Last Night’s Show @ Red Vic Sessions

11 Jul

Kirk and Nervo Red VicLast night, Lindsay, Nervo and I played a show at Ronnie Cato’s groovy acoustic showcase Red Vic Sessions. We took a brand-new tune (Down By The Water) out for a spin, re-worked the vocals for a couple of numbers to work with the just the three of us, and took the thing onstage.

Ronnie’s night at the Vic is a really cool thing – we managed to catch a few tunes from Oblio (who I couldn’t find online), which was a cool electronica male/female duo that had some definite echoes of The Postal Service in their sound. They also had a bunch of tiny little amps lining the front of the stage beneath their keyboard and drum machine, which was cool-looking. After them went the Jonathan Levi Band, and they sounded great, Levi’s vocals in particular. Give him a listen – good stuff!

We went through the usual set of tunes – songs from the record peppered by acoustic-only tracks like “The Darkened Street” and “North Kinser.” Most everything went off without a hitch, though there was a particularly exciting moment during “If You’re Feeling Out Of It” when the loop got screwy.  Man. It’s times like that when you discover what you’re made of, as a performer – so much of that tune, the big finish in particular, relies on having that loop going perfectly, and if the rhythm gets off, it’s a deal-breaker.

So in the middle of the tune, I’m aware that the loop has somehow gotten weird, and I’m singing the second chorus, thinking about whether I can re-build the loop during the outro… thinking… thinking… yeah, I think I can… okay, I’m gonna go for it! And lo and behold, I was able to rebuild the loop.  So, not something I’d shoot for in a performance or anything, but good to know that I can recover, if I need to.

We set up a video camera and recorded audio from the board, and after mixing stuff together, we got a couple keepers. The first was the instrumental tune “North Kinser,’ which features Dan Nervo playing a lovely solo:

And the other is the ballad off of The Exited Door entitled “Oh Brother,” which I thought sounded particularly great with Lindsay singing harmony (though don’t get me wrong, I love Dan A’s harmonies, too! Man, I know a lot of good singers):

Huge, HUGE thanks to all who came out – it was a big, friendly crowd, and we had a really good time performing for y’all. Also, thanks to Ronnie for being an awesome guy, being so helpful with the sound, and for hosting such a cool series. We got to chat some after the set, and it turns out he’s a classically trained clarinetist who is also a guitarist/songwriter – it was very cool to meet another woodwind player who’s following that path!  He’ll be playing his own material at the session on Friday, August 20th.

As for us, our next show most likely won’t be until the first big-ass, full-band show at the Rickshaw Stop on September 3rd. It’s gonna be a killer – the all-female choir Conspiracy of Venus will be opening, and the wonderful Blue Rabbit will be headlining.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!


2 Responses to “Last Night’s Show @ Red Vic Sessions”

  1. Dorothy July 11, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    Wow. That sounds so great !
    One of these days, I’ll make it to one of your shows. 🙂

    You know the band LOW , right ?
    That “Oh brother” song reminds me of them a little bit. I think it’s also because of Lindsay’s singing.
    Beautiful !

  2. Jamal July 11, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    I’m glad you’re out there performaing but sad I can’t see you. This keyboard is a relic of the Cold War I think.

    Anyway, what I get back lets meet up and hang.

    Miss your special spiteful optimism 😉

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