Rhett Miller's show was really good. Salim Nourallah opened for him, and his performance was a little weird. Nourallah mostly played along with a pre-recorded tape of background music. He played a little bit of acoustic guitar from time to time, but mostly he sang along, karaoke style, to his own music. It was odd. I wasn't sure how a guy his age was getting gigs doing stuff like that. Then Miller took the stage and explained that Nourallah had been the producer for a number of his albums. I'm guessing that Nourallah is mostly a producer first and a recording artists/performer second. Anyway, he might be good with a backing band, but I think the dude should steer clear of the solo/acoustic shows. If you can only perform by singing along with a tape, you probably shouldn't be going solo.
Rhett Miller, on the other hand, did a great job. He just got up there and sang for an hour and a half (or longer) and rocked it out on an acoustic guitar. He maintained a really high energy level throughout the performance, his voice sounded good, and the songs sounded really tight. I think he was a little weirded out by the sort of quiet, intimate, slightly intense experience that comes with playing at Strange Brew (he's not really a mellow singer-songwriter, after all), but he seemed to enjoy the experience more and more as the show progressed, realizing that the audience was really into the music. The audience is really quiet during the songs at Strange Brew, and many of them are seated, so that has to be sort of odd for musicians who are used to playing to audiences at bars and nightclubs where people are drunk and talking throughout their set. The Strange Brew audience is enthusiastic, though, and they applaud and hoot and holler enthusiastically between songs. Once Miller started to really understand what the place was all about and started to get the fact that the audience, although not rowdy, were really, truly enjoying his music, he started to enjoy himself much more. Maybe he'll come back. I would definitely go see him again in that setting.
|Rhett Miller at Strange Brew|
|("When I go to Gramma's house I get souvenirs!!")|
Saturday night we ordered pizza and just sort of hung out. I'm not sure what we were doing.
|(beautiful, happy people)|
|(raindrops falling on the fam)|
Anyway, enough about that. It's the end of the season. We'll see if I feel the need to see how things play out next year.
In the interim, I'll be doing a bunch of late night diaper changes with this guy. Speaking of ruthless tyrants.... ;-)
|("I like to wake up when you are trying to go to |
sleep. It's hilarious.")