Wren Kitz, Colby Nathan and Big Blood at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center For Performing Arts and The Le Duo at Deli 126 August 10, 2018   Leave a comment

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Wren Kitz pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, which is part of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, and at Deli/126. I had a relaxing day off then took the lovely stroll downtown in the early evening. I got in and settled and chatted with Charlie Messing for a bit. Around quarter after 6, Wren Kitz and his band began to ooze sound out of their minds and into our ears. They began with a cool drone lead by Lauren Costello‘s effects laden cello. As they flowed further in Wren began to play gorgeous riffs on the 12 string guitar. They floated that way for a bit then the drummer stepped up the band into a rocking pace. It coalesced into a cool pop song for a while then eased off. They chatted with the audience for a moment then dove back in with a song that I think he said was called Sky Of Words. They rocked it for a bit then slid into a drone that got heavier and heavier and blasted a huge psychedelic wave at us. I reveled in it. Eventually it eased back into another cool pop song that ended the show. They were stunning.

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Colby Nathan pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Colby Nathan began fast tapping a couple of bells and got a drone sound going and recorded it in a loop. He added some other fun sounds, including a slinky being extended and reset, then mixed in some bass and drums and began to sing sometimes you have to give more than you take. Between songs, he told stories and thoroughly engaged the audience evoking gut laughs now and then. He kept a fun mix of loops going for a song about not knowing what to believe then picked up an acoustic guitar for a campfire song about how sometimes you must walk behind. He brought up the members of Big Blood for a song about ghosts that featured some sweet harmony backing vocals. He closed the set with a song debut that featured many fun sounds and a costume change. It was about how sleeping in peace is the greatest luxury. His show was charming and pure fun.

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Colby Nathan with Big Blood pic by Tim Lewis

Up next, the former duo of Big Blood were joined by their daughter, who’s name I missed. Colleen Kinsella played drums, guitar and harmonium while Caleb Mulkerin played stand up bass and effects. Both mom and daughter had great voices, but when they sang together it was pure joy. They began with a song that asked are we gonna keep pushing our children towards drugs and ended with the understanding that a dream that we dream together is reality. For the second song they moved from a folky Americana vibe to some hip hop with the daughter doing a nice rap. Throughout the show she exhibited poise and comfort on the stage. Her singing was lovely and she played drums and trombone as needed. Colleen’s voice was delightful and sometimes approached a scream. Caleb kept the whole thing glued together. They played a rocker about blood then one about social media and being insecure kids. They played a song about how you are sleeping and don’t know what to believe. They rocked out a song about darkness then Colby joined them for the next one on electric guitar. They closed with a cover that everyone knew except me, thought it didn’t matter, since I was just happy to hear them play.

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Big Blood pic by Tim Lewis

I headed out pretty quickly and cut through the park and headed into Deli 126. I got into the music room and sat and listened as JB began to play drums. He started slow and it seemed like it might be a soundcheck, but he kept building it and used every trick to evoke every sound possible from the instrument. Slowly and steadily the rest of the le duo filled the stage and joined in. The quintet featured xylophone/effects, guitar, sax and Matthew Kloss sitting in on bass. They played a long trippy jazz jam for a while then began to rock. They worked that out for a while and eased back. The music was challenging and engulfing. I was transfixed as they moved to a bit of a psychedelic phase then slipped into a nice jam. They wrapped up the 30 minute piece and said they would take a break. At that point my head was full and I knew I had a long day coming, so I reluctantly headed out.

What a great night.

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The Le Duo pic by Tim Lewis

 

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