David Rosane and the Zookeepers at American Flatbread July 19, 2017   Leave a comment

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music last Wednesday at American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. Some time ago I was early for a show and caught a couple of songs by a cool band and bought their album and have played it a lot on my show. I had been wanting to see them for ages. Finally, a show popped up that fit my schedule, you know, when I wasn’t working or the band weren’t in France or something like that.

The show was set for 5:30 so I took the lovely walk downtown and got in and settled and ordered a beer and some pizza and soon enough David Rosane & The Zookeepers began to play. The band were David on vocals and acoustic guitar, Don on electric guitar and Jennifer Grossi on keys, percussion and backing vocals. The songs had a mellow relaxed feel but there is a strength in their structure that kept me fascinated. David’s guitar leads the songs and he sings with a commanding yet compassionate voice. The keys fill in the sound and Jen’s lovely voice makes the music more elegant. Don’s guitar is a bit jazzy with a bit of rock and roll sting when needed. They opened with a song about opening your eyes and letting your wisdom shine. They played a song about how it takes the devil to keep the freaks alive when the angels are all sitting by. They asked where their magic carpet was when they were about to hit the ground. They played a song asking if we will tell the children what they’ve done and they played a song called A Walk In The Woods that had nothing to do with a walk in the woods. I think it was a Thoreau kind of thing. They played a magical mythical story abut life out west. They played a song about being in the real world and closed the first set on the sunny side of things.

I chatted with David Rosane and Jen for a bit in the set break, then settled my tab and moved from my table in the back to one of the bar tables in the front, where I likely should have started, and was ready for set 2.

They opened with a song about having a drink with their grandma before she died. They sang about taking their sunshine with sugar and cream or gasoline or something. They played the paradoxical Urban Country. They played songs about going home to this city. They asked who their enemy was then sang about hope in the dark. They sang about starless heavens and how every day is judgement day and how every day is a beautiful day. They sang about fighting for the right to be and about how Paris is for love. I think they played Break A Leg when I ran to get another drink but am not absolutely certain. They played a few more, including one about how today is a gift and today is mine, and wrapped up the 17 song set just about 8pm.

I hung out and chatted with Jen and Don and David for a while then took the lovely walk home.

 

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David Rosane & The Zookeepers pic by Tim Lewis

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