Various and Sundry

It felt a lot like Largo at The Roxy last night. Just with a bigger stage and no dinner of honey-baked chicken. There were also a couple of moments when I thought that just maybe I had ended up in the audience for radio's A Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor would walk out at any moment to share some folksy tales of life in Minnesota. In short, it was awesome! We got great seats right up against the stage. I took a couple of crappy photos with my phone just to show how close we were.

The Various and Sundry tour is summed up pretty well in this article. Not only did we get to enjoy Glen Phillips, Sara and Sean Watkins, Grant-Lee Phillips, and Luke Bulla, but there were a couple of other great musicians who joined the group. Unfortunately, I can't recall the names of the piano and guitar player. I'm not even finding anything online. They were wonderful additions to the already solid collection of people performing.

Glen Phillips always impresses me. Not only does he have one of the most amazing voices*, but he is very down-to-earth and kind of nerdy. How can I not like that? It was really cool when he sat in the empty chair right behind me during part of the show. I could hear him singing along.

Being a fan of Nickel Creek, I'm quite familiar with the brother and sister act of Sean and Sara Watkins. I'm not only blown away by Sara's violin skills, but she is another beautiful singer. I'm not even going to try to come up with some comparison, as it will sound corny.

I'd never seen Grant-Lee Phillips or Luke Bulla play live, but that was another treat. For most of the show, there were various combinations of all of the acts on stage. They are an increcibly talented group who clearly enjoy playing together. It was obvious that they were having a great time.

Another great night of music, with two more to go...

*I always want to say that Glen's voice is "like butter," but I don't even like butter that much and I'm not sure that's an adequate description. Whatever you call it, it's amazing and can drive me to tears.


Jen said...

I like Glen Phillips, too! We're seeing Toad the Wet Sprocket again this summer as part of music fest in Seattle, along with Los Lonely Boys and Marc Broussard. Can't wait!

Brenda Griffith said...

Oh I am so jealous--of both you and Jen. And I don't usually even like live music! But Marc Broussard and your description both make me wish we could be in Austin Wednesday instead of Thursday so we could see James McMurtry at midnight at the Cadillac Club...

Anonymous said...

Hmm, sounds like pole position for seating. Maybe honey if not butter? Sounds like a cool evening.

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