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Local musicians playing the songs of Leonard Cohen at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14, 2016   Leave a comment

The Super Full Moon before the show at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Super Full Moon before the show at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

I had a great time seeing music last night at Light Club Lamp Shop. The death of Leonard Cohen has saddened many people, so we did the only thing we could do, we got together and celebrated the music that he left to us. Some of us just stood and listened but most of the people in the room sang some of his songs.

The show was set to start at 10 and I arrived right on time. It took a couple of minutes to get going then Marcie Hernandez took the stage. She was joined by a poet who’s name I missed, but looking at the list of artists I think it was Mary Angelina. She read one of Leonard’s songs as a poem. Even without music Democracy was very powerful. Marcie took over and played lovely renditions of Going Home, Closing Time and If It Be Your Will.

Aaron Flinn took the stage next and played powerful versions of Dance Me To The End Of Love and Everybody Knows. His guitar playing was great as always, though a little less flashy than sometimes, and his deep warm voice brought the words and melodies straight into our hearts.

Kirk Flanagan took the stage next. I did not catch the name of the first song that he played, but it was short and beautiful. (per Kirk “First song was Leon Russell’s A Song For You”) Lady Midnight followed and was equally heartfelt. He closed the three song set with a gorgeous version of the overly appropriate Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.

Charlie Messing took the stage next and borrowed Joe Adler’s card deck guitar. Charlie sung in E minor and sounded frighteningly close to Leonard. His versions of Waiting For The Miracle and The Darkness were spot on.

Before the next performer, from the side of the stage, Lee Anderson read some of Leonard’s words.

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand took the stage next and were joined by Samara Lark Brown. With acoustic guitar musical saw and Sam’s lovely voice, Hallelujah was mournful and majestic. The audience sang along and the emotion in the room was almost visible. Sam left the stage and Joe took the mic and Amen was quietly stunning. They wrapped up the set with Johnnie’s request for Treaty, and it sounded great.

Before the next performer, from the side of the stage, Lee Anderson read some of Leonard’s words.

Everyone had been playing acoustic up to that point and the Lamp Shop space was such a perfect setting. It was like seeing a ton of great performances in your living room. Ryan Miller took the stage next and shook things up a little. He plugged in an electric guitar and used a mini keyboard to trigger a beat and rocked out Chelsea Hotel #2. It added a little extra zip to the show and was lots of fun. He played Bird On The Wire on the keys and sounded great.

Lee Anderson took the stage next and read an extended piece about Edith that was heavily censored many years ago when Leonard released it. His reading brought us listeners along word for word and was enchanting.

The Leatherbound Books took the stage next. They are a duo with a singer/electric guitar player, maybe Eric Daniels, and Jackie Buttolph singing as well. They sounded lovely on Nancy and Tonight will be fine.

If Charlie’s performance sounded the closest to Leonard, Phil Yates set sounded the most like his own songs with Leonard’s words and structure. Don’t Go Home With Your Hard On and Is This What You Wanted were fun songs and sounded just a little different from everything else that evening.

Willoughby Morse was up next and played his electric guitar a little softer than most of the acoustic guitars. Suzanne was very powerful and quiet. Last Year’s Man sounded great as well.

Jeremy Gilchrist – Singer-Songwriter followed with a quiet intensity. Anthem was lovely and Famous Blue Raincoats was just stunning.

Matt Nunan played a lovely version of The Story Of Issac in and E minor sort of way.

Michael Jermyn played a great version of Tower Of Song and closed the night with one I did not know. It was something about I used to be Aristotle I used to be Brian Jones.

Lee Anderson gave a short benediction then it was time for the quiet walk home. Leonard may be gone, but his words and songs will live forever, or as long as lovely people, like the ones above, keep playing them. We can rejoice in the treasures that he left us any time that we want.

 

 

Mary Angelina and Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Mary Angelina and Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Marcie Hernandez at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Aaron Flinn at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Aaron Flinn at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Kirk Flanagan at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Kirk Flanagan at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Charlie Messing at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Charlie Messing at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Samara Lark Brown, Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Samara Lark Brown, Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Joe Adler and Johnnie Day Durand at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

 

Lee Anderson  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lee Anderson at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Ryan Miller  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Ryan Miller at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Lee Anderson  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lee Anderson at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

The Leatherbound Books  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

The Leatherbound Books at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

Phil Yates  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Phil Yates at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Willoughby Morse  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Willoughby Morse at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Jeremy Gilchrist  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Jeremy Gilchrist at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

 

 

Michael Jermyn (I think)  at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Michael Jermyn (I think) at Light Club Lamp Shop November 14 2016 pic by Tim Lewis

Lou Reed tribute night at the Monkey House November 9, 2013   Leave a comment

I had a good time at the Lou Reed tribute night at The Monkey House on Saturday. I met up with Nathan Curtis just before 9 and headed over. There were quite a few people there already. I ran into Paddy Reagan and he said Lowell Thompson and Swale had cancelled. Rats! Oh well, there were still two bands on the bill I wanted to see.
Charlie Messing opened the show by singing and playing a red acoustic guitar. He did a great job with Charlie’s Girl and Cool It Down.

Next up, a duo called Pours set up. The first song had a singer/keyboard player and a drummer. They played a nice version of All Tomorrow’s Parties. For the second song, the keyboardist picked up a guitar and they ripped into Venus In Furs.

After their set, Wolvings got up to play. They jammed out a nice version of Sweet Jane. The verse was pretty restrained, but they rocked the chorus hard. They followed with Oh, Sweet Nothin’ and used the same format. It was really nice that the whole end of the song was rocking over the top chorus. What a great set!
The last time I saw Sean Michael Hood he played some very delicate and gentle acoustic guitar. This time he had an electric guitar, another guitarist, bassist, and drummer. They rocked hard on Crazy Feeling and Run Run Run. This set caught me by surprise and I really liked it!

As the evening wore on, more and more people filled the Monkey House. It was pretty packed when ROUGH FRANCIS hit the stage. They opened with a restrained, for them, Rock And Roll. It sounded great, but I was a bit surprised they did not send it over the top into heavy rock and roll. They followed suit with a killer I’m Waiting For The Man. Since everyone else only got two songs, I thought that was it, but they said they were going to play a Rough Francis song in Lou Reed style. After that they just played a few of their songs at top speed and volume. It changed the mood of the night, but I did not mind. I loved that they were rocking out so hard. They wrapped it up with the usual fantastic Come To Space.

With Rough Francis and Wolvings being the bands I wanted to see, and a 9:30 start time at work the next day. we headed out after their set. I think Paddy and Tooth Ache had sets to do, probably Lou songs, but it’s hard to come back down when Rough Francis take you so high up. It ended on an unexpected note, but I had a really good time that evening.