerned about what happens from the waist down.
The near future bodes well too. In May, Mr. Small’s will host the Derek Trucks Band and Disco Biscuits; in early June, Ween will play there as well. And then there’s the Three Rivers Arts Festival, which brings in simply ridiculously huge bands for free shows in Point State Park. In past years we’ve seen Wilco, the Junkies, Sonic Youth, moe., Buckwheat Zydeco, Gov’t Mule, Indigo Girls — a buncha great stuff. They can’t hold shows in the park this summer — it’s going through a renovation — but our entertainment writer says the Junkies are returning, along with Ozomatli and some other interesting bands I don’t remember off the top of my head.
Looks like I’m going to get my share after all.
A final music-related note for Mr. Burns: Your CDs came while we were in Florida, and they both kick ass. I’ve been catching up with a lot of things this week, including the discs you get in return; they’re burned and packaged, and they’ll be mailed Thursday. It’s been a pleasure doing business with you.