I had a great time seeing music Friday night at Radio Bean. I worked 10-6:30, stopped quickly at home then headed downtown. I arrived about 5 minutes late for the 7pm start time, but it ended up being perfect as Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter took the stage a minute later. He sang and played acoustic guitar and opened with the gorgeous Letter From The 21st. It was the first song I ever heard him play and love it every time I get to hear it. He mostly stuck to his first album and played songs like Great Filter, Return From The Dream and The Time Traveler. He tossed in a new song called Babylon By The Sea. His cover of Round Here was nicely done then he played a couple of new songs. He closed with the nicely descriptive Thunder From Mansfield To The Lake and Great Escape. I really enjoy his songs, his deep lyrics and lovely voice and was happy to be able to see his show.
Up next, a friend of his from New York City took the stage. Rorie Kelly also played acoustic guitar and sang. Her songs were cool and her between song banter was really fun. She played 12 songs over an hour and a most of them were about self-empowerment with a New York attitude. I think the message of the nigh was something to the effect of “love yourself goddammit!!” She played songs like Search Lights, Leaving At The Hardest Moment, Don’t Give In, and Road Trip. The song Vulture stood out and the closer, If You Teach A Bird To Sing, was really good. I’m richer for having heard her music.
After the set ended at 9, I was thinking of heading to the Lamp Shop to see Anna Pardenik at 10, but a wave of exhaustion struck, so I took the short walk home. It took a bit of effort to get out the door, but I’m glad I did.