Last Week’s Show @ Hotel Utah

15 Oct
Armelodica Detail

Armelodica, in effect.

…was totally great! I thought I’d share some thoughts and pictures.

I love the Utah so much, man – such a great vibe, cool stage, and you gotta love the split-level. Alex Kelly’s opening set was a mind-blower… I’ve worked with Alex for a long time, but hearing him do his solo cello thing for the first time was eye-opening.  This dude is GOOD.  At the CELLO.  Seriously.  I’m going to have to write some more challenging stuff for him to play the next time we play together.

But, even with the simple parts I had for him, it was so cool to have Alex come join us for my set, and the rest of the band was just amazing, too.  Joelle Jaffe was a champ and learned a bunch of vocal parts (and deceptively difficult tambourine parts) in only a few rehearsals and filled in for Lindsay amazingly.  The trio of Dans – Apczynski on vocals, Nervo on guitar, and Fabricant on bass, rocked the house as only Dans can.  Joel Behrman rocked the hell out of the trumpet (no shocker there), and my god, Margeurite Ostro!  On the Violin!  Everyone was raging about her after the show, and I gotta say, I agree – what a badass.  She plays in a couple of other bands around town – go see her!

The set was the usual tunes – “The Darkened Street” really came together with a full acoustic band behind  it, and sounded so much like something you’d hear on Prairie Home Companion that at the end of the song, I wanted to start talking about Powder Milk Biscuits.  “Sweet Revenge” came back, this time in acoustic form, and with a couple of much-needed modulations on the choruses, which gave the tune the extra zing that it needed.  We also played “Shoshana,” in its final performance before I add some new lyrics. The story behind that is deserving of its own post, so stay tuned. It’s gonna be pretty awesome.  Photos after the jump!

All of these were taken by the awesome Jonathan Bloom:

All Three Singing HOtel Utah

Dan Nervo

Daniel Fabricant

Alex Kelly

Kirk Guitar Utah

Dan and Joelle Utah

The String Section

Joel Behrman

Joelle Jaffe

Kirk Microphone

After our set, I sat in on sax with Carey Head and the players from his band Pollux, and it was a really, really good time.  That band is sick, man – hearing them in a more stripped down, acoustic setting made their music even more enjoyable than the last time, and Carey’s voice is just… amazing.  He really, really sings like Jeff Buckley, and coupled with some really strong, slow-burn writing, that is a good thing.

Kirk Sax

We had a blast, and can’t wait for the next one. There’s a small chance that I’ll do a show in November, but it might not be for a little while – in the meantime, time to do some work in the studio and start writing some new material.  Thank you so much to all who came out – hope you had as much fun as we did!

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2 Responses to “Last Week’s Show @ Hotel Utah”

  1. thesoniashow October 17, 2009 at 10:09 am #

    Kirk, I am so sorry David and I missed the show! We won’t miss the next one!

    • Kirk October 17, 2009 at 10:27 am #

      You are too much! Knowing why you missed the show, and how it turned out, I couldn’t be HAPPIER that you missed it!! 😀

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