I LOVED THIS SHOW! THE WHOLE THING! ok…enough of that. This show was at Backstage Live, down town San Antonio and was the last date of the tour and they still had a lot of energy! and you could tell all of the bands really bonded and enjoyed each other on the tour.
The opening band was River James (http://riverjamesmusic.com) this was their first tour, but you couldn’t tell. They were tight and enjoying being on the stage and playing. It was a short set and I was left wanting them to play longer. They told the story of their van almost breaking down on the side of the road just outside of town but they made it. I hope they made it home ok! I did go buy their disk, but it didn’t really do them justice. I do home they come back again and play a longer set (hint hint Andrew McMahon) If you have an opportunity to see them live, take the time and do so. Fun fun fun
Second band (hopefully breaking the 2nd band curse) was Lady Danville (http://ladydanville.wordpress.com). They were amazing! And it was the first time I’ve seen a cajon. They covered Kids by MGMT with the cajon! It’s a three-piece band with a guitar, keyboard and cajon. Fabulous! I don’t know what else to say! Cajon, ukulele, harmonica! Ya just can’t go wrong with that! Also bought both of their cds and am wearing out the ep tour disk in the car (can listen to the whole thing on way in to work) and my favorite song on it right now is Sophie Roux. Also, they had a little unnamed song that I sing with…I understand why they’re having so much trouble naming it. Again, if you have a chance to see them live you won’t be disappointed. It will be a group I would seriously think about traveling to see. Hope they come for SXSW next year! They would fit in wonderfully.
The one band that didn’t really seem to sing to my soul was Steel Train. They were technically proficient but just didn’t seem original. They covered a Tom Petty song…again, technically well done but not really all that uniquely. Tom Petty has such a stand out voice. It almost seemed as if someone got to them and told them “do this” and made them to cookie cutter. I would give them another chance, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Now, to the headliner…Jack’s Mannequin! (http://www.jacksmannequin.com) So first of all…a piano is wheeled out! And the party Buda with a serape to keep it company until Jack’s handsome lead Andrew jumps out. This was such a high energy show. I don’t think I’ve seen a piano player jump around and still play and sing into two mics, play the keyboard on top as well. It was AMAZING! Andrew sang several songs about his story. Please go to their page and check out Dear Jack Foundation and read the story and donate if you’re able. At the end of the show all of the bands came out and hugged and really showed how much fun they had. Also, the piano was played with shoes on top of keys. It was something my mother would have killed me for doing as a kid (and you better believe I had thought about it)
So again, the next blogs will have songs etc in them. I just wasn’t planning on writing a blog at the time and just enjoyed the show! I do want to make sure that I’m thorough in the future.
Enjoy! Comments are welcome! Please let me know what you think, and what you would like more of!