Katy Hellman at Light Club Lamp Shop, Seth Yacovone at Nectar’s and Swale at Radio Bean July 29, 2018   Leave a comment

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Katy Hellman pic by Tim Lewis

 

I had a great time seeing music at Light Club Lamp Shop, Nectar’s, and Radio Bean. The days and weeks have been long, with occasional small promises of settled times in the future. I took a dive back into our scene on Wednesday, and I took a dive into Thursday. I was able to catch a nap in the late afternoon today and woke up in reasonable time for the first show. The promise of the chicken that my roommate barbecued kept me a little after my scheduled departure time, but set a nice base for the evening.

I walked out the door at 7:30 and waled in the Lamp shop door at 7:4. Katy Hellman was on stage playing bass and singing beautifully. I didn’t catch any details of the song, as I got settled,,but loved the way it sounded. She sang a song about unwanted pieces then followed with a Julia Caesar song about sticks and stones and mortar and bones that are used to build a home. She picked up a guitar and sang a song about not seeing women play guitars so she thought it was not an option. She played a song called Darling Thing. I think it was about the life cycle of peaches and flying. All the songs had the Caesar flair, but were so quiet, it was impossible to miss the messages. She pulled our an old song called Muted Green, then played a new song about the challenges in connecting with someone when you are constantly changing. She closed the night wit a song about how they are trying to take her mind. I’m so lucky to live in a place where I can walk down the street and hear music like this.

 

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Seth Yacovone pic by Tim Lewis

She wrapped up around 8:30, and soon I booked out the door and headed to Nectar’s. Seriously, if you have any free time on a Friday from 7-9, you will find beauty, grace, and power when Seth Yacovone plays. He played a song about how everyone is stupid and how everyone is smart, and I was in a happy place. He sang a song about having the moon and the cheese that made me smile. He sang a song about just being free to breathe easy as his fingers hit magnificent heights on the fretboard. He read the crowd and tossed in Folsom Prison Blues then closed the night with Like A Rolling Stone. The end section where he chanted think, it ain’t legal yet, was super cool.

I wandered back to Radio Bean, got in and settled, and chatted with a couple of cool people. Soon enough, it was time for SWALE to play. Sometimes they open with tuning that seems to fall into a song, but tonight it sounded like they began by soundscaping, or Swalescaping. As the music coalesced, they rocked out Bright Lights Tonight. Release Your records referenced tons of vinyl jokes, and kept up the fun pace. They kicked it up hard with Safe To Say then unleashed Drug Laws. What a massively intense song. They slowed it down for the poignant Both Eyes Closed then pulled out an old song called Pay Attention. They started slow, built it into an epic, ripped out the sky, then let it ease back on Every Last One Of Us. They kept poignancy at peak level for Elevator and closed with a blistering Lawn Fire.

I did not hang out long, and took the lovely walk home. What a great night of music in our town.

 

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Swale pic by Tim Lewis

 

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