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Haley Jane at The Skinny Pancake August 14, 2019   Leave a comment

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I had a great time seeing music on Wednesday at The Skinny Pancake. The show was set to go from 7-9 and I worked until 7. I drove straight to the waterfront, found a decent parking place and walked back to the show. I thought of getting food but a huge line and a lack of tables changed the plan. I got a beer and found a spot on the patio to settle in and listen. Haley Jane has a powerhouse voice, solid skills on the guitar and engages with the audience about as well as anyone in the business. The first song I caught was about being out of line again, then she played one about the long steady process of improving yourself and turning yourself into a work of art. She envisioned a heart as a house full of rooms where all of your friends live on the next one, then played a song she wrote in the Elmwood Avenue graveyard. She opined that graveyards are a silly use of space and how it’s such a human thing to do to take up space even after you are gone. She tossed in a cover of a Tom Waits song about coming up to the house then played one about getting out in nature and rising up. She sang a song about how sharing secrets with others can help everyone’s understanding of life and closed the set with a song about relationships and how looks can kill. Just for fun, she tossed in a little bit of I’ll Fly Away.

The set break was quick then Margaux Higgins joined her for a song about loose screws that was really fun. Margaux left and Haley soldiered on with songs about roller coasters and a couple of busted hearts. She sang about Shenandoah then encouraged us all to ignite. I think the next song was a Woods Brothers cover, since she talked about how their show on the waterfront recently made her so happy. The song said hello I’m lonely and keep me around, if that helps. She sang of departed friends and wishing there was a bridge between here and the afterlife where we could meet our friends and party on that bridge. She sang about a daisy jar, then oh me oh my oh, she sang about Miss Ohio. She asked the audience to sing along on What’s Up and we sang “what’s going on” quite loudly. A song about Pablo Escobar followed and she closed the night with a song about giving a horse some Coca Cola or lemon soda, or something. It was really fun.

Shortly after the last note rang out, I took the short walk to the car and the quick drive home. She is an amazing performer and I’m so glad I caught as much as I did.

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Posted August 19, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Francesca Blanchard and Chazzy Lake at ArtsRiot and Haley Jane at Orlando’s March 15, 2018   Leave a comment

I had a great time seeing music Friday night at ArtsRiot and Orlando’s. It was a 57 degree day and the world was melting. The walk down to Pine street was easy and joyous and I slipped in the door and wandered into the show room. The lights were dim and the stage was empty except for one amp, two lamps and a row of candles at the front. There was a square rug in front of the stage with two chairs and two guitars and a keyboard to the right. A string of white lights flowed from the stage, around the edge of the rug and up the second of the two mic stands. Blankets and pillows filled the floor. I reached for my camera to take a picture and realized I had left it, and my note pad, at home. Oh well. The rest of the room had a couple of rows of chairs and lots of different table setups. Surely, anyone could find a comfy place to be. Off in the corner there was soup for whomever wanted.

I was wondering about Chazzy Lake and had an oh, right, moment when Charlie Hill sat down and began to play an acoustic guitar. His voice sounded nice and his playing was fine. He sang a song about glasses, and a song that begins with his dog waking up from a dream. He played a love song to himself called Me that was fun, then dropped some poignant joy with So Good (I Could Die). After a bit, he brought Francesca up for a couple of songs and the way their voices blended melted me.

After that there was a quick set break then Francesca Blanchard took over. Her voice was pure and true and she played most of the songs on guitar. Her between song banter was witty and fun and added to the cozy atmosphere. I think she opened with Maria and she definitely played that song about stalking ex-girlfriends on the internet. The song about the world spinning slightly off-kilter seemed to generate a little extra spark with the audience. She moved to the keys for a gorgeous piece called piano song which also elicited a lot of love from the crowd. After a bit she brought Chazzy back and they played a couple of covers. I don’t know the second one, but it was great. The first was a version of Only Love Can Break Your Heart that was just stunning.

After the set I headed quickly back to town. A new old venue called Orlando’s had just opened up at 1 Lawson Lane. I thought it was going to be Hayley Jane and the Primates but it turned out to just be Haley Jane. That’s fine, since she is such a strong performer. There was a small table and one chair right in front of the stage. I took the invitation and sat and listened. She can unleash her powerful voice when she wants but she also sings with a lot of nuance and I reveled in it as she played rock songs on the acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, the place was packed with a Friday night crowd with little or no focus on the music. Some people were getting into it, but most were there to hang tout and chat. Haley seemed unfazed by the din and charged through her set. At some point I realized I was tired and my drink was empty, so I headed out. I was hoping for a full on rock show, but I was close enough to the stage that I could focus on the wonderful singing and playing, and am glad I stopped in.

The rest of the walk home was lovely. Sorry, no pictures this time. Next time, I promise.

Posted March 24, 2019 by tmusicfan in Rock Shows

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Haley Jane, Josh Glass, Mal Maiz, and the Andriana Chobot trio at Nectar’s July 12, 2017   Leave a comment

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis

I had a great time seeing music Wednesday night at Nectar’s. The show was set to start at 9 and I got myself moving around 7:30 and thought I might grab some food before the show. I looked at the calendar just before leaving and realized that the performer who was on at 7 was one that I should see too, and quickly made my way downtown.

I got in, got a seat at the bar and ordered food. I listened from afar as Haley Jane sang and played guitar. I had seen her band, Hayley Jane and the Primates and knew she was an amazing singer and front woman, but had not heard her play solo. She was as cool as I expected. She played a lovely slow song about spreading love until the day she is gone. She played a sweet version of Gillian Welch’s Look At Miss Ohio. She teased a new song then closed with a song about talking to the spirits at the Elmwood graveyard in case that’s where your head is going. I should have gotten there earlier and payed closer attention, but really liked what I heard.

 

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Haley Jane pic by Tim Lewis

I was at the front of the stage and ready to go at 9 and Joshua Glass Music began to play. He started singing and playing acoustic guitar with a song about being happy then played Zoe’s song for his daughter. He switched to keys for a summertime love song about having nothing to do. He resurrected the first song he ever wrote and played it through and older and wiser Josh and Satan’s Son was nicely done. He switched back to guitar for a new song called And Together which was really good. He played a couple of his classic songs. Man On The Side sounded great on keys and What’s In California? is a great guitar song. The first time I heard that I had it running through my head for weeks. He switched back to keys for the catchy Miss Go Away then played a song about using your Facebook status as a Megaphone. He capped the set with a song about staying here by myself. It had been ages since I had heard him play and I was elated for every note.

 

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Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

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Josh Glass pic by Tim Lewis

Up next Mal Maiz filled the stage. They started as a trio and played a cool instrumental with a Latin groove. They left the stage and a guy with an acoustic guitar played and sang and was joined by a woman who sang as they played a Fleet Foxes cover. After that, Maiz Vargas Sandoval and the full band got back up and played a half a dozen more Afro-Cumbia songs. The lyrics were all in Spanish so I missed them all but loved the feel and the flow of their music. He sang and played guitar and was joined by two very articulate guitar players, a stand up bass player and a percussionist. They had the small but mighty crowd dancing to their infectious rhythms. They played one new song that they had just recorded in Montreal so hopefully that will be out soon. They wrapped the set with Maiz playing a metal rocket shaped percussion instrument as the band jammed hard. It was a really fun show.

 

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

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Mal Maiz pic by Tim Lewis

After a quick set break, the Andriana Chobot trio got up to play. With Cody Sargent on drums and Patrick J. Markley on bass, she sang and played keys to her amazing songs. Her songs are strong and lovely and just fill the soul. She sang about a bit of your heart. She sang a song about staying. She pulled out fun covers of Ain’t No Sunshine and Come Together. She played her glorious song Cascade. She sang a song about how she used to get postcards from friends and how they slow down over the years and eventually stop. I guess there’s nowhere to go but here. She played a huge rocker with a jazzy tinge. She ended the night with a song about changing her mind then played a requested encore. She left us in a quiet mood with the gorgeous Not I.

I did not hang out very long and took the lovely walk home. I’m so lucky to have so much great music so close.

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Andriana Chobot pic by Tim Lewis